Things started badly for the Dogs, with Marcelo Montoya sent for a 10-minute break. (AAP: Dan Himbrechts)
Parramatta has surrendered a 10-point half-time lead before Mitchell Moses stepped up in extra time to steal a 13-12 win over the Bulldogs.
The Eels had led 12-2 at the break, but the Bulldogs struck back through Brett Morris and Matt Frawley on the back of a mountain of second-half possession to square things.
With scores locked at 12-12 after 80 minutes, Parramatta had first use of the football and were helped up the field by a very dubious stripping penalty on Bulldogs hooker Michael Lichaa.
The referee’s whistle helped the Eels deep into Canterbury’s half and Moses slotted a 23-metre field goal to nab the two points in a game that did not give either coach much reason to smile.
The good news for Eels coach Brad Arthur was Moses’ performance, which was easily his best for the Eels, playing a hand in both their tries and coming up with some big defensive plays.
The signs were ominous early for Canterbury, who were on the back foot in just the third minute when an errant first-tackle pass from Will Hopoate on his own tryline, which could have ended in a penalty try.
Instead, winger Marcelo Montoya was sin-binned for preventing a certain four-pointer for Moses and Gutherson kicked a penalty goal to open the scoring.
Down to 12 men, the Bulldogs twice bombed opportunities to take the lead and instead settled for their own two points gifted by Kenny Edwards.
But that was as threatening as the visitors got as the home side took a half-time lead through tries to wing pair Bevan French and Semi Radradra.
French was put into space by Moses and then brilliantly chased down his chip over Brett Morris in the 23rd minute before Moses was again involved in a left-side shift for Radradra 10 minutes later.
The second half was nearly the complete opposite of the first, but the Eels did just enough to win.