The New Zealand Warriors’ hopes of a top eight finish received another blow when they crashed to an 18-14 defeat at home to a under-strength Canterbury.
Manu ‘the beast’ Vatuvei smashed his way over to give the home side an early advantage but the Warriors were unable to build on their score.
Michael Sullivan took advantage of a piece of Luck to get the Bulldogs’ first score and a sideline conversion from Hazem El Masri gave the visitors the lead at half time 6-4.
Luke Patten raced over just after half time to give the Bulldogs a bigger advantage until the Warriors responded through young winger Kevin Locke who rose high to collect a pinpoint kick from Stacey Jones.
Russell Packer barged his way over under the posts to give the Warriors a narrow advantage but it was not to be the home side’s day when Ben Barba charged over out wide for the match winning score.
Former Penrith winger Joe Galuvao powered his way over in response for the Eels before Daniel Mortimer added to the visitors’ tally by finishing off a flowing movement.
Eric Grothe raced over out wide for Parramatta to close the gap on the Titans, but the home side snatched the lead, and ultimately the match, when David Mead raced over from long range after an Eels mistake.