Parramatta Eels vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs: Five things we learned

The Eels have boosted their chances of relinquishing the wooden spoon by outlasting the Bulldogs, 14-8.

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The Eels have toppled their bitter rivals to the tune of 14-8, to kick off proceedings for round 19. In what was a largely scrappy and uninspiring affair between two old rivals, it was apparent as to why both sides find themselves in the positions they sit on the ladder. It was almost as though the rivalry element was nonexistent in a match between the fiercest of rivals. This win sees the Eels draw level on points with the Bulldogs and Cowboys, to ensure the wooden spoon will be a race between three teams. Here are five things we learned from the match: