The match was billed as the first time the Eels and Bulldogs meet on the field since the memorable Preliminary Final of 2009. Nothing changed in the end as the Eels claimed another win, 26-10 over the Bulldogs.
The only thing that will concern the Eels is a report against prop Fuifui Moimoi, but on the field everything went right for the Blue and Gold tonight, scoring five tries to two.
For the majority of the first half, the two sides put in a massive arm wrestle. On several occasions the kickers went high for bombs, but both sides put up great defensive efforts to diffuse the chances their opponents created.
It took more than twenty minutes for someone to crack and ironically, it was a bomb. Inu took the ball and fell over the line to open the scoring. Moments later a piece of individual brilliance from Luke Burt set up the Eels second try. Burt ran from dummy-half, grubbered, ran around two defenders and score a memorable try. His goalkicking didn't help, the Eels still only holding an 8-0 advantage.
The Bulldogs went on the attack soon after, several times. The Eels defence did very well to hold on. That 8-0 scoreline became the halftime score. It wasn't long into the second half when the Eels struck again, a quick pass from Jarryd Hayne sending Joel Reddy over the tryline.
The Bulldogs finally struck with a little bit of luck, with a Jarryd Hayne kick charged at, Bryson Goodwin the only one available to take the ball, scoring an easy try.
From there on the Eels resumed the natural flow. Kris Keating sent Hayne into plenty of open space to score his first try of the season. A piece of power saw Jamal Idris set the Bulldogs some nice field position, and a grubber sent Junior Tia-Kalifi over for his first try in Bulldogs colours.
The Eels had the last laugh though, Keating over the line in the dying moments to seal up the 26-10 scoreline. The Eels with their third straight victory.
Parramatta Eels 26 defeated Canterbury Bulldogs 10
National Rugby League - NRL - Round 8 - Friday April 30, 2010 7:35pm
Venue: ANZ Stadium
Referee: Tony Archer and Shayne Hayne
Video Referee: Bill Harrigan
Touch Judges: Steve Carrall and Phil Haines
Halftime: Parramatta Eels 8 Canterbury Bulldogs 0
PARRAMATTA EELS (26)
Tries: Luke Burt, Joel Reddy, Jarryd Hayne, Krisnan Inu, Kris Keating
Conversions: Luke Burt (3/5)
CANTERBURY BULLDOGS (10)
Tries: Jamal Idris, Junior Tia-Kilifi
Conversions: Bryson Goodwin (1/2)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary It was just a few months ago that we saw these two teams clash in one of the most anticipated Rugby League matches of the modern era. The Eels and Bulldogs will fight tonight to keep a winning run alive, and keep the bragging rights going.
Toyota Cup Update: The Bulldogs have finally grabbed their first win of the season with a 34-14 thumping of the Eels.
The two sides about to come out. Both sides 1-17. Hickey will start for the Bulldogs, with Warburton on the bench. Tia Kalifi and Goodwin have swapped positions.
We're underway, Eels with the ball.
2 min: Fui Fui looking a bit sore.
3 min: First penalty of the game to the Eels, they'll have attacking position at the halfway line.
4 min: Cayless knocks on close to the line, before that the Eels did show some nice hands.
6 min: Now a Bulldogs penalty, so let's see how they go in the Eels half.
6 min: Close to the line...Eel touches the ball, six to go for the Dogs!
6 min: VIDEO REFEREE - Possible Bulldogs Try -
Andrew Ryan goes over the line, possibly held up
6 min: Easy no try, the Dogs still with the ball.
7 min: Green chips, Inu takes it well but is caught back in-goal. Green down injured now.
7 min: Green is up, game to re-start with a line drop-out.
8 min: Another Bulldogs set of six near the tryline but the Eels hold them out. Hayne takes the kick and stays in-goal, good work from him. Eels working it out.
9 min: Nice hit from Inu on Idris. The Bulldogs set making plenty of metres, as they all have. They run it on the fifth but an error follows.
10 min: Both sides playing very well in a ten minute arm wrestle.
11 min: Ennis with a nice kick, from inside the 40 and bouncing out roughly a metre or two out. One of the best 40/20's I've seen in awhile.
12 min: Bulldogs knock it on, Parramatta survive yet again.
13 min: A kick from the Eels is taken by the Bulldogs in-goal, good tackle from Reddy to put the Bulldogs player in-goal.
15 min: The Eels cannot break either, taken over the sideline.
16 min: Tahu takes another Bulldogs bomb. Expecting to see a try off one tonight perhaps.
17 min: Eels with a great attacking set.
19 min: TRY
I told you so. A bomb finds Inu in open pasture, he catches it and drops over the line. First try of the night.
Parramatta Eels 4-0
21 min: Eels looking sharp in attack. They're on their own ten at the moment.
23 min: TRY
Eels with all the ball, and Burt finds himself with no marker. A quick grubber, runs around some tired defence, and scores. Great individual effort.
Parramatta Eels 8-0
26 min: Patten slips through a few defenders after taking a kick. Dogs still yet to score.
31 min: Bulldogs force the Eels in-goal.
32 min: Held out again. Well done to the Eels.
32 min: Bulldogs fans, hold your hats, here comes Barba!
37 min: The Bulldogs still eight points down, but attacking with all they've got against an Eels side defending very well.
40 min: Right on the break the Bulldogs attack the line, the Eels still hold them up.
40 min: Second half underway. Bulldogs with possession.
42 min: A bomb near the line. Turner couldn't hold it and the Eels get it back. Good pressure.
43 min: TRY
A lovely little pass from Jarryd Hayne and Reddy is over, Parramatta with their third.
Parramatta Eels 14-0
45 min: After a piggyback, the Bulldogs near the line now.
46 min: The grubber does nothing, the Bulldogs can't get over the line.
47 min: TRY
Probably should've been quiet. A Hayne kick is diffused and the ball lands with Idris who makes a clean run to score the Bulldogs' first.
Parramatta Eels 14-6
53 min: The Bulldogs slowly returning to their average fifth tackle options.
55 min: VIDEO REFEREE - Possible Eels Try - Another Bulldogs charge-down, this time it might have gone against them. Might have hit Keating twice though.
55 min: No try, Keating touched the ball twice.
58 min: The Eels chant getting louder. Running the ball well.
60 min: A bad tackle, a few players involved in a tackle on Green. Moimoi, Hindmarsh and Cayless involved. It was legal, but probably the last three Eels you'd want running at you. Green down.
60 min: Sorry, it appears the shoulder of Moimoi was high, he has been put on report. Green off the field.
64 min: TRY Media Mantarays
Keating puts Hayne into space for his first try of the season. That should nearly be the game. Burt gets this sideline conversion after missing the first two.
Parramatta Eels 20-6
66 min: The Bulldogs twenty metres out. They'll need to score here.
67 min: And they don't.
72 min: A few Eels involved in another 'dangerous' tackle. Penalty, no report.
73 min: VIDEO REFEREE - Possible Bulldogs Try - Browne with a possible try. Seeing whether the ball knocked on from the knee or hand.
73 min: No try, the knee was good, the double movement I didn't mention wasn't.
74 min: Great run from Idris, shoves through everybody.
75 min: TRY
And it ends with a try. From the run, Idris sends it left. Kimmorley gets it, grubbers and Tia-Kalifi scores his first try in the Blue and White.
Parramatta Eels 20-10
79 min: TRY
Keating scores a late one to cap off a great game. Good passing from the Eels to set it up.
Parramatta Eels 26-10
80 min: That's all she wrote and the Eels have done it again, 26-10.