ROUND 6 - 2007

Date 22nd Apr 2007
Venue Parramatta Stadium
Coach Steve Folkes
Captain Andrew Ryan
Referee Sean Hampstead
Crowd 18285
Bulldogs V Eels
21 18
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Scorers

Player Tries Goals F Goals Points
Hazem El Masri 1 4 0 12
Trent Cutler 1 0 0 4
Willie Mason 1 0 0 4
Daniel Holdsworth 0 0 1 1

Match Review

TEAM LINE-UP:

1. Luke Patten, 2. Hazem El Masri, 3. Daryl Millard, 4. Willie Tonga, 5. Trent Cutler, 6. Daniel Holdsworth, 19. Brent Sherwin, 8. Mark O'Meley, 9. Corey Hughes, 15. Chris Armit, 10. Willie Mason, 12. Andrew Ryan, 13. Reni Maitua.
Interchange: 14. Dallas McIlwain, 16. Kane Cleal, 17. Lee Te Maari, 20. Jarrad Hickey

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Source: AAP

A Daniel Holdsworth field goal and a late Hazem El Masri penalty gave the Bulldogs a come-from-behind 21-18 win over the Eels in the NRL match at Parramatta Stadium on Sunday.

Scores were locked at 18-18 with six minutes to go before Bulldogs five-eighth Holdsworth cooly slotted a one-pointer from almost 30m out.

El Masri then slotted a penalty from 38m out to take the margin to three points.

The Bulldogs trailed 16-12 at halftime but a try to rampaging Kangaroos forward Willie Mason helped level the scores and the Dogs got the better of the final stages.

Mason, El Masri and Trent Cutler crossed for the Bulldogs while Daniel Wagon and Brett Finch scored the Eels' two tries in the first half.

Both kickers were flawless, El Masri kicking four from four and Luke Burt slotting five from as many attempts.

Parramatta had a 16-12 lead at halftime after Eels halves Brett Finch and Tim Smith combined beautifully.

El Masri opened the scoring in the seventh minute after getting on the end of a good Bulldogs' backline move sparked by returning Brent Sherwin, who had a decent game but looked slight rusty in first grade.

Sherwin spun a long ball to Reni Maitua, who used quick hands to spread it to Daryl Millard who provided El Masri with an easy run to the line.

Wagon hit back in the 13th minute however after Finch had broken the line before turning the ball inside to allow the lock to plant the ball under the posts.

Provider turned scorer when Finch did it all himself just two minutes later, taking on the line from 10m out at first receiver and carving some poor Bulldogs defence.

Smith and Finch continued to cause problems for the Dogs, Smith's kicking game particularly on song.

Burt extended the lead out to eight with a penalty 13th minutes out from the break and kicked another seven minutes later but the Bulldogs scored a vital try on the stroke of halftime to stay well and truly in the game.

Holdsworth put a clever kick in behind the Eels defence and Dogs winger Trent Cutler caught Eric Grothe shallow in defence, outpacing him to score out wide.

Another Burt penalty extended Parramatta's lead five minutes after the break after El Masri was caught for obstruction but Mason crashed over the line in the 59th after Corey Hughes unloaded from dummy half, El Masri levelling the scores at 18-18.

EELS: 18
Tries: 2
Daniel Wagon, Brett Finch
Goals: 2
Luke Burt (2/2)
Penalty Goals: 3
Luke Burt (3/3)

BULLDOGS: 21
Tries: 3
Hazem El Masri, Trent Cutler, Willie Mason
Goals: 3
Hazem El Masri (3/3)
Penalty Goals: 1
Hazem El Masri (1/1)
Field Goals: 1
Daniel Holdsworth

MINUTE BY MINUTE:

FULLTIME: Bulldogs 21 - Eels 18

79m: Penalty Goal Bulldogs - Hazem El Masri (18-21)
78m: PENALTY Bulldogs
77m: Just over 3 minutes remaining
76m: PENALTY Eels
74m: FIELD GOAL Bulldogs - Daniel Holdsworth (18-19)
73m: PENALTY Bulldogs
73m: Eels hot on the attack
72m: Crowd 18,285
71m: Drop-out Bulldogs
69m: Score remains 18-18
64m: NO TRY - PENALTY Eels
63m: VIDEO REF - possible Andrew Ryan try
62m: Eels error - Brett Finch
59m: Conversion Bulldogs - Hazem El Masri (18-18)
58m: TRY Bulldogs - Willie Mason (18-16)
57m: PENALTY Bulldogs
55m: Bulldogs failing to hold onto the ball
48m: A few rain drops falling from the sky
46m: Penalty Goal Eels - Luke Burt (18-12)
45m: PENALTY Eels
44m: PENALTY Eels
43m: Bulldogs error - Hickey knocks-on
42m: Intercept from Sherwin
41m: PENALTY Eels
41m: Eels kick-off

HALTIME: Eels 16 - Bulldogs 12

40m: Conversion Bulldogs - Hazem El Masri (16-12)
40m: TRY Bulldogs - Trent Cutler (16-10)
40m: PENALTY Bulldogs
40m: Eels error
39m: Bulldogs error - Cleal knocks-on
37m: Penalty Goal Eels - Luke Burt (16-6)
36m: PENALTY Eels
32m: Sherwin kicks the ball dead
30m: PENALTY Bulldogs
27m: Penalty Goal Eels - Luke Burt (14-6)
26m: PENALTY Eels
25m: The Bulldogs hot on the attack however cannot get the points
24m: A sloppy period of play as Eels make an error
23m: Bulldogs error - Mason forward pass
22m: Eels error - Finch knocks-on
21m: Bulldogs error - Armit knocks-on
17m: Conversion Eels - Luke Burt (12-6)
16m: TRY Eels - Brett Finch (10-6)
16m: PENALTY Eels
15m: Conversion Eels - Luke Burt (6-6)
13m: TRY Eels - Daniel Wagon (4-6)
12m: PENALTY Eels
10m: Bulldogs drop-out after Cutler drops the ball from the kick-off
09m: Conversion Bulldogs - Hazem El Masri (0-6)
08m: TRY Bulldogs - Hazem El Masri (0-4)
06m: PENALTY Bulldogs
05m: PENALTY Eels
00m: Bulldogs kick-off

For the Bulldogs, Sherwin and Hickey move into the 17 replacing Roberts and Williams.

The Eels are as per program.

Possible showers here this afternoon from Parramatta Stadium.