Josh Addo-Carr stamps himself as a dead certainty to return to NSW for Origin 2 in win over Parra

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Canterbury SMASH Parra by 30 points in the shock of the season as Josh Addo-Carr primes himself for a return to NSW for Origin 2 with sublime HAT TRICK to help Bulldogs Canterbury break five-match slump

  • Canterbury have earned the shock of the season with a victory over Parramatta  
  • The Bulldogs had lost their last five matches prior to Monday’s game in Sydney 
  • Josh Addo-Carr scored a sensational hat-trick in his best display of the year
  • The speedy winger has made himself impossible to overlook for NSW selection 

Josh Addo-Carr has made himself impossible to overlook for a NSW recall after the Bulldogs gun scored a sensational hat-trick to down Parra in one of the shock results of the season.

Addo-Carr was a surprise omission from Brad Fittler’s squad for the first Origin game in Sydney, with the speedy winger having featured in the previous 12 showpiece games in succession.

The 26-year-old vowed to force his way back into the fold and he has been in blistering form ever since his omission, scoring twice against reigning premiers Penrith earlier this month.

Josh Addo-Carr made himself impossible to overlook for a recall to NSW for Origin 2 in Perth

Josh Addo-Carr made himself impossible to overlook for a recall to NSW for Origin 2 in Perth

The speedy winger scored a sensational hat-trick to help Canterbury snap a five-match skid

The speedy winger scored a sensational hat-trick to help Canterbury snap a five-match skid

The Bulldogs put in their best performance in years to thrash Parra in the shock of the season

The Bulldogs put in their best performance in years to thrash Parra in the shock of the season

And on Monday night, the Addo-Carr had his best game in a Bulldogs jumper, scoring a hat-trick to end his side’s five-match skid and get their season back on track.

His first two tries saw him combine superbly with five-eighth Matt Burton, latching onto two inch-perfect crossfield kicks to ground the ball,  but it was his third score that was the pick of the bunch.

With the Eels looking to get some width on the ball, Addo-Carr was primed to pounce and intercept, showing his rivals a clean pair of heels as he scored his side’s fifth try of the day.

‘[It was] Very special, we have a packed out stadium tonight and we wanted to do it for the crowd,’ a delighted Addo-Carr told Fox League after the game. ‘I think we had a good week of training and we delivered tonight.’

On his Origin future, Addo-Carr said: ‘I am just focused on what I’ve got to do for the Bulldogs, the club comes first, my teammates come first. If Freddy decides to pick me so be it, I love putting the Blues jersey on but my focus is on the Bulldogs.’

NRL great Greg Alexander labelled Monday’s result as the upset of the season. 

‘You’d have to say with the result, they blew the Eels off the park,’ he said. ‘When was the last time the Dogs scored 30 points? I think it is the upset of the season, without a doubt.’ 

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