Great to see a good crowd of just over 22,000 turn up to see the Bulldogs beat the Eels 32-18 at Parramatta Stadium.
Both teams alternated the try scoring, Anasta (pictured) scoring in the 15th min, the replay showing what seemed to be a knock on, but Simpkins did not use the video umpire A good contest in the first half saw neither team get an advantage. Possession was very even throughout the half. It was only in the 35th minute that the Bulldogs managed to pull out a six point lead, to go to the break leading 16-10.
The first ten minutes of the second half, saw both teams making unforced errors, leading to a sloppy period of play.
The Bulldogs and Eels managed to settle down, the crowd managed to put up the volume, and we got to see what a fine contest these two teams can put up.
The Bulldogs stepped up a gear to put in 2 very good tries in the last fifteen minutes, to the chant of 'Bulldogs' from the crowd. Great to see such an entertaining game of rugby league.
League Unlimited Players Points:
3. Price (Bulldogs) 2. Sherwin (Bulldogs) 1. Talau (Bulldogs)
Fri 7:30 PM, 28 June 2002 Parramatta Stadium - Crowd 22,136 Referee: P Simpkins Parramatta Eels 32 (Tries: Cayless, Burt, Ryan. Goals: Hodgson 3/4) Canterbury Bulldogs 18 (Tries: Anasta, Talau 2, Vagana, Mason, Patten. Goals: El Masri 4/6)