Roosters halves shine again to sink Bulldogs


Luke Keary and Mitchell Pearce impressed again as Sydney Roosters continued their promising start to the NRL season by beating Canterbury Bulldogs 28-24.

The Roosters' new half-back pairing shone in their first outing together last week, debutant Keary grabbing two tries in a 32-18 victory over Gold Coast Titans that also featured a hat-trick for Latrell Mitchell.

And Sydney's playmakers were on the money again on Thursday to pile further pressure on the Bulldogs and their coach Des Hasler, although the visitors could at least take encouragement from a gutsy second-half fightback.

Canterbury flew out of the blocks at Allianz Stadium, twice capitalising on Roosters errors to go over in the right corner through Kerrod Holland, who hurt his shoulder in the act of scoring and was soon forced off, and Josh Morris.

However, Moses Mbye failed to convert both tries and the hosts soon seized control - Boyd Cordner taking a Keary pass to score before an eye-catching Daniel Tupou brace.

Tupou first latched on to a grubber from Mitchell to touch down, after Blake Ferguson's initial break, and then showed tremendous agility in collecting a high kick from Keary and swiftly grounding the ball.

When another aerial kick, this time from Pearce, was patted back by Shaun Kenny-Dowall for Ferguson to score early in the second half, the Roosters looked set to run riot.

The Bulldogs responded admirably, Brett Morris and Adam Elliott crossing the whitewash, but more superb work from Keary put Mitchell Aubusson through a gap for a try that settled Sydney's nerves and a second Morris score late on proved in vain.