Friday’s (31/07/2015) first NRL 2015 Round 21 match is between Sydney Roosters and Canterbury Bulldogs. The opening bounce is set to commence at 19:45 local time with the game to be played at Allianz Stadium. The home team Sydney Roosters are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Sydney Roosters and Canterbury Bulldogs.
When: 19:45 | Friday 31/07/2015
Where: Allianz Stadium
Tip: Sydney Roosters at $1.33
Value Tip: First Tryscorer: Blake Ferguson at $10.00
1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Michael Jennings 4. Blake Ferguson 5. Brendan Elliot 6. James Maloney 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Dylan Napa 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Mitchell Aubusson 13. Aidan Guerra Interchange: 14. Sam Moa 15. Isaac Liu 16. Kane Evans 17. Sio Siua Taukeiaho 18. Jackson Hastings 19. Matt McIlwrick 20. Suaia Matagi.
1. Brett Morris 2. Curtis Rona 3. Josh Morris 4. Timoteo Lafai 5. Sam Perrett 6. Moses Mbye 7. Trent Hodkinson 8. David Klemmer 9. Michael Lichaa 10. James Graham 11. Josh Jackson 12. Frank Pritchard 13. Greg Eastwood Interchange: 14. Sam Kasiano 15. Shaun Lane 16. Lloyd Perrett 17. Tim Browne 19. Corey Thompson 22. Danny Fualalo.
The Sydney Roosters are hopeful Shaun Kenny-Dowall will return to the football field this season despite the domestic violence allegations made against him.
Kenny-Dowall won’t play in the Roosters’ round-21 match against Canterbury on Friday, but he could make his return to the NRL the week after against Newcastle at Hunter Stadium on August 9.
Kenny-Dowall is understood to have been released from hospital after being admitted last week due to concerns about his mental welfare.
The Kiwi international sat out the Roosters’ win over the Warriors last Sunday after he was charged the day before with 10 offences in relation to his former girlfriend Jessica Peris.
He didn’t play in the Roosters’ win over Wests Tigers on Friday night either.
Teammate Jared Waerea-Hargreaves said the Kiwi international’s condition was improving.
“He is doing a lot better than a few days ago I guess,” said Waerea-Hargreaves, who is a close friend of Kenny-Dowall’s.
“We are supporting him 100 per cent. He has had some tough times there but he is getting back on track and we are all looking forward to having him back in the headquarters soon.
“I hope he will play again this year. I think he is getting in the right frame of mind and he needs the right support around him.
“I think he will be back.”
The Roosters and the NRL have not stood down Kenny-Dowall over the allegations asserting the 27-year old will be afforded the presumption of innocence.
The matter was heard in Waverley Local Court on Thursday, when Kenny-Dowall didn’t appear.
The matter has been adjourned until August 6.
Roosters captain Mitchell Pearce will become the youngest player to play his 200th first grade game in the match against the Dogs at Allianz Stadium.
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change