Jarryd Hayne has sustained a hamstring injury in the Eels 38-24 loss to the Sydney Roosters which could see him ruled out of State of Origin Game II.
Despite the poor performances of the Eels, they posted a crowd of 12,135 at Parramatta Stadium for the Friday Night fixture.
Daniel Tupou was the stand out for the Roosters who were in second gear for most of the contest. He crossed the whitewash twice, his first eight minutes into the match. James Maloney provided the cross-field kick for Tupou to reach out in the corner. Roosters with an early 6-0 lead.
The Eels made use of the consecutive penalties to post consecutive tries inside four minutes. Ken Sio and Jake Mullaney added their names to the scorers sheet with solid running through the Roosters defenece. 20 minutes gone at Parramatta Stadium, Eels with a shock lead of 12-6.
It did not take long for the Roosters to hit back as they scored three tries leading into half time. The first through as Martin Kennedy scored an easy four-pointer as he strolled through the Eels defenders. The game locked up with Maloney's conversion at 12-all.
Another simple misread from the Eels defence saw Roger Tuivasa-Sheck dart away to the corner on the right side. The final minutes of the first half came through Daniel Tupou has he posted his second try thanks to a short pass assist from Michael Jennings.
The Roosters held a 24-12 lead over the Eels at half time.
A controversial call came shortly after half time as Jarryd Hayne was awarded a four-pointer by the video referee. The controversy came as replays showed Chris Sandow threw a blatant forward pass to Matt Ryan who provided the offload for Hayne. The Eels closed the points differential to six points, 24-18.
The Roosters opted for an extension in the lead as James Maloney slot a penalty goal after Jarryd Hayne was ruled to have stripped the ball out of the hands of Sonny Bill Williams. Roosters ahead, 26-18.
Young gun, Peni Terepo gave the Parramatta side hope for victory with a simply charge through the Roosters defence to barge over. Chris Sandow with the conversion attempt slot the extras and made it to two points the difference with 7 minutes to play.
Terepo's try was all for nothing as the Roosters secured victory with two late tries inside three minutes. Anthony Minichello bolted down field as he picked up a failed chip and chase from Chris Sandow to score. In the same play, Jarryd Hayne went down with a right hamstring injury which saw him eventually be assisted off the field.
There is concern for the Eels and NSW Blues outside back who will have scans on his hamstring to verify the injury.
The final wound came through Shaun Kenny-Dowall as he dived over the goal line as the Eels turned over possession on their own line. The Roosters weren't at their best as they only just did enough to defeat the Eels, 38-24.
Parramatta Eels 24 Sydney Roosters 38
Venue: Parramatta Stadium
Halftime Score: Sydney Roosters 24-12
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Daniel Tupou
2 points - Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
1 point - Martin Kennedy
PARRAMATTA EELS (24)
Tries: Ken Sio, Jake Mullaney, Jarryd Hayne, Peni Terepo
Conversions: Chris Sandow (4/4)
SYDNEY ROOSTERS (38)
Tries: Daniel Tupou (2), Martin Kennedy, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Anthony Minichiello, Shaun Kenny-Dowall
Conversions: James Maloney (6/6)
Penalty Goals: James Maloney (1/1)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Team news for this fixture: Eels see Reni Maitua and Ken Edwards ruled out. The big change for the Eels, Jarryd Hayne will start from the bench with Jake Mullaney coming into the line-up at fullback. Joseph Paulo to 2nd row moves to the second row to cover Maitua's spot
The Roosters are unchanged, 1-17 tonight.
Eels: 14. Jake Mullaney 2. KenSio 3. Ryan Morgan 4. Jacob Loko 5. Brayden Wiliame 19. Luke Kelly 7. Chris Sandow 8. Tim Mannah (c) 9. Matt Keating 10. Fuifui Moimoi 6. Joseph Paulo 12. Matt Ryan 13. Peni Terepo Interchange: 1. Jarryd Hayne 15. Darcy Lussick 16. Mitch Allgood 17. Pat O'Hanlon
Roosters: 1. Anthony Minichiello 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Michael Jennings 4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 5. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 6. James Maloney 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Luke O'Donnell 9. Jake Friend 10. Martin Kennedy 11. Mitchell Aubusson 12. Sonny Bill Williams 13. Boyd Cordner
Interchange: 14. Daniel Mortimer 15. Frank-Paul Nuuausala 16. Aidan Guerra 17. Isaac Liu
Luke O'Donnell makes an unforced error.
Luke O'Donnell comes up with the mistake as the Roosters spread it across the field through Mitchell Pearce and Jake Friend. Scrum feed backs for the Eels on their own 20 metre line
Scored by Daniel Tupou. Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.
The video referee awarded the four-pointer to Daniel Tupou as Mitchell Pearce put in a cross-field kick for him to reach out and score in the corner. James Maloney with the conversion attempt made no mistake from the touchline
Sydney Roosters 6-0
Scored by Ken Sio. Conversion attempt by Chris Sandow successful.
Ken Sio has been awarded the try by the video referee as the Eels spread it quickly to the left side of the field. Sio dived in the corner and planted the ball down one-handed. Chris Sandow with a curving strike from the touchline added the two points
Scored by Jake Mullaney. Conversion attempt by Chris Sandow successful.
Jake Mullaney has strolled through the Roosters defence with a beautiful dummy pass, the Roosters on the back foot as they conceded back to back penalties. Chris Sandow with the conversion from next to the uprights was successful
Parramatta Eels 12-6
Scored by Martin Kennedy. Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.
Martin Kennedy has strolled through the Eels defence has he took the floating pass from Jake Friend. The Eels concede a soft try at the goal line. James Maloney with the conversion locks the game up
Scored by Roger Tuivasa-Sheck. Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck darts away to the corner as the Roosters use the decoy run to create an overlap on the right side. James Maloney from the touchline adds the extras
Sydney Roosters 18-12
Scored by Daniel Tupou. Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.
Daniel Tupou has been awarded his second try off the night as Michael Jennings provided the short pass for Daniel to dance through the Eels defence. James Maloney with the conversion attempt adds the extras
Sydney Roosters 24-12
Scored by Jarryd Hayne. Conversion attempt by Chris Sandow successful.
Jarryd Hayne is awarded his try after no knock on was detected as Matt Ryan offloaded back to him to dive over. The question in the try saw Chris Sandow throw a forward pass to Ryan, but it has been missed by all officials. Chris Sandow converts to close the gap to 6 points
Sydney Roosters 24-18
Penalty goal attempt by James Maloney successful.
James Maloney slots the penalty goal after Jarryd Hayne was ruled to have stripped the ball out of the hands of SBW on the goal line
Sydney Roosters 26-18
Scored by Peni Terepo. Conversion attempt by Chris Sandow successful.
Peni Terepo simply charged through the Roosters defence and stepped over next to the posts. Chris Sandow with the conversion attempt slot the extras and made it to two points the difference.
Sydney Roosters 26-24
Scored by Anthony Minichiello. Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.
Anthony Minichiello has been awarded a try by the video referee has he cleaned up a chip kick from Chris Sandow to bolt 50 metres down field to score untouched. James Maloney converts to make it an eight point lead again
Sydney Roosters 32-24
Scored by Shaun Kenny-Dowall. Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.
Shaun Kenny-Dowall has cleaned up a simple mistake on the goal line and strolled in for an easy four-pointer. James Maloney with the conversion from out wide made no mistake with the kick
Sydney Roosters 38-24