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Parramatta have kept faint finals hopes alive defeating Brisbane 30-14 at Suncorp in front of 38,193 fans.
Jarryd Hayne opened the game with some theatrics and signalled Parramatta's intentions when he tipped a bomb back to himself to open their account for the night. Brisbane rode their luck early off the bounce and it led them to almost squaring the ledger, Yow Yeh showing Krisnan Inu the sideline and thin air to make it 6-4 after seventeen minutes.
Both sides would try to just outwrestle the other but Parramatta would overpower Brisbane with only three minutes to go in the half, after they pressured Hoffman to drop a bomb. Jarryd Hayne would get involved again, throwing a bullet pass to Krisnan Inu to walk it in for a scoreline which reflected their domination at halftime 12-4.
The second half started off with high drama after Kris Keating tried to force the issue with the offload, giving Brisbane prime real estate to attack. Ben Teo and Peter Wallace took that opportunity with both hands, combining to put Josh Hoffman away, reducing the advantage to two points.
Parramatta would jag themselves ahead again though when Kris Keating made up for his earlier error, pinning the ears back once he spied a gap offloading it to Joel Reddy to restore their lead back to eight points when Luke Burt kicked his third for the night.
The Broncos wouldn't go away, like the cold you've had for a few weeks when Shane Tronc found a miracle offload to give Wallace the opening to find Ben Teo making the difference between the sides only four points after Parker missed his second kick for the night.
Luke Burt would eventually guarentee the important win for Parramatta when he found space and chipped for himself, beating both Broncos defenders to the ball to dive over under the sticks. Feleti Mateo would cut through the defensive line once more to give Anthony Mitchell a debut he won't forget, scoring the last try making the scoreline 30-14.
Brisbane Broncos 14 were defeated by Parramatta Eels 30
National Rugby League - NRL - Round 23 - Friday August 13, 2010 7:35pm
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Referee: Tony Archer and Alan Shortall
Video Referee: Sean Hampstead
Touch Judges: Steve Carrall and Gavin Morris
Halftime: Brisbane Broncos 4 Parramatta Eels 12
BRISBANE BRONCOS (14)
Tries: Josh Hoffman, Jharal Yow Yeh, Ben Te'o
Conversions: Corey Parker (1/3)
PARRAMATTA EELS (30)
Tries: Luke Burt, Joel Reddy, Jarryd Hayne, Krisnan Inu, Anthony Mitchell
Conversions: Luke Burt (5/5)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary Welcome to Suncorp Stadium, for an important clash in the season of these two sides. Parramatta need to win out from here on in to make the finals series and Brisbane are without their star Darren Lockyer.
The team changes are quite numerous with both sides not happy with their starting sides making changes.
Brisbane: Their own version of the swiss army knife, Matt Gillett will start at five-eighth, moving fellow youngster Corey Norman back to the bench and Mitchell Dodds goes into Gillett's vacated second row spot.
Parramatta: Daniel Mortimer will be "rested" as per the papers throughout the week, with Kris Keating starting at five-eighth, moving Jeff Robson to halfback. Ben Smith is suspended and replaced by Justin Horo. Anthony Mitchell sits on the bench for his first grade debut in Kris Keatings place and there will be another player making his debut in Taniela Lasalo.
Brisbane have compounded the miserable season the Eels have been having in the u20s, handing them a shellacking 46 points to 18.
1 min: Parra have made their way onto Suncorp to a chorus of boos, with a small contigent of Eels fans travelling up. Brisbane have finished their final preparations and Corey Parker will lead out the Broncos in Lockyers absence. Brisbane will kick off tonight.
3 min: Unlucky Joel Reddy, penalised for being offside after Inu touched the bomb. Brisbane have a full set in the Eels 20.
5 min: Jonathan Wright kills what could have been a lethal play from Brisbane with an intercept.
7 min: Sloppy work early from Brisbane, Tronc this time knocks the ball on trying to offload.
8 min: Jarryd Hayne and whatever mode of transport he is this week, could have a try.
9 min: TRY Media Mantarays
Freakish work by Jarryd Hayne there, tips the bomb up in the air for himself and retrieves it to score the first try of the game. Luke Burt has no problem with conversion.
Parramatta Eels 6-0
11 min: Fui has been caught out here by Israel who darts from dummy-half, earning the Broncos a penalty.
13 min: Parramatta have to ruck the ball out from their own twenty but not for long when Inu skips into the markers for a penalty.
17 min: TRY
That try was set up from bad work from the Broncos, a bouncing pass sends the Broncos downfield. They stretch the ball out to Yow Yeh who uses the sideline to go in and away on Inu to dive over in the corner. Corey Parker from the sideline misses, just to the right.
