Sun 12 March 2017
WIN Stadium - Crowd: 16023

Norman-powered Eels cruise past Dragons

Corey Norman played a star hand to guide the Eels past an error strewn Dragons side 34-16 in front of 16,023 fans at Wollongong Showground

It was a professional performance from the Parramatta side, as they led from the first to last minute against a Dragons side that looked revitalised last weekend against the Panthers. They were 4-nil up after the first minute. 

Clint Gutherson pounced on a Russell Packer error from the kick-off. The five-eighth swept left and took the space afforded by a retreating Dragons defense to cross. The Eels backline were on fire this afternoon led by representative centre Michael Jennings

The former Panther provided two quality assists for his wingerincluded a pass through the legs for Semi Radradra's second try of the game. Corey Norman cushioned a kick behind Nene MacDonald to make it 18-nil for the Eels. Saints thanking Gutherson's errant kicking for still being the contest. 

The faithful who turned out on a Sunday night to support the Dragons were rewarded with a score just before the break. Leeson Ah Mau stepped through his tackle and popped a ball for Gareth Widdop, who raced away. Some light for the Saints after a break first half. 

Once again though, the Dragons weren't able to hold onto the football which invited a vibrant Eels attack into their half. Fullback Bevan French didn't see much ball in the game but produced a magic trick to race it out to 24-6. 

Dragons produced a brief fightback twice, as Josh Dugan finished off a nice move on last and Paul Vaughan's first for the club but tonight was all Parramatta. 

Semi Radradra completed his hat-trick in the 57th minute as the rushed Dragons defense gave Norman space to find the Fijian flyer. Just to cap the display the winger added a fourth near the end of the contest to close out a 34-16 performance. 

3. Corey Norman

The architect of everything the Eels did well. The halfback has put in two great performances to start the season.

2. Michael Jennings

Two try assists and he just gave Aitken, Dragons defense headaches all night.

1. Semi Radradra

Four tries. Nuff said.