Bulldogs have big day out but Eels slipping down
JOSHJ Jackson inspired Canterbury to a 28- 4 NRL Round 19 win over Parramatta at ANZ Stadium in Sydney last night.
Frank Pritchard scored a double for the Bulldogs, with J Jackson also crossing.
Pritchard scored in the 21st minute when Trent Hodkinson dummied his way through the Eels’ defensive line, and in the 46th Pritchard latched on to a Josh Reynolds cross- kick.
A carving 30m run from Jackson ( left) in the 52nd minute put the Dogs further in front, before an 80m effort from Brett Morris two minutes later put the result beyond doubt in front of 17,082 fans.
The Eels did their best to stay with the Dogs in the first half, with centre Brad Takairangi providing impetus out wide.
burrowed his way over for the Eels three minutes before halftime for a deserved try for the home side, and a 6- 4 halftime lead in favour of the Dogs.
The final score could have been much greater with Tim Lafai ignoring an unmarked Sam Perrett outside him and Brett’s brother Josh Morris dropping the ball with the line beckoning late in the game.
Curtis Rona’s 80th minute try was the Dogs’ fifth of the night.
Parramatta need to win all of their final seven matches to ensure a final eight spot.
Eels star Corey Norman is set for a month- long stint on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury in the second half.
Parramatta forward David Gower was put on report in the first half for dangerous contact in a tackle on Brett Morris.