The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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With Brad Drew playing at half back, the Eels carved through the Rabbitohs who now look certain to inherit this year's wooden spoon.
But the win has come at a cost with Daniel Irvine assisted from the field in the 25th minute with a suspected broken ankle and fullback Brett Hodgson dislocating his shoulder in the 55th minute.
Parramatta opened the scoring after 15 minutes with a try to Luke Burt. The flood gates opened soonafter and at half time it was 22-0.
With Nathan Hindmarsh leading from the front, Ben Kusto and Brad Drew directed play against an often woeful South Sydney defence.
The victory is a timely one for the Eels who were in danger of losing a top eight position.
7:30PM, Saturday 10 August 2002 Parramatta Stadium Referee: S Hayne
Parramatta Eels 54 (Tries: Hodgson 2, Petersen 2, Burt 2, Moodie, Buettner, Widders, Vaealiki. Goals: Hodgson 5/6, Burt 2/4) defeated South Sydney Rabbitohs 0