The General Stars in Big Win over Parramatta
The Bulldogs continued their stellar start to the 2009 season with a 48-18 humiliation of Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium in Round six.
Highlighted by a commanding performance from fullback Luke 'The General' Patten, the Dogs ran in nine tries against an Eels outfit that wilted in the second half.
The win in front of a crowd of 18,223 was the first for the Dogs against the Eels at ANZ Stadium since 2006.
Centre Josh Morris lasted only eight minutes before succumbing to a foot injury but managed to score two tries during his short stint.
In the Bulldogs' first set of six, Michael Ennis sparked a short side play on the fifth tackle that sent Morris over after some neat hands from winger Bryson Goodwin.
The centre had his second only six minutes later after being put into a gaping hole by Ben Roberts.
Jarryd Hayne and Weller Hauraki hit back for Parramatta before halftime but a rare Ben Hannant line break assured the Dogs an 18-12 lead.
The hulking prop found himself in space after shrugging off Eels' halfback Kris Keating. With a deft draw-and-pass he sent Luke Patten to the line.
The second half belonged to the blue-and-whites. They piled on six tries as Parramatta fell away in defence and, despite the efforts of Keating and Feleti Mateo, lost all direction in attack.
Patten finished with two tries to his name, a no-look flick pass to send Bryson Goodwin over and a handful of bone-jarring one-on-one tackles.
Brett Kimmorley topped off another decisive display at halfback with an 80m sprint to score in the 75th minute.
Bulldogs 48 (Morris 2, Patten 2, El Masri, Kimmorley, Warburton, Goodwin, Hodgson tries: El Masri 6 goals)
Eels 18 (Hauraki 2, Hayne tries: Burt 3 goals)