31 Jul 2011

Roosters crow in local derby, Cowboys blitz Panthers

8:41 am on 31 July 2011

The Sydney Roosters have put a dagger through the Bulldogs' National Rugby League

finals hopes with a 32-28 home win, while the Panthers also fell off the pace with a 30-18 loss to North Queensland in Townsville.

The performance from the Bulldogs showed they have individual brilliance, but they're a long way from having the game smarts to make the top eight.

Despite hitting the lead 24-22 with a quarter of the match remaining, the Bulldogs crumbled with ill-discipline and unforgivable errors.

Penrith star Luke Lewis is expected to be fit to play the Melbourne Storm next week after he was knocked out and missed the entire second half of the Panthers' drubbing by the Cowboys.