The Dyldam Parramatta Eels are close to securing a quarter-final spot in the inaugural Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines, after an emphatic 23-6 win over the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.
After beating the Sydney Roosters in their opening game, the Eels were confident in taking on the Bulldogs.
The Blue and Gold boys again started the game strongly, with some hard-hitting defence showing their intentions, before a bullet pass from Nathan Peats landed in Manu Ma’u’s hands, with the second-rower crashing over the line.
A few moments later Fuifui Moimoi turned back the clock and put in a stellar performance, with a huge run and offload to Corey Norman, setting up the five-eighth’s first try wearing Blue and Gold.
Vai Toutai completed the first half’s stellar effort with a 40 metre line break, finishing up by running into the bonus zone, bringing the halftime score to 15-0 in the Eels’ favour.
The second half began in similar fashion, with Peni Terepo making a big run on the right edge, adding to the Eels’ tally.
The Bulldogs put their first points on the board with a try to Sam Perrett near the post, with a successful conversion.
Semi Radradra added to his try scoring tally picking up a late high bomb and going over in the corner, bringing the final tally to 23-6.
The Dyldam Parramatta Eels are now at the top of the Green Pool, and are likely to secure a place in the quarter-finals tomorrow.
Tomorrow’s game is against the Brisbane Broncos at 1.15pm (11.15am AEDT).
Parramatta Eels 23 (Terepo, Ma’u, Radradra, Toutai, Norman tries, Sandow 1 goal)
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 6 (Perrett try, Graham 1 goal)