NRL Round 20 – Match 1 Results: Canterbury Bulldogs 16 v 32 Parramatta Eels

A head-spinning opening 10 minutes highlighted by two sensational tries by Jarryd Hayne gave the Eels just the start they needed to put the bite on the Bulldogs 32 – 16 on Friday night at ANZ Stadium in front of 34,600 fans.

Parramatta are starting to give their fans another late season treat, winning their third on the trot on Friday night to move ever closer to a spot in the top eight.

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The Eels are now in 10th spot on the ladder and are just two competition points away from a possible spot in the playoffs, with many backing them to repeat their stunning late season comeback from last year.

The Bulldogs, on the other hand, had their finals hopes put to bed with the big loss, their second in as many weeks.

Just 60 seconds into Friday night’s match the Hayne train left the station, as Jarryd Hayne opened the Eels account in the first minute with a stunning four-pointer in the first set of six.

Crafting his way through four defenders in a 25m solo effort, Hayne proved he was ready to match the incredible feats he did last year.

Jarryd Hayne paid out in the ‘1st Tryscorer’ markets at just a minute into Friday’s match

Then just five minutes later the star fullback made it a double with a 6th minute try and with Luke Burt kicking both through the posts the visitors were in front 12 – 0.

But the early embarrassment wasn’t over for Canterbury yet, as young Krisnan Inu flew through for his first try of the night a few minutes later after latching onto a deft cut-out ball from Hayne, extending the Eels lead 16 – nil after just 10 minutes.

The Bulldogs fought back in the 17th minute when veteran Brett Kimmorley scored the Dogs’ first try of the night, but without the conversion they still trailed 16 – 4.

Parramatta further entertained the crowd for the remainder of the first half, getting in two more unanswered tries before the break.

First Inu scored his second in the 25th minute, followed by a Ben Smith four-pointer five minutes later. Burt converted both once again, and the Eels went to the sheds all smiles as they held a tidy 28 – 4 advantage over the shell-shocked home team.

Back from the break the Bulldogs did well to add some respectability to the score and keep the Eels from getting any more tries, but it wasn’t enough to bring them back.

The in-form Ben Barba scored the first second half try just eight minutes in and with Bryson Goodwin’s conversion the board was 28 – 10 still in favour of Parramatta.

Then in the 57th minute Andrew Ryan scored Canterbury’s third try of the night, another Goodwin conversion giving them a total of 16 points.

The Bulldogs nearly scored again 10 minutes later through David Stagg, but a courageous try saving tackle by Hayne put an end to that.

Two last-quarter penalties in favour of the Eels saw Burt boot another four points to give Parramatta a comfortable 32 – 16 win.

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