They came up just short of toppling the Sea Eagles in March, but now Parramatta is a different side according to former Manly centre Will Hopoate.
Parramatta co-captain Jarryd Hayne believes his team are being pinged for more penalties than others because they don't have a "superstar forward pack."
Parramatta back-rower Ben Smith says when he hangs up the boots at the end of 2014 he will be most proud of playing his entire career in the blue and gold.
Despite late controversy perhaps denying his side the win, Eels coach Brad Arthur believes his side was the better team on Friday night.
An irate Parramatta coach Brad Arthur has hit out on a ruling that placed a ball boy in a position to impact a match his side lost 18-16 to the Bulldogs.
Canterbury have righted a very shaky 2014 campaign with a narrow and hard-fought 18-16 win over bitter rivals Parramatta.
These teams' fortunes have fluctuated wildly recently – now this clash could even determine who fills the final spot in this year's top eight.
Eels coach Brad Arthur has made the surprising admission that his young side is exceeding expectations in his first season in charge.
Every man and his dog in rugby league knows it, least of all Jarryd Hayne. Since 2009, the Eels have relied on their star fullback. But not in 2014.
Weeks prior to the 2008 World Cup Jarryd Hayne could march down a street in Suva and the locals couldn't have cared for all the Fiji Bitter in the islands.