Sep 16, 2007 League Freak Parramatta Eels 0
The Parramatta Eels will face the Melbourne Storm next week down in Melbourne after dominating by a scoreline of 25-6 against the Bulldogs in a game that didnt really reach the fever pitch expected before the game.
The Bulldogs looked flat right from the kickoff and it took a great pass by Sonny Bill Williams to get them on the board just minutes into the match. However as SBW left the field soon after with an arm injury the Bulldogs were without anything at all in attack.
The Bulldogs fifth tackle options were nothing short of diabolical and it seems its no use waiting for Brent Sherwin to find his form again, its time for him to go. The Dogs were left to hit the ball up and try for offloads as their halves just created nothing.
The Eels meanwhile didnt seem to be able to finish untill the last ten minutes of the match. Tim Smith was his hopeless self again but Brett Finch did an ok job running the Blue and Golds around the field.
The form of Jarryd Hayne and Krisnan Inu is incredible and unlike the much talked about Eric Grothe Jr and Timana Tahu, they turn up every week, play their best in the big games and dont make stupid mistakes.
Nathan Cayless was very solid after an early mistake and Fui Fui Moi Moi was at his devastating best with damaging runs right through the entire game.
Mark Riddell was great drawing a number of penalties after running from dummy half and even scoring a try for the Eels while PJ Marsh pulled off a great tackle on Andrew Ryan after a Bulldogs break down the left hand side of the field.
The Eels will have to improve against the Storm because they will not get all the chances they did tonight. They did get the job done in front of a crowd of over 50,000 but they have a long way to go to be a true contender.
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