Eels record priceless victory
The Parramatta Eels have recorded their fifth victory of the season with a 26-22 win over the 15th placed St. George Illawarra Dragons at Parramatta Stadium with 8,910 faithful fans in attendance.
The Dragons fired quickly and early jumping to a 12-0 lead after 15 minutes with tries to Mitch Rein and Tyson Frizell. The attack soon faded as the Eels charged through the Dragons pack.
Cult hero, Fuifui Moimoi lived out a fantasy as he claimed two tries for the Blue and Gold. It's his first double in 187 games for the Parramatta club. Moimoi scored his first in the 20th minute as he flew, yes flew, through the air to pluck the ball from the kick to crash down.
Parramatta locked the game up at 12-all at the hands of Semi Radradra who strolled in the western corner thanks to a draw and pass from Matt King.
Shortly before half time, Fuifui Moimoi celebrated his second four-pointer as he rolled through Dragons defence. After 40 minutes, the Eels led 16-12.
There was slight hope for the Red V fans as Daniel Vidot dived over on the blind side as quick hands saw the Dragons post their 3rd try. They locked the contest at 16-all after 43 minutes.
Both teams had only pride to play for and the home side turned up for their faithful fans as they secured victory with two further tries to Semi Radradra and Ken Sio. The lost of Jarryd Hayne didn't affect the Eels as Luke Kelly and Joseph Paulo took control and led the side around the park.
Next week the Eels travel up the M1 to battle the Newcastle Knights at Hunter Stadium. Meanwhile the Dragons return home to WIN Stadium in Wollongong to host the New Zealand Warriors who are still fighting for the the NRL top 8.
Pressure is on St. George Illawarra coach, Steve Price as his side failed to deliver the good with a lack of passion shown in the performance. Members and fans will be calling for answers from the merged club as they prepare for the 2014 season.
Parramatta Eels 26 St. George Illawarra Dragons 22
Venue: Parramatta Stadium
Halftime Score: Parramatta Eels 16-12
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Tim Mannah
2 points - Luke Kelly
1 point - Joseph Paulo
PARRAMATTA EELS (26)
Tries: Fuifui Moimoi (2), Semi Radradra (2), Ken Sio
Conversions: Ben Roberts (1/1), Joseph Paulo (2/4)
ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS (22)
Tries: Mitch Rein, Tyson Frizell, Daniel Vidot, Jack Stockwell
Conversions: Chase Stanley (3/4)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Welcome to Monday Night Football LIVE from Parramatta Stadium as the cellar dwellers do battle as the Eels host the St. George Illawarra Dragons. It's 15th v 16th in a game where pride is on the line. Kick off is at 7pm tonight
TEAM NEWS: Eels - Jarryd Hayne has been ruled OUT, Ken Sio moves to fullback in his place. Reni Maitua comes into the centres. Pat O'Hanlon starts, which sees Jake Mullaney added to the bench.
Meanwhile for the Dragons, they are unchanged and will take the field 1-17
Eels: 2. Ken Sio 4. Vai Toutai 3. Ryan Morgan 11. Reni Maitua 5. Semi Radradra 6. Ben Roberts 7. Luke Kelly 8. Tim Mannah 9. Matt Keating 12. Mitch Allgood 16. Pat O'Hanlon 10 Fuifui Moimoi 13. Darcy Lussick
Interchange: 14. Joseph Paulo 15. Peni Terepo 17. Junior Paulo 18. Jake Mullaney
Dragons: 1. Jason Nightingale 2. Brett Morris 3. Chase Stanley 4. Charly Runciman 5. Daniel Vidot 6. Adam Quinlan 7. Nathan Fien 8. Jack Stockwell 9. Mitch Rein 10. Ben Creagh (c) 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Leeson Ah Mau 13. Jack de Belin
Interchange: 14. Matt Prior 15. Michael Weyman 16. Bronson Harrison 17. Josh Drinkwater
1 min: We are UNDERWAY at Parramatta Stadium as the Dragons kick off, the Eels getting first use of the ball as they wear their Pink Members jersey this evening.
2 min: Ken Sio under no pressure took the Nathan Fien kick in goal, he earns the Eels a 20 metre restart
3 min: Penalty to the Dragons off the kick from Luke Kelly as the chasers were ruled offside. Nathan Fien kicks for the sideline and the Dragons attack 10 metres short of halfway
4 min: Offside ruled against the Dragons at the play of the ball. Eels find the line and they attack from halfway
6 min: The Eels spread the ball quickly to the right side, but the pass is dropped. Scrum feed for the Dragons packs 10 metres off their own line
7 min: Penalty blow as Ben Creagh is taken high in a tackle, Dragons kick for line and attack 25 metres from the Eels goal line
9 min: TRY ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Scored by Mitch Rein. Conversion attempt by Chase Stanley successful.
