Despite finishing the game with just fifteen men, the Sydney Roosters prevailed on the back of stellar performances from their stars.
Playing at home at Allianz Stadium, James Tedesco and Cooper Cronk shone, guiding the Roosters to 30-12 win over the Canterbury Bulldogs.
There are nervous waits ahead, though; both Daniel Tupou (pec) and Mitch Aubusson (head) will be assessed.
The loss of the two did not matter, however, as Tedesco and Cronk stood up to guide the Roosters home.
For the Bulldogs, their sole spark came from half-turned-fullback Moses Mbye, in what was otherwise a lacklustre Bulldogs display.
It was not just Tedesco and Cronk shining for the Roosters, as the likes of Luke Keary, Dylan Napa and Latrell Mitchell all stood up.
A flurry of tries kicked things off for the Roosters but the errors followed their attacking play.
With an 18-0 half-time lead, the Roosters were flying high. It was the Bulldogs, however, who started the second half stronger.
Mbye showed off his kick return skills before Matt Frawley laid the ball on a platter for centre Josh Morris to score.
That was as exciting as it would get for the Bulldogs, though. Man of the hour James Tedesco, who caused problems all night, broke the line and halfback Cooper Cronk scored his first try for the Tricolours.
Despite some good effort by the Bulldogs, it is their attack that is still, at times, struggling to make an impact.
”It’s becoming frustrating that’s for sure,” Pay said.
”We have some new players at the club, some new structures we’re working on, and in the end it is going to take time.
”But we want to make sure we’re putting in performances we’re happy with each weekend as well. We certainly need to be better.”
Bulldogs captain Josh Jackson echoed the sentiments of his coach.
”It’s frustrating, we’re a better footy team than what we dished up there tonight,” Jackson said.
Player of the Game:
3. James Tedesco
2. Cooper Cronk
- Latrell Mitchell