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Eels triumph in Premier League
Fulltime score: Premier League Grand Final Parramatta Eels 31 def. Sydney Roosters 12
Match summary: The Parramatta Eels have taken the Premier League title with a 31-12 victory over the Sydney Roosters at Telstra Stadium this afternoon.
The Eels opened the scoring in the 25th minute with a try to fullback Joel Reddy, before youngster Jarryd Hayne crossed twice in succession to give the Eels an 18-0 halftime lead.
The game appeared to be decided early in the second half after Eels centre Ashley Graham crossed to give the Eels a 24-0 lead, but the Roosters hit back with successive tries and with 25 minutes remaining, the lead was reduced to 12.
A late field goal from Marcus Perenara and a try from Drew Dalton ensured the Eels were going to take the Premier League title, running out winners by 31 points to 12.
The win comes as a consolation for the Eels, and no doubt eases the pain of last week?s shock elimination from first grade.
Scorers: PARRAMATTA EELS 31 Tries: Hayne 2, Reddy, Graham, Dalton Goals: Delaney 5/5 Field Goals: M Perenara SYDNEY ROOSTERS 12 Tries: Plum, Lett Goals: Soward 2/2
Venue: Telstra Stadium Referee: Ben Cummins Half time: Eels 18-0
Live commentary: Today's Grand Final curtain-raiser sees the Parramatta Eels and the Sydney Roosters face off in the Premier League Grand Final. These two sides finished in first and second position at the conclusion of the home and away season, and today's clash is being touted as a clash of the attacking titans. The Eels have 9 players with First Grade experience in their line-up, while the Roosters have 14 players that have played First Grade at some stage.
0 min: KICKOFF!, Premier League Grand Final underway
5 min: NEWS-Strong start by both sides, working their way into the match by taking the ball up one pass off the ruck, and putting in a long kick late in the tackle count. Still no score.
11 min: NEWS-Still no score after 11 minutes of play, neither side has really threatened the opposition defence.
17 min: NEWS-Unbelievable falcon!, Jamie Soward put up the bomb and the ball came down and hit Henry Perenara straight on the head, before going back to the Roosters for another set of six. Still no score.
22 min: NEWS-The two sides are now beginning to expand their attack, both sides bombing chances to score successively, but the game is starting to open up. Still 0-0.
25 min: TRY-Eels Joel Reddy capitalises on a brilliant offload from Peter Lewis to cross for the first try of the match. Conversion successful from Brett Delaney. Eels 6-0
33 min: TRY-Eels 17 year-old Jarryd Hayne scores in the corner after a great cut-out ball from Henry Perenara. Delaney nails the conversion from the sideline.
37 min: TRY-Eels Deja-vu as Hayne scores in the corner and Delaney comes up with another miraculous conversion from the sideline. Eels 18-0
HALF TIME-The Parramatta Eels have scored 3 first-half tries to lead the Sydney Roosters by 18 points to nil at halftime. After a tight first quarter of the game, the Eels have opened this game up and have made life very difficult for the Roosters.
Second half underway in Premier League
46 min: TRY-Eels Ashley Graham runs through some weak Roosters defence, and their continuous lacklustre effort is very odd considering a premiership is up for grabs. Delaney converts. Eels 24-0
50 min: TRY-Roosters Nigel Plum runs onto a crafty short-ball from halfback Grant Rovelli and scores close to the posts. Soward converts. Eels 24-6
55 min: TRY-Roosters Michael Lett finishes a classy backline movement from the Roosters to score in the corner. Soward nails the kick from the sideline. Eels 24-12
60 min: NEWS-The Eels have let the Roosters back in the game, the Eels appear to be drifting off mentally and the Roosters look the more likely to score points. The Eels still hold a 12-point lead.
65 min: NEWS-Still 24-12 in favour of the Eels, time running out for the Roosters.
72 min: FIELD GOAL-Eels Marcus Perenara slots the field goal from right in-front and secures the premiership for the Eels. Eels 25-12
75 min: TRY-Eels Drew Dalton scores the easiest of tries from dummy-half. Delaney converts. Eels 31-12
FULL TIME: The Parramatta Eels have taken the Premier League title, defeating the Sydney Roosters by 31 points to 12. The win comes as a consolation to a club still in shock after last week's shock elimination from First Grade. ----------------------------------------- Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - J Hayne (Eels) 2 - H Perenara (Eels) 1 - Z Taia (Eels) ---------------------------------