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NRL match review: Bulldogs 12 Roosters 32

Bulldogs 12
Tries:Mitch Brown 2
Goals:Krisnan Inu 2/3

Roosters 32
Tries:Sonny-Bill Williams 2, Anthony Minichiello 2, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Nene Macdonald
Goals:James Maloney 4/6

The Sydney Roosters ended the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs’ 7-match winning streak with a thumping 32-12 triumph at ANZ Stadium last night in front of 19,088 fans.

Sonny-Bill Williams and Anthony Minichiello both scored doubles, while Roosters Papua New Guinea born winger Nene Macdonald scored on debut as the Roosters took advantage of a weakened Bulldogs outfit.

Tim Lafai was sin-binned late in the match for delaying the game, and Bulldogs forward David Klemmer was put on report for leading with the boot in a tackle on Roosters prop Sam Moa.

MacDonald opened the scoring in the 17th minute before a converted try to Sonny-Bill Williams in the 22nd minute gave the Roosters a handy 10-0 lead.

A 27th try to Bulldogs winger Mitch Brown kept his side in the match and Krisnan Inu’s conversion made it 10-6.

A melee erupted in the shadows of half time after a high shot on Bulldogs skipper Michael Ennis with players racing in from both sides. When the dust settled Inu added a penalty goal to make it 10-8 at half time.

Roosters veteran Anthony Minichiello scored in the 48th minute, taking advantage of a nice Shaun Kenny-Dowall offload to touch down in the right corner to make it 14-8.

The Bulldogs kept coming and Brown scored his second when the Roosters failed to deal with a grubber. Inu missed the chance to level the scores, and the Roosters led 14-12 after 58 minutes.

A short ball by Williams enabled Kenny-Dowall to score untouched in the 64th minute and Maloney converted to make it 20-12, before a Mitchell Pearce 40/20 put them in great field position. Bulldogs centre Tim Lafai was sin-binned for holding up the play and Pearce sent Williams over for his second try of the night, converted by Maloney to make it 26-12 with 12 minutes left.

In the 71st minute a spilled Pearce bomb ricocheted off Maloney’s boots and Minichiello won the race for the ball to score his second. Maloney converted and the Roosters enjoyed a comfortable victory over the ladder-leading Bulldogs.

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