Parramatta break the drought

Parramatta have recorded their first win in 10 games with a see-sawing 26-22 victory over the Wests Tigers in front of 12,013 fans at Parramatta Stadium.

It was a clash between two sides playing for nothing besides pride but developed into an entertaining contest that kept everyone intrigued until the final siren.

Parramatta welcomed back their superstair fullback Jarryd Hayne who went into first receiver but it was the Tigers who struck first in a game where the lead changed eight times over the course of the eighty.

David Nofoaluma fresh from his acrobatics against Manly produced a tamer effort finishing off a quick hands movement to go in the corner. Marshall converted and it was 6-0 early.

The Eels wouldn't be kept quiet for long, as Jarryd Hayne asserted his will on the contest. He started the backline movement to send Sio away for the first try in the 16th minute and gave the final pass for the Mullaney try three minutes later. Despite the wayward goalkicking, they had the lead.

Being filled with a young side the Eels were going to make mistakes and rushing up in defense against Benji Marshall is like waving a red rag to a bull. Simona shrugged off the tackle and put Koroibete away.

Hayne playing as a five-eighth wasn't staying out of the game long though, as he poked through the line. His run setting up for Vai Toutai to crash over to send the home crowd into the break cheering and with a lead.

The joy lasted almost halfway into the second half when Marika Koroibete earned a brace in his return. Simona once again the link man between Marshall and the try-scorer to re-take the lead.

Joesph Paulo pulled a rabbit out of the hat, burrowing under several Tiger defenders after the Eels went the length of the field with two penalty calls. The noise within Parramatta Stadium rose an octave with a grandstand finish in prospect.

The euphoria was dampened around the ground when Tim Simona playing on the wing after Marika Koroibete put an inside and away on Ken Sio. His try may have quelled the Eels resistance and confirm the second successive spoon for their Western Sydney rivals.

No one told Parramatta though - they earned an awkward six again call from an Anasta intercept. It went from right to left but ended in the hands of Ben Roberts who found Vai Toutai who dived over to send Parramatta Stadium into raptures and earn the Eels a much needed victory.



Match Details
Parramatta Eels 26 Wests Tigers 22
Venue: Parramatta Stadium
Crowd: 0
Halftime Score: Parramatta Eels 14-10

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Jake Mullaney
2 points - Jarryd Hayne
1 point - Tim Simona

PARRAMATTA EELS (26)
Tries: Ken Sio, Jake Mullaney, Vai Toutai (2), Junior Paulo
Field Goals:
Conversions: Jake Mullaney (2/4), Joseph Paulo (1/1)
Penalty Goals:

WESTS TIGERS (22)
Tries: David Nofoaluma, Marika Koroibete (2), Tim Simona
Field Goals:
Conversions: Benji Marshall (3/4)
Penalty Goals:

LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary

Welcome to LeagueUnlimited's LIVE coverage from Parramatta Stadium as the Eels host the Wests Tigers, this contest as been dubbed 'The Battle of the Wooden Spoon' as it's 15th v 16th tonight.

Team news: Eels see a few positional changes. Vai Toutai returns to the side in the centres. Jake Mullaney replace Semi Radradra on the wing. Pat O'Hanlon and Peni Terepo come onto the bench. Finally, Daniel Harrison is OUT, which sees Mitch Allgood start in the forwards.

Wests Tigers are unchanged, 1-17

Eels: 1. Jarryd Hayne 2. Ken Sio 18. Vai Toutai 3. Ryan Morgan 21. Jake Mullaney 6. Ben Roberts 7. Luke kelly 8. Tim Mannah 9. Matt Keating 16. Mitch Allgood 11. Reni Maitua 10. Fuifui Moimoi 13. Darcy Lussick Interchange: 14. Joseph Paulo 15. Peni Terepo 17. Junior Paulo 19. Pat O'Hanlon

Tigers: 1. James Tedesco 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Blake Ayshford 4. Tim Simona 5. Marika Koroibete 6. Benji Marshall 7. Braith Anasta 8. Keith Galloway 9. Joel Luani 10. Adam Blair 11. Liam Fulton 12. Bodene Thompson 13. Sauaso Sue
Interchange 14. Ava Seumanufagai 15. Jack Buchanan 16. Ben Murdoch-Masila 17. Curtis Sironen
Here come the two sides for tonight's contest - Wests Tigers first in their white away strip onto Parramatta Stadium with clouds hanging over Mick Potter's coaching career. Next is the Eel's in their blue and gold home jersey led out by Jarryd Hayne.
Tigers have the ball on the tee and here we go! Allgood with the first run.
3 min: PENALTY - The two hookers come together! No this isn't Kings Cross, Luani is caught offside from a Matt Keating run.
3 min: LATE CHANGE: Bodene Thompson has pulled up lame in the warm-up. Ben Murdoch-Masila comes into the starting side with Shaun Spence onto the bench.
4 min: Jarryd Hayne chimes in with a nice set play but the winger goes over the sideline. Luckily it touched a Tiger before it did, so Parramatta scrum.
6 min: It was Hayne once again who gives a lovely ball for Roberts who shakes off his defender and cuts back inside to find the tryline. He has knocked it on though.
9 min: TRY WESTS TIGERS
Scored by David Nofoaluma. Conversion attempt by Benji Marshall successful.
Not good signs early for the Eels - first time they've been tested and they have cracked. Tigers sent it through the hands with Ayshford flicking it to the winger who steps inside and scored. Benji Marshall with his first attempt slides it inside.
Wests Tigers 6-0
10 min: Luke Kelly gets a get out of jail free card there as his kick rebounded off a Tiger into a team-mate's hand plus called SIX MORE.
12 min: Phil Gould would not have liked that - a knock on from KEITHY.
16 min: TRY PARRAMATTA EELS
Scored by Ken Sio. Conversion attempt by Jake Mullaney unsuccessful.
Lovely work from the Eels there - All the spine clicking together to send a cut-out to Sio to slide in for the try. Mullaney taking kicking duties, misses.
Wests Tigers 6-4
17 min: Another error coming out of the trouble from the Tigers. A double effort from Hayne forcing the spill.
VIDEO REFEREE: Going upstairs, checking the obstruction for a Jake Mullaney try. He looked like he just sliced through a hole.
19 min: TRY PARRAMATTA EELS
Scored by Jake Mullaney. Conversion attempt by Jake Mullaney unsuccessful.
GREEN LIGHTS.. TRY! Eels sweep it to the left this time.. finding Jake Mullaney in a huge hole allowing him to power through the gap to score! Mullaney steps up to convert his own effort and misses.
Parramatta Eels 8-6
21 min: That is what Marshall does best. Off a bomb that is allowed to bounce, he picks it up and grubbers through for Koroibete.. he is just beaten by Toutai who takes it dead. Dropout.
23 min: The pace is quickening here but Peni Teripo is unable to catch the inside ball. knock on.
25 min: PENALTY Tigers - here is their chance to hit back.
26 min: Dear, oh dear - Ben Roberts swooping on a Marshall grubber tries to throw the spectacular pass but it only landed in the hands of a Tiger.
27 min: Mullaney is through.. NO! obstruction.. Peni Teripo was loitering in front. PENALTY Tigers.
30 min: TRY WESTS TIGERS
Scored by Marika Koroibete. Conversion attempt by Benji Marshall unsuccessful.
Benji is going to make you pay if you rush up on him. Marshall got it to Simona who was rushed upon by Toutai who misses and it was simple catch and pass to Koroibete. Marshall from the sideline goes wide.
Wests Tigers 10-8
33 min: Ben Murdoch-Masila with a lovely offload that finds the fastest man on the field - Koroibete who is eyeing the tryline. Luani fumbled in the play the ball and no PENALTY. Marker was deemed square.
