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Dogs upset Roosters, end NRL losing streak

A first-half double from Josh Addo-Carr has helped end Canterbury’s six-match losing run and inflict back-to-back defeats on the Sydney Roosters.

And it was certainly heart-in-the-mouth stuff on Saturday night at Accor Stadium.

A Joseph Suaalii try to level scores with three minutes left was disallowed by the bunker when replays showed the Roosters winger’s right foot brushing the touchline, and the Bulldogs held on for a heartfelt 16-12 win.

“Tonight was the night when we finally got (a decision) at the back end. I’m over the moon for the players,” a relieved Bulldogs coach Trent Barrett said.

“We played for 80 minutes … I’ve never been discouraged or disappointed by our team’s effort or commitment to themselves, their teammates or to the club.

“But we haven’t been able to hang on for that long and we really needed it desperately.”

While Canterbury’s players deserve the credit for getting just their second win in eight rounds, it’s uncertain who gets the off-field plaudits – head coach Trent Barrett or head of football Phil Gould.

The club had been in the headlines this week after Gould delivered the players a huge spray after the Brisbane thrashing and then took over a training session.

“It was probably more of a distraction for myself than the team. The players don’t worry about that stuff,” Barrett said of Gould’s injection.

“It’s a long year to keep everyone motivated … why wouldn’t I get the big fella down there to give them a rev up if I think we need it. I’ll use the water boy if I think it will help.

“I’m not too proud to ask for help and I’d be stupid not to.”

Off the back of 60 per cent possession, Addo-Carr’s double means he’s now crossed for five tries in three games.

Perhaps the co-captaincy with Luke Thompson in the absence of veteran skipper Josh Jackson suited Addo-Carr. The man dubbed ‘The Foxx’ out-smarted markers Luke Keary and Joey Manu close to the line to score his first, then raced 85 metres for his second after intercepting a Sam Walker pass.

The Roosters were staring at a scoreless first half for the third time this season before a little Keary magic unfolded in the 38th minute. He put Suaalii over in the corner for his first try of 2022.

James Tedsco continued the fightback after the halftime break, busting through a flimsy Matt Dufty-Ava Seumanufagai tackle for 10-8.

But the Bulldogs’ reply had sting with Dufty redeeming himself with an over-the-top pass for Jayden Okunbor to score.

A 73rd-minute four-pointer to Sitili Tupouniua gave the Roosters a chance to steal the win, but it wasn’t to be.

“I feel like we had enough opportunities to execute but we’re still not finding that ability to pressure teams, execute tries … we’re not creating (chances) off combination play,” Roosters coach Trent Robinson said.

“Attack turns around quicker than defence … we see it but we’re just not nailing it. It’s not far away. We’ve identified what we have to do – we just didn’t do it tonight.”

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