Bull­dogs have big day out but Eels slip­ping down

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - BULL­DOGS EELS CAN­TER­BURY Tries: Goals: PAR­RA­MATTA Tries:

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.

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