LIVE: Bulldogs roasted for ’embarrassing’ blunder


Apparently keen judges at Belmore think the world of centre Jake Averillo – and it’s not hard to see why.

Just 3 minutes into the second half, the 19-year-old scored a miraculous try to get the Bulldogs back into the game.

Canterbury spun it wide on the last to Watene-Zelezniak with Averillo sweeping around to get on the outside of Maika Sivo on the wing.

The youngster burnt the Eels flyer with pure athleticism by staying airborne and still managed to get the ball down inside the corner post.

« Incredible show of athleticism from Averillo. He got around Sivo and stayed in the field of play and gets the ball down with his left hand. That’s unbelievable.

The try sparked the Bulldogs with the NRL battlers scoring again just minutes later through Montoya – bridging the gap to two points.

A Clint Gutherson double has given the Eels plenty of breathing room against the Bulldogs with Brad Arthur’s men up 18-6 at the break.

The Eels scored 18 unanswered points before the Bulldogs hit back late after some nice work from Kieran Foran and Raymond Faitala-Mariner.

Parramatta had concerns about their starts with the stats suggesting they play better in the second half than they do the first, but they’ve managed to be dominant from the outset in this one.

The Bulldogs star retrieved a kick from Eels halfback Mitchell Moses and was met with solid defence on the kick-return.

Hooker Reed Mahoney flipped DWZ around in the tackle and the Canterbury winger lost his bearings, causing him to play-the-ball the wrong way.

« Oh no, that’s one of the most embarrassing things I’ve seen, » Michael Ennis said for Fox Sports.

« He’s played the ball the wrong way, he’s done a ‘Marty Bella’. My goodness he’s lost his compass, » added Warren Smith.

The moment brought league fans back to the 1990’s with the former Maroons and Manly prop Bella immortalised for backwards play-the-ball, after producing a memorable one in State of Origin.

Unfortunately DWZ has been known to have the odd brain explosion every now and then, with the former Panther racking up plenty of errors this year.

The mistake proved to be a costly one as the Eels punished the Bulldogs just a minute later when Clint Gutherson crossed to extend Parramatta’s lead.

« On the back of it (the penalty), they shift it left to Michael Jennings, who’s been absolutely magnificent this year, who then delivers a perfect inside ball to Clint Gutherson who strolls over. »

Eels coach Brad Arthur says the club wasn’t willing to take the risk on Ryan Matterson’s health by playing him against the Bulldogs today.

« He was right to go but he didn’t get a full week of training out. We’ve got another seven day turnaround next week and I think it’s important for him to get his head space right. And it gives opportunities to other players in our team to get some game time.

« His health is our priority and we look forward to him being 100 % for us next week. »

Canterbury might have scored an upset against the Knights last week but coach Steve Georgallis believes his side can’t replicate the same performance against the Eels.

The 18-12 win over Newcastle lifted morale at the club following the exit of Dean Pay, yet more emphasis is needed on defence this week according to the new Bulldogs mentor.

« It was outstanding that win last week the players have been in a good place all week, » he told Fox League.

« We’ve talked about our simple missed tackles, can’t do that this week against a team like the Eels up the middle.

« We came up with 33 missed tackles and we had to chase our tail – we covered it up but that zaps your energy. If we do that today we could be in a lot of trouble. »

Parramatta second-rower Ryan Matterson has been ruled him out of the round 12 clash against Canterbury with the club opting to take the safe option following last week’s concussion.

Matterson was given the all clear from club medicos this week after copping a head knock against Wests Tigers but the club decided to leave him out of the ANZ stadium fixture because of his history with concussions.

Meantime the Bulldogs are desperate for a win against the Eels in order to avoid their worst start to a season through 12 rounds in 56 years.

The Eels on the other hand are looking for their best start to a season since 1978 .

Canterbury needs to win to leapfrog the Broncos and get off the bottom of the ladder.


Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Parramatta Eels, National Rugby League, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak

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