Bulldogs Out For Revenge

Picture: Mark Evans/heraldsun.com.au
James Graham has made a big impression since returning for the Dogs. Picture: Mark Evans/heraldsun.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 6, 2013 – Sydney Roosters 38 d Canterbury Bulldogs 0 at Allianz Stadium
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

Current Form

  Rd 10    Rd 11    Rd 12    Rd 13    Rd 14 
Bulldogs

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W

W

W

W

Roosters

W

L

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W

L


The Bulldogs  and Roosters  meet at ANZ Stadium on Friday and although this fixture would normally have been one of the matches of the year, some of the gloss has been taken off the match with both sides missing key men to State of Origin game two. Josh Reynolds and Josh Morris are in the camp for the Blues and have been replaced by Tim Lafai and Joel Romelo, who will have a big part to play in avenging their side’s 38-0 defeat to the tri-colours in round six.

James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce and Michael Jennings are all unavailable for the Roosters, forcing coach Trent Robinson to make several changes to his squad. Aidan Guerra and Daniel Mortimer come off the bench to start at centre and halfback respectively, while Mitchell Aubusson shifts from the backrow to five-eight. Isaac Liu, Nafe Seluini and Dylan Napa have all been drafted into the squad with Napa in line to make his NRL debut.

1st Tryscorer

Former Rooster Sam Perrett  has scored more tries for Canterbury than any other player this season and he will be determined to rediscover his best form against his former club. Since scoring five tries in three matches from rounds seven to nine, the winger has scored just once in five matches.

Another player set to face his former club in this fixture is Sonny Bill Williams . Williams has been a revelation since joining the tri-colours in the offseason and will be determined to reproduce the performance that saw him score a brace against the Bulldogs when the clubs met in round six.

Prediction

The Bulldogs are starting to find the sort of form that saw them reach the grand final last season and they still have plenty of firepower despite being without Josh Reynolds and Josh Morris. Ben Barba, Trent Hodkinson and Michael Ennis form a strong spine for them and they have all played a key role in the club winning seven of its past eight matches. Add to that the fact that the Roosters have won just two of their past ten at ANZ Stadium and it’s hard to see anything but a win for the Doggies. Canterbury Bulldogs by 12

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