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Live: Eels v Bulldogs

 The pressure and problems just pile up for Stephen Kearney, he's in more trouble than Julia Gillard. After a decent start the Eels dropped their bundle against a ruthless Dogs outfit. Sandow tried to get something going when he did get on the field but to no avail. The short inter-passing between the Dogs forwards and their go-forward was impressive.

That's it from me tonight, thanks for joining the blog. Brad Walter and Chris Barrett will have all the news from the press conferences and the sheds in tomorrow's Sydney Morning Herald and at LeagueHQ.

80 min: All over. Dogs 46-12.

77 min: Try. And it's officially ugly for the Eels. Goodwin in the corner after some nice quick short passes down the left. Goodwin converts from the sideline. Dogs 46-12.

76 min: Strange call from the Dogs. Eels on the rack but they decide to take the shot at goal. Is Dessie feeling sorry for the Eels? Goodwin puts it through. Dogs 40-12.

75 min: Ennis plucks a Sandow chip out of the air and puts Barba on a nice run. Ennis hits the deck after being hit high by Maitua, but after a bit of treatment is up and back in the play. Penalty to Dogs. Maitua on report.

70 min: Nope - not happening this week, sorry Eels fans. The catherine wheel's been dropped in a bucket of cold water.

67 min: Light the touch paper Eels.

Eels scored 30 points in 13 minutes last week. Maybe they're waiting for the 67th minute before coming to life.

62 min:Try. Wright in. Easy metres from their 20 from Goodwin and Morris. Sweeping movement down the right and Barba cut out pass puts the winger in. Goodwin misses. Dogs 38-12.

54 min: Dogs penalised for being offside from a line drop out. Eels on the attack but Hayne spills an inside ball and it breaks down.

50 min: Try. Number 52 for Morris. Again nice ball from Kasiano to Barba to Keating who breaks through and puts through a kick for Morris 35m out. Sandow chases gamely but too much speed from the centre and he wins the race. Goodwin converts. Dogs 34-12.

49 min: And Sandow is on the field - if he can pull this one out for the Eels he'll never be dropped again.

48 min: Try. Reynolds chips 15m out, ball sits up nicely for him on the follow through, Hayne can't get there in time and he's in. Goodwin converts. Dogs 28-12

46 min: Sandow has the Lowes tracksuit off and is getting ready to come onto the field.

45 min: Maitua charges down Reynolds kick and then Paulo makes a nice bust down field, but it all breaks down when Roberts spills the ball.

42 min: Dogs could have put them away here, nice set play but Lafai then throws a pass into row 12 with Wright having the tryline at his mercy.

41 min: Goodwin off the tee for the second half and Poore runs into Kasiano's shoulder. Allgood takes it up and then drops the ball in the play-the-ball. Dogs to get a scrum 30m out.

Here's Brad Walter's take on the first half: "For the first 30 minutes it looked like Parramatta may have turned the corner following last Sunday's remarkable comeback against Wests Tigers but then they just seemed to forget how to tackle and the Dogs cut them open with three tries in the six minutes before halftime. Credit must go to Des Hasler for the way he has transformed the same Canterbury side that struggled last year into  the best offloading team in the NRL." 

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40 min: Try. Dogs in again. 60m out - Eels defence doesn't move up, Kasiano waltzes through then finds Barba and on to Halatau, who has plenty to do from 35m, outsprints the defence to score. Goodwin converts. Dogs 22-12.

37 min: Try. Really nice second-man play by the Dogs. 40m out, Bupa puts Reynolds in half a gap, he throws a dummy and is through and it's on to Lafai who's in. Goodwin converts. Those cheap penalties really hurt the Eels. Dogs 16-12.

36 min: Poore penalised again - this time for a high shot.

35 min: Try. Number 51 for Morris. Nice ball from Kasiano after dummy run from Eastwood, to Keating and he finds Morris who breezes throough. Goodwin hits the posts but it goes through. Eels 12-10.

34 min: Another bad pun - poor play by Poore and he gives away a cheap penalty for holding down.

33 min: Dogs set ends with Hayne caught in goal after Barba grubber. Eels line drop-out.

31 min: Allgood not good and is penalised for not lining up straight in the play the ball. Dogs to go on attack 20m out.

29 min: Try. Sio in for the Eels. Hayne threads a perfect grubber into the in-goal from 10m out, the winger doesn't panic and touches down. Burt converts from the touchline. Eels 12-4.

28 min: Reynolds penalised for being offside. Eels will go on attack 30m out.

James 'Bupa - the unhealthy Aiden Tolman' Graham is on with the vaseline spread over the backs of his legs. Apparently he believes it makes the tacklers slip off. Hmm. Looks like Des Renford when he used to cover himself with fat before attempting to swim the English Channel.

24 min:  A couple of sets between the 20ms - Eels have the better of position, but don't look likely. Roberts gives away a penalty for holding down Lafai.

18 min: Try. Ryan Morgan flies high to collect a bomb, but it wasn't contested by the Dogs outside backs. Burt converts. Eels 6-4.

17 min: Good set from the Dogs - lots of ball interplay between the forwards on the edge, similar to last week against Manly. Eels clean up a bomb and then get a relieving penalty when Kasiano goes high in a tackle.

12 min: Try. Josh Morris finishes it off but Barba is the creator. The fullback skips out of a tackle, beats another, makes a break, onto Keating who feeds Morris and he's over for his 50th career try. Bryson Goodwin misses from out wide. Dogs 4-0. 

10 min: The Dogs put on their first major attacking raid of the game but it breaks down when a pass from Barba goes astray 10m out.

9 min: Plenty of ball movement but not a lot of structure from the Eels. Bulldogs get the first penalty of the night with Maitua pinged for holding down Tolman in the tackle.

6 min:  Tolman throws a shocker of a forward past to Pritchard and Eels go on attack 30m out. A Roberts grubber is cleaned up nicley by Wright.

5 min: A towering Hayne bomb on the last is well taken by Barba under heavy pressure from the Eels defence.

3 min: A good set from the Eels with Hayne and Morgan featuring in a nice move ends with Dogs cleaning up a last-tackle bomb.

1 min: And Luke Burt gets us underway with the kick-oof.

In the team news Fuifui Moimoi will start with Joseph Paulo moving to the bench. The Bulldogs will be as per program.

Michael Ennis is back in the frame. Stephen Kearney is coping the blame. And Chris Sandow is searching for his game. Welcome to tonight's blog of the Parramatta v Canterbury match.

With Danny Buderus ruled out of Origin I, Ennis can further push his claims for a Blues jumper in tonight's match.

For Kearney, he'd be happy with a win - any way he can get it. We heard rumours that voodoo dolls resembling Ennis, Ben Barba and Josh Reynolds had been delivered to the Parramatta coaching office.

Sandow will be hoping to get the tracksuit off tonight. For $550,000 a season the Eels certainly weren’t expecting they would be watching him sitting on the pine or keeping his legs warm on the sideline exercise bike.

The round 6 match last year was a fiery affair with Jarryd Hayne headbutting Corey Payne and the memorable altercation between Ennis and Nathan Hindmarsh. All four were binned leaving the teams with enough players for an A-League match.

After the match Hindmarsh called Ennis ‘‘a grub’’' - making a change from the usual anodyne responses at press conferences.

So, for the pre-match entertainment, the closest we could get to Grub was Dinosaur Jr's album Bug featuring the epic opener Freak Scene one of the tunes Matt and Kris Keating's uncle Paul listens to while he's polishing his collection of French antique clocks. (Warning to the kiddies - the song features one bad word).


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