Eels Top End Raid Successful with Win over Canberra

The Parramatta Eels have made their trip to Darwin worthwhile scoring a 18-10 come from behind victory over the Canberra Raiders in front of 9,500 fans at TIO Stadium.

The first half was an even affair with both sides showing their hand in both attack and defence in the tough Darwin conditions.

The Raiders surprised everyone when they were the first team to cross the try line when Bill Tupou showed poise and strength to keep himself in the field of play to score after being set up by Josh McCrone.

The Raiders then again scored to take a 10-0 lead when the Eels held off Edrick Lee and let him catch a Josh McCrone kick before he offloaded it to Jarrod Croker to score.

The Raiders could've had a third try of the night but it was called back by the Video Referees who agreed with the onfield No Try call of Gavin Morris after an Obstruction was found.

The Eels hit back minutes later when the Hayne plane combined to send Semi Radradra down the touchline before getting the ball back to score and after the conversion the score was 10-6, which was also the halftime score.

The second half can be best described as a No Try display, with six separate referrals upstairs with five of them being No Try calls, of which all five onfield calls from Gavin Morris were upheld by Video Referees Steve Chiddy and Steve Folkes although not without an eternity of replays.

These No tries saw Bureta Faraimo, Chris Sandow, Tim Mannah, Jarryd Hayne and Ryan Morgan all denied tries but the men upstairs.

However they did give one green light during the second half and that was to Tepai Moeroa who took advantage of a kick rebound and got his way to the ingoal and only just kept control on the ball during the put down which secured the Eels victory.

Prior to that however, Jarryd Hayne showed why he is considered one of the best in the game when he created something out of nothing to race 70m downfield to score his 100th career try.

The win keeps the Eels in contention for the top 8, meanwhile another loss consigns the Raiders to the lower levels of the NRL ladder, next week the Eels take on the hapless Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium, meanwhile the Canberra Raiders will be looking to end their form slump when they take on the St George Illawarra Dragons at Canberra Stadium next Saturday afternoon.


Match Details
Parramatta Eels 18 Canberra Raiders 10
Venue: TIO Stadium
Crowd: 9527
Halftime Score: Parramatta Eels 6 Canberra Raiders 10

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Jarryd Hayne
2 points - Chris Sandow
1 point - Jarrod Croker

PARRAMATTA EELS (18)
Tries: Jarryd Hayne (2), Tepai Moeroa
Field Goals:
Conversions: Chris Sandow (3/3)
Penalty Goals:

CANBERRA RAIDERS (10)
Tries: Bill Tupou, Jarrod Croker
Field Goals:
Conversions: Jarrod Croker (1/2)
Penalty Goals:


LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary

TEAM CHANGES: Brad Arthur has swapped his team around significantly, Fui Fui Moi Moi and Pauli Pauli are OUT, Junior Paulo in 17 starts at Prop, David Gower in 19 starts second row, bench is Terepo (14), Moeroa (12) Smith (16), Lussick (18)

Meanwhile the Raiders are 1-17

First time at the Ground for both sides, TIO Stadium has held just 2 main season NRL games, 2012 the Cowboys beat the Roosters 50-12 and in 2013 the Panthers beat the Titans 40-18

The Green machine are out on the field at TIO Stadium

The Eels now join the Raiders on the field - both sides and match officials linking arms in support of a family violence campaign

Play underway at TIO Stadium - Eels have first possession tonight

2: Solid start for the Eels with the ball bouncing off the sideline from the kick, 20m out from the Raiders line

3: PENALTY RAIDERS: Isaac DeGois is penalised by Gavin 2 (Reynolds) for being too long in the tackle

4: Eels making good metres following the 20m restart and get over halfway

5: Chris Sandow puts a kick in towards Bureta Faraimo but Jarrod Croker cleans it up before going into touch

11: TRY CANBERRA RAIDERS
Scored by Bill Tupou. Kick to come.

Raiders get the opening try of the night through Bill Tupou who scores in the corner

12: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CANBERRA RAIDERS
Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.

Jarrod Croker couldn't have hit the kick any sweeter and he slots it between the post from the sideline

13: Jarryd Hayne forced back into his own ingoal to clean up a Raiders kick before breaking through some flimsy tackles to get out to the 30m

14: PENALTY EELS: Eels get the penalty after Raiders ruled to have been too slow in the ruck, Penalty count 2-2

15: UNFORCED ERROR PARRAMATTA EELS
Bureta Faraimo makes an unforced error.

Bureta Faraimo loses the ball close to the line and it rolls into touch

16: PENALTY RAIDERS: Eels penalised yet again for being too slow leaving the tackle, Penalty count now 3-2 (all for the same thing)

17: TRY CANBERRA RAIDERS
Scored by Jarrod Croker. Kick to come.

Jarrod Croker is on the receiving end of an Edrick Lee pass off a Josh McCrone kick to score in the opposite corner to the first try

19: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CANBERRA RAIDERS
Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker unsuccessful.