Parramatta Eels 6-4
20 min: What is FuiFui doing in the backline? it has thrown a spanner into the works for Parramatta, after Mateo sliced through the line. MoiMoi drops a simple pass to help the Broncos away from their own line.
25 min: Parramatta have gone back to their free flowing style but it isn't sticking at the moment. The passes are hitting the ground instead of hands. That combined with a penalty here to Dodds will have Brisbane, deep in attack.
26 min: A brain snap from Brisbane, Corey Norman kicking on second tackle straight to Kris Keating. Mateo is playing like it's 2007 again slicing through once again but again the pass goes to an unintented reciever. Israel Falou sets off with the tryline in his sights.
28 min: Brisbane are heaping on the pressure now, forcing a dropout.
30 min: The winger and centre marking Falou aren't communicating and getting mixed up, this leads to more defence for Parramatta.
33 min: Parramatta are hanging into the game, they've only had 3 or 4 tackles in Brisbane's twenty. They will get a fullset there now, after a stupid penalty from Thaiday who is down recieving treatment.
35 min: Back to back penalties doesn't prove the deathknell for Brisbane, when Gillett saves the day on last. He was determined to get out of that in-goal.
37 min: Josh Hoffman has spilt a bomb, offering Parramatta more tackles at the Brisbane line.
40 min: TRY
Some last ditch defense saves Brisbane but only momentarily because off the scrum they give it to the Hayne transformer who fires a bullet like pass onto Inu's chest and he walks it in for a healthy lead at oranges. Burt just squeezes the ball between the uprights for an eight point lead at halftime.
Parramatta Eels 12-4
41 min: Parramatta are back on the field ready to kick-off and finally have been joined by the home side who take their positions to recieve.
42 min: Parramatta can't put the offloads away suddenly but Keating tries one too many and brings Brisbane right back onto the attack.
44 min: TRY
And they have made them pay, Teo throws it inside for Hoffman who goes through a huge hole to score. Parker puts the ball between the sticks, whittling the advantage down to two points.
Parramatta Eels 12-10
46 min: Inu started the set with the ball and ends the set with it, trying to kick it for himself but it goes out on the full.
48 min: A piggyback penalty after Ben Teo throws a lazy arm out which connected too high.
51 min: Peter Wallace tries to run then send the ball deep but he goes too deep and it's out on the full.
53 min: TRY
Kris Keating found a huge hole open up from the scrum and just pins the ears back and heads for the line, getting close and giving a suspect pass to Reddy who inches Parramatta ahead again. Burt has no trouble with this conversion either opening the eight point gap again.
Parramatta Eels 18-10
55 min: Brisbane have no respect for the ball, Thaiday tries to offload on first tackle!
56 min: Some ballwork between the two bookends there, Poore and Cayless but the captain can't hold onto the pill. Brisbane get a boost after a high tackle penalty from Justin Poore.
58 min: Jarryd Hayne could have a try that will have the newspapers singing tomorrow, checking with the video referee.
59 min: No try! Hayne has knocked the ball on.
64 min: TRY
Shane Tronc find somehow to offload the ball helping the ball to Wallace who finds a huge gap and draws Hayne before passing to Teo who dives over. Parker misses his second for the night, shifting this wide again.
Parramatta Eels 18-14
68 min: Parramatta get lucky with a two on one strip penalty on a loose carry from Inu.
69 min: Mateo has wrecked some havoc tonight but the offload from Keating to Hindmarsh was forward. Brisbane have a full set centrefield.
70 min: They can't do anything though, dropping it early in the count.
72 min: Brisbane seem to be panicing and hogging the ball once they make a break and it's not helping them score the try which will put them ahead.
73 min: Luke Burt could have the match-winner here.
74 min: TRY
Parramatta are alive for 2010! Luke Burt supports Mateo when he makes another break, he sees he only has Hoffman to beat, chips for himself and beats another Bronco to the ball to score the try which will guarentee them a win. From besides the post, Burt kicks it easily.
Parramatta Eels 24-14
74 min: A short kick brings rewards for Brisbane, they have a scrum thirty metres out.
75 min: Sam Thaiday might have a try but checking if Falou has lost it and if Thaiday has as well.
76 min: No try and it's a twenty metre restart.
79 min: The ball pinballs around when Falou just throws it out the back and Parramatta dive on the ball to kill the play.
80 min: TRY
The kid on debut will get a try. Wallace kicks for himself but it just rebounds off the defensive line for Mateo who is into the backfield, offloads it to Mitchell to finish the game. Some icing on the cake with Burt converting.
Parramatta Eels 30-14