Mitch Rein fooled the defence as he jumped from acting half, threw a dummy pass and dived into a hole in the line to post first points. Chase Stanely with a simple conversion to start things tonight
St. George Illawarra Dragons 6-0
12 min: Ken Sio forced to play at the ball as the Dragons chased the Jason Nightingale grubber kick. Line drop out called
13 min: Dragons earn a penalty on the Eels goal line as Parramatta attempt to slow down the ruck.
14 min: VIDEO REFEREE for the Dragons, we have NO TRY but looking at the grounding here
14 min: NO TRY! Jack de Belin took a dive through the line but Keating stopped him. Dragons back out to the 10 metre line with two tackles left in the set
15 min: TRY ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Scored by Tyson Frizell. Conversion attempt by Chase Stanley successful.
Tyson Frizell has charged through the Eels defence off a short pass from Adam Quinlan to post the Dragons second four-pointer. Chase Stanley with the conversion from out wide on the eastern side lots the goal
St. George Illawarra Dragons 12-0
18 min: Jack De Belin is penalised for a slow release in the ruck, Ben Creagh having words with the referee, no joy for him. Eels kick for line and attack on halfway
20 min: TRY PARRAMATTA EELS
Scored by Fuifui Moimoi. Conversion attempt by Ben Roberts successful.
Fuifui Moimoi went up flying from the kick and eventually grounded it under the defence of three Dragons. Ben Roberts made no mistake with the conversion attempt
St. George Illawarra Dragons 12-6
25 min: Semi Radradra forces the ball dead as the Dragons chased through off a grubber kick. Line drop out
27 min: Forward pass ruled as the touch judge picked up a the wayward pass from Jason Nightingale to Brett Morris. Scrum for the Eels 25 metres off their own lin
29 min: TRY PARRAMATTA EELS
Scored by Semi Radradra. Conversion attempt by Joseph Paulo successful.
Semi Radradra strolls in the western corner of Parramatta Stadium as Matt Keating draws and passes to his winger. The Dragons defence played the Keating pass and the overlap was created. Joseph Paulo from the sideline nailed the kick
30 min: Brett Morris forces the ball dead after Joseph Paulo broke free of the Dragons defence. Pressure on the Red V with a line drop out
32 min: UNFORCED ERROR PARRAMATTA EELS
Reni Maitua makes an unforced error.
Reni Maitua charged into the line and with the aid of Jason Nightingale's hand, the ball as been knocked free. Scrum for the Dragons on their own 10 metre line
33 min: Strong defence from Daniel Vidot sees the Eels attack ended over the sideline. Scrum for the Dragons 10 metres out
34 min: UNFORCED ERROR ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Leeson Ah Mau makes an unforced error.
Leeson Ah Mau with a shocker as he fumbled a pass as the zero tackle count was called. Eels get the ball and a free pass out of trouble with a scrum feed 20 metres off their own line
35 min: Michael Weyman blowing up as he is penalised for holding down in the ruck too long. Simple penalty and the Eels kick for touch and attack 35 metres out from the Dragons goal line
36 min: VIDEO REFEREE for the Eels, Fuifui Moimoi could have his SECOND TRY! as he rolled through the defence
37 min: TRY PARRAMATTA EELS
Scored by Fuifui Moimoi. Conversion attempt by Joseph Paulo unsuccessful.
Fuifui Moimoi has been awarded his second try as he charged into Dragons defence and rolled over the line to plant the Steeden down. Joseph Paulo with the conversion attempt misses as the ball sails across the face of the posts
Parramatta Eels 16-12
40 min: HALF TIME at Parramatta Stadium sees the 16th placed side, Eels lead the 15th placed side the Dragons 16-12.
41 min: Second half is underway at Parramatta Stadium as the Eels lead and kick off 16-12
41 min: Penalty to the Dragons against Tim Mannah and Matt Keating for being inside the 10 minutes at the play of the ball. Drinkwater finds the sideline and the Dragons march over the halfway line
43 min: TRY ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Scored by Daniel Vidot. Conversion attempt by Chase Stanley unsuccessful.
The Dragons work the blind side with quick passes from Fien to Stanley who links with Daniel Vidot who dives over in the corner without having a hand laid on him. Chase Stanley from the western sideline is unable to convert as he kicks it across the face of goal
45 min: 40/20 ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Josh Drinkwater kicks a 40/20.
