ROUND 21 - 2007

Date 3rd Aug 2007
Venue ANZ Stadium
Coach Steve Folkes
Captain Andrew Ryan
Referee Sean Hampstead
Crowd 27201
Bulldogs V Eels
22 34
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Scorers

Player Tries Goals F Goals Points
Cameron Phelps 2 0 0 8
Hazem El Masri 0 3 0 6
Sonny Bill Williams 1 0 0 4
Daryl Millard 1 0 0 4

Match Review

TEAM LINE-UP:

22. Trent Cutler, 2. Hazem El Masri, 3. Daryl Millard, 4. Willie Tonga, 5. Cameron Phelps, 6. Ben Roberts, 7. Brent Sherwin, 8. Jarrad Hickey, 9. Corey Hughes, 10. Chris Armit, 11. Sonny Bill Williams, 12. Andrew Ryan, 13. Reni Maitua.
Interchange: 14. Adam Perry, 15. Nick Kouparitsas, 16. Brad Morrin, 17. Fred Briggs

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Eels take points against Bulldogs
Source: ABC

It took until the 77th minute to seal the deal but Parramatta scored a crucial 34-22 win over Canterbury in a cracking Friday night NRL match-up at Telstra Stadium.

After a spirited second-half fightback from the Bulldogs had them trailing 28-22 with just minutes remaining, young Eels winger Krisnan Inu took the ball on the left wing, grubber-kicked behind his opposite number before racing 10 metres to come from outside the field of play to touch the ball down.

Inu's try was a remarkable end to a remarkable game, which featured 10 tries in total and had more than its share of incidents and controversies, the most notable of which was a biting accusation against Bulldogs interchange forward Brad Morrin.

The Eels took an 18-10 lead into half-time, but the main talking point of the opening stanza came just minutes from the break, when Eels centre Timana Tahu accused Morrin of biting him on the arm. Morrin was placed on report by referee Sean Hampstead.

Parramatta scored three tries to two in the second half to hold off the committed Bulldogs, who drew to within a converted try late in the game before Inu's freakish individual effort.

Ben Smith's try in the 46th minute stretched the Eels lead to 24-10, but Canterbury hit back three minutes later when winger Cameron Phelps posted his second try of the night after collecting a Willie Tonga grubber-kick.

Tahu then seemed to have ended the contest with his four-pointer 17 minutes from time, but the Bulldogs kept coming with a try to Darryl Millard in the 68th minute.

Hazem El Masri's conversion pegged back the Eels' lead to six before Inu put the result beyond doubt three minutes from time.

First half

The Bulldogs got off to the worst possible start when they failed to field the ball from the opening kick-off, giving Parramatta a set of six 10 metres out.

The Eels did not waste the chance, big prop Fui Fui Moi Moi crashing over under the posts for a 6-0 lead after two minutes.

The visitors were in again five minutes later, winger Eric Grothe crossing on the right wing after another Bulldogs error gave Parramatta the ball in attacking territory.

Sonny Bill Williams, who has been the Bulldogs' best player in the absence of Mark O'Meley and Willie Mason in recent weeks, muscled his way over in the 19th minute to bring his side back into the contest at 12-6.

But the Eels restored a 12-point buffer in the 25th minute when Chad Robinson took advantage of a tired Canterbury defensive line, breaking through the line with barely a finger laid on him after latching onto an inside ball from Tim Smith.

Phelps scored the final try of the half 11 minutes from the break to reduce the deficit, but there was more controversy to come with Tahu's biting allegation against Morrin.

MATCH SUMMARY:

BULLDOGS: 22
Tries: 4
Sonny Bill Williams, Cameron Phelps(2), Daryl Millard
Goals: 3
Hazem El Masri(3/4)

EELS: 34
Tries: 6
Fuifui Moimoi, Eric Grothe, Chad Robinson, Ben Smith, Timana Tahu, Krisnan Inu
Goals: 5
Krisnan Inu(5/8)

MINUTE-BY-MINUTE:

FULL-TIME: Eels win 34-22

79m: CONVERSION Eels. Krisnan Inu
78m: TRY Eels. Krisnan Inu
78m: VIDEO REF for Eels try
76m: PENALTY Eels
75m: NO TRY
75m: VIDEO REF for Bulldogs try
74m: PENALTY Bulldogs
70m: CONVERSION Bulldogs! Hazem El Masri from the sideline!
68m: TRY Bulldogs! Daryl Millard!
67m: PENALTY Bulldogs
64m: Conversion unsuccessful
63m: TRY Eels. Timana Tahu
60m: CONVERSION Bulldogs! Hazem El Masri from the sideline!
58m: TRY Bulldogs! Cameron Phelps!
55m: PENALTY GOAL Eels
54m: PENALTY Eels
47m: Conversion unsuccessful
45m: Try Eels. Ben Smith
45m: VIDEO REF for Eels try
40m: Bulldogs kick off

HALF-TIME: Eels winning 18-10

40m: Penalty goal unsuccessul
40m: PENALTY Eels
39m: PENALTY Eels Morrin on report for biting
38m: PENALTY Bulldogs
38m: Brad
37m: NO TRY
37m: VIDEO REF for Eels try
31m: PENALTY Eels
30m: Conversion unsuccessful
28m: TRY Bulldogs! Cameron Phelps!
27m: PENALTY Bulldogs
26m: CONVERSION Eels. Krisnan Inu
24m: TRY Eels. Chad Robinson
23m: PENALTY Eels
22m: PENALTY Bulldogs
21m: PENALTY Bulldogs
19m: CONVERSION Bulldogs. Hazem El Masri
18m: TRY Bulldogs! Sonny Bill Williams!
09m: CONVERSION Eels. Krisnan Inu
08m: TRY Eels. Eric Grothe
05m: PENALTY Eels
03m: CONVERSION Eels. Krisnan Inu
01m: TRY Eels. Fuifui Moimoi
01m: VIDEO REF for Eels try
00m: Daryl Millard makes a mistake off the kick off.
00m: Eels kick off

Bulldogs fullback Luke Patten has been ruled out and will be replaced by Trent Cutler.

The Eels are as per the program.