Time to look ahead to Sunday's decider! Rob Crosby has a full look at both teams and what to expect ...
7 hours ago
Canberra Raiders 12 v Parramatta Eels 18
at Canberra Stadium
Referees: Russell Smith
Parramatta has entered the winners circle tonight following an 18-12 victory against the Raiders in Canberra.
The Eels are now within 2 wins of the top eight and are set to face the Newcastle Knights next weekend at Parramatta Stadium in a game that could make or break their season.
The Eels got off to the perfect start with two quick tries to young winger Jarryd Hayne on the back of some poor defence down the Raiders left hand side.
Following on from that the Raiders dominated the next half an hour of football but were unable to score. But in the final seconds of the first half young playmaker Todd Carney used his upper body strength to get through five Eels players and score beside the posts, putting Canberra back to within four points at the interval.
The Raiders then started the second half poorly, with Parramatta backrower Glenn Morrison going through some ordinary defence by hooker Lincoln Withers to score on the fringe of the ruck and stretch the margin out to 2 tries.
However, the Raiders weren't to be outdone hitting back almost straight away thanks to a backline movement finished by stand-in fullback Marshall Chalk and with half an hour remaining there was only 4 points separating the two sides.
The lead was stretched out to 6 points when centre Brett Delaney took a penalty goal in the 65th minute.
The only chance either side had from that moment on was when hooker Lincoln Withers dived for the line with 2 minutes to go but lost the ball according to referee Russell Smith. After further inspection when packing the scrum, it appeared that Dean Widders had actually stripped the ball and the Eels had gotten out of jail.
The final score was 18 points to 12 to the Eels leaving the Raiders to slip out of the Top 8.
Canberra Raiders: 12
Tries: Todd Carney, Marshall Chalk
Goals: Todd Carney 2/2
Parramatta Eels: 18
Tries: Glenn Morrison, Jarryd Hayne(2)
Goals: Brett Delaney 3/5
Halftime: Eels 10-6.
By the Clock:
Good evening and welcome to Canberra Stadium.No changes for Parramatta however for the Raiders,Simon Woolford and Troy Thompson drop off the bench while Michael Hodgson goes from the bench to prop to replace Thompson.Alan Rothery will go from the bench to the second row with young gun Tom Learoyd-Lahs dropping back to the bench.
Your referee for this one is Russell Smith.
1 min: NEWS Underway in Canberra.
5 min: TRY Parramatta Eels
A 15 metre cutout pass from Tim Smith finds Jarryd Hayne who crosses for the first try of the night.
Delaney from the sideline converts.
8 min: NEWS Luke O'Dwyer for the Eels turns defence in to attack when he takes a cross-field kick from Jason Smith on his 20 metre line then takes off downfield before finding the turf near halfway.
10 min: TRY Parramatta Eels
10 minutes gone and already early warning signs for the Raiders.Jarryd Hayne steps and weaves around some poor defence and scores in the corner for his second try.
Delaney misses the conversion.
13 min: NEWS From a very lofty penalty count,the Eels have numerous sets on the Raiders line however O'Dwyer is forced over the sideline.
17 min: NEWS A good second man play by the Raiders but fullback Marshall Chalk has been held up in goal.
23 min: NEWS Going to the video for an Eels try ...
24 min: NEWS NO TRY - Jason Smith knocks the ball on and Johnny Morris diving for the line can't hold on to the ball.
36 min: NEWS The Raiders dominating the go forward but have no points to show from it.
39 min: NEWS A few sets of six here for the Raiders on the Eels goal line to finish the half.
40 min: NEWS Checking for a Raiders try ...
40 min: TRY Canberra Raiders
Todd Carney with 5 men on him somehow manages to get the ball down for the home sides first points.
Carney converts his own try.
HALFTIME - The Eels got off to a flying start thanks to a poor defensive start to the match from the Raiders.The Raiders are slowly working their way back into the match and the try right on halftime was well deserved.
41 min: NEWS 2nd Half Underway
44 min: TRY Parramatta Eels
The Eels extend their lead as Glenn Morrison slices through some poor Raiders defence from a missed tackle from Lincoln Withers.
Delaney converts the try.
49 min: TRY Canberra Raiders
The Raiders are back thanks to a slick backline movement finished off by fullback Marshall Chalk.
54 min: NEWS Final warnings for Captain Croker,the next one goes to the sin bin!
57 min: NEWS The second try in 5 minutes for the Eels that has been called back via a forward pass.
63 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL Parramatta Eels
A penalty against Terry Martin for not getting to his feet to play the ball.However the kick at goal just misses by Delaney.Now the restart drop out goes out on the full!
65 min: PENALTY GOAL Parramatta Eels
This kick at goal from the dropout going out on the full is taken by Delaney and he gets the two points.
71 min: NEWS Todd Carney down injured for the Raiders after a good shot from Jarryd Hayne.
75 min: NEWS The Raiders have the ball on their goal line,they must go 100m to win this one.
78 min: NEWS Big finish coming up here!A goal line dropout coming up here.Could extra time be on the cards?
79 min: NEWS Lincoln Withers dives for the line but is ruled to have lost the ball but the ball appears to have been stripped
80 min: NEWS Michael Weyman drops the ball and that should be the game.However a forward pass and the Raiders have 16 seconds to go and 74 metres to run.
Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 - Wade McKinnon
2 - Todd Carney
1 - Fuifui Moimoi