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The Bulldogs Holden Cup side will come up against the Parramatta Eels in their round two clash at ANZ Stadium on Thursday.

Both sides were first up winners and will be looking to continue their winning ways early in the season. Both were dominant over their opposition with the Bulldogs recording a 40-20 victory over the Cowboys whilst the Eels accounted for the Warriors 46-8 at Parramatta Stadium.

Coach Andy Patmore said the squad were happy with their performance but as always, there are things they can work on.

I thought some of our attack was fantastic, the boys prepared really well, he said. We executed some things but lacked a bit in defence.

We let in a few soft tries which we have looked at.

I thought Herman Eseese was outstanding in his first NYC game. With both Leilani Latu and Lloyd Perrett out of the side he really stood up, took the ball forward hard and defended well.

The short turnaround is tough but they have the same amount of time so weve worked on what we can, juggled and used the time wisely and ensured were constantly moving forward. Weve worked hard tonight and well be good to go.

This week though the task will be much harder when they take on the Eels who had a rough season in 2012 but have come into 2013 firing with that dominant performance.

They had a big win over the Warriors and scored some good attacking tries. Theyll be a big challenge and will be on a high, especially after beating the Warriors who have been a benchmark in the past.

We came through injury free and it was only Patrick Templeman that had a niggle but hell be fine. The boys are all excited about playing on ANZ Stadium as some of them havent experienced that yet.

2012 results against the Eels:

Round 9: 58-22 victory at ANZ Stadium

Round 19: 26-18 victory at ANZ Stadium
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