Full Time
80:00
4:10pm Sun March 11, 2018
Round 1 - Panthers Stadium - Crowd: 21506
80min

A game of two halves this afternoon. Parramatta led early, and were impressive for most of the first half. But the second half went the way of the Panthers, chasing down a deficit, taking a lead, and keeping the Eels scoreless in the second half.

78min

Penalty Goal: Panthers
Kicked by Nathan Cleary.

Cleary adds an extra two.

Panthers lead Panthers 24 - 14 Eels
78min

Another penalty against the Eels - the referees really are cracking down on playing the ball with the foot. The Panthers will attempt the goal.

78min

The Panthers kick down field on the last. The bounce is a bad one for Auva'a, but he cleans it up.

75min

The bunker gets a gig again, just checking on a possible try to the Panthers. Again it's Waqa Blake involved, throwing the ball to his winger, but Watene Zelezniak is standing all over the sideline. NO TRY.

73min

The Panthers dkick back inside on the last, and Hayne picks the ball up and makes 30 metres. On the next play, Jennings drops the ball.

73min

The Panthers looking to score now, attacking from a few metres out. They send the ball to their ever reliable right edge, but Blake can't get his third.

71min

Nathan Brown knocks on for the Eels, and yet another attacking set goes begging.

69min

The Eels, with their next set, kick high on the last. Edwards flies up and takes the ball nicely.

67min

They run it on the last, but get tackled just short.

67min

The Eels only 5 away from the try line now.

65min

Dallin Watene Zelezniak brings the ball back after a couple of terrible Eels' kicks, but he drops the ball in the tackle. Can the Eels hit back?

62min

Mitchell Moses comes back to the field.

62min

Isaah Yeo finds the ball in his hands on the last, and puts a nothing kick over the sideline.

60min

Conversion: Panthers
Kicked by Nathan Cleary.

Cleary, from the right sideline, puts the ball between the uprights.

Panthers lead Panthers 22 - 14 Eels
59min

Try: Panthers
Scored by Waqa Blake. Kick to come.

The Panthers have scored again, with Waqa Blake taking advantage of an overlap out wide. Nathan Cleary starts things off with a break, before giving Blake a sprint to the finish.

Panthers lead Panthers 20 - 14 Eels
58min

Corey Norman is down in backplay and looks in trouble.

57min

The right idea, but execution was lacking. The Panthers drop the ball after trying to playmake around the ruck.

56min

Cleary almost makes a line break now - the Panthers are getting through almost at will.

55min

Penalty Goal: Panthers
Kicked by Nathan Cleary.

And Cleary nails it from straight in front.

Panthers lead Panthers 16 - 14 Eels
53min

The Panthers make another break through Kikau. Moses makes a great tackle, but is sent to the sin bin for making the next tackle when not square at marker. The Panthers opt for the penalty goal again.

53min

Some scrambling attack from the Panthers, before Josh Mansour puts in a rushed kick.

51min

Penalty Goal: Panthers
Kicked by Nathan Cleary.

Cleary kicks the conversion, and scores are all tied up.

Tied up at Panthers 14 - 14 Eels
49min

Kikau again makes a break through the defense, and again the Eels are penalised for not letting go of the tackled player. The Panthers will opt for the penalty goal.

49min

Momentum seems to be with the Panthers early in this second half.

46min

The Panthers start their set 40 metres out from their own line.

44min

Conversion: Panthers
Kicked by Nathan Cleary.

Cleary converts the try, and the deficit is now just 2.

Eels lead Panthers 12 - 14 Eels
42min

Try: Panthers
Scored by Viliame Kikau. Kick to come.

And it's a try to the Panthers! A strong run from Kikau, and a nice little angle back on the inside, and he crashes over the line. Valiant defensive effort from Hayne, but it's not quite enough.

Eels lead Panthers 10 - 14 Eels
41min

A terrible pass from the Eels, and there's a knock on. The Panthers then get a piggy-back penalty, and will attack the Eels line with a new set.

40min

A good set from the Panthers, and the Eels will work it out from deep in their own half.

40min

We're back in the second half, with the Panthers having first use of the football.

39min

Some good defence from Parramatta, and Josh Mansour is denied a try in the left corner, just before half time.

36min

The Eels have lost the ball coming out of their own line, and the Panthers will have an opportunity to really shake the Eels before half time.

35min

Conversion: Panthers
Kicked by Nathan Cleary.

Cleary converts easily, and the Panthers get within 8.

Eels lead Panthers 6 - 14 Eels
34min

Try: Panthers
Scored by Waqa Blake. Kick to come.

And it is a TRY! Blake breaks two tackles on his way to the line, and scores just near the upright.

Eels lead Panthers 4 - 14 Eels
34min

We're going to the bunker yet again, just checking on a double movement. Waqa Blake has done an amazing job here, sprinting down field, stretching out from a couple of metres out, and slamming the ball down. This should be a try.

33min

Josh Mansour is getting some attention now, after being knocked to the ground after throwing a pass. Jennings is penalised for a late shoulder charge.

32min

Penrith kick high and again the Eels have no trouble with it.

32min

The Panthers work the ball away from their end of the field. They'll be wanting to pick up a try before half time to keep themselves in the game.

27min

Conversion: Eels
Attempted by Mitchell Moses.

Norman has been sacked in the kicking duties, with Moses back on the field. He attempts the kick from the same place as his last, but pushes this one wide.

