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The Bulldogs had a point to prove after last week's loss to the Warriors, and that they did, soundly beating the Eels, 28-10.
From the very start of the game, the Bulldogs were the complete unit, sound in defence, and devastating on attack. It did not take long for the scoreboard to start ticking over in their favour.
The Eels were finding errors near their line, were not helping to make their night successful.
Half time saw the Bulldogs comfortably in front by 22-0, helped along by some punishing attack from Talau and Utai (pictured), who had netted two tries each by the break. Strong performances by Mason and Sherwin, and Patten, who defended endlessly on his line, all had great games, and made the win to the Bulldogs that much easier.
To their credit, Parramatta did not give up without a fight, Nathan Hindmarsh again outstanding, but in the end had no answers against this Bulldog side tonight.
7:30PM, Friday 16 August 2002 Sydney Showground. Crowd - 19,346 Referee: S Clark / J Robinson
Bulldogs 28 - Eels 10
Canterbury Bulldogs (Tries: Utai x2, Talau x2, Patten. Goals: El Masri 4/5)
Parramatta Eels (Tries: Moodie, Burt. Goals: Burt 1/2)