Roosters edge Bulldogs, but win comes at a cost

Michael Lichaa of the Bulldogs looks on following a try scored by Daniel Tupou of the Roosters
Michael Lichaa of the Bulldogs looks on following a try scored by Daniel Tupou of the Roosters

THE Roosters edged out the Bulldogs on Thursday night, but it came at a cost with a host of players leaving the field throughout the match due to injury.

The home side were stunned in the opening 10 minutes, but they clawed their way back into the match to win 28-24 in front of 13,505 fans at Allianz Stadium.

The Bulldogs made the Tricolours pay for costly early errors through tries to Kerrod Holland and Josh Morris.

The Roosters then hit back, and after a try to Boyd Cordner and a double to Daniel Tupou, they hit the lead and held it from there.

Injuries struck before kick off with Roosters prop Kane Evans suffering a calf injury in the warm up. Chris Smith took his spot on the bench.

Holland's time on the field was short-lived when the Bulldogs winger injured his shoulder in the third minute scoring a try. He tried to play on but left the field in the ninth minute and didn't return.

 

Blake Ferguson (centre) of the Roosters is congratulated by Mitchell Aubusson (right) and Shaun Kenny-Dowall after scoring a try
Blake Ferguson (centre) of the Roosters is congratulated by Mitchell Aubusson (right) and Shaun Kenny-Dowall after scoring a try

 

Blake Ferguson copped a shot in the ribs during the opening part of the game, but played on until the 62nd minute before succumbing to the injury. He'll go for scans to assess possible cartilage damage.

Roosters recruit Zane Tetevano and Bulldogs fullback Will Hopoate's night ended early when the two were involved in a head clash in the 66th minute. Because of the 15-minute concussion test rule, the pair were unable to come back onto the field.

The Bulldogs confirmed following the game at Hopoate had been sent to hospital with "severe concussion and a possible fracture".

Trent Robinson's decision to move Latrell Mitchell to the centres has proved to be a masterstroke by the Roosters coach.

Mitchell was outstanding in round one against Gold Coast scoring a hat-trick, and he backed it up again with a number of big plays against the Bulldogs.

He set up Tupou's first try with a cheeky grubber then came up with a one-on-one steal on Eastwood.

While the Bulldogs managed to score 24 points, their halves still struggled to guide the side around the park.

A majority of their tries came off the back of errors made by the Roosters.

News Corp Australia


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