Jarrod Croker can't slot the conversion from the sideline with the kick going to the left of the upright

22: PENALTY EELS: The Raiders too slow in a tackle on Chris Sandow right on the Eels goal line, Penalty count now 4-4

24: TRY PARRAMATTA EELS
Scored by Jarryd Hayne. Kick to come.

Its the Hayne Plane out again, sets up Semi Radradra down the touchline before getting the ball back to Jarryd Hayne

24: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION PARRAMATTA EELS
Conversion attempt by Chris Sandow successful.

Chris Sandow has no problems converting the try

26: PENALTY EELS: Another penalty against the Raiders in the ruck, Eels now deep in attack

28: PENALTY EELS: Another penalty against the Raiders in the ruck, Eels now deep in attack

31: PENALTY EELS: Another ruck infringement against the Raiders, this time a hand on the ball knocks it free, Penalty count now 6-4

32: PENALTY EELS: ANOTHER ruck penalty, again for a strip, count now 7-4 in favour of the Eels

33: UNFORCED ERROR PARRAMATTA EELS
Peni Terepo makes an unforced error.

Paul Vaughan doesn't miss Peni Terepo in the tackle and the ball spurts free as a result

37: Jarryd Hayne puts the kick along the sideline and eventually bounces out with Ryan Morgan deep in chase

37: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Jack Wighton makes an unforced error.

Jack Wighton tries for a quick play the ball and loses control, Gavin Morris rules he tried to play it too quickly

39: UNFORCED ERROR PARRAMATTA EELS
Ken Edwards makes an unforced error.

Ken Edwards loses the ball in the tackle from Jack Wighton

40: HALF TIME at TIO Stadium - Its the Raiders bouncing back from their shocker last week to lead 10-6 at the break

44: PENALTY EELS: Chris Sandow puts a shocking kick but Eels get the penalty after the Raiders attacked the legs of the kicker

46: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Jordan Rapana makes an unforced error.

Jordan Rapana goes super high to try and catch the Corey Norman bomb - loses it in the process

49: Chris Sandow puts the kick through to the ingoal but it goes too deep and the Raiders get a free trip to the 20m

51: Jordan Rapana catches the Corey Norman bomb easily before going 20m with a great fend on Isaac De Gois

51: PENALTY RAIDERS: Eels penalised for a ruck infringement and Josh McCrone goes quickly with the tap

56: Jordan Rapana loses the ball following a tough bomb, Eels with the scrum 10m out

56: VIDEO REFEREE: Checking a possible Bureta Faraimo try, Gavin Morris says NO TRY, checking contest and possible double movement

56: NO TRY and a Double Movement is the ruling from the Video Referees

58: PENALTY RAIDERS: Back to back penalties for the Raiders with the Double Movement and then the tackle from Junior Paulo going into a dangerous position

62: Another error from the Eels in bad position putting the pressure back on the defence

63: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Edrick Lee makes an unforced error.

Edrick Lee can't catch the pass and he loses it 10m out from the Eels line

65: Repeat set on the way for the Eels with Jordan Rapana taking the catch just infront of his own ingoal and a good tackle from Semi Radradra traps him ingoal

65: VIDEO REFEREE: Chris Sandow gets over the line but can't get it down, Gavin Morris calls NO TRY

66: VIDEO REFEREE: Upstairs we go again, NO TRY is the call again, checking everything so stay tuned folks

66: UNFORCED ERROR PARRAMATTA EELS
Tim Mannah makes an unforced error.

No Try the ruling with Tim Mannah ruled to have knocked the strip forward

68: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Josh Papalii makes an unforced error.

Josh Papallii loses the ball slightly, but Gavin Morris is close enough to spot it

69: VIDEO REFEREE: Gavin Morris sends it upstairs again, NO TRY again the call, checking knock-ons for a possible Jarryd Hayne try

69: NO TRY again - Video Referees again agree with the call of Gavin Morris and the NO TRY comes up

72: TRY PARRAMATTA EELS
Scored by Jarryd Hayne. Kick to come.

Well something out of nothing and Jarryd Hayne goes through and beats the Raiders defence and gets his 100th career try

74: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION PARRAMATTA EELS
Conversion attempt by Chris Sandow successful.

Chris Sandow splits the uprights with the conversion and gives the Eels the lead

75: VIDEO REFEREE: Upstairs we go again - the Eels have their third possibly - Gavin Morris says TRY

75: TRY PARRAMATTA EELS
Scored by Tepai Moeroa. Kick to come.

Video Refs take an eternity for the this one yet again, Grounding not the cleanest ever but still ok under the rules, Eels seal victory on this one

76: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION PARRAMATTA EELS
Conversion attempt by Chris Sandow successful.

Chris Sandow converts from wide out to secure the victory for the Raiders

76: VIDEO REFEREE: Checking blocking and grounding on the lead up to a Ryan Morgan try, Guess what.... Gavin Morris says NO TRY

77: NO TRY is the ruling again... Ryan Morgan put his foot on the sideline

80: PENALTY EELS: Anthony Milford penalised for an obstruction, De Gois taps and sends the ball over the sideline

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