ROUND 8 - 2005

Date 30th Apr 2005
Venue ANZ Stadium
Coach Steve Folkes
Captain Andrew Ryan
Referee Russell Smith
Crowd 24957
Bulldogs V Eels
30 16
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Player Tries Goals F Goals Points
Hazem El Masri 3 5 0 22
Braith Anasta 1 0 0 4
Reni Maitua 1 0 0 4

Match Review


Luke Patten, Hazem El Masri, Jamaal Lolesi, Willie Tonga, Matt Utai, Braith Anasta, Brent Sherwin, Nate Myles, Adam Brideson, Roy Asotasi, Reni Maitua, Andrew Ryan, Tony Grimaldi.
Interchange: Charlie Tonga, Chris Armit, Brad Morrin, Ben Harris



The Bulldogs have recorded a second straight win with a 30-16 victory over Parramatta in the round eight National Rugby League match at the Olympic Stadium in Sydney.

The reigning premiers scored five tries to three with winger Hazem El Masri posting a hat-trick, as part of a 22-point haul for the match.

He also added four conversions and one penalty goal.

Braith Anasta and Reni Maitua scored the Bulldogs' other tries while for the Eels, Dean Widders, Eric Grothe, Luke Burt crossed for four-pointers.

Burt kicked two conversions for the visitors.

The win is the Bulldogs' third for the season while the loss continues Parramatta's inconsistent campaign, that has included impressive victories over Melbourne and Penrith but also humiliating defeats to Brisbane and South Sydney.

Anasta said he hoped the Bulldogs could take the bounce from the win into next weekend's clash with Brisbane.

"I think we needed it, we definitely needed it going into next weekend against the Broncos as well, so hopefully we can carry some confidence into that game," he said.

El Masri opened the scoring in the 17th minute with his first try and it was not until close to half-time that the Eels provided a response through a try to Widders.

Burt kicked his first conversion of the night to give Parramatta a 6-4 lead, but the Bulldogs moved back in front in the 39th minute with a converted try to El Masri.

At the break the Bulldogs led 10-6 but it proved to be short-lived, as Grothe scored his four-pointer soon after play resumed with Burt adding the extras.

With the match evenly balanced at 12-10 in favour of Parramatta, neither side looked like taking control until Anasta crossed in the 49th minute for the Bulldogs.

El Masri kicked his second conversion to take a 16-12 lead and from this point in the match, the Bulldogs were never headed.

El Masri scored another converted try only minutes later and Maitua then crossed in the 62nd minute, with El Masri fourth conversion sending the Bulldogs well ahead.

The mercurial goal kicker added his penalty goal late in the match, before Burt improved the scoreline for Parramatta with his try only a minute out from full-time.

Data provided by Clint Crofts