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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 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.
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.
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
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
16: PENALTY RAIDERS: Eels penalised yet again for being too slow leaving the tackle, Penalty count now 3-2 (all for the same thing)
22: PENALTY EELS: The Raiders too slow in a tackle on Chris Sandow right on the Eels goal line, Penalty count now 4-4
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
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
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: 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: 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
66: VIDEO REFEREE: Upstairs we go again, NO TRY is the call again, checking everything so stay tuned folks
69: NO TRY again - Video Referees again agree with the call of Gavin Morris and the NO TRY comes up
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
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