Two NRL Premiership contenders face off on Friday night when Sydney Roosters face Canterbury Bulldogs at Allianz Stadium. The Roosters have found form to settle in to a spot in the top four, while the Bulldogs will look to get their push back on track following a loss to the Sharks last weekend.
The Roosters are unchanged from last Friday’s heavy defeat of Wests Tigers. Brendan Elliott has impressed during the enforced absence of Shaun Kenny-Dowall and retains his place on the wing.
The Bulldogs will be without Josh Reynolds, who may miss the rest of the regular season with a knee injury. Moses Mbye has demonstrated already this year that he is a more than capable deputy in the halves, and will have a chance in the coming weeks to stake a claim for a starting spot should the Bulldogs maintain their place in the top eight.
Usually dominant with their forward pack, the Bulldogs will this week come up against a team who can match them man for man. The Roosters will then look to make the most of their considerable attacking talent in wide areas.
This match sees a significant milestone for Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce, who will become the youngest ever player to reach 200 first grade games. At just 26 years of age Pearce looks well set to go on and join the prestigious 300 club.
Friday 31st July, Allianz Stadium Moore Park
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