That’s it from me tonight, stay tuned for the match report and all the wash-up Stadium from our man on the ground, Sam Phillips.
Thanks for tuning in to the Roosters big win over Canterbury and have a great night.
The reigning premiers were short favourites entering this match and their dominant performance made those slim odds look good value. Seven tries in a ruthless performance, including three for James Tedesco, made light work of a Bulldogs side bereft of confidence, class and on-field authority.
The Roosters were methodical from the onset, picking apart the Bulldogs with precision and power that was never at all matched. Tedesco takes home the match ball after a trademark brilliant performance, showing signs of developing a very dangerous partnership with the Roosters’ new halves pairing, Kyle Flanagan and Luke Keary.
Roosters win 42-6.
With just two minutes remaining, the Roosters are refusing to take their foot off the pedal and Josh Morris scores their seventh try of the night. A perfectly-weighted short kick from Kyle Flanagan finds his winger who scores a simple try out wide.
He might be overshadowed by Tedesco tonight but this has been some performance from the 21-year-old Flanagan who looks to have a bright future ahead of him. He maintains his perfect record off the boot tonight with his seventh conversion, making it 42-6.
The crowd audio nearly brings the roof down at Bankwest Stadium after James Tedesco scores his third try of the night. Running from first receiver, the Roosters fullback breaks away from one tackle and evades another to dart over to the right of the posts.
What a brilliant performance this has been from the Dally M holder. As per the script of the evening, Kyle Flanagan adds the extras to make it 36-6.
Scrap talk of the Roosters ton, Canterbury have pulled one back. The combination of Will Hopoate and Kieran Foran has looked the most dangerous for the Bulldogs and the former set-up the latter for their first try of the match to make it 30-6 after 67 minutes.
It might not spark a comeback but it shatters the Roosters hopes of scoring 100 uninterrupted points over their past three games.
The Roosters second rower has a claim for his third try this evening. Latching on to Josh Morris’ short kick, Crichton dives on the ball but his finish isn’t convincing. The referee is saying no try and the bunker agrees with the on-field decision.
It seems the 100-point target is only a matter of time.
No let-up from the Roosters and James Tedesco has capped a brilliant performance with his second try of the night. A lovely ball from from Brett Morris inside finds the supporting run of James Tedesco who makes no mistake from close range, drawing a roar from the crowd audio tape.
Kyle Flanagan is enjoying a perfect night with the boot, converting his fifth to make it 30-0 and putting the Roosters one try away from their century of uninterrupted points.
Canterbury are their own worst enemy tonight. A great break by Jake Averillo looks certain to deliver the Bulldogs their first try but the centre gets it horribly wrong when trying to find his inside runner, Lachlan Lewis. A poor pass is knocked down by Roosters fullback James Tedesco who spurns a certain four-pointer for Canterbury, keeping his team’s hopes of century of uninterrupted points alive.
A few signs of complacency creeping into the Roosters after a second sloppy play the ball in as many sets. Tupouniua the culprit this time, giving up the ball 10 metres away from the try line. They need to get back to basics if they’re to reach their ton.
Another fun stat that shows the Roosters’ red hot form; they have scored 89 points uninterrupted over their past three games. Two more tries tonight will get them the ton – and based on their first-half display, that seems more probable than not.
A solid start to their second half bodes well for Easts but a sloppy play-the-ball by Angus Crichton surrenders possession in a dangerous area. A bit of a let-off for the Bulldogs.
Roosters lead 24-0 after 45 minutes.