Controversial try mars Roosters barnstorming win

Shaun Kenny-Dowall of the Roosters scores the opening try during the first NRL Semi Final between the Sydney Roosters and the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Shaun Kenny-Dowall of the Roosters scores the opening try during the first NRL Semi Final between the Sydney Roosters and the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY DEAN LEWINS

THE Sydney Roosters have advanced to face the Broncos in a dream interstate preliminary final after accounting for the Bulldogs 38-12 at Allianz Stadium.  

But the match was not short of controversy.  

The Bondi club shot out to a crucial 14-4 lead courtesy of a Kane Evans try in the 51st minute.  

The prop forward looked to be all of three things - held, short of the line and guilty of a double movement.  

But referee Matt Ceccin was right on the spot and ruled it a try, with the video officials somehow not finding sufficient evidence to overturn the call.  

Roosters fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck then scored an electric try off a beautiful late Evans offload, before leaving Bulldogs fullback Josh Morris behind with his blinding pace.  

That gave the tricolours a 20-4 lead, but the Bulldogs were not done with yet.  

Hooker Damien Cook scored after some slick hands from second-rower Frank Pritchard, before his clever offload to Morris, with Morris finding Cook for the try.    

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 18: Daniel Tupou of the Roosters is tackled during the First NRL Semi Final match between the Sydney Roosters and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Allianz Stadium on September 18, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 18: Daniel Tupou of the Roosters is tackled during the First NRL Semi Final match between the Sydney Roosters and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Allianz Stadium on September 18, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) Cameron Spencer

 

The Roosters put the game to bed though when Shaun Kenny-Dowall - who was highly impressive - planted the ball down in the right-hand corner, showing great strength to stay in the field of play.

Boyd Cordner shot over from close range to blow the score after 73 minutes.  

Kenny-Dowall then notched up a well-deserved hat-trick, leaping spectacularly for a cross-field kick to touch down out wide.  

Bulldogs winger Curtis Rona - who had a rough night with a few errors - achieved some minor consolation right on the full-time siren.  

When he finished nicely just inside the left-hard corner post, it was his 23rd try of the season, equalling the joint-club record held by Ben Barba and Nigel Vagana.  

ROOSTERS 38 (S Kenny-Dowall 3, K Evans, R Tuivasa-Sheck, B Cordner tries; J Maloney 7 goals) BULLDOGS 12 (T Lafai, D Cook, C Rona tries). At Allianz Stadium last night.

 



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