While the Bulldogs were beaten 30-12 against the Roosters at Allianz Stadium, there were some promising statistics from the game. Moses Mbye continued his sound start in the fullback position, racking up some excellent yardage gains, while David Klemmer proved a handful for the Roosters, with 56 post-contact metres and an outstanding tackle efficiency.
The Bulldogs were forced to try to boot their way out of trouble, resulting in 242 more kick metres than the Roosters. This came about as a result of a very strong performance from the Roosters’ back five, who made nearly 300 metres more than the Bulldogs’ back five.
Meanwhile, the referees made their presence felt in the match, blowing 12 penalties in the first half and 18 for the game which were shared evenly between the teams.
James Tedesco was among the Roosters’ best, running for over 200 metres, scoring a try and producing two try assists.
1.Best of a beaten bunch:
Moses Mbye: 16 runs 154m, 1 line break and 2 tackle breaks
David Klemmer: 22 Runs for 150m, 56 post contact metres, 1 tackle break, 1 offload, 22 tackles, 100% tackle efficiency.
2. Total kick metres:
3. Back five run metres:
Bulldogs: 479 metres
Roosters: 767 metres
5. James Tedesco:
14 Runs for 202 metres, 1 try, 2 try assists, 2 line breaks, 1 offload and 6 tackle breaks.