35 min: FORWARD calls the crowd and the referee obliges, helps the pass was forward.
38 min: TRY PARRAMATTA EELS
Scored by Vai Toutai. Conversion attempt by Jake Mullaney successful.
Parramatta have been threatening through the ruck all half and have delivered. Jarryd Hayne poked through the gap and gets through. Next two tackles they go left and find Toutai in the corner. Mullaney with his third attempt.. well where did that come from, straight as an arrow over!
Parramatta Eels 14-10
40 min: HALFTIME - Parramatta lead 14-10 in an entertaining contest.
41 min: We're back here at Parramatta Stadium! Tigers heading to the north end to receive the kick-off followed by the home side who line-up and kick off!
43 min: Koroibete keeps those legs pumping and once he goes down, forces the PENALTY.
VIDEO REFEREE: Upstairs we go again! Checking if the ball got down.
44 min: RED LIGHTS.. NO TRY! Held up.
44 min: A good kick from Anasta there forcing Mullaney to concede the dropout after he knocked it on.
46 min: Marshall tries the stabbing grubber again but it rebounds back to him off an Eel so SIX MORE..
47 min: Dear, oh dear.. Luani knocks it on.
51 min: PENALTY Tigers - Fuifui had never got back the ten! Tigers are looking dangerous here.
52 min: Mardhall gives Koroibete space and he has the tryline open but a good tackle from Sio stops him!
55 min: Towering bomb from the Tigers and it gets a good result as Mullaney knocks it on into Hayne who is offside. PENALTY.
59 min: TRY WESTS TIGERS
Scored by Marika Koroibete. Conversion attempt by Benji Marshall successful.
You can't keep giving Koroibete that much space, he will make you pay! Marshall got it to Simona who has the simple job to pass to Marika who strides in. Marshall with a kick to possibly go ahead puts it straight over.
Wests Tigers 16-14
61 min: Tigers are turning it on now.. offloads everywhere.
62 min: PENALTY Eels - Vai Toutai was taken mid-air.
66 min: PENALTY Eels - inside the ten were the Tigers. Koroibete cleaned up Morgan with a tackle.
VIDEO REFEREE: Upstairs again! Junior Paulo might have burrowed underneath to score.
68 min: TRY PARRAMATTA EELS
Scored by Junior Paulo. Conversion attempt by Jake Mullaney successful.
GREEN LIGHTS.. TRY! He got it down! No problems there and the Eels will be back in the lead. Mullaney with the easy kick, converts.
Parramatta Eels 20-16
68 min: He has gone from hero to villain. Junior Paulo has charged into the defense but he's lost it!
70 min: That was a bit aimless from the Tigers on last but luckily the kick forced a dropout. He can thank the chase there.
VIDEO REFEREE: Perenara has a try but checking if he got it down. Simona the try scorer.
73 min: TRY WESTS TIGERS
Scored by Tim Simona. Conversion attempt by Benji Marshall successful.
GREEN LIGHTS.. TRY! Simona has gone onto the wing with Koroibete off. He had space and just went in and away on Sio for the four pointer! Marshall has the duties to put the Tigers in the lead again from out wide.. he puts it right over the black dot.
Wests Tigers 22-20
76 min: That was an awkward passage of play. Pat O'Hanlon looking for support hands it straight to Anasta who gave it right back to him! SIX MORE Parra.
78 min: TRY PARRAMATTA EELS
Scored by Vai Toutai. Conversion attempt by Joseph Paulo successful.
TRY Eels! WOW that was side to side! Hayne to Maitua who feigns to go himself goes down the short side finding Roberts who in turn gave it to Toutai to dive over and send the Parramatta Stadium crowd wild! Joseph Paulo has taken kicking duties and never looked like missing!
Parramatta Eels 26-22
79 min: Anasta has shanked the short kick-off! Parramatta will WIN this game!
80 min: FULLTIME - Parramatta have won! They prevail 26-22 in a see-sawing game of football.
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