Match Preview v Roosters Round 7

Just when we were nodding our collective heads at the Roosters’ impressive substance-over-style road win over Cronulla, they turn up a week later and get steamrolled by a Sam Burgess-less Rabbitohs pack.

The score actually flattered the Chooks. The Bunnies frequently punched holes in their more fancied opponents’ defensive line and would’ve won by more than 12 if they’d made the most of their many scoring opportunities.

It’s still only early days and the Roosters (3-3) haven’t endured the same struggles as the Cowboys and Eels, but make no mistake, coach Trent Robinson must be as concerned as he is frustrated. It doesn’t matter how many Tedescos and Cronks you have if you get pulverised up front, and the Roosters haven’t proved they can play a power game on a weekly basis.

The Bulldogs put together their best performance of the season last week in Townsville, claiming a much-needed second win with a wire to wire thumping of the under-achieving Cowboys.

They will really make us sit up and take notice if they account for the Roosters.

Head-to-head: Played 172; Roosters 87 wins; Bulldogs 80 wins; 5 draws.

Matches at venue: Played 17; Bulldogs 11 wins; Roosters 6 wins

2017 results: Roosters won 28-24 at Allianz Stadium in round 2 and 24-18 at ANZ Stadium in round 11

Points per game: Bulldogs 17.2; Roosters 29.7

Points conceded per game: Bulldogs 23.3; Roosters 16

Televised: Live on Nine, Fox League

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