Parramatta prop Danny Wicks afforded himself the tiniest of smiles when asked about his re-entry to the NRL after five long years out of the game.
A physical Friday night match may have taken a heavy toll on the Parramatta squad with several key players in doubt for next week's visit to Auckland.
The Eels did their best to hang on but were overrun by the Bulldogs after suffering several injuries. Here are five key points to take from the Bulldogs' win.
The Bulldogs have earned their first win of the Telstra Premiership season, finishing over the top of a brave Eels outfit struck down by injuries.
Brad Fittler started it, calling him the Smooth Operator as if he were watching a looping clip of Sade herself.
Nine players were charged over the first round by the NRL Match Review Committee, with Eels Junior Paulo out for nine weeks.
The Bulldogs finished fast last week but with just a five-day turnaround and without a key playmaker they face an Eels side fresh from a strong win over Manly.
The man with seemingly the most to lose from a potential Kieran Foran move to Parramatta in 2016 has made the perfect start to the season.
Don't be too concerned Eels fans, but your angry little hooker in Nathan Peats is mellowing out.
Parramatta centre Brad Takairangi says it was a proud night for his family after playing his first NRL game for the club his father represented.