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Five things - Eels v Bulldogs

The Parramatta Eels are looking to back up their strong performance against the Penrith Panthers when they take on the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs on Sunday at ANZ Stadium.

Here we take a look at five key points ahead of their Round two battle.

Junior Paulo returns

Junior Paulo is one of the hardest players in the NRL to tackle and he re-joins the Parramatta Eels from the Canberra Raiders.

The 25-year-old made his NRL debut with the Eels in 2013.

The big 188 centimetre, 123 kilogram prop was ruled out of the Eels season opener with a hamstring strain however will return to the action for the first time since re-joining the Club this weekend. 

He will be a real boost for the side with injuries to Nathan Brown and Manu Ma'u already impacting the Blue & Gold.

Prodigy Dylan Brown

The 18-year-old described his first NRL game as emotional, with his family and friends doing the haka for him at the end of the Eels’ win.

The New Zealander half lived up to the hype surrounding him on his debut against the Penrith Panthers, keeping composed and yet aggressive during pressing times.

All eyes will be on Dylan when he lines up against the Bulldogs this weekend, coming up against fellow Kiwi, and former Eel, Kieran Foran.

The teenager says he is keen to get his hands on the ball more and make more metres running the ball.

Dylan Brown 'quite emotional' on debut

Blake Ferguson living up to expectation

Winger Blake Ferguson knows how to win a premiership and he proved just how valuable he can be during the Round One clash against the Panthers.

The 29-year-old was targeted by the Panthers with the high ball and he didn’t disappoint, taking bomb after bomb with calmness.

He managed a knock back, which lead to a try, and showed his experience with his leadership on the park.

Ferguson to face cousin in Bulldogs match

Bulldogs out to make up for first round thrashing

Dean Pay’s side copped a battering by the New Zealand Warriors in the first round and they will be keen to make up for their efforts in Round Two against the Parramatta Eels.

The Bulldogs have plenty of size in their forward pack with the likes of Dylan Napa, Sauaso Sue and Corey Harawira-Naera and they will be looking to lay a strong platform early to make up for their opening round performance. 

Eels missing a few

Nathan Brown has unfortunately been sidelined for a number of weeks with a pec injury he suffered in the first round against the Panthers.

Along with the loss of Michael Jennings, who will miss one week of the action after entering an early guilty plea for a careless high tackle, the Eels will also be without utility Will Smith with an arm injury, Manu Ma’u with a knee injury and Peni Terepo (stood down).

However the return of Paulo, Josh Hoffman in the centres and Jaeman Salmon on the bench gives an opportunity for these players selected.

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