The Canterbury Bulldogs have put in a strong performance to win the Bandaged Bear Cup 40-12 over the Parramatta Eels in front of 23,341 fans at ANZ Stadium.
The game did not start well for the Eels with an adventurous short kick off at the beginning of the match went astray and at the end of the set the Bulldogs were able to get on the scoreboard.
The second kickoff for the Eels didn’t go much better with the kick going out on the full and from there the Bulldogs able to get huge momentum. As the clocked hit the eight minute mark, the Bulldogs had established a 16-0 lead, through a somewhat bittersweet try through Ben Barba, who suffered an ankle injury during the play.
With Barba leaving the field the Bulldogs attack was somewhat depleted and they only managed one more try in the 20th minute to take their lead out to 22-0.
That was the end of the first half scoring, however both sides put considerable pressure on their opponents tryline to no avail.
The second half was a much more even affair, although it was the Bulldogs who were in command early with James Graham crossing the tryline for what was his maiden NRL try.
Graham was not the only Bulldogs player to celebrate their maiden NRL try, Bega junior Dale Finucaine showed his strength to wrangle his way through three Eels defenders to push the lead our to 34-0.
The last points for the Bulldogs of the night went to captain Michael Ennis who took advantage of some good play from Josh Morris down the wing to push the lead out to 40-0.
The Eels then crossed for two consolation tries firstly through Ben Roberts who was set up by some excellent footwork from Reni Maitua in the 71st minute and then on the very last play of the match, Fijian rookie Semi Radradra managed to cross for the Eels to put some respectability back into the scoreboard to finish the match at 40-12.
The Bulldogs will be looking to build on their strong win next Monday night when they travel to Kograh to take on the St George Illawarra Dragons. Meanwhile for the Eels, the task does not get any easier with a home match against an inform Manly Sea Eagles next Saturday night.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 40 Parramatta Eels 12
Venue: Stadium Australia
Halftime Score: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 22-0
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Michael Ennis
2 points - Josh Reynolds
1 point - Sam Perrett
CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS (40)
Tries: Sam Perrett, Josh Reynolds, Ben Barba, Josh Morris, James Graham, Dale Finucane, Michael Ennis
Conversions: Trent Hodkinson (6/7)
PARRAMATTA EELS (12)
Tries: Ben Roberts, Semi Radradra
Conversions: Jake Mullaney (2/2)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Team news is in with the Bulldogs naming the same 17 from Tuesday, just the one positional change which sees Josh Jackson start. As a result Tony Williams shifts to the bench.
Bulldogs: 1. Ben Barba 2. Mitch Brown 3. Josh Morris 4. Krisnan Inu 5. Sam Perrett 6. Josh Reynolds 7. Trent Hodkinson 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Michael Ennis 10. James Graham 11. Frank Pritchard 15. Josh Jackson 13. Greg Eastwood
Interchange: 12. Tony Williams 14. Dene Halatau 16. Sam Kasiano 17. Dale Finucane
For the Eels, they also maintain the same 17 players, but positional changes sees a reshuffle in the second row.
Eels: 1. Jake Mullaney 2. Ken Sio 3. Ryan Morgan 4. Willie Tonga 5. Semi Radradra 6. Ben Roberts 7. Luke Kelly 8. Tim Mannah 9. Matt Keating 10. Fuifui Moimoi 12. Daniel Harrison 13. Darcy Lussick 16. Joseph Paulo
Interchange: 11. Reni Maitua 14. Mitch Allgood 15. Peni Terepo 17. Junior Paulo
Scored by Sam Perrett. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson unsuccessful.
Sam Perrett scores for the Bulldogs, coming off a Josh Reynolds bomb, the short kickoff doesn't work
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 4-0
Scored by Josh Reynolds. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.
Flood gates seem to be open early tonight, Bulldogs in yet again through Josh Reynolds after the Eels manage to put the kickoff out on the full
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 10-0
Scored by Ben Barba. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.
Bulldogs in yet again this time through Ben Barba, conversion good
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 16-0
Scored by Josh Morris. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.
TRY, GREEN LIGHTS for the Bulldogs Josh Morris who races in off a grubber
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 22-0
Scored by James Graham. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.
James Graham celebrates his first NRL try off a classy ball from Michael Ennis
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 28-0
Scored by Dale Finucane. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.
TRY TIME again for the Bulldogs - Dale Finucane uses his strength to push through 3 Eels defenders to score his maiden try in the NRL
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 34-0
Scored by Michael Ennis. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.
TRY! Michael Ennis finishes off a great movement from Morris down the wing. Bulldogs about to being up 40 points
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 40-0
Scored by Ben Roberts. Conversion attempt by Jake Mullaney successful.
Some excellent lead up play from Reni Maitua sets up Ben Roberts for the Eels first try in close to 190 minutes of NRL action
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 40-6
Scored by Semi Radradra. Conversion attempt by Jake Mullaney successful.
A silver lining for the Parramatta Eels in a bleak night with Semi Radradra scoring his maiden NRL try outwide on the very last play of the match
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 40-12