Sydney Roosters Vs Canterbury Bulldogs
9th March 2017, 8:05pm (AEDST)
Last week the Roosters looked like a finely tuned sports car, slick and everything running in time, taking care of the Titans by 10 points. Compared to the Bulldogs, who resembled my first car, the mighty Hyundai Excel, 1988 model, 13 inch wheels and a massive 1.5L engine. The Bulldogs stumbled and fumbled their way to a loss against the Storm.
The Roosters halves were in sync and the whole team looks fit and ready to go deep this year into the finals series. Keary wasted no time repaying the Roosters recruitment team, bagging the first try after 8 minutes of play and crossed again in the 31st minute. People were wondering about M. Gordon, but it looks like he’s bought into the Roosters culture and is rejuvenated, kicking goals and picking his times to play. An all round great hit out for their first game.
The off-season seems a long time ago for the Bulldogs, surely their focus would have been squaring away their attack. Unfortunately, errors, poor passing and confusion was all we saw in a rain affected game against the Storm. Sure the Storm is a staunch opposition, but Bulldogs fans would have expected more from their spine which is unchanged from last year. They will need to score 18+ points to beat this Roosters team and we aren’t sure where this will come from.
Team news: (Final team lists released an hour before the game)
Roosters : I. Liu has been dropped from last week’s winning formula.
Bulldogs: Hanging tough, with the same 17 named still at this time.
Their last 5 game report card: 3 games at Allianz, 2 at ANZ.
Roosters have won 3, Bulldogs 2, at Allianz, Roosters hold a narrow lead with 2 out of the last 3 games walking away with the pay cheque.
The Bulldogs have won the last two match ups, rounds 11 and 17 in 2016, once at Allianz and once at ANZ. Their winning margins were 12 and 4 points.
Previous to this the Roosters won all their match ups in 2015, twice at Allianz and once at ANZ, rounds 10,21 and 28 (finals series). Winning margins of 14,10 and 26.
What we take from this?
2016 was the worst year in this decade for the Roosters club. This year they look like the 2014/15 Roosters not a Roosters outfit all out of sorts due to off field antics. The Bulldogs attack worries us, not a lot going on, only individuals stepping up.
For us, the Roosters win this game. If you want to take the line, SB and Pinnacle are offering -6 at $1.90, if you like the Roosters to win At The Spread (ATS), take this over -6.5 from other bookies. As you will get a draw if they win by a Converted Try. Take the +6.5 on offer from other bookies if you like the Bulldogs ATS, as at 6.5, if Roosters win by 6, you get the win by 0.5, remember last round we missed a few bets by 0.5, please shop around. Effectively the Roosters must win by two scoring plays.
We were looking at Roosters -3.5, however at the odds of $1.60-$1.63, that’s a lot of potential risk for 14-17cents in a dollar.
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