Match report: Canterbury Bulldogs 9-8 Sydney Roosters

In a nutshell
A Josh Reynolds field-goal in the 70th minute saw Canterbury Bulldogs edge reigning NRL Premiers Sydney Roosters in a thrilling encounter.

How it unfolded
5’ – Roosters hooker Jake Friend (pictured tackling James Graham above) has a try ruled out by the video referee.

11’ – After three consecutive sets thanks to penalties and errors, Chase Stanley scores for the Bulldogs, finishing off a great back-line move. Hodkinson converts: 6-0.

19’ – Roger Tuivasa-Sheck fumbles a Trent Hodkinson kick and gives Canterbury a set from close range. Roosters concede a penalty and Bulldogs take the two, Hodkinson again accurate: 8-0.

32’ – Michael Jennings, who scored a hat-trick against Wigan in the World Club Challenge, goes over for the Roosters. James Maloney converts: 8-6.

39’ – Bulldogs concede from close range but Roosters don’t have enough time to run the ball so take the two. Maloney lands the penalty to tie the scores: 8-8.

56’ – Daniel Tupou has a try disallowed thanks to great cover defence from Josh Reynolds.

68’ – Roosters get penalty on Bulldogs line and take a tap. Maloney goes for the one-pointer but misses.

70’ – Reynolds doesn’t miss with his field-goal attempt, though, and it’s game over: 9-8.

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