The Bulldogs NYC side have tonight convincingly defeated the Parramatta Eels 54-18 at ANZ Stadium.


It was 10 tries to three in the end but it was the 38-nil great first 40 minutes that set-up the win.


Coach Andy Patmore was given the luxury of having the same 17 that he selected earlier in the week take to the field for the clash.


The Bulldogs kicked off and immediately received the ball back after an Eels knock-on on their first carry. From there the Eels were on the back foot and the ball was sent from left to right and winger Dujuan Liolevave went over to score in the north-eastern corner. Fullback Patrick Templeman converted to put the Bulldogs out to an early 6-nil lead after just two minutes of play.


Liolevave had a great next period crossing for a further two tries and registering his hat-trick after just 16 minutes of play. Each try almost a carbon copy of the first with Templeman able to convert the second but pushed the third wide to leave the score at 16-nil after 16 minutes of play.


The remainder of the half saw the home side continue to go at almost a try a minute with the young pups going to the break leading 38-nil. Rintoul crossed in the 20th minute before Templeman grabbed two of his own before the break before Liolevave crossed for his fourth try of the night. The fullback converted three of those giving the home fans plenty to cheer about.


Post-break it was the Eels who opened their account through halfback Mark Daoud. He went over under the posts which made the conversion an easy one for Michael Brasington from in front, closing the gap to 38-6 after 46 minutes.

The joy was short lived for the blue and gold with the Bulldogs crossing for another two tries soon after through centre Tommy Backhouse and back rower David Minute. Templeman converted one of those to put the lead out beyond reach at 48-6.


The Bulldogs may have been charged with taking the foot off the pedal with the win all but confirmed with the Eels running in two further tries in the last 15 minutes, with both being converted by Brasington with the score now 48-16.

As the siren was about to sound it was Backhouse who crossed out wide on the right to register his second four-pointer of the match. With the siren in the background Templeman converted his seventh of the 10 tries confirming the victory with a 54-18 scoreline.


BULLDOGS 54 (Liolevave 4, Rintoul, Templeman 2, Backhouse 2, Minute Tries; Templeman 7 Goals)


Def.


EELS 18 (Daoud, Clay, Matterson Tries; Brasington 3 Tries)


At: ANZ Stadium