NRL Round 8 – Match 2 Results: Parramatta Eels 26 v Canterbury Bulldogs 10

On Friday night the revived Eels proved they are back in-form as they secured their third successive victory, defeating the Bulldogs by 16 points at ANZ Stadium proving themselves as the top western Sydney team.

Playing away from home and with a number of key players out with injury including Josh Morris and Ben Hannant proved too much of a struggle for the Dogs as they suffered their fifth loss of the season.

It was a very quiet first half for Canterbury who failed to come up with points, making careless handling errors when in prime positions to score, as the Eels dominated and kept the visitors scoreless in the opening 40.

Having finally found some good form this season, Parramatta’s Krisnan Inu put the first points on the board when he scored a four-pointer in the 19th minute.

The only other points scored in the first half were by Luke Burt, who put the ball down in the 27th minute after pouncing onto his own grubber, but he failed to kick either conversion so the Eels went to the break leading 8 to nil.

Back for the second half it was again Parramatta who stole the show as Joel Reddy scored three minutes in. This time Burt booted the conversion and they were ahead by a comfortable 14 points.

Just five minutes later though, the Bulldogs finally opened their account when powerhouse Jamal Idris scored in the 49th minute. Bryson Goodwin kicked it through the posts and they were up to six.

But before Canterbury fans could get too excited, the talented Jarryd Hayne ran nearly 50 metres down the field to put down a brilliant try that sealed their win, and the conversion saw them up to 20 points.

Until this game, the Eels best of the season, Hayne had remained fairly quiet and this was his first try of the season.

Five minutes from the full time siren, Junior Tia-Kilifi on debut scored a second consolation try for Canterbury to give them their final score of 10.

The Eels, however, weren’t quite finished and with a minute to go Kris Keating put the icing on the cake and Burt’s 80th minute conversion saw the home side finish 26 – 10 in front.