Eels record much-needed win over arch rivals the Bulldogs

Parramatta Eels forward Nathan Brown

Unfortunately billed as the wooden spoon cup for both sides, it was the Parramatta Eels who prevailed over the Canterbury Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium.

The 14-8 win was the Eels first in a month and will give them confidence, despite a for and against of -132.

It would be the Bulldogs who opened the scoring, with some quick hands resulting in a try to Kerrod Holland.

In the opening stages, the Eels struggled with first contact in defence and to contain the Bulldogs offloads.

The game took a turn in the Eels favour soon after when Brett Morris was sin-binned for a professional foul.

The Eels looked to capitalise but errors cost them to begin with.

Try as they might, they were finally rewarded when Corey Norman found Tepai Moeroa to bust through, who found Kaysa Pritchard to score.

As the Eels looked to extend their lead, they were yet again their own worst enemy.

Either it was an error or in the case of George Jennings, being tackled into touch that failed to see further points scored for some time.

It was then a lucky ricochet in the Eels favour that saw Mitch Moses coast 90m to score and give the Eels a 14-6 lead.

Only a further penalty goal to the Bulldogs troubled the scorers after that, as the Eels recorded a crucial win.

Despite criticism levelled at his young halves for their performance, Bulldogs coach Dean Pay intends to stick by the kids.

“We had a fair bit more ball than them, we just didn’t do enough with it,” Pay said.

“We had a couple of young blokes there playing in the halves who were going sideways, we’ve got to dig into the line and create some opportunities for ourselves.”

Eels coach Brad Arthur knew how important this win was for the club and their confidence.

“If we went with that much effort tonight and we couldn’t find a way to win that game, it would’ve been real tough moving forward,” Arthur said.

“But that gives us a bit of direction for the next six games.”

Player of the Game:

3. Nathan Brown

2. Tepai Moeroa

  1. Reed Mahoney

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