"It's obviously a bit of a licence to play what's in front of us," James Maloney declares of how he's been instructed by Trent Robinson. "We knew what we had to fix tonight."
On the back of that performance, Sonny Bill fever is spreading...
The Bulldogs on the attack, vainly trying to prevent a shut-out, before the hooter ends the pain. Roosters 38 Bulldogs 0
"Hopefully I can concentrate on the one-percenters and get the respect of my teammates that way," says SBW on the sideline after earning an early mark. Genius must be in the detail. Friend in action at the other end, cleaning up a bomb in a rare attacking foray by the Dogs in the last 15.
Waerea-Hargreaves offloads to Friend, who weaves and shows the ball before setting Jennings free down the wing. He plants the ball at full stretch. His second for the season. It's sent upstairs but they needn't bother. Maloney, who like SBW can do nothing wrong, adds the extras from way out wide. Roosters 38 Bulldogs 0
Maloney! Well deserved. This time it was from a Jake Friend kick, just a delicate dab behind the line and the ball bounces perfectly for a grateful Maloney. He lines up to convert his own four-pointer and is successful. Roosters 32 Bulldogs 0
Moa drives towards the Dogs' line, Pearce jinks and jinks and shapes to kick; Moa again makes for the line but he's driven back. SBW lurks but eventually it's put down.
SBW! He powers over Morris and Ennis close to the line, off a Pearce pass. Talk about economy of influence. Everything he's touched has turned to gold. Extras count. Roosters 26 Bulldogs 0Back to top
Reynolds ruled, wrongly, not to have actually got his boot to the ball, and so no knock-on.
Not much variation in the Dogs' play in attack, with Barba wrapping around, and it presents very little difficulty for the Roosters. Tolman knocks on off a Reynolds kick. Should present a great attacking opportunity for the Roosters.
Pritchard tries to do some damage on the left, Barba steps, pushes and bats the ball to the wing, overhead, but it's all a bit desperate.
That was all James Maloney. The defence rushed up on the outside and he flies clean through the line. He draws the last man and puts Mortimer over next to the posts. Maloney adds the extras. Roosters 20 Bulldogs 0
Tony Williams ruled to have lost the ball in the field of play, off a diving, short pass from Josh Reynolds. He was lunging for the line with a swinging arm but it gets dislodged.Back to top
Martin Kennedy makes a bust and off the next ball Daniel Mortimer puts through the grubber, with Minichiello forced to shepherd the ball out the back.
Guess who? Pearce's cut-out pass forced the winger to come in and mark the man on the inside. That creates a clear stretch for SBW to get to the line. Maloney adds the two. Roosters 14 Bulldogs 0
Waerea-Hargreaves with a break and offload. Now the Roosters get an attacking scrum after Pritchard is judged to have leapt on a lose ball in an accidental offside position.
Maloney's kick is angled towards the corner where Perrett manages to field the ball without incident; the Roosters really coming out of defence quickly.
Maloney responds to his coach's orders, kicking long to have Barba scrambling with seven chasers in pursuit. The Roosters made almost 90m off the first set.Back to top