Date:Friday, April 4 2014
Sydney Roosters:1.Anthony Minichiello 2.Daniel Tupou 3.Michael Jennings 4.Shaun Kenny-Dowall 5.Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 6.James Maloney 7.Mitchell Pearce 8.Dylan Napa 9.Jake Friend 10.Sam Moa 11.Boyd Cordner 12.Sonny Bill Williams 13.Frank-Paul Nuuausala.Interchange: 14.Daniel Mortimer 15.Aidan Guerra 16.Mitchell Aubusson 17.Kane Evans
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs:1.Sam Perrett 2.Corey Thompson 3.Josh Morris 4.Tim Lafai 5.Chase Stanley 6.Josh Reynolds 7.Trent Hodkinson 8.Aidan Tolman 9.Michael Ennis (c) 10.James Graham 11.Frank Pritchard 12.Tony Williams 13.Dale Finucane. Interchange: 14.Josh Jackson 15.Pat O’Hanlon 16.Tim Browne 17.David Klemmer 19.Moses Mbye 22.Greg Eastwood
Preview: The Sydney Roosters and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs kick of the Men in League Heritage Round at Allianz Stadium.
The Roosters went down 8-0 to the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in an epic encounter last Friday night and won’t have lost any admirers for their efforts. They lose kiwi firebrand Jarad Warea-Hargreaves but gain Sonny-Bill Williams, who returns from a three match suspension.
The Bulldogs were impressive in their 40-12 dismantling of the Melbourne Storm, albeit without Cameron Smith. Chase Stanley looks very good, and Sam Perrett is as reliable as ever at fullback. They have had a tumultuous week following the collapse of Andrew Fifita’s big money deal and will want to out it all behind them.
On paper the Roosters look to have more strike power and the addition of Williams brings even more offloading ability to the team. The Bulldogs are a solid all-round team and are in decent form, but they are missing a genuine match winner. I think the Rooster’s tough match last week will hold them in good stead for this one.
Roosters by 8.