NRL match preview: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs Sydney Roosters

Date:Friday, May 23, 2014
Venue:ANZ Stadium

Bulldogs: 1.Sam Perrett 2.Mitch Brown 3.Chase Stanley 4.Tim Lafai 5.Krisnan Inu 6.Reni Maitua 7.Moses Mbye 8.Aiden Tolman 9.Michael Ennis (c) 10.James Graham 11.Josh Jackson 12.Dale Finucane 13.Greg Eastwood.Interchange: 14.Pat O’Hanlon 15.Tim Browne 17.David Klemmer 24.Sam Kasiano 19.Corey Thompson 20.Lachlan Bur

Roosters:1.Anthony Minichiello (c) 2.Shaun Kenny-Dowall 3.Samisoni Langi 4.Mitchell Aubusson 5.Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 6.James Maloney 7.Mitchell Pearce 8.Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9.Jake Friend 10.Sam Moa
11.Dylan Napa 12.Sonny Bill Williams 13.Frank-Paul Nu’uausala Interchange:14.Daniel Mortimer 15.Isaac Liu 16.Kane Evans 17.Remi Casty

The traditional struggle through the State of Origin period of the season has arrived, although for the Roosters they have both halves on board with 2013 NSW Blues pair James Maloney and Mitchell Pearce replaced, coincidentally, by Bulldogs pair Josh Reynolds and Trent Hodkinson. Joining them in the sky blue are Roosters centre Michael Jennings and Bulldogs pair Josh Morris and Tony Williams.

That gives opportunities to Moses Mbye and Reni Maitua who are the new Bulldogs halves, while Krisnan Inu makes a rare appearance in first grade. The Roosters have brought in Samisoni Langi to replace Jennings and Sonny-Bill Williams returns to the second row.

If the Roosters are to make a charge in 2014 it needs to start here, against a vastly depleted Bulldogs outfit. They boast Pearce and Maloney up against a young Mbye and Maitua whose play making abilities are limited.

Roosters by 16.

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