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The South Sydney Rabbitohs have rolled through the Parramatta Eels, 32-12, at Pirtek Stadium as #RiseForAlex Round kicks off with 16,125 in attendance. The crowd figure sees $16,125 donated by the NRL in support of the Alex McKinnon foundation with $1 donated for each attendee across Round 19.
The Eels started strongly with Nathan Hindmarsh look-a-like Tepai Moeroa making a big impact with a surging run through the Rabbitohs defence via a Corey Norman pass. After 10 minutes, the Eels led 6-0.
It was to be the end of the Eels attack in the first half as the Rabbitohs made use of their limited opportunities to take a 10-6 lead into the half time break with four-pointers to Lote Tuqiri (27th minute) and Sam Burgess (40th minute).
Sadly for the Eels fans, their hope was dashed as the Rabbitohs began their roll on, scoring a further three tries in the remaining 15 minutes. Kyle Turner (65th minute), Alex Johnston (72nd minute) and Sam Burgess (76th minute) all crossed as the Eels defence collapsed under the slightest pressure.
Parramatta will need to back tackling pads as they drop to 12th on the competition table and could drop further pending other results.
A few players will have a case to answer at the NRL Judiciary as Lote Tuqiri came up with a crusher tackle on Jarryd Hayne in the 22nd minute, an incident he apologised for post-match. Chris Sandow was penalised for a shoulder charge flop in the 36th minute on Dylan Walker and Joseph Paulo pinged for a high tackle on Thomas Burgess.
Next week the Eels fly north to the Gold Coast when they clash with the Titