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Eels upset Bulldogs 27-8

By Ed Jackson 25/07/2009 09:05:11 PM Comments (0)

Parramatta coach Daniel Anderson says his team's 27-8 NRL victory over the Bulldogs on Saturday is easily the best the Eels have played under his leadership.

The Eels withstood a Bulldogs barrage to keep the competition's second-placed team scoreless in the second half in front of a bumper crowd of 31,664 at ANZ Stadium.

"That was a wow performance," Anderson said post-match.

"Outstanding and I can only applaud the effort in everything we did. I thought we were tough ... they just had all the field position.

"It's our best performance of the year, easily. They had a full-strength team and they kept asking questions."

The Eels' big night got underway with tries to wingers Luke Burt and Eric Grothe inside the first 15 minutes, the first set up by teenage five-eighth Daniel Mortimer and the second coming on the back of a brilliant 80m break by in-form fullback Jarryd Hayne.

The Bulldogs narrowed the gap thanks to tries from Jamal Idris and Bryson Goodwin before the break but couldn't find another way past a resolute Eels' defence.

Another Hayne break created Grothe's second of the night, before tries to Kevin Kingston and the influential Fuifui Moimoi, as well as a Burt field goal, sealed the upset.

Anderson said his team's increasing understanding is helping Hayne to shine week-in, week-out for the club.

"He's been excellent for us obviously but we're learning to play with him as well," he said.

"For all the talent that he has, he's a really big team player."

Anderson also revealed the excellent Moimoi had only passed a fitness test an hour before the game, but still managed to be one of the Eels' stand-out performers.

"At 4pm he was unlikely to play, so that shows the calibre of what he wants to do for the team too," Anderson said.

Mortimer, the son of Bulldogs legend Peter Mortimer, admitted it had been weird to be part of the team to end the Dogs' perfect home record this season.

"Growing up I've always been a Doggies man and wanted to play for the Doggies but I've been at Parra for two and half years now and grown to love the club," he said.

"I had a good chat with dad, he said just approach it like it's any game and just get out there, prepare well and do your best.

"That's all I can do."

Bulldogs coach Kevin Moore said his team would need to bounce back from the defeat quickly.

"We expected a really tough battle and probably for the first time this year we didn't turn up and meet that battle head-on," Moore said.

"That's disappointing but it's a long season and we need to just put that behind us.

"We'll have a little look from a preparation point of view why we were off the pace, move on and bounce back next week."

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