Electric Eels burn fireless Dragons

The Parramatta Eels have scored a comprehensive 36-0 victory of the St George Illawarra Dragons, in front of 18,631 fans at Pirtek Stadium.

The St George Illawarra Dragons welcomed NZ international Benji Marshall into their side and after a touching minutes silence in memory of Reg Gasnier, both sides started with strong defence.

The game was a pretty even contest in the opening twenty minutes and it was the Dragons who looked like they had the first but it was called back against the Dragons, but they did get the penalty after the Video Referees ruled that Gerard Beale was interfered with in the chase.

The first points however came in favour of the homeside when Ken Sio was on the receiving end of a good long ball from Eels hooker to take the ball on the sideline and bring it around to the goal posts.

The Eels crossed soon after a drop ball from Benji Marshall that saw Corey Norman race 80m to score and extend the lead to 12-0. The main question however was in the lead up whether or not referee Jared Maxwell allowed an advantage to be played in favour of the Dragons which saw them score but disallowed because the whistle had already gone.

The second half couldn't have started worse for the Dragons, with some weak defence letting Junior Paulo through to set up Jarryd Hayne to score.

From there the Eels just went through the Dragons defence like a hot knife through butter and throughout the rest of the half the Eels scored through Ken Sio, Pauli Pauli and Jarryd Hayne added to his first.

Both sides get to enjoy a week off next weekend with the Bye, whilst the week after the Eels take on the Penrith Panthers on the Friday night at Sportingbet Staium, whilst the Dragons don't get an easy task having to take on the South Sydney Stadium at ANZ Stadium on the Monday.


Match Details
Parramatta Eels 36 St. George Illawarra Dragons 0
Venue: Pirtek Stadium
Crowd: 18631
Halftime Score: Parramatta Eels 12 St. George Illawarra Dragons 0

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

PARRAMATTA EELS (36)
Tries: Ken Sio (2), Corey Norman, Jarryd Hayne (2), Pauli Pauli
Field Goals:
Conversions: Chris Sandow (6/6)
Penalty Goals:

ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS (0)
Tries:
Field Goals:
Conversions:
Penalty Goals:


LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary

Just a few minutes away from kickoff in one of the most anticipated games in round 10

LATE MAIL | Dragons lose Jason Nightingale, Sam Williams and Jack Stockwell. Their replacements are Peter Mata'utia, Benji Marshall and Mike Cooper. Parramatta are 1-17, although Peni Terepo starts at lock with Joseph Paulo benched.

Both sides standing for a minutes silence in memory of Rugby League immortal & Dragons legend Reg Gasnier

1: Jared Maxwell calls time on and its the Eels with first possession defending the Northern end of Pirtek Stadium

3: Some exciting stuff early from the Dragons with Josh Dugan winning the contest in the air over Jarryd Hayne but the second kick goes dead

4: PENALTY EELS: Eels have no need to work it out of their own end, as they get a relieving penalty

5: PENALTY EELS: Eels get a penalty 10m out from the Dragons line, after Jared Maxwell ruled Jarryd Hayne was taken out

8: A good kick from Mitch Rein forces a goalline dropout after Jarryd Hayne was forced to throw a forward pass in goal

8: PENALTY EELS: A loose arm from Tyson Frizell creeps up around the throat of Chris Sandow and the Eels work it out of their own half

10: PENALTY DRAGONS: Benji goes for a run and has the ball stripped from his grasp, Penalty count now 3-1 in favour of the Eels

13: PENALTY EELS: Dragons penalised for lifting an Eels player into an awkward position after he was already held on the ground

14: Josh Dugan down injured but back to his feet

14: Tim Mannah ON REPORT for a high tackle on Josh Dugan

15: Corey Norman gets tackled on the last tackle for the second time this afternoon

16: VIDEO REFEREE: Checking a possible Dragons try, Jared Maxwell says no try and were checking just about everything remotely possible

17: NO TRY the ruling - Dragons get the penalty for Gerard Beale being pulled out of it by Will Hopoate

19: Well that was the Benji Marshall of 2013 on show there, he throws an intercept but luckily for him, its knocked on 2 tackles later by Parramatta

21: UNFORCED ERROR ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Leeson Ah Mau makes an unforced error.

Leeson Ah Mau drops the ball in a tackle on the Eels 10m line

22: Ben Creagh with a double Red 'V' one on the jersey and one on his forehead

21: TRY PARRAMATTA EELS
Scored by Ken Sio. Kick to come.

