Canterbury Bulldogs winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has pulled off one of the biggest blunders in the NRL this season.
During Sunday’s clash against the Parramatta in Sydney, the Bulldogs were trailing 6-0 after Eels playmaker Mitchell Moses scored early in the contest.
In the 14th minute, Watene-Zelezniak claimed the footy off a high kick from Moses, and was tackled by second rower Marata Niukore 40 metres out from the Bulldogs tryline.
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However, when he got back to his feet, the 24-year-old was facing the wrong direction, and played the ball between his legs towards his opposition.
Dallin’s humiliating mistake
NRL: Dallin Watene-Zelezniak had a humiliating moment in the Bulldogs clash with the Eels, the mistake leading to Parramatta scoring the very next possession.
The referee immediately called a penalty, and former Canterbury star Michael Ennis could hardly contain his laughter in the commentary box.
“Oh no, oh no, oh no,” Ennis said on Fox League.
“That’s one of the most embarrassing things I’ve seen.
“That’s a moment for Zelezniak … he’ll see that for a lifetime.
“I’ve seen plenty of highlights in my time covering the game, but I’ve never seen anything like that.”
The incident was almost identical to Queensland great Martin Bella’s infamous error during Game 1 of the 1994 State of Origin.
“He’s done a Marty Bella!” Fox League commentator Warren Smith cried.
“My goodness, he’s lost his compass there.”
To make matters worse for Watene-Zelezniak, Parramatta scored 30 seconds later in the next play when Clint Gutherson dived over for the Eels’ second try of the day.
As Moses kicked the conversion, Ennis muttered: “Zelezniak would be feeling hollow.”
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When the players left the field at halftime, Parramatta were leading 18-6.
Second rower Raymond Faitala-Mariner was the only tryscorer for Canterbury in the first half, while Gutherson snared a double.
The Eels have won seven of their last nine games against the Bulldogs, and seem destined to improve that record on Sunday.
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