EELS 13 d. BULLDOGS 12 @ ANZ Stadium
The Parramatta Eels place in the top eight via a golden point victory over the Canterbury Bulldogs, who staged an admirable second-half fight-back – but ultimately it was the maligned Mitchell Moses who proved the match-winner.
THE MATCH: Rookie Bulldogs winger Marcelo Montoya was sinbinned in just the third minute for taking out Mitchell Moses following a diabolical pass from Will Hopoate near his own line. But penalty goals to Clint Gutherson and Moses Mbye were the sum total of the scoring in the first quarter of the match.
A dazzling chip-and-chase try from wing wizard Bevan French in the 23rd minute and a four-pointer out wide to Semi Radradra five minutes out from the break gave the Eels a handy 12-2 lead, but they were unable to build on it in the second stanza.
Josh Morris sent twin brother Brett over in the 49th minute, before a long impasse ensued. Interchange playmaker Matt Frawley stepped through for an excellent solo try to level the scores with just nine minutes remaining, however, and the slug-fest went into extra-time.
Moses clinched a crucial result with his 23-metre strike in the second minute of golden point.
Sinking to a 6-10 record, the Bulldogs can start thinking about pencilling in their Mad Monday for September 4.
THE MAN: Nathan Brown was a deserving man of the match after topping the running metres count by a mile (246 from 28 carries) and finishing third in the tackle count (43). The tough and skilful Eels lock is in the conversation for best buy of the year. Seems like the kind of player that deserves to play Origin but NSW will never pick.
Nathan Brown, what a player. Absolute workhorse, doesn’t get any tougher than him. Would love to see him stop giving penalties though #Parra
— Antonio (@ayejay17) 29 June 2017
— Wide World of Sports (@wwos) 29 June 2017
THE MOMENT: It’s been a predictability patchy start to his tenure at Parramatta, but Mitchell Moses’ decisive field goal was a well-timed boost heading into the run home to the finals. The Eels will flake out of contention is Moses isn’t playing consistently and confidently in the No.7 jumper, and winning the game will do him and the team the world of good.
When Mitch Moses beats you twice in one year playing with 2 different clubs you know it aint your year #NRLEelsBulldogs
— Mr Ives (@real_MrIves) 29 June 2017