Josh Drinkwater nails a 40/20 with a beautiful strike late in the set for the Dragons. The Eels defenders not back behind the play, scrum feed packs for the Dragons 15 metres out from the goal line
47 min: Vai Toutai chased through the line off the kick from Luke Kelly, Charly Runciman was covered up in goal and concedes a line drop out.
48 min: UNFORCED ERROR PARRAMATTA EELS
Ken Sio makes an unforced error.
Ken Sio has ruled to have lost the ball despite Josh Drinkwater ripping the ball out of his hands. Scrum feed packs for the Dragons 10 metres off their own line
50 min: Nathan Fien playing the blind side again, but this time his pass is pulled up and ruled forward to Chase Stanley. Scrum for the Eels packs short of halfway
51 min: Ryan Morgan charged to the goal line on the last tackle after taking a long cut out pass from Luke Kelly. Change over is called and Brett Morris gets the Dragons set underway 10 metres off their own line
53 min: VIDEO REFEREE for Semi! He bolted away, we are looking at the grounding.
54 min: TRY PARRAMATTA EELS
Scored by Semi Radradra. Conversion attempt by Joseph Paulo successful.
Semi Radradra has bolted away down the sideline after taking a flick pass from Ben Roberts, Jason Nightingale and Brett Morris unable to chase him down. No issue with the grounding and the Eels make it a 6 point lead as Joseph Paulo converted
Parramatta Eels 22-16
56 min: Nathan Fien rockets a kick downfield and the ball bounces just before the corner post, scrum feed for the Eels 10 metres out from their own line
58 min: Semi Radradra in a last ditch effort chased to the corner but the ball from Ben Roberts beating them all over the line. 20 metre tap for the Dragons
59 min: UNFORCED ERROR ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Jack de Belin makes an unforced error.
Peni Terepo has cleaned up Jack de Belin with a solid tackle, knock on as a result and a scrum packs for the Eels 10 metres short of halfway
61 min: TRY PARRAMATTA EELS
Scored by Ken Sio. Conversion attempt by Joseph Paulo unsuccessful.
Ken Sio has dived through the Dragons defence as they fell for a beautiful Luke Kelly dummy. Kelly showed and then passed to Sio who darted into the gap. Joseph Paulo unable to make it a 12 point lead as the kick is missed
Parramatta Eels 26-16
61 min: OFFICIAL CROWD tonight at Parramatta Stadium: 8,910
63 min: UNFORCED ERROR ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Daniel Vidot makes an unforced error.
Daniel Vidot took on four Eels defenders and unable to hold onto possession. Scrum for Parramatta 20 metres out
64 min: Daniel Vidot knocks the ball over the touch in goal line as Reni Maitua grubber for Semi Radradra but Vidot had the last touch. Line drop out ruled and the Eels get a repeat set
66 min: UNFORCED ERROR PARRAMATTA EELS
Pat O'Hanlon makes an unforced error.
Pat O'Hanlon unable to take the bullet short pass from Reni Maitua, knock on is the result and a scrum packs for the Dragons 10 metres off their own line
69 min: The Dragons pushing the play on the blind side again, but the forward pass stopped the run. Scrum for the Eels 30 metres off their own line
70 min: Ben Roberts controls things with a stabbing kick over the sideline, scrum for the Dragons packs on their own 10 metre line
72 min: UNFORCED ERROR PARRAMATTA EELS
Ken Sio makes an unforced error.
Ken Sio fumbles the catch of the kick, straight between the hands. Scrum for the Dragons 20 metres out from the Eels goal line
72 min: Penalty to the Dragons on the Eels goal line, Reni Maitua holding down too long in the ruck.
72 min: Pat O'Hanlon concedes the secondary penalty for a strip after the held call. Dragons attacking 5 metres out
74 min: TRY ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Scored by Jack Stockwell. Conversion attempt by Chase Stanley successful.
Jack Stockwell charged into a gap in the Eels and crashed over for the Dragons. A simple play from acting half from the penalty gives the Dragons a sniff to steal this match. Chase Stanley closes the gap to just four points with a successful conversion
Parramatta Eels 26-22
76 min: Charly Runciman kicked ahead for himself but it just beat him over the dead ball line as the Dragons pushed the play on the last tackle. 20 metre restart is ruled for the Eels
78 min: 90 seconds remain and the Dragons must go 100 metres as they attack off their own goal line
79 min: UNFORCED ERROR ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Jason Nightingale makes an unforced error.
Jason Nightingale caught with the ball on the last tackle, Eels will get the change over
80 min: FULL TIME at Parramatta Stadium as seen the Eels record their FIFITH victory of the 2013 season with a 26-22 win over the St. George Illawarra Dragons.