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The Bulldogs can still make the eight after a remarkable performance against the Eels, while Parramatta’s hopes at the top four suffered a significant blow.
It was low-scoring, but it was an intense, exciting game of Rugby League. The Eels took the lead early through Waqa Blake before Will Hopoate equalised right before half time.
The second half was testy, with brawls nearly breaking out. Nathan Brown is in trouble for an awful shoulder charge in the 49th minute which saw him sin binned, but the Bulldogs’ Reimis Smith followed 90 seconds later after an unnecessary headbutt.
Nick Meaney scored a penalty try after some desperate defending from Mitchell Moses saw him mistime his kick at the ball, instead hitting Meaney’s arm as he was grounding. Meaney made no mistake from right infront to give his side a six-point lead.
The Bulldogs held on, barely, to record their fourth straight NRL win for the first time in three season.
The Parramatta Eels are still fighting for a place in the top four when they host the Canterbury Bulldogs at Bankwest Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:50pm (AEST).
Parramatta comfortably saw off the Gold Coast Titans last week to make it four wins in a row, and keep a place in the top four within reach.
Mitchell Moses was perfect from the tee, converting all six tries in the Eels’ 24-point win.
Parramatta’s run of form heading into the finals has been superb, particularly in defence. Brad Arthur’s side has conceded an average of just ten points per game over the past three weeks.
Their consistency has been particularly impressive when you take into account that they are without injured winger Blake Ferguson.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs have had a disappointing season by their standards, but seem to have found some consistency.
The Dogs have won five of their past seven games and a win over Parramatta would make it four in a row.
A place in the eight is mathematically possible for them, but highly unlikely. Still, it’s a better position to be in considering not too long ago they were considered one of the favourites for the wooden spoon.
Their win against the Rabbitohs was impressive. The Bulldogs didn’t concede a single try in the 14-6 win at ANZ Stadium.
Corey Harawina-Neara scored both tries for Canterbury-Bankstown in a game where the defence stayed solid for the full 80.
The last time these two sides played was back in March at ANZ Stadium.
The Bulldogs stormed out of the blocks with two tries in 20 minutes but the Eels took control soon after, coming back to bag a comprehensive 20-point win.
Mitchell Moses was impeccable from the tee in that game too, converting six from six.
The Bulldogs have found some form in recent weeks after a bad season. However, the Eels have been ruthless in their pursuit of a spot in the four and I’d back them to make it five wins in a row in front of their home crowd.
Eels by 10
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Kick-off: 7:50pm (AEST)
Venue: Bankwest Stadium, Parramatta
TV: Live, Foxtel, Channel 9
Online: Live, Kayo Sports, Foxtel App, Foxtel Now, NRL Digital Pass
Betting: Eels $1.32, Bulldogs $3.30
Overall record: Played 42; Eels 20, Bulldogs 21, 1 Draw
Last meeting: Bulldogs 16 – 36 Eels (24/03/2019)