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The Parramatta Eels have claimed a comfortable 44-6 victory over an unfortunate Wests Tigers outfit at ANZ Stadium this afternoon.
The Eels started quickly with a 10th minute try to Luke Burt. The lead was doubled four minutes later with Josh Cordoba showing how badly the Tigers were being battered by brushing through soft defence to score.
The Tigers threw away several scoring opportunities and the Eels capitalised, with Tautai and Keating scoring late in the half for a 22-0 lead.
The Tigers started better in the second half, and opened the scoring with Chris Lawrence scoring after a nice set play.
The Eels put the match to bed with half an hour to go, Krisnan Inu scoring just as the Eels looked as though they may be vulnerable in the second half.
A further three tries, including a double to Nathan Hindmarsh and a well deserved try to Joel Reddy sealed the final 44-6 scoreline.
The Tigers lost prop Danny Galea to a broken Achilles tendon early in the first half, meaning his season is over.
Match Details Parramatta Eels 44 def Wests Tigers 6 Round 14 - June 15th, 2008 3:00pm Venue: ANZ Stadium Referee: Tony Archer Half time: Eels 22-0 Crowd: 22,107
Wests Tigers 6 Tries: Chris Lawrence Goals: Brett Hodgson (1/1) Parramatta Eels 44 Tries: Luke Burt, Josh Cordoba, Taulima Tautai, Matt Keating, Krisnan Inu, Nathan Hindmarsh (2), Joel Reddy Goals: Luke Burt (6/8)
LeagueUnlimited.com Player of the Match 3 Points: Feleti Mateo (Eels) 2 Points: Brett Finch (Eels) 1 Point: Josh Cordoba (Eels)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Touch Judges: Russell Turner, Jeff Younis Video Referee: Phil Cooley
TIGERS: 1. Brett Hodgson 2. Taniela Tuiaki 3. Dean Collis 4. Chris Lawrence 5. Shannon McDonnell 6. Benji Marshall 7. Mathew Head 8. Danny Galea 9. Robbie Farah 10. Keith Galloway 11. Ben Te'o 12. Chris Heighington 13. Dene Halatau Interchange: 14. John Morris 15. Beau Ryan 16. Corey Payne 17. Bronson Harrison EELS: 1. Luke Burt 2. Taulima Tautai 3. Krisnan Inu 4. Joel Reddy 5. Tony Williams 6. Feleti Mateo 7. Brett Finch 8. Nathan Cayless 9. Mark Riddell 10. Fuifui Moimoi 11. Nathan Hindmarsh 12. Daniel Wagon 13. Chad Robinson Interchange: 14. Matthew Keating 15. Josh Cordoba 16. Weller Hauraki 17. Junior Paulo 18. Brendan Oake
1 min: Underway at ANZ Stadium!
3 min: Tigers fail to find touch from a penalty putting the Eels on attack, however Hindmarsh loses the ball.
6 min: Tigers under some pressure, however the Eels are offside following through on a kick.
8 min: INJURY - Danny Galea has snapped his Achilles tendon. Luke Burt not in good shape either following a head clash.
10 min: VIDEO REF - For an Eels try...
10 min: TRY Parramatta Eels Finch puts in a chip kick, Burt chases through and scores with Hodgson out of position having made the previous tackle. Conversion attempt by Luke Burt successful. Parramatta Eels 6-0
13 min: Parramatta looking good on attack, and get a penalty.
14 min: TRY Parramatta Eels Cordoba strolls through weak Tigers defence to score. Conversion attempt by Luke Burt successful. Parramatta Eels 12-0
18 min: Tigers hold out another hot Eels attacking set and Beau Ryan makes a strong return of a Brett Finch bomb.
19 min: Tautai knocks on and the Tigers go on attack from 10 out, only for Benji Marshall to lose the ball on the first play.
27 min: Eels on attack off a line dropout.
27 min: VIDEO REF - For an Eels try...
27 min: TRY Parramatta Eels The Eels spin the ball wide to Tautai who scores unmarked in the corner. Not looking at all good for the Tigers. Conversion attempt by Luke Burt unsuccessful. Parramatta Eels 16-0
32 min: Tigers get a rare attacking opportunity after Finch is ruled to have played at an attacking kick.
33 min: Collis gets too close to the sideline on the first play, throws the ball away and it is scooped up by the Eels, who promptly pick up a penalty.
34 min: TRY Parramatta Eels The Eels spin the ball again to Reddy, who finds Hauraki and Keating is backing up to score. The small Tigers team are finding the Eels are running all over and around them. Conversion attempt by Luke Burt successful. Parramatta Eels 22-0
38 min: Farah knocks on and the Eels are off the hook again. The way the Tigers are playing at the moment they're going to be beaten by 50.
39 min: The Eels butcher a try, Mateo drops the ball with Luke Burt wide open to score. They had no trouble splitting the Tigers apart.
39 min: Halatau knocks on and the Eels get another shot.
40 min: The Tigers come up with the ball and will be lucky to go into halftime down 22-0.
HALFTIME: The Eels are running rampant over the Tigers - this will only be close should the Eels clock off at any stage, and even then they are unlikely to lose this one.
40 min: Back underway at ANZ!
45 min: Tigers looking a bit better on attack in this half and have earned themselves a few repeat sets.
45 min: TRY Wests Tigers The Tigers finally hold onto the ball and it brings a try to Chris Lawrence who scores out wide after a good set play. Conversion attempt by Brett Hodgson successful. Parramatta Eels 22-6
49 min: Eels throw a forward pass that ruled out a great break. Pass was clearly forward though.
51 min: The Eels do seem to have clocked off a bit in the second half.
51 min: Ryan puts down an Eels bomb and they go back on attack.
52 min: TRY Parramatta Eels The Eels shift the ball left and Inu steps through the Tigers defence to score. Conversion attempt by Luke Burt successful. Parramatta Eels 28-6
63 min: Tigers to go on attack off a penalty.
66 min: TRY Parramatta Eels Hindmarsh gets the ball right at the defensive line and he strolls through to score. Conversion attempt by Luke Burt successful. Parramatta Eels 34-6
70 min: VIDEO REF - For a Tigers try...
70 min: NO TRY - Tigers. Collis ruled to have knocked on - it looked as though Inu had batted the ball out of his hands however.
72 min: VIDEO REF - For an Eels try...
72 min: TRY Parramatta Eels Mateo gets a miracle offload away and Hindmarsh gets a double. Conversion attempt by Luke Burt unsuccessful. Parramatta Eels 38-6
80 min: TRY Parramatta Eels The Eels move the ball to Reddy who scores on full time to complete the rout. Conversion attempt by Luke Burt successful. Parramatta Eels 44-6
FULLTIME: The Eels have hammered the Tigers 44-6 in a very convincing performance.