Ken Sio goes across with an open tryline and brings it round to just adjacent to the goalposts after a beautiful Nathan Peats long ball

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

Chris Sandow has no problems converting it

25: PENALTY EELS: Jarryd Hayne gets himself a penalty after he gets pushed back down trying a quick play the ball

25: PENALTY EELS: Another penalty for the Eels - Ben Creagh took an intercept but was ruled to be offside

27: A great offload from Mike Cooper sends Josh Dugan into some space before being tackled 35m out

28: UNFORCED ERROR PARRAMATTA EELS
Semi Radradra makes an unforced error.

The Semi goes up for the bomb but loses it into another Parra player in front of him

28: PENALTY DRAGONS: The Dragons get an early tackle count penalty

29: UNFORCED ERROR ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Benji Marshall makes an unforced error.

Benji Marshall throws what initially looks a good ball but is called back by Jared Maxwell for a forward pass

31: Dragons get a 20m restart and then Benji kicks it downfield

34: TRY PARRAMATTA EELS
Scored by Corey Norman. Kick to come.

Corey Norman races downfield off a Benji Marshall error but can't help but feel sorry for the Dragons who had a fair try disallowed

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

Chris Sandow converts the try

39: Dragons try a third tackle kick and Brett Morris goes close to scoring but the ball beats him into touch

40: HALF TIME at Pirtek Stadium and the Parramatta Eels lead 12-0 over the St George Illawarra Dragons

40: Play back underway at Pirtek Stadium - can the Eels keep going? Can the Dragons fight back?

42: Three tackles down and only two players from Parra have touched the ball, Jarryd Hayne & the big Semi

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

Jarryd Hayne scores an easy try running off Junior Paulo who pushes off several terrible defensive efforts from the Dragons

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

Chris Sandow has no problems with the conversion

45: UNFORCED ERROR PARRAMATTA EELS
Corey Norman makes an unforced error.

Parramatta creating huge metres with ease and Corey Norman offloads to Joseph Paulo but Jared Maxwell calls it forward

47: UNFORCED ERROR ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Joel Thompson makes an unforced error.

That sums up the Dragons afternoon, Joel Thompson knocks the ball on straight from the Scrum

47: TRY PARRAMATTA EELS
Scored by Ken Sio. Kick to come.

Ken Sio scores for the Eels after some excellent ballwork through the hands and they end up going wide with Ken Sio having an open tryline ahead of them

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

Chris Sandow makes no mistake from outwide

53: VIDEO REFEREE: Checking a possible Eels try, Jared Maxwell gives us the NO TRY symbol, checking a knock on in the contest

54: UNFORCED ERROR PARRAMATTA EELS
Corey Norman makes an unforced error.

NO TRY called with the ruling being a tap back that's gone forward and not back

57: Josh Dugan puts a good kick in that forces Ken Sio to bat it dead, repeat set for the Dragons

58: Well that was an interesting tactic from Chris Sandow to put the dropout towards touch and it worked out, finds touch 11m out from his own line

61: UNFORCED ERROR ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Brett Morris makes an unforced error.

Dragons create space but a good tackle from behind by Chris Sandow forces the ball free

63: TRY PARRAMATTA EELS
Scored by Pauli Pauli. Kick to come.

Pauli Pauli uses his size and strength and he busts his way over the line after a good short ball from Jarryd Hayne

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

Chris Sandow raises the touch judges flags for the fifth time this afternoon

66: Dragons kick early again and Jarryd Hayne takes no chances and bats it dead

66: Dragons kick early again and Jarryd Hayne takes no chances and bats it dead

67: Another set of six and another set where the Dragons create no pressure on the Eels

68: UNFORCED ERROR PARRAMATTA EELS
Willie Tonga makes an unforced error.

Willie Tonga drops the ball trying to clean it up at the back

70: UNFORCED ERROR ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Mitch Rein makes an unforced error.

Mitch Rein drops the ball from dummy half

71: UNFORCED ERROR ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Jack de Belin makes an unforced error.

Jack de Belin drops the ball this time for the Dragons

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

Something out of nothing? Lets call Jarryd Hayne, yet again he takes on the line with nothing happening and he scores

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

Chris Sandow gets that kick absolutely perfect from outwide

77: Well that my friends is what we call a Benji - from the master himself, Dragons create space and Benji Marshall throws it into about row 5 of the grandstand behind Peter Mata'utia

78: Chris Sandow puts a kick in that is charged down and the Eels will go back into the Dragons territorry

79: VIDEO REFEREE: Checking a possible Joseph Paulo try, Onfield we have NO TRY from Jared Maxwell, checking grounding

79: NO TRY the onfield ruling and that's the same thing as the Video Referees decide on

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