The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs side have gone down to the Parramatta Eels 23-6 in their second match of the NRL Auckland Nines.
It didn’t take long for the Eels to open their account with Manu Mau crossing in just the third minute. It was off the back of a Tony Williams error and the Eels just worked it down field before scoring.
Chris Sandow was unable to convert with the score left at 4-nil. Three minutes later it was Fuifui Moimoi who barged over three defenders and he was able to unload the ball off to Corey Norman who cruised over to score.
Sandow again was unable to convert with the score now 8-nil. On the stroke of half-time the Eels went over for a five-point try through Tai Toutai. A bust was made down the right and Toutai weaved his way through to then plant the ball under the posts. Sandow converted on this occasion to give the Eels a 15-nil lead at the break.
The trend continued in the second half with Peni Terepo scoring for the Eels in the 12th minute. Sandow couldn’t convert with the score left at 19-nil. There wasn’t much to celebrate in this match but a Sam Perrett try in the 16th minute gave the side a reason to smile.
Perrett took the ball on the 20m mark and sidestepped past a number of Eels to score. He was able to convert his own try to close the gap, with the score now 19-6 With the full-time siren about to sound the Eels crossed for their fifth try of the afternoon to finish with a 23-6 victory.
The Bulldogs are now unable to qualify for the finals matches but will still have their match against the Roosters tomorrow at 12.50pm (10.50am AEDT).