Canterbury Bulldogs have held off a Parramatta Eels comeback to win 32-12 at ANZ Stadium.
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The Bullodgs had a great start to the game, putting set after set on the Eels line. Eventually Parramatta’s defence cracked, with Curtis Rona touching down on the left wing.
Soon the Bulldogs were in again. Brett Morris showed speed and class to slide through and get Canterbury’s second try.
But Parramatta wouldn’t lie down. Corey Norman set up winger Semi Radradra for the big Fijian to score.
Canterbury were ahead 8-4 at half-time but the Eels were enjoying a good spell. Not long into the second period and Manu Ma’u put Parramatta back in the contest.
Then the huge forward bagged his second try, he was the first to a Norman grubber that the Bulldogs really should have cleared up.
The Eels had hit the lead but their players were dropping like flies. Only some good scramble defence, and the effort of Josh Jackson, stopped Parramatta and Radradra going in again.
The Eels had thrown everything at the Bulldogs and were running out of puff. First, Sam Perrett scored on the right wing to put the home team back in the lead, and then he recorded his second four-pointer when he dived on a grubber.
Parramatta was reeling. Morris soon finished them off with a bullocking try right under the sticks.
Rona added insult to injury with another try in the final minutes.