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However the game was much closer than the score line suggests as when the teams went to the sheds for half time, the Eels were only leading 18-10.
It looked like it could be anyone?s game and when Willie Peters sprinted 30 metres to score under the posts in the 67th minute and the score was 28-20 in favour of the Eels. With the Peters try and then a penalty awarded against the Eels for being offside at the ensuing kick off, it seemed the Rabbitohs were building some terrific momentum to stage a great come from behind victory.
But a 74th minute field goal by man of the match Adam Dykes started a dream stretch for the Eels as they scored 13 points in just four minutes.
For the Eels today proved what a great attacking side they can be with Adam Dykes and Nathan Hindmarsh having outstanding games as well as the rest of the Eels side.
For the Rabbitohs for them to be a threat in this year?s competition they will need to greatly improve their defence especially close to the line and they also have to learn that they need to give their all for the whole 80 minutes.
Rabbitohs halfback Willie Peters and captain Bryan Fletcher can hold their heads up high as they tried hard all day without luck despite the fact that both of them were struggling with injury at different times of the game but still dug in.
EELS 41 Tries: Morris 2, Cayless, Grothe, Vaealiki, O'Dwyer, Hindmarsh Goals: Burt 6/7, Dykes FG defeated RABBITOHS 20 Tries: Rigon, L MacDougall, Harrison , Peters Goals:Peters 1/2, Watts 1/1, Smith 0/2
By the clock: 0 min: Kick Off. A delayed kick off as the officials at Parramatta Stadium try to get the masses of people waiting outside the ground in the ground to see the kick off.
5 min: News: On advice from the video referee Eels prop Michael Vella is penalised for an elbow which looked accidental on Rabbitohs winger Luke MacDougall. Vella isn't placed on report though.
7 min: Goal-Rabbitohs: Rabbitohs half back Willie Peters is successful with a kick at goal from 19 metres out from the Eels line after Eels centre David Vaealiki is penalised for being offside. Rabbitohs 2-0
13 min: Try-Eels: Inspirational captain Nathan Cayless barges over for the Eels 1st try of the afternoon next to the posts. Luke Burt is successful with the conversion. Eels 6-2
20 min: Try-Eels: The son of the Guru Eric Grothe Jnr runs 50 metres to score after being at the end of a passing movement that started with Nathan Hindmarsh stealing the ball in a one on one tackle off Willie Peters. Luke Burt is successful with a not too easy conversion attempt. Eels 12-2
24 min: Try-Rabbitohs: Lock Shane Rigon who was a late addition to the starting line up scores after running onto an excellent cut out pass from captain Bryan Fletcher. Willie Peters misses the conversion. Eels 12-6
27 min: Try-Eels: Centre David Vaealiki scores in the corner as Adam Dykes notices that the Rabbitohs were short on the left flank. Luke Burt is successful with the conversion. Eels 18-6
33 min: News: Rabbitohs captain Bryan Fletcher is struggling with a knee injury but he is trying to walk it off.
34 min: News: The Eels are denied a try by the video referee after he rules that Eels centre David Vaealiki took out Rabbitohs fullback Brad Watts as he was trying to catch an Adam Dykes bomb.
40 min: Try-Rabbitohs: Luke MacDougall scores after his brother Adam draws in Eels winger Matt Petersen. Justin Smith has a shocker with the conversion attempt. Eels 18-10.
Halftime Report: In a stop start scrappy affair it is still anyones game at the moment. The key will be who will be the most disciplined both in possession and defence. The stars of the first half for the Eels have been Adam Dykes, Nathan Hindmarsh and John Morris, for the Rabbitohs Willie Peters and Bryan Fletcher have tried hard and it will be a tremendous blow if Bryan Fletcher wasn't able to come back out for the second half due to a knee injury. Halftime Stats: Penalties: Rabbitohs 9-5 Handling Errors: Eels 7-4
43 min: Try-Eels: Eels hooker John Morris scores after receiving a great offload from second rower Nathan Hindmarsh who was being tackled by 3 Rabbitohs players. Luke Burt is unsuccessful with the conversion. Eels 22-10.
49 min: Try-Eels: Eels hooker John Morris scores his second half after Adam Dykes runs 40 metres out of the acting half position and then put in an infield grubber into the in goal area in which John Morris won the chase for. Luke Burt is successful with the conversion. Eels 28-10
54 min: News: Rabbitohs half back Willie Peters is down receiving treatment from the Rabbitohs trainer.
60 min: Try-Rabbitohs: 5/8th Ashley Harrison runs through some feeble Eels defence to score near the corner. Justin Smith is just short with the conversion. Eels 28-14
67 min: Try-Rabbitohs: Half Back Willie Peters sprints 30 metres to score under the posts to get the Rabbitohs back into the game after running onto a Mark Minichello pass who grubbered and regathered. Brad Watts is successful with the conversion attempt from right in front. Eels 28-20
69 min: News: Adam Dykes is penalised for being offside at the kick off.
74 min: Field Goal-Eels: Adam Dykes kicks a field goal from close range. Eels 29-20.
75 min: Try-Eels: Interchange player Luke O'Dwyer runs through some soft Rabbitohs defence to score his 1st try in 1st grade. Luke Burt is successful with the conversion. Eels 35-20.
78 min: Try-Eels: Eels second rower Nathan Hindmarsh scores another soft try after running onto a good inside ball from man of the Adam Dykes. Luke Burt is successful with the conversion. Eels 41-20.
Fulltime Report: Has the bubble burst for the Rabbitohs, today they didn't treat the ball with any respect and their defence looked like they didn't want to move up on their line. For the Eels today proved what an outstanding attacking team they can be especially late in the second half when they scored 13 points in just 4 minutes. ----------------------------------------- Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - A Dykes(Eels) 2 - N Hindmarsh (Eels) 1 - J Morris (Eels) -----------------------------------------