Parramatta juggernaut Semi Radradra has powered his side to a controversial and spiteful 20-6 NRL win over fierce rivals Canterbury at ANZ Stadium.
Radradra laid on a scintillating try for left side partner Michael Jennings on Friday night before scoring twice in the final 12 minutes to inflict the Bulldogs’ first loss of the year.
The game descended into controversy in the second half when Sam Perrett was denied a try by the video referee because the pass from Sam Kasiano was ruled forward.
However, it was unclear why it was sent upstairs by referee Matt Cecchin because video referees cannot rule on forward passes.
Cecchin called it a try on the field but asked the video refs to check whether it had been touched by an Eels player, despite his touch judge ruling it forward.
Parramatta led 8-0 at the time and it seemed pivotal however the Eels came home with Radradra’s two late tries.
The flying Fijian provided the only points of the first half when he soared high to grab a Kieran Foran bomb and pass it off the ground to former Sydney Rooster Jennings for the centre’s first try in Parramatta colours.
With the game in the balance, Radradra produced the big plays, dotting down under the posts after five-eighth Corey Norman steamed through a hole before Radradra did it all himself with a bustling effort.
The game was marked by a number of ugly incidents and key injuries.
Eels and NSW back-rower Beau Scott spent most of the second half on the sidelines with a shoulder problem, while Sam Kasiano finished the match up the tunnel after a nasty head clash with Tim Mannah.
Bulldogs prop Aiden Tolman could come under the scrutiny of the match review committee after hitting Tepai Moeroa high in the first half, forcing the Eels’ lock to the sidelines to undergo a concussion test.