Moses seals golden-point win as Eels survive Bulldogs fightback


Mitchell Moses hit a match-winning drop-goal in golden-point extra time as Parramatta Eels made it four NRL wins in five with a 13-12 beating of Canterbury Bulldogs to at least temporarily move into the top eight.

The Eels were seemingly coasting at half-time as tries from Clint Gutherson and Semi Radradra helped the hosts to a 12-2 half-time lead at Parramatta Stadium.

But the Bulldogs fought back after the break as Brett Morris and Matt Frawley crossed the line to help the visitors level the scores.

It proved to be in vain, though, as Moses' clean strike settled the match to continue the Eels' impressive run.

Gutherson and Moses Mbye traded early penalties before Parramatta took control.

Bevan French collected his own chip over the top to score the game's first try in superb fashion, Gutherson converting from the sideline before Radradra went over in the left-hand corner.

But Canterbury piled concerted pressure on the Parramatta line after the restart and Josh Morris fed brother Brett to give them hope.

The Bulldogs were further rewarded for a much-improved second-half showing when substitute Matt Frawley sold the Parramatta defence a huge dummy to go over under the posts.

Mbye's simple conversion levelled matters and forced extra time, but fortune favoured the Eels.

Parramatta were awarded a contentious penalty after appearing to lose the ball in their own half, enabling the Eels to get in position for a drop-goal.

And Moses, a mid-season recruit from Wests Tigers, promptly nailed his attempt from the right of the posts, taking Parramatta onto 18 points, four clear of the 13th-placed Bulldogs.