The Bulldogs created a stunning upset against the Eels with a 34-4 victory at Accor Stadium on Monday.
The one-way traffic started in the sixth minute when Josh Addo-Carr scored the first of his three tries and just eight minutes later Jake Averillo scored a long-range try – the first of his brace.
The Dogs scored a total of six tries to Parramatta’s four consolation points in the 67th minute.
Greg Aexlander declared it “the surprise of the season”.
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BURTON LEADS THE UNKNOWABLE ATTACK OF THE DOGS
Before the game, Bulldogs interim head coach Mick Potter was asked how he aims to unlock the Bulldogs’ lackluster attack, which has improved in recent weeks, and he explained that one method singles should see them playing a more dynamic brand of football.
“Just a little thing, just getting the strikers to pass the ball a bit more, freeing up our spine if you like going where they want to go,” Potter said.
“So we can load on one side if we want or put two on a short side or one on a longer side.”
The Bulldogs did just that on their third down, with lock Max King playing the ball to captain Josh Jackson who found point guard Kyle Flanagan in space to put Jacob Kiraz through a holeshot.
“The kennel disappeared here at the Accor stadium, their attack was excellent to start the game,” Ennis said.
“They come here optimistic, their team are starting to attack better in recent weeks, their defense has leaked a bit but their attack is definitely improving.
“They came in with a really positive mindset and are finding holes in this Parramatta defence.”
The Bulldogs entered halftime with a 16-0 lead before scoring three more tries in the second half.
Josh Addo-Carr combined well with Matt Burton, who set up three tries, got a line break and a line break assist.
Michael Ennis called Burton’s kicking game “outstanding” and called his performance “five stars”.
He also said “we haven’t seen this in years” as the Dogs scored their final try in the 72nd minute.
“What a show from Burton…34 points from a team that only averaged 12 points a game and they had to work hard to get 12 on some days,” Ennis said.
“These are the dogs we haven’t seen, we haven’t seen this in years.”
It was the third time in four years the Bulldogs had scored 30 or more points.
ADDO-CARR GETS IN FRAMEWORK FOR ORIGINAL RECALL
Bulldogs winger Josh Addo-Carr may have catapulted himself to the forefront of Brad Fittler’s mind with a stunning performance against the Eels.
Addo-Carr scored two tries off Burton’s boot as well as an interception from 50 yards out.
Fittler and consultant Greg Alexander have revealed that Addo-Carr’s Blues omission is forming and now he’s revitalized his season with a strong showing ahead of Game 2.
“The combination between Burton and Addo-Carr was blistering this afternoon. It’s Matt Burton going down the line with a touch for Addo-Carr that makes a statement,” Michael Ennis said after the second down. Addo-Carr.
“We may see him in Perth…He makes a strong case today,” added Fox League commentator Warren Smith.
Addo-Carr celebrated his hat-trick by catching an interception to extend the Dogs’ lead.
“Josh Addo-Carr’s awareness, speed and experience is accelerating his way to the north end of the Accor Stadium and may have just accelerated in a Blues jersey,” Ennis said.
“He doesn’t trot, he gallops.”
Blues adviser Greg Alexander told the NRL 360 panel that Addo-Carr had got back into the frame.
“Addo-Carr was very good…that’s the kind of reaction you want to see. He definitely got his hands up,” he said.
EELS EXHIBITS AS COMP’S ‘JEKYLL AND HYDE’ TEAM
This season the Eels have beaten the Panthers in Penrith and the Storm in Melbourne… but they also lost to the Tigers, who were last at the time and on Monday they were crushed by the last Bulldogs.
Fox League commentator Warren Smith wonders if the Eels will be able to hold their own in the final if they lose to two of the competition’s weakest teams.
“Are you wondering if they should be here in September? How they can find a way to win three games in September against the best teams in the business as they prove for the second time this year that they can’t beat a team that comes last,” he said.
“They are the great enigma of the competition. They can beta Penrith, they can beat Melbourne, but get beaten twice by whoever comes last in the Tigers and Bulldogs… Jekyll and Hyde, they are.
Michael Ennis agreed there could be question marks over the Eels’ premiership titles after the loss.
“No doubt there will be questions asked of Parramatta after this performance,” he said.
Parramatta star half-back Mitch Moses conceded after the loss that his side did not show up.
“We didn’t come to the game and we have to be better,” he told Fox League.
The Eels take on the Roosters next week, followed by the in-form Rabbitohs and a rematch with the Tigers.
bulldogs: 1. Jake Averillo 2. Jacob Kiraz 3. Aaron Schoupp 4. Corey Allan 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Matt Burton 7. Kyle Flanagan 23. Tevita Pangai Junior 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Josh Jackson 15. Corey Waddell 13. Max King 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 14. Zach Dockar-Clay 16. Joe Stimson 17. Chris Patolo. Substitute player: 21. Kurtis Morrin
Eels: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Viliami Penisini 4. Waqa Blake 5. Bailey Simonsson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Marata Niukore 13. Isaiah Papali’i 14. Makahesi Makatoa 15. Ryan Matterson 16. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Nathan Brown. Substitute player: 19. Jakob Arthur
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