Saturday August 9, 2014 @ 08:30pm
Parramatta Eels
Canberra Raiders
TIO Stadium
Half time Score: 6
Crowd: 9527
Half time Score: 10

Match Review

The Parramatta Eels have made their trip to Darwin worthwhile scoring a 18-10 come from behind victory over the Canberra Raiders in front of 9,500 fans at TIO Stadium.

The first half was an even affair with both sides showing their hand in both attack and defence in the tough Darwin conditions.

The Raiders surprised everyone when they were the first team to cross the try line when Bill Tupou showed poise and strength to keep himself in the field of play to score after being set up by Josh McCrone.

The Raiders then again scored to take a 10-0 lead when the Eels held off Edrick Lee and let him catch a Josh McCrone kick before he offloaded it to Jarrod Croker to score.

The Raiders could've had a third try of the night but it was called back by the Video Referees who agreed with the onfield No Try call of Gavin Morris after an Obstruction was found.

The Eels hit back minutes later when the Hayne plane combined to send Semi Radradra down the touchline before getting the ball back to score and after the conversion the score was 10-6, which was also the halftime score.

The second half can be best described as a No Try display, with six separate referrals upstairs with five of them being No Try calls, of which all five onfield calls from Gavin Morris were upheld by Video Referees Steve Chiddy and Steve Folkes although not without an eternity of replays.

These No tries saw Bureta Faraimo, Chris Sandow, Tim Mannah, Jarryd Hayne and Ryan Morgan all denied tries but the men upstairs.

However they did give one green light during the second half and that was to Tepai Moeroa who took advantage of a kick rebound and got his way to the ingoal and only just kept control on the ball during the put down which secured the Eels victory.

Prior to that however, Jarryd Hayne showed why he is considered one of the best in the game when he created something out of nothing to race 70m downfield to score his 100th career try.

The win keeps the Eels in contention for the top 8, meanwhile another loss consigns the Raiders to the lower levels of the NRL ladder, next week the Eels take on the hapless Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium, meanwhile the Canberra Raiders will be looking to end their form slump when they take on the St George Illawarra Dragons at Canberra Stadium next Saturday afternoon.

Players of the Match

3. Jarryd Hayne

2. Chris Sandow

1. Jarrod Croker

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