The Parramatta Eels have come away winners from Suncorp Stadium tonight, defeating the Brisbane Broncos 25-18 in front of 32,009 fans.
The Broncos had a dream start to the game, spending a lot of time in the Parramatta half, and having countless attacking sets at the Eels' line. They were unable to take advantage however, as the Eels defence contirually held them out.
Parramatta scored first points in the 24th minute, as William Hopoate swooped on a loose ball after a Sandow break. This set the scene for much of the first half, as the Eels continued to take full advantage of their half-chances.
The Eels scored again in the 37th minute, after Semi Radradra sprinted down the left sideline, and backed himself to out muscle Ben Barba to the tryline. Sandow this time converted the try from the sideline, and the Broncos trailed by 10.
The Eels really should have led 10-0 at the break, but Dale Copley scored just before half time thanks to some lazy defence from the Eels, and some brilliance from Justin Hodges. Hodges, in his first game back, stood and fought off three defenders before flicking to his support man out to the right.
The Broncos went into half time buoyed by this late try. The Eels would have been disappointed at the late drop in concentration, but would have also been pleased with their general urgency in defence in the first half.
Brisbane then scored in the 51st minute thanks to some individual brilliance from Ben Hunt. Thaiday ran a lovely line, and Hunt dummied to him before slicing through the defence and scoring under the posts. Parker added the extras, and the Broncos took the lead for the first time in the match.
Ten minutes later Jarryd Hayne scored after an Eels scrum. Hayne exploited a slow slide in the Broncos defence, and parted the defenders to cross. Sandow again kicked the goal.
The lead sea-sawed again, after tries to both Josh McGuire and Nathan Peats. Sandow converted Peats' try, and took the Parramatta Eels to 4 in front, before a penalty against Justin Hodges gifted the Eels another two points.
We looked to be all set up for an amazing finish, with a 6 point difference between the two teams. But Chris Sandow was taking no chances in golden point, instead snapping a 40 metre field goal in the 7th minute to seal his team the win.
The Broncos will travel to Robina Stadium to take on the Gold Coast Titans on Friday night, while the Eels will host the Sydney Roosters on Saturday.