The players ran onto the field with one man on their mind. Johnny Mannah. Both teams lined up next to the trophy and had a moment of applause instead of silence for Jon Mannah.
Tim Mannah took the first hit up of the night and didn't stop there. The Eels attacked early and had numerous sets on their goal line. They cracked the Sharks defence at the 13th minute with a Ryan Morgan try.
The Sharks responded within 5 minutes and continued the trend of freakish tries in season 2013. On the last tackle, Michael Gordon kicked through and the ball bounced back from the crossbar, falling into Gordon's hands and he was over the under, right under the posts.
After a few goal line drop outs and repeat sets, the Eels struck again with Ryan Morgan crossing the line to score his second of the night. Chris Sandow converted the try from the Western side of the stadium and it was 10-6 leading into half time.
The second half included some frustrating footy from the Sharks. They had many opportunities on their goal line but couldn't crack the Eels line. Both teams played end-to-end footy until the Eels kicked a penalty goal from right infront to make it 12-6.
The field goal attempts began at the 67th minute with Chris Sandow and Ben Roberts attempting to make it a 7-point game. In the 74th minute, Luke Kelly kicked the field goal to wrap up this gritty win.
Parramatta Eels 13 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 6
Venue: Parramatta Stadium
Halftime Score: Parramatta 10-6
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Luke Kelly
2 points - Tim Mannah
1 point - Michael Gordon
PARRAMATTA EELS (13)
Tries: Ryan Morgan (2)
Field Goals: Luke Kelly (1/1)
Conversions: Chris Sandow (1/2)
Penalty Goals: Chris Sandow (1/1)
CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS (6)
Tries: Michael Gordon
Conversions: Michael Gordon (1/1)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Eels - Cheyse Blair, Fuifui Moimoi and Kelepi Tanginoa starts. Mitchell Allgood and Joseph Paulo benched
1. Jarryd Hayne 2. Ken Sio 3. Ryan Morgan 18. Cheyse Blaie 5. Vai Toutai 6. Luke Kelly 7. Chris Sandow 16. Fuifui Moimoi 9. Matt Keating 10. Tim Mannah 11. Reni Maitua 12. Ben Smith 17. Kelepi Tanginoa
Interchange: 8. Mitch Allgood 13. Joseph Paulo 14. Ben Roberts 15. Darcy Lussick
Sharks - Jonathan Wright has been ruled out; Stewart Mills replaces him; Ben Ross moves to the bench which sees Chris Heighington starting
1. Michael Gordon 2. Nathan Stapleton 3. Ben Pomeroy 21. Stewart Mills 5. Beau Ryan 6. Chad Townsend 7. Jeff Robson 8. Andrew Fifita 9. John Morris 14. Chris Heighington 11. Luke Lewis 12. Wade Graham 13. Paul Gallen
Interchange: 10. Ben Ross 15. Jayson Bukuya 16. Isaac De Gois 17. Anthony Tupou
Scored by Ryan Morgan. Conversion attempt by Chris Sandow unsuccessful.
Morgan breaks the line and scores in the corner for Parramatta's first points in a fortnight.
Parramatta Eels 4-0
Scored by Michael Gordon. Conversion attempt by Michael Gordon successful.
The year of the freaky tries continues! On the last tackle, Michael Gordon kicks through and the ball bounces back from the crossbar, falling into Gordon's hands and he's over!
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 6-4
Scored by Ryan Morgan. Conversion attempt by Chris Sandow successful.
Jarryd Hayne drops it on his left foot on the last and it bounces onto Townsend. The ball jumps up back into Ryan Morgan's arms and he has his second of the night.
Parramatta Eels 10-6
Penalty goal attempt by Chris Sandow successful.
Parramatta Eels 12-6
Jeff Robson has lost the ball in the tackle not far out from the Sharks goal line.
Paul Gallen loses control of the ball while trying to play the ball.
Field goal attempt by Luke Kelly successful.
Parramatta Eels 13-6