After a disappointing loss, the Bulldogs will be out to take down the Roosters who are coming off the back of a big win.

Last Time Out

The Bulldogs were ambushed by a Cowboys side led by a resurgent Michael Morgan. Their defence was helpless and unprepared for a kicking masterclass from Morgan as he set up 4 tries and scored one himself. The Cowboys scored 24 unanswered points until the Dogs made a late surge to put the final scoreline at a slightly more respectable 30-14.

The Roosters demolished the Eels 48-10. Latrell Mitchell returned from his first grade exile and made a huge impact, scoring the first try and creating headaches for the defence with every carry. Blake Ferguson bagged a hat-trick and Michael Gordon was accurate with the boot in a game where everything went right for them. It was the first time in the season that the Roosters put in a complete 80 minute performance which would have had coach Trent Robinson pleased.

Key Battle

Battle of the halves. Pearce has all but secured the 7 jersey for NSW going by his recent form. Add to that his halves partner Keary is ranked 2nd on the Dally M leaderboard and in fine touch now. Barring a drastic drop in form or an under-performing forward pack they’ll be the danger men who win the game for the Roosters. They link with each other in attack and both are keen to take the line on.

On the other hand you have a halves pairing that looked disorganized in their first game together last week. Two left footers in the same team couldn’t co-exist and got their plays muddled up all the time. Mbye the man with a running game was often given the ball on last tackle to kick down the left side while Frawley the man who was praised for the kicking game he bought to the team, was often caught running the ball on the 4th. They’ll need to take their game up a notch if they’re to compete with the Roosters. Also they’ll need better dummy half service.

Prediction

The Dogs were positively outplayed in just about every aspect from a determined Cowboys side that lacked the presence of Thurston last week. The confidence boost from the Roosters massive win should spark them to secure another win before the Origin period begins. The Chooks should have a lot more points in them than the Dogs will. Roosters by 10+

Squads

Sunday 21 May, 4:00pm at ANZ Stadium

Bulldogs: 1. William Hopoate 2. Brett Morris 3. Josh Morris 4. Brenko Lee 5. Kerrod Holland 6. Matt Frawley 7. Moses Mbye 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Michael Lichaa 10. James Graham 11. Josh Jackson 12. Adam Elliot 13. David Klemmer 14. Sam Kasiano 15. Danny Fualalo 16. Greg Eastwood 17. Craig Garvey 19. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 20. Reimis Smith 21. Francis Tualau 23. Marcelo Montoya.

Roosters: 1. Michael Gordon 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Latrell Mitchell 4. Joseph Manu 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Luke Keary 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Dylan Napa 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Mitchell Aubusson 13. Sio Siua Taukeiaho 14. Aidan Guerra 15. Zane Tetevano 16. Kane Evans 17. Connor Watson 18. Ryan Matterson 19. Victor Radley 20. Lindsay Collins 23. Isaac Liu