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globalrugbyleague - Sat, 04 Aug 2007 09:33:00 GMT
Second-rower Brad Morrin may have bitten off more then he can chew during Parramatta’s first ever win over Canterbury at Telstra Stadium on Friday night.

The former Moorebank Rams junior was placed on-report by referee Sean Hampstead shortly before half-time after winger Timana Tahu took umbrage with an alleged bite on the arm by Morrin.

Video replays multiplied by obvious teeth marks do not cast Morrin in a favourable light ahead of his date with the match review committee and it’s expected he’ll face time on the sidelines for his ad-lib input into the game.

Eels second-rower Nathan Hindmarsh described the incident as a ‘pretty low act, biting’, while some fans expressed concern that perhaps players need to be fed more before kick-off.

“I was concerned about the safety of the Subway mascot walking perilously close to players on the interchange who might have been hungry for some game time,” an anonymous fan said while leaving the ground after the thrilling Friday night clash.

The last player to be suspended for biting in the NRL was then Sharks prop Chris Beattie in 2001. Last year Eel’s prop Fui Fui Moi Moi was also accused of an incident by Storm prop Brett White.

Parramatta got off to a brilliant start in the opening minute of play when Fui Fui Moi Moi scored right beneath the posts in the wake of a Daryl Millard handling error at the kick-off.

Bulldogs coach Steve Folkes however questioned whether Parramatta's first try, scored by prop Fuifui Moimoi after just two tackles, should have been awarded.

"Did anyone else think there was an obstruction," he asked. "I thought Mr Hampstead had a fairly ordinary game, but if you let six tries in, then you deserve to get beat."

Down 12-0 after the opening ten minutes of play, Canterbury returned with some rapid fire of their own before the visitors cleared out to a 22-10 lead by the 44th minute.

The Eels gave themselves a late scare in the second-half, allowing the Bulldogs to get within a converted try of leveling the game shortly before full-time.

But some Krisnan Inu brilliance down the left touchline finally put the Bulldogs to sleep, handing Parramatta a historic first win over the Dogs in their famous backyard.

Consolation for the homeside fans came in Jersey Flegg with the Bulldogs leaping in front of the Eels on the competition ladder after beating them senseless by 48-14.

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PARRAMATTA 34 (E Grothe, K Inu, F Moimoi, C Robinson, B Smith, T Tahu tries; K Inu 5 goals) bt BULLDOGS 22 (C Phelps 2, D Millard, S Williams tries; H El Masri 3 goals) at Telstra Stadium. Referee: Sean Hampstead. Crowd: 27,201. - Read More, Here