SBW Faces Former Club

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Sonyy Bill Williams will line up for the Roosters against his former club. Picture: Mark Evans.dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 26 2012 – Canterbury Bulldogs 42 d Sydney Roosters 10 at ANZ Stadium
Round 12 2012 – Canterbury Bulldogs 30 d Sydney Roosters 12 at Allianz Stadium
Round 21 2011 – Sydney Roosters 32 d Canterbury Bulldogs 28 at Allianz Stadium 
Round 3 2011 – Canterbury Bulldogs 24 d Sydney Roosters 20 at ANZ Stadium
Round 19 2010 – Sydney Roosters 36 d Canterbury Bulldogs 32 at Allianz Stadium

Current Form

 

 Rd 1 

  Rd 2 

  Rd 3 

  Rd 4 

  Rd 5 

Roosters

L

W

W

W

L

Bulldogs

L

W

L

L

L


Sonny Bill Williams will line up against the Bulldogs  for the first time since he walked out on the club five years ago when Canterbury face the Roosters  at Allianz Stadium on Friday night. Since returning to the NRL after a five year absence, Williams has played a key role in the Roosters strong start to the season, with last week last gasp defeat to the Raiders ending a run of three consecutive victories.

Daniel Tupou was a late withdrawal in Canberra last week but has been named to return on the wing in place of Michael Oldfield, while Mitchell Aubusson also comes back into the run on side after being a substitute last week. Luke O’Donnell drops back to the bench alongside last week’s interchange players, while Aidan Guerra is added to the squad.

Despite the fact that they have won just once this season, the Bulldogs have made a solitary change to their lineup for this Friday night blockbuster, with lock Greg Eastwood returning after missing the club’s 20-6 defeat to Manly in round five. With Sam Kasiano and James Graham still unavailable, Aiden Tolman and Martin Taupau will continue to pack down in the front row.

1st Tryscorer

Former Warriors five-eight James Maloney  has been a revelation since moving to the Roosters, pushing his claims for a State Of Origin call-up with a string of impressive performances. He has three tries from the opening five rounds this season and they were all the first score of the game.

New Zealand international Sam Perrett  was a prolific tryscorer for the Roosters during his time at the club but will be determined get one over his former teammates by bagging a try at Allianz Stadium. His two tries in 2013 is as many as any of his teammates have scored this year.

Prediction – The Bulldogs have a great record against the Roosters, having won five of the past seven meetings between these clubs, but have struggled without Kasiano and Graham so far this season. Ben Barba is yet to return to his best and until their big guns are all fit and firing, they could continue to struggle. Sydney Roosters 1-12

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