After leading at half time, the Bulldogs have gone down to the Eels 20-12 at ANZ Stadium.

QUOTES

"I'm very proud of our playing group at the moment. There's been ample opportunities over the last four, five, six weeks where we could find excuses if we really wanted to and again this week there's a couple of excuses. At half-time there were a couple of excuses if we really want to find them and it was a tough game. It's about our standards and expectations that we've got as a group. “ – Brad Arthur on the Eels win.

"It was a tighter affair than what the score suggested. It wasn't our night as far as tries were concerned, I think we had four disallowed tries. Probably all legitimate to call it that way. To get one of those two would have been nice, probably changes the outcome of the game but that wasn't the reason we lost the game." – Des Hasler on the disallowed tries.

"I thought we contained them pretty well in the first half, I thought we dominated pretty well, I thought we did pretty well in the first half and they didn't make much metres. Probably the try right on half time hurt a little bit, 12-6 to 12-10. We're a little bit disappointed with the tries they scored. From our point of view, a defensive point of view they were reasonably soft tries."- Des on the Bulldogs performance.

"It's tough but I know that he's OK and he's in good hands and he'll pull through this." – Brad Arthur on Foran.

“We showed in patches what we are capable of doing. Some of the areas that we have spoken about in the past couple of weeks to work on, I thought we did quite well at. We’re just not putting it together for the full game.” – James Graham on the Bulldogs performance.

"I thought we were tough and hung in there and really turned up for each other and that's all you can ask on a night like tonight." – Beau Scott's thoughts on the Eels performance.

NOTES

- Raymond Faitala-Mariner made his club debut for the Bulldogs.

- The Eels win was their second over the Bulldogs in 2016.

- The round nine match attracted more than 30 thousand fans.

- Tyrone Phillips played his first NRL match of 2016.