Canterbury Bulldogs 12
Tries: Corey Thompson 2
Goals: Krisnan Inu, Michael Ennis
Field Goals: nil
Parramatta Eels 22
Tries: Vai Toutai 2, Ryan Morgan 2, Semi Radradra
Goals: Chris Sandow
Field Goals: nil
Parramatta experimented with Chris Sandow at fullback and came up trumphs against a depleted Canterbury side 22-12 at Stadium Australia.
Brad Arthur admitted post game presser that Sandow had trained at fullback during pre-season as there was the belief that he could be explosive from the back. The gamble was justified as Sandow made two line breaks, with one leading to Vai Toutai’s try after twenty-three minutes.
Canterbury failed to take advantage of the field position and it was a loose pass from rookie halfback Damien Cook to Josh Jackson resulted in Parramatta’s opening try to Semi Radradra with a length of the field run. His thirteenth for the season came after eighteen minutes. When the Bulldogs looked like scoring they were denied by the officials after Krisnan Inu was correctly penalised for a double movement. Going into half time the visitors led with ten unanswered points.
Four minutes after the break Corey Thompson opened the Bulldogs account as he took three defenders over the line with him in scoring.
The next period was dominated by Pauli Pauli who provided an unmarked Vai Toutai with his second for the afternoon approaching the hour mark to extend the Eels lead to eight points. With thirteen minutes to play Pauli threw the final pass to Ryan Morgan which guaranteed the Eels to go home with two competition points. Ryan Morgan’s double was completed with five minutes remaining and came off the back of Isaac De Gois’ break through mid-field. De Gois fitting into the Eels side with limited preparation after signing from Cronulla during the week in replacement of injured Nathan Peats.
Corey Thompson’s final minute try in chasing his own kick in goal to score gave some respect to the Bulldogs on the scoreboard.
It was the Bulldogs third straight defeat as they fall from first place not long ago, to sixth place in a congested top eight. The Eels eighth win of the season promoted last year’s wooden spooners to seventh place.