The Eels were not only flogged by a courageous Bulldogs outfit today, but it could have been worse – the Dogs heavily effected by a virus that ripped through the team during the week. The Parramatta side capitulating early, losing to the tune of 48-18.
From the opening exchanges, new Bulldogs centre Josh Morris was in a menacing mood – Morris getting a double inside 10 minutes before succumbing to injury. The game quickly opened up – with both sides wanting to play ‘touch football’ with commentators predicting a high scoring affair from early on.
The Parramatta side had their chance to pounce, getting over for some early points themselves – but bombed opportunities and turnstyle defence made them look very ordinary. The Bulldogs grew from strength to strength, their short turn around and poor preparation quickly forgotten as they found holes all over the park.
The Eels making matters worse after Inu sent the restart dead on the full, and from the penalty restart Ben Roberts took a quick tap from half way and was stopped just 5 metres short of the tryline before Hazem El Masri scored a straightforward try untouched on the next play to make it 26-12.
The rest was way too easy for Canterbury – Brett Kimmorley getting in on the action himself 5 mintues from fulltime scoring a length of the field try as the Bulldogs made the Eels look like a NSW Cup side.