The Sydney Roosters built a fortress at ANZ Stadium to hold out the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, 20-18 as a crowd of 20,275 watched on.
The Roosters' goal line defence through out the match caused frustrations for the Belmore boys as they struggled to get into the game.
The Bondi boys fired early as Kiwi centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall posted the first of two tries. His footwork and ball handling skills saw him cross the white-line after 6 minutes. Roosters 4-0.
Despite the mostly brick-wall defence from the Roosters, Ben Barba found a crack and darted through it. The Bulldogs hit the lead after 21 minutes, 6-4.
Roosters enforcer, Boyd Cornder in a rare sight crossed the chalk twice for the tri-colours. His first four-pointer came after 27 minutes as fill-in half Daniel Mortimer provided the short pass. The Roosters took a 10-6 lead into half time.
The second half saw two tries a-piece as the Bulldogs attempted to surge home in the final 10 minutes.
The man they call SKD (Shaun Kenny-Dowall) danced his way through the Bulldogs defence to claim his second four-pointer. The Canterbury side out on their feet as he made light work of the defenders.
Man of the Match, Boyd Cordner crossed for his second try of the outing, as once again Daniel Mortimer laid the platform for his second-rower to charge through the Bulldog pack. The Roosters with 20 minutes on the clock held a comfortable 20-6 lead.
As the clock drifted away from the Bulldogs, they managed to post two late tries to Dene Halatau and Krisnan Inu. However, the clock wound down before the match-winning try could be scored.
In the final minute of the match, as Inu scored his try for the Bulldogs, Queensland Maroons 18th man Martin Kennedy sustained a knee injury in goal. The good news is he did walk to the sideline, although under the assistance of the medial team.
The boys from Bondi held strong in the end as the claimed victory, 20-18, over the Bulldogs. The Roosters managed to string the win together despite having Origin stars, James Maloney and Mitchell Pearce absent from the team sheet.