Saturday September 6, 2014 @ 05:30pm
Canberra Raiders
Parramatta Eels
GIO Stadium Canberra
Half time Score: 20
Crowd: 13706
Half time Score: 6

Match Review

The Canberra Raiders have swamped the Eels in the first half at GIO Stadium tonight to write off the Eels finals hopes.

The Raiders dominated the first half to lead 20-6 in front of an impressive crowd of 13,706.

The underdogs, seeking their third straight win took a 14-0 lead off two tries and a penalty. The tide looked like it would turn after Ken Sio scored, however a Bill Tupou try on halftime looked to have the Eels finals hopes buried.

Things didn't improve after the break as Canberra blew the score out to 32-6 riding a wave of crowd noise, while the Eels looked to have no answers.

Parramatta took advantage of their chances and scored a lucky try through Jarryd Hayne, and followed it up dotting down twice more and they looked like they were going to pull off the comeback of all comebacks.

Canberra managed to hold out - through good defence, good luck and poor Parramatta play, and Anthony Milford signed off his Raiders career slotting a Field Goal to ice the game with a minute to go.

For the Raiders, the last few weeks make you wonder what could have been - ditto the Eels. These are two teams with real potential and for their fans and some variety in the competition, hopefully they start to realise it.

Players of the Match

3. Jack Wighton

2. Jarryd Hayne

1. Mitch Cornish

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