Eels slay Dragons

The Parramatta Eels have run out 36-10 convincing winners over the St George Illawarra Dragons at Parramatta Stadium tonight.

Dominanting the ruck from the outset, the Eels held a commanding 20-0 lead at half time and never looked like losing.

The result sees the Dragons slip out the top eight and reinforces the Eels as the team to take a few more scalps coming into the business end of the season.

EELS 36 Tries: Wagon 2, Moodie, Hindmarsh, Petersen Goals: Witt [pictured] 8/8 defeated DRAGONS 10 Tries: Blacklock, Howell Goals: Riddell 1/2

Saturday 26 July 2003 7:30 PM Parramatta Stadium Referee: Shayne Hayne

Leagueunlimited.com player of the year: 3 - M Witt (Eels) 2 - D Wagon (Eels) 1 - N Hindmarsh (Eels)

By the clock: 0 min: Kickoff!

1 min: TRY - Eels. Daniel Wagon scores following a charge down. Conversion in front from Michael Witt. Eels 6-0

4 min: TRY - Eels. Wagon gets a double. In the next set, Parramatta get the bounce from a kick and Wagon races away. Conversion Witt. Eels 12-0

17 min: TRY - Eels. Jason Moodie scores in the corner following a movement set up by Pat Richards from 50m out. Conversion from Witt is a ripper. Eels 18-0

32 min: PENALTY GOAL - Eels. Witt extends the home team's lead. Eels 20-0

HALF TIME: It is all the Eels. The Dragons suffering from some ordinary marker defence. Should be an interesting second half with Saints having all the work to do. Eels 20-0

44 min: PENALTY GOAL - Eels. Witt slots another two-pointer as the penalty count against the Dragons grows. Eels 22-0

46 min: TRY - Eels. Nathan Hindmarsh scores under the posts following a bust up the middle of the ruck from halfway. Conversion no problem for Witt. Eels 28-0

53 min: NO TRY - Video ref decides that set move by the Dragons is obstruction and Ben Hornby is denied a try. Some controversy here as the try looked ok. Everything going the way of Parra who are the better side.

58 min: PENALTY GOAL - Eels. Witt makes no mistake. Penalty count now 9-5 in favour of the Eels. Eels 30-0

62 min: TRY - Dragons. Nathan Blacklock gets Saints on the board as he scores a solo try out wide. Conversion Riddell is unsuccessful. Eels 30-4

65 min: TRY - Eels. Matt Petersen scores following a kick through. Witt converts to make it 8 from 8. Eels 36-4

68 min: TRY - Dragons. Michael Howell scores next to uprights after being set up by Brett Firman. Riddell converts. Eels 36-10

FULL TIME

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