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Live: Sydney Roosters v Canterbury Bulldogs

Inu gets the man of the match award to cap off a dream start to his Bulldogs' career.  That's it from us tonight, thanks for your company and be sure to log on tomorrow or grab a copy of the Sydney Morning Herald for all the wash-up from Glenn Jackson.  Hard to believe the NRL season is approaching the half-way mark, we'll be back on Friday night to kick off round 13.  Thanks again.

FULL-TIME: Michael Ennis has decided enough is enough and boots it into touch.  A fantastic win for the Bulldogs who scored 26 unanswered points to stun a Roosters side who looked to have the ascendancy.  A great first match in Bulldogs colours from Krisnan Inu who was among the best for the Bulldogs, but he'll have some competition from Jonathan Wright and Sam Kasiano for man of the match honours.  Bulldogs 30 Roosters 12.

79 min: Inu makes a bust from a Kris Keating offload and the Dogs have a penalty which will give them a great chance to score try number seven.  Greg Eastwood is down in backplay for the Dogs with a hamstring strain.

Ennis kicks from dummy half with Barba chasing but he's deemed offside and backs out of the chase.  Roosters in possession, Bulldogs should get one more set.

78 min: The Dogs aren't done yet. 

No try ruled.  Would have been greedy to grab a third in his first game anyway.

Inu over in the corner but he's lost the ball this time.  Millimetres in it however.

77 min: Braith Anasta tries a short line drop-out this time, and all it does is give the Dogs a set barely 10m out.

The Bulldogs take on the Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night in what has suddenly become arguably the match of the round.  We'll have live coverage on, that is assuming fellow league blogger (and Roosters tragic) 'Sonny' Phil Mitchell shows his face after this effort.

This win will lift the Bulldogs into fifth spot on for and against, while the Roosters linger in third-last with a decent differential gap to make up to the Raiders, who are one spot ahead.

73 min: Roosters go the short kick-off but Brad Takairangi knocks on.  Dogs have the scrum feed.

73 min: Inu adds the extras, that's three from six for the new Dog in town and his side now lead by 18.  Bulldogs 30 Roosters 12.

69 min: Now THAT's a 12-point turnaround.  Jonathan Wright gets his hand to a rushed offload on his own line and runs the length of the field to score his second for the night.  That's it for the Roosters.  Bulldogs lead 28-12 with a kick to come.

69 min: Minichiello takes the Bulldogs bomb and gets a ball away to Aubusson, for a second it looks like something's on.  20m out now with three tackles left in this set.  Plenty of time for the Roosters if they score here.

Hodkinson gets involved immediately, kicking on the fifth, fielded by Moga.

Dogs change: Josh Reynolds has left the field to make way for Hodkinson.

65 min: Roosters back in the Dogs half for the first time in what seems like an eternity.  Bulldogs defenders scrambling out wide but the pass from Mitch Aubusson to Tautau Moga is forward and that's it for that opportunity.

Trent Hodkinson looks like he's warming up to get involved in the latter stages of this contest.

62 min: Inu lands the conversion and the Dogs lead by two converted tries, 24-12.  They've scored 20 unanswered points since the Roosters looked like taking a 12-4 lead into the break.

61 min: TRY.  Noone at home for the Roosters at the back and David Stagg slides through the Roosters line to dive on Josh Reynolds's grubber.  All the Bulldogs now and they lead 22-12 with a kick to come.

Inu misses the conversion again.  Four tries to two but the Dogs lead by just six, 18-12 with 23 minutes left on the clock.  Anasta wasn't happy that the Roosters weren't penalised on the fifth tackle, saying he'd rather concede a penalty than a try.  But it's all academic now.

Braith Anasta is giving Jason Robinson plenty this time.  Try awarded.  He chose his words slightly better than Ennis.

56 min: TRY.  Inu over for his second.  The Dogs have barely had a chance to fire a shot in this second half and as soon as they do the new recruit dives over from dummy-half.  Checking the grounding but it looks like the Dogs are out to an 18-12 lead with a kick to come.

Mose Masoe getting some attention in the blood bin.  Just part of footy.

54 min: Jonathan Wright makes some good metres for the Dogs in fielding Mitchell Pearce's kick, and he's earned a penalty in the process to piggyback his side downfield.

12 minutes gone in the second half and still no change to the half-time score, Bulldogs still on the right side of a 14-12 scoreline.

Inu's playing the ball but he doesn't look to be in terribly good shape.  Could be the fifth Bulldogs winger to hit the injury list this season.

52 min: Krisnan Inu takes a good catch on his own line but looks to have copped an accidental shot from Brad Takairangi.  An injury is about all he needs to complete the set from a solid Bulldogs debut so far.  He's still on the deck and it looks like he might be heading from the field.

50 min: Tim Lafai knocks on after Sam Kasiano gives Mose Masoe something to think about.  He's fast becoming one of the most dangerous forwards in the NRL.

49 min: End to end stuff here.  Once again the Dogs are able to keep the ball alive before Minichiello throws a silly ball in the in-goal but Tautau Moga is able to take it dead.  Repeat set for the Bulldogs coming up.

48 min: Pearce takes another intercept and looks like he'll score for all money before Ben Barba chases him down and strips the ball one on one.  He's saved two tries in two minutes.

Shutting down the offloads from the Bulldogs looks to be the key for the Roosters here.  It's become one of the hallmarks of Des Hasler's side.

Shades of Origin 1 there, but we'll leave that well alone.  No try ruled.

Doesn't look good for the Roosters here.  Ben Barba has done fantastically to get his legs in the way of the ball and he may have saved a try for the Bulldogs.

46 min: TRY.  Minichiello bags his second for the Roosters, we're going upstairs again.  Mini may have dropped the ball over the line.

46 min: Another PENALTY to the Roosters.  Sam Kasiano pinged for not being square as the marker.

No change to the half-time score.  Bulldogs 14 Roosters 12.

44 min: PENALTY to the Roosters for an illegal strip from Kris Keating.  Roosters will take the tap 30m out from the Bulldogs' line.

43 min: All the Roosters in the early stages of this first half but Jonathan Wright does well at the back for the Dogs.

41 min: Roosters on the attack but they concede a penalty for off-side play.

And we're back under way at Allianz Stadium as Lama Tasi takes it up.

Des Hasler has washed Michael Ennis's mouth out with soap after the hooker's little outburst, and told his troops to maintain the momentum they built late in that opening term.  Still, the coach wasn't too happy with what had transpired until that point.

Here's what Glenn Jackson had to say about the opening 40 minutes:
'I was about to say how much the Bulldogs were up against it.  Had they gone into the break 12-4 down, as it appeared they would, they would have been bitterly disappointed with the results of their toil.  Two quick tries just before half-time have changed the contest.  It will take a big effort from the Roosters to lift after squandering their lead.'

Inu finally lands a conversion as the half-time siren sounds.  The Dogs take a 14-12 lead into the break with two tries in three minutes turning this match on its head.  We'll be back in a few minutes with all the second-half action as well as the half-time assessment from Herald league writer Glenn Jackson.  Back shortly.

38 min: TRY to the Bulldogs.  Michael Ennis sees noone home at the back for the Roosters and kicks early.  Peni Tagave slips over and Jonathan Wright dives on it for a try.  All of a sudden we're locked up at 12-all with a Dogs kick to come.

Inu hooks the conversion again and his boot remains the difference between the sides - Roosters still ahead 12 points to 8.

The try has been awarded.  Inu has the chance to make it a two-point game as the half-time break approaches.

36 min: TRY? to the Dogs.  Keating again kicks for the corner before Inu seems to hover in midair to bat the ball back towards Frank Pritchard who dives over.  Looks like a try.  Roosters 12-8, kick to come.

34 min: Roosters kick to the corner looking for Brad Takairangi but Krisnan Inu takes it under pressure and darts away before being caught by Aidan Guerra, earning a penalty in the process.

33 min: Mitch Aubusson tackled 20m out from the Dogs' line and that's a turnover. 

31 min: Kris Keating kicks cross-field but the bounce beats everyone.  Knocked on and the Roosters have the restart from the 20m line.  Did well to hold the Dogs out for three sets.

31 min: Barba tackled on the second, 20m out from the Roosters' line.

29 min: Another drop-out coming for the Dogs, once again it could have been worse.  Brad Takairangi throws a dangerous pass but fortunately Anthony Minichiello was on hand to clean up.  Score remains 12-4 to the Roosters, at least for now.

Good drop-out from Anasta, goes close to 60m.

28 min: Sam Perrett tackled in-goal and the Dogs will have a repeat set.  They probably should have scored already but Dene Halatau took the wrong option out wide.  A chance to atone here however.

Change for the Roosters now - Martin Kennedy off, replaced by Lama Tasi.

26 min: Mitchell Pearce takes an intercept just as the Dogs start looking dangerous.  Roosters on the 50m line, second tackle.

Kasiano is off for a breather.  James Graham on for the Bulldogs.

Anasta adds the extras.  Roosters lead the Bulldogs 12-4.

22 min: TRY.  The Roosters took it straight down the other end after that disallowed try before earning a repeat set.  Some sensational hands toward the corner on the fourth tackle before Minichiello gets onto an offload and bundles through three defenders to score.  Potential 12-point turnaround and the Roosters extend their lead to 10-4 with a kick to come.

Score remains 6-4 to the Roosters as we hit the 20-minute mark.

Video referee Paul Mellor rules against the Dogs there and Ennis is not happy about it.  At least six f-bombs uttered while he pushes his case.  Probably not likely to help you son.

19 min: TRY.  Sam Kasiano gets it at speed about 12m out and takes most of the Roosters' defence over the line with him.  At least five Roosters' defenders involved there.  We're upstairs to look at a potential obstruction however.

17 min: PENALTY to the Dogs.  Michael Ennis had a fair bit to do with that but Martin Kennedy deserved to be pinged nonetheless. 

And they've made a mess of that.  What an opportunity blown.  Jared Waerea-Hargreaves spills the ball and the Dogs have the feed.

16 min: Great work from the Roosters there.  Aiden Guerra first in before plenty of help from his friends bundle Greg Eastwood into touch on the first tackle.  A chance to hit back immediately here for the hosts, fantastic play.

15 min: Inu just hooks it and misses the chance to convert his own try.  Score remains Roosters 6 Bulldogs 4.

13 min: TRY to the Bulldogs.  Krisnan Inu.  What a way to start his career in the blue and white.  Dogs go wide to exploit the extra man and Inu goes over in the corner.  Roosters 6 Bulldogs 4, kick to come.

12 min: PENALTY to the Bulldogs.  Tim Lafai makes a tidy bust after some nice work from Frank Pritchard and Sam Kasiano before the whistle goes.

11 min: Tautau Moga bundled into touch for the Roosters and the Dogs have a scrum feed 15m out from their own line.

9 min: Roosters get a penalty straight away with Dene Halatau getting too involved in the play-the-ball.

Anasta adds the extras and the Roosters lead 6-0 inside the first 10 minutes.

8 min: TRY to the Roosters.  A hole you could park a bus in opens up in the middle for Mitchell Pearce and he darts straight through under the sticks.  Won't score many easier than that but it was still some nice footwork from the Blues playmaker.  Roosters 4-0 with a kick to come.

7 min: PENALTY to the Roosters - looks like a high shot from Sam Kasiano.  Great field position for the Roosters - they'll go on the attack barely 20 metres out from the Dogs' line.

6 min: A hospital pass from Minichiello is salvaged only by a lucky bounce for Peni Tagive 20m out from the Roosters' line.

4 min: Roosters back with the ball after Josh Morris knocks on near the 10m line.  Dogs still had plenty of tackles there.

3 min: PENALTY to the Bulldogs and they'll take the tap 30m out from the Roosters' line.

3 min: Anasta's kick to the in-goal is easily marked by Ben Barba and the Dogs are on the attack.

2 min: Great work from Braith Anasta there who pounces on an attempted offload from Aiden Tolman to turn the ball over in good position.

The Doggies have gone the length of the field in their first set.  Anthony Minichiello fields the kick and is tackled just inside the field of play.  Great start from Des Hasler's side.

1 min: Braith Anasta gets us underway and Sam Kasiano takes the first hit-up of the match.

The sides are heading down the tunnel and we're almost at kick-off time. Plenty of interest in Inu - he's playing his 100th game tonight.  Wonder if he thought he'd bring up that milestone in the Bulldogs' colours.

Welcome to tonight's live coverage from the Roosters-Bulldogs match at Allianz Stadium to wrap up round 12.  The Dogs are coming off a solid 26-6 win over the Sharks last Monday night and they'll be hoping to keep that form up.  The Roosters haven't had the best preparation either, with centre BJ Leilua out of this match - and maybe some more - after being dropped due to his alleged involvement in a weekend pub altercation.  For the Dogs new recruit Krisnan Inu is straight into the action and also takes the goalkicking duties due to injuries to Bryson Goodwin and Steve Turner.

The Twitter Outlaw, James Polson, on deck as the Roosters hold the Bulldogs.


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