Eels overpower Bulldogs in Jersey Flegg

The Parramatta Eels Jersey Flegg side might be out of finals contention, but they put in a dominant performance against the fourth placed Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.

The home side was fearless in their 28-10 win at Bankwest Stadium in Round 23.

In the box seat from kick off, the Blue and Gold made plenty of metres in attack and forced repeat sets in the Bulldogs half across the full 80 minutes.

It was the ill discipline of the Bulldogs that let them down.

The Eels opened the scoring in the 14th minute, with second rower Valance Harris finding a gap in defence on the right side.

The Bulldogs gave away a number of penalties for ill discipline in the ruck, handing the Eels good field position set after set.

Eels’ winger Solomone Naiduki made two important try saving tackles, as the team continued to mount pressure on the Bulldogs, forcing several errors.

The scoreline tightened up five minutes before halftime, when centre Tuipulotu Katoa crossed for the Bulldogs.

But the Eels were intent on extending their lead before halftime.

Halfback Bailey Biondi-Odo chased down a nice grubber kick to score under the posts just a minute later, before converting his own try.

The Eels started the second half the way they finished the first, forcing errors and gaining good field position.

A try went begging for the Blue and Gold with 20 minutes to go with plenty of numbers on the right side, but the pass to winger JT Nabetelevu was ruled forward.

But it wasn’t long before more opportunities presented and the Eels ran away with the win.

Halves Joseph Taipari and Bailey Biondi-Odo picked up two quick tries within minutes of each other, to help the Eels extend the lead further.

Lock PJ Vaigalu then stepped up and barged his way over the line for another four pointer to seal the win.

The Bulldogs scored a consolation try in the right corner with five minutes to go, but the Eels finished the game well ahead, 28-10.