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Canterbury defeat Sydney in dogfight

The Canterbury Bulldogs defeated the Sydney Roosters 8-9 at Allianz Stadium on Friday night.

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Sydney Roosters five-eighth James Maloney defended the decision to ignore coach Trent Robinson's instruction to take a shot at goal which, had it been converted, might have seen the team win Friday night's match against Canterbury.

Minutes before Canterbury five-eighth Josh Reynolds potted the field goal – the only point in the second half – to seal a hard-fought 9-8 victory with 10 minutes on the clock, the Roosters chose not to take a penalty goal close to the opposition's line.

Robinson said he would be more firm with future instructions, but Maloney said the players felt they could score a try.

Bad move: A dejected Aidan Guerra and James Maloney after Friday's loss to the Bulldogs.

Bad move: A dejected Aidan Guerra and James Maloney after Friday's loss to the Bulldogs. Photo: Getty Images

''The call was left up to us,'' he said. ''It felt like we were getting a bit of momentum, but it was probably the wrong way of thinking, with the conditions. If you had the time again, you'd take it.''

 After suffering their third loss from five games, Maloney said it was obvious that as defending premiers, the Roosters' opponents were lifting. However, he stressed that there was no reason to panic.

''That's what we're coming to terms with at the moment,'' he said of the spirit his team had encountered so far. ''It's a challenge we'll have all year, so we need to adapt, and there's areas we can improve.'' 

 Maloney said supporters shouldn't interpret their team's early-season defeats as a sign of complacency in the Roosters' ranks.

''It's not through a lack of hard work or a lack of willingness,'' he said. ''It's just a [need for] some polish and offering a little more in attack. I think sometimes when we use a bit of 'juice', we're a bit predictable.''