Roosters vs Canterbury Bulldogs, Teams, Score, Video, News, Stream, SuperCoach, Stats

The Roosters weathered a fierce challenge from a lively Canterbury side to secure a difficult 22-16 victory at Bankwest Stadium and return to the winner’s circle on Saturday.

The Chooks took a 16-10 halftime lead, but the Bulldogs were on hand with two bizarre attempts to silence half of Lachlan Lewis.

It was also an even second half, as the Dogs came home strong but the Chooks kept them at bay.

The victory comes a week after the Chooks were beaten 46-0 by Melbourne.

Here are the main talking points of the game.

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SIMPLE SOLUTION TO ROOSTER DISEASES

The Roosters may consider taking Joey Manu away from his usual center-right position for the remainder of the season.

On Saturday night, the Chooks welcomed young talent Billy Smith, who hadn’t played a game since 2019 due to two serious knee injuries and a shoulder injury.

Ahead of his horror injury streak, Smith was assessed by the Chooks as their long-term replacement for Latrell Mitchell at left center.

They ended up bringing in Josh Morris to do the job, who had a stellar career twilight at Bondi.

But Smith is now back in good shape and health, scoring a try in the first five minutes of Saturday’s game and hoping to hold onto his place on the left flank.

His return could prompt Roosters coach Trent Robinson to consider placing Manu in fifth place for the remainder of the year.

Manu is one of the best centers in the competition, but he has filled the running backs and backs for the Chooks this year.

He wore the No.1 on Saturday in the absence of captain James Tedesco, absent with the NSW Blues squad. Manu ran 254 yards, made six tackles and scored a try.

Fox League analyst Braith Anasta has speculated that Manu could reach No.6 when Tedesco returns.

That would leave Morris in center-right, Smith in center-left and Manu would partner with rookie half-back Sam Walker in the halves.

Since Luke Keary’s knee injury that ended the season, the five-eighth role has mostly been split between Drew Hutchison and Lachlan Lam.

Hutchison was less than inspiring against the Bulldogs.

“I know he’s their best center… but he’s also their best five-eighth (with Keary out),” Anasta said of Manu.

“They gave Lachie Lam a chance, and I like the way Lachie plays, and Drew Hutchison has a chance too. But I actually think (Manu) is their best five-eighth, that’s how good he is.

“At five eighths, he’s as good as anywhere else. “

BIG DECISION FOR THE DOG TRAINER

Canterbury coach Trent Barrett fired a quick shot on game day when he knocked out Kyle Flanagan just days after recalling the young half-back from the NRL side.

He placed Lachlan Lewis in five-eighth in place of Flanagan.

Lewis restored his confidence by scoring two first-half tries, including a fantastic solo chip-and-chase effort to keep the Dogs close at hand.

Fox League pundits believe Barrett is testing his young halves to see who wins the right to partner with Matt Burton next year.

“I think Trent Barrett is screaming for a few of those halves against the Bulldogs just to put his hand up,” Cooper Cronk said.

“Averillo has done it in some games this year, but Trent Barrett is looking.

“Obviously Matt Burton is coming next year, so whoever can stand up in the next eight games could be the one who puts Burton in the halves.”

Braith Anasta believes the fact that Flanagan was called up and then dumped again shows that he won’t be in Belmore next year.

“I think his future is obviously in danger with the Dogs,” said Anasta.

“With Burton coming next year, you’d think (Flanagan) would be the perfect fit. But they can’t even persist with Kyle in that position.

“I think he’s going to go to another club eventually.”

BIG CHOOK STAYS BIG

Roosters executor Jared Waerea-Hargreaves is enjoying some of his best football towards the end of his career.

He has been praised more than once this season by coach Trent Robinson and on Saturday night he stood up again.

The Kiwi mainstay ran for 211 yards, 89 after contact and made 36 tackles in the middle of the park.

He had an ongoing battle with Bulldogs forward Josh Jackson as the pair clashed.

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