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Last updated: 20 Jun 2024
Jeremy Darke 20 Jun 2024
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  • Sydney Roosters vs Canterbury Bulldogs expert predictions for Saturday’s Round 16 NRL game
  • Both teams have top-tier defences; Sydney ranks 3rd, Canterbury ranks 2nd in points conceded
  • Predicted to be a close match with a 1-12 point margin
Sydney Roosters vs Canterbury Bulldogs
Roosters and Bulldogs (Getty)

Sydney Roosters vs Canterbury Bulldogs Predictions

Two of the best defences this go head to head and that should help keep it close with the winning margin predicted to be 1-12 points for either team. 
  • Sydney Roosters vs Canterbury Bulldogs Predictions
  • Head to Head 
  • Sydney Roosters Form
  • Sydney Roosters Team News
  • Sydney Roosters Team List
  • Canterbury Bulldogs Form
  • Canterbury Bulldogs Team News
  • Canterbury Bulldogs Team List

  • The past 4 matches between Sydney and Canterbury have been decided by a margin of 1-12.
  • Sydney (3rd) and Canterbury (2nd) are top-three defences in regards to points conceded this season. 
  • Canterbury lead the NRL in opposition linebreaks (3.6/G) and opposition run metres (1292.9/G)
  • Canterbury concedes 59% of their tries on the right side of their defence.

Head to Head 

Canterbury weathered the storm literally against the Roosters earlier this season, beating Sydney 30-26, almost giving up a 22-0 lead. 

The Bulldogs have won 2 of their last 3 games against Sydney. Although, the Roosters lead the head to head tally 5-2 since 2019. 

Sydney Roosters Form

The Roosters have begun to cool down after a blistering run of games where their attack was averaging 42.4 points over a 5-game period.

Origin obviously disrupted things for Sydney and missing four important pieces to their forward pack this week will also make things challenging.

The impressive part of the Roosters this season has been the return of their premiership-calbre defence that has allowed over 18 points just once in the past 8 matches and that was to a red-hot Cronulla side.

Sydney are averaging just over that at 19.35 for the season, which is third-best in the league.

Sydney Roosters Team News

Dom Young was a late withdrawal from the Roosters side last week but has been named on the wing with Michael Jennings dropping out.

Connor Watson, Angus Crichton and Spencer Leniu will represent NSW and Lindsay Collins will play for QLD and will miss the match. 

Nat Butcher moves into the starting side. Sandon Smith, Siua Wong, Blake Steep and Sitili Tupouniua will make up the bench for the Roosters.

Sydney Roosters Team List

1. James Tedesco
2. Daniel Tupou
3. Fetalaiga Pauga
4. Joey Manu
5. Dom Young
6. Luke Keary
7. Sam Walker
8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
9. Brandon Smith
10. Terrell May
11. Nat Butcher
12. Victor Radley
13. Naufahu Whyte

14. Sandon Smith
15. Blake Steep
16. Sitili Tupouniua
17. Siua Wong

18. Ethan King
19. Dylan Napa
20. Tyler Moriarty
21. Hugo Savala
22. Salesi Foketi

Canterbury Bulldogs Form

The Bulldogs had looked to have returned to their old selves again, however have straightened things up again with three consecutive wins against the Dragons, Knights and Eels.

The Canterbury defence has been almost unfathomably good this season, ranked second in the league by averaging just 16.2 points against per game.

There is no team that concedes less linebreaks than the Bulldogs, allowing their opponents to get behind their line 3.6 times per game on average.

Canterbury have also been the best team in the NRL at reducing run metres by their opposition, conceding just 1292.9 run metres against per game.

Canterbury Bulldogs Team News

Stephen Crichton is the only Origin selection for the Blues, with Matt Burton free to play this week after missing out. Jacob Kiraz moves to the centres with Jeral Skelton on the wing.

Josh Curren moves into the starting side with the injury to Jacob Preston, who will be out for some time. 

Poasa Faamausili and Jake Turpin are on the bench for the Dogs with Viliame Kikau an outside chance after being named in the reserves.

Canterbury Bulldogs Team List

1. Connor Tracey
2. Jeral Skelton
3. Bronson Xerri
4. Jacob Kiraz
5. Blake Wilson
6. Matt Burton
7. Toby Sexton
8. Max King
9. Reed Mahoney
10. Sam Hughes
11. Josh Curran
12. Jaeman Salmon
13. Bailey Hayward

14. Jake Turpin 
15. Poasa Faamausili
16. Kurtis Morrin
17. Lipoi Hopoi

19 Drew Hutchison 
20. Blake Taaffe
21. Eli Clark
22. Harry Hayes
23. Viliame Kikau


This game is tipped to go under the 49.5 Game Total with either team winning by a 1-12 margin.

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