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NRL Round 17: Bulldogs v Roosters
This is one of those games where even die hard fans such as myself are not very excited about.
The Bulldogs are the worst team in the competition, and are currently dealing with a bad injury toll and a host of suspensions.
The Roosters are a shell of the team they once were and are further weakened this week with the loss of Crichton and Tedesco.
The Roosters still have plenty of talent, but last weekend most of these guys looked like they had given up on 2021. J Moz has not been the same since his brother retired, Lui and Taukieaho are well off their best, while JWH was manhandled by the Storm.
More concerning for the Roosters, is the fact that young Sam Walker is coming crashing back to reality, with the diminutive half now getting rag dolled in defence and attack. Teams are moving the ball to work him over and the rest of the Roosters defence is no longer strong enough to adjust and cover for him.
In terms of Coach Barrett, I have serious concerns about his ability to identify talent. Topine should still be in the 17 and L Lewis deserves another shot. Atoni has finally be brought back into the top 17, but only through necessity… so I am not sure Coach Barrett is using his limited resources as effectively as he could be.
Although the Roosters are falling away in 2021 and are not genuine contenders in my view, they should be far too good here. Radley’s return at lock and Manu at 1 should be enough to see the tries flow towards the end of each half.
If you are going to miss watching one NRL game this year, this should be the one!
Predicted score Roosters 30 – Bulldogs 10