Josh Jackson has inspired Canterbury to a 28-4 win over Parramatta at ANZ Stadium on Friday night.
Frank Pritchard scored a double for the Bulldogs, with Jackson crossing for one himself, a reward for constantly menacing the Eels defence with his strong running.
Pritchard scored the opener in the 21st minute when Trent Hodkinson dummied his way through the Eels defensive line, and in the 46th minute when he latched onto a Josh Reynolds cross kick.
Jackson’s carving 30m run in the 52nd minute put the Dogs further ahead, before a scintillating 80m effort from Brett Morris two minutes later put the result beyond doubt in front of 17,082 fans.
In an ugly stop-start first half, the Eels did their best to stay with the Dogs, matching it with Canterbury’s monster pack in the middle of the park, with centre Brad Takairangi providing impetus out wide.
Semi Radradra burrowed his way over from close range for the Eels just three minutes before halftime for a deserved try for the home side, and a 6-4 halftime lead in favour of the Dogs.
But it was a different story in the second half, with the Dogs clicking into gear. The final score could have been much greater with Tim Lafai ignoring an unmarked Sam Perrett outside him and Josh Morris dropping the ball with the line beckoning late in the game.
Curtis Rona’s 80th minute try was the Dogs’ fifth of the night.
Parramatta now need to win all of their final seven matches to ensure a final eight spot.
To make matters worse for the Eels, Corey Norman is set for a month-long stint on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury in the second half.
Parramatta forward David Gower was put on report in the first half for dangerous contact in a tackle on Brett Morris.
The win should ensure Canterbury remain in the top eight at the end of round 19.
Moses Mbye was rested by Dogs coach Des Hasler with Reynolds and Hodkinson forming a settled combination throughout the night in the halves.