Eels lead Panthers 0 - 14 Eels
26min

Try: Eels
Scored by Josh Hoffman. Kick to come.

And Hoffman has picked up his second, after a lovely cutout ball from Brad Takairangi. Poor defence from the Panthers there.

Eels lead Panthers 0 - 14 Eels
26min

Mitch Moses is coming back onto the field, having passed his HIA.

25min

The Panthers look for a 40/20, but Trent Merrin has been penalised for a lazy play the ball attempt.

23min

Suaia Matagi loses the ball though, and the Panthers are off the hook.

23min

Cameron King takes an offload and fights his way to within a couple of metres of the line.

23min

A penalty to Parramatta, with the Panthers giving a little too much attention in the play the ball.

21min

Conversion: Eels
Attempted by Corey Norman.

Norman lines up from just left of the post, but the kick is a shocker and he fails to convert his own try.

Eels lead Panthers 0 - 10 Eels
20min

Try: Eels
Scored by Corey Norman. Kick to come.

And now Corey Norman has sliced through the defence. He shaped to pass outside, and then stepped back inside to score an untouched try. Great deception.

Eels lead Panthers 0 - 10 Eels
20min

Brad Takairangi heads left, then right, then gets tackled on the 10 metre line.

19min

Cleary puts a massive bomb up, and Bevan French does a good job at taking it. The Panthers are ruled offside in the kick chase.

17min

Looking at the replay, Mansour had knocked the ball on over the line anyway.

17min

Tyrone Peachey is ruled to have impeded the defender, and the no try call is upheld. Unlucky for the Panthers there.

17min

On the next play the Panthers throw a floater out to the left wing. We're checking with the bunker for a possible obstruction back on the inside. The on field decision is a no try...

17min

Cleary throws a dummy and attempts to slice through.

16min

Daniel Alvaro concedes his second penalty of the match.

15min

Parramatta manage to hold on, and will bring the ball out of their own half.

14min

The Panthers get a penalty right on the Eels' tryline, and will have their best (only?) attacking opportunity of the game.

14min

Mitch Moses is leaving the field, and Michael Jennings has a cut above his right eye.

13min

Moses is receiving some attention from a trainer, and will leave the field for a HIA.

13min

The Eels kick high on the last. Dylan Edwards fields it nicely, and sprints away down the the left sideline.

12min

Jennings dances and jumps, before getting dragged down on his own 40 metre line.

11min

Spoke too soon - they've lost the ball again.

10min

Penrith get a penalty, and it's a welcome relief.

9min

Now the Eels have made a mistake, and the Panthers get a bit of time with the football. Yeo straightens the attack.

9min

The Parramatta side have had 76% of the ball so far - and it shows.

8min

Moses rolls the ball into the in goal on the last, and the Eels force a line dropout.

7min

The Panthers make another mistake, and the Eels get another attacking opportunity.

6min

Conversion: Eels
Kicked by Mitchell Moses.

And Moses has no issue with the conversion.

Eels lead Panthers 0 - 6 Eels
5min

Try: Eels
Scored by Josh Hoffman. Kick to come.

We're going to the bunker again for another possible Eels try. Some great finishing from Josh Hoffman, after some brilliant work on the inside, and the Eels draw first blood. Direct play from Moses creates the space, and the outside men capitalise.

Eels lead Panthers 0 - 4 Eels
4min

It's all the Eels at the moment - apart from the first set we haven't event been at the other end of the ground.

4min

Just as a note, the Eels have shuffled their backline slightly. In attack, Jarryd Hayne appears to be chiming in at fullback, with French moving to the centres. In defence they appear to be playing as named.

3min

Moses splits the defence now, darting back inside and making a great 20 metre run.

3min

It's ruled a knock on. We have NO TRY, but it was a deft little kick that almost came off for the Parramatta side.

2min

And it's a possible Eels try! We're going to the bunker to check on a possible knock-on.

2min

King gets within a metre.

1min

Moses looks to be ok. The Eels opt for the tap, and are within 20 of the try line.

Mannah takes his second run for the set, and the Eels kick long from their own 40 metre line. Moses gets hit hard after the kick, and is clutching his neck. It was late, and high from Moses Leota, and the Eels get a penalty.

Maloney gets us underway, and it's Mannah to take the first hit up.

And now the Panthers head out, with an entire stadium full of waving flags to meet them.

Parramatta take the field to a chorus of boos...

Not long until kickoff now at this match between the Panthers and the Eels. We're coming to you from a sold-out Panthers Stadium, and the atmosphere for the Battle of the West is electric. Both teams will play with the 17 named on Tuesday, however the Panthers have made two positional changes. Moses Leota and James Fisher-Harris will start the game, with Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Viliame Kikau moving to the bench.

Referees & scorers:

Referees: Ashley Klein, Matt Noyen

Touch Judges: Brett Suttor, Nick Beashel

Video Referee: Jared Maxwell, Luke Patten

PENRITH PANTHERS (24)
Tries: Waqa Blake (2), Viliame Kikau
Field Goals:
Conversions: Nathan Cleary (3/3)
Penalty Goals: Nathan Cleary (3/3)

PARRAMATTA EELS (14)
Tries: Josh Hoffman (2), Corey Norman
Field Goals:
Conversions: Mitchell Moses (1/2), Corey Norman (0/1)
Penalty Goals: