Dogs Turn ‘Entertainers’ Into Humble Eels With Upset Victory

Mick Potter’s Bulldogs reminisced about the famous Canterbury “Entertainers” team for which he began his playing career in the early 1980s when they moved down the ladder with a 34-4 punch from Parramatta.

Star winger Josh Addo-Carr made a strong case for a recall from NSW Origin with a hat-trick of tries, while five-eighth Matt Burton upped his chances by providing three assists and saving one in a man-of-the-match performance .

Addo-Carr came off the pitch six minutes before full-time to receive a standing ovation after sustaining a minor leg injury, but the reception of the long-suffering Canterbury fans in the 20,184 crowd wasn’t just reserved for the star winger.

The win ended a five-game losing streak that claimed coach Trent Barrett’s scalp and he was replaced by Potter, who played 80 games for the Bulldogs between 1983 and 1988 when the Ted Glossop-coached team was nicknamed “The Entertainers”. got.

It was the most points scored in a game by the Bulldogs in four years and their first win against Parramatta since 2018.

Match snapshot

  • After two spectacular attempts for Josh Addo-Carr last week against Penrith with kicks, Matt Burton resorted to the same tactic early on and it paid off with the star winger scoring his first try in just the seventh minute.
  • On this occasion, Burton gave a short kick behind the Eels defense for Addo-Carr to race through and catch the ball within the full 10 yards of the try-line to score untouched.

Burton smart kick for Addo-Carr try

  • Bulldogs fullback Jake Averillo gave the club’s fans even more hope that a shock could ensue when he intercepted a pass from Parramatta prop Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Dylan Brown stepped and raced 80 meters to score in the 14th minute.
  • Burton then paired up with halfback Kyle Flanagan, who simply caught the ball and passed it in one move to send winger Jacob Kiraz into the clear race.
  • Kiraz dummied his teammates before rushing Eel’s fullback Clint Gutherson to score.

Kiraz puts them ahead to score a long range attempt

  • Leading 16-0 at halftime, the Bulldogs didn’t give up in the second half as the desperate Eels mounted the pressure.
  • Winger Bailey Simonsson plucked the ball from Addo Carr in a one-on-one challenge in the air for a kick from Mitchell Moses, but tapped the ball before it hit the ground.
  • Addo-Carr made up for it almost immediately when he raced behind Simonsson on a Burton grubber kick to extend Canterbury’s lead to 22-0 after 49 minutes.

Burton to the Foxx combo is on fire

  • Addo-Carr completed his hat-trick in the 54th minute when he intercepted a Gutherson pass and sprinted 65 yards to the tryline.
  • The Bulldogs showed how confident they were in their defense when Burton delayed a lunge from the goal-line until after the siren of the shot clock had sounded to award a penalty 10 yards from his tryline midway through the second half.
  • Canterbury’s defense finally cracked in the 67th minute when Will Penisini scored, but all thoughts of a late comeback were quickly extinguished by Averillo’s second attempt.
  • On this occasion, striker Zach Dockar-Clay relieved for Max King, who found Flanagan in the support, and he quickly moved the ball to Burton, who pushed into the in-goal for Averilo to score.

Razzle dazzle Bulldogs score another

Playing the game

When Will Penisini finally got the Eels on the board in the 67th minute, the momentum started to shift away from the Bulldogs and Mitchell Moses managed to get over the tryline for a few minutes.

However, Burton was not only busy setting up tries, but also stopped them and prevented Moses from getting the ball cleanly to the ground before giving up another try on the other side for Jake Averillo to seal the win.

Burton even tries to save at death

what they said

NRL Press Conference: Bulldogs v Eels – Round 14, 2022

What’s next

The Bulldogs will host the Wests Tigers at Accor Stadium next Sunday, while the Eels will be home to Sydney Roosters at CommBank Stadium on Saturday evening.

Bulldogs coach Mick Potter hopes to have England test prop Luke Thompson (head knock), Samoan forward Ava Seaumanufagai (calf) and center Braidon Burns available for the clash with the Tigers.

However, forward Chris Patolo will have to overcome the NRL’s HIA protocols after being headbutted off the field in the first half.

The sixth-seeded Eels must bounce back against the Roosters to steer clear of the Rabbitohs and a chasing pack of teams on the eve of the top eight.

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