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The Pirtek Parramatta Eels Under 20s have come off second best to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium in Round 20 of the 2013 Holden Cup with the final score 54-18 to the Bulldogs.

The first half of the match saw Parramatta dominated, with the score resting at 38-0 to Canterbury.

Bulldogs Dujuan Liolevave was the first to cross the try line within the first three minutes of the match, with a successful conversion by Patrick Templeman.

Liolevave and Templeman continued to attack the Eels, each reaching a hat-trick to contribute to the impressive score in the first half. Wing Dylan Rintoul joined the try scoring club for the Bulldogs, which was once again converted by Templeman, leaving the sore 22-0 in the 20th minute of the match.

Templeman continued to control the game, crossing the try line and converting with 14 minutes remaining and score sitting at 28-0.

The Blue and Golds hopes were raised with a scrum feed 18 metres from the try line, which was then dashed as the Bulldogs continued to score two more tries leaving the score at 38-0 at the end of the first half.

The Eels returned to the field for the second half of the match, proving they were not going down without a fight. An early try scored by Mark Daoud in the 45th minute and successfully converted by Mitchell Brasington raised the score to 38-6.

However the Bulldogs retaliated all too easily as Dylan Rintoul crossed the line for the second time of the night. An unsuccessful conversion left the score at 42-6 with 30 minutes remaining.

Canterbury continued to control the score, with another try by David Minute and conversion by the unstoppable Templeman sat the score at 48-6 with less than 20 minutes remaining of the match.

Still not giving up, Zach Dockar-Clay crossed the try line, allowing Brasington to convert raising the score to 48-6 with 9 minutes left of the second half.

Ryan Matterson attacked the try line in the final 5 minutes of the match. Converted by Brasington, the Eels were then silenced by the final try of the game scored by Tommy Backhouse and converted by Patrick Templeman as the final bell rang 30 seconds later.

BULLDOGS 54 (Liolevave 3, Templeman 3, Rintoul 2, Backhouse, Minute tries; Templeman 7 goals)


EELS 18 (Dockar-Clay, Matterson, Daoud tries, Brasington 3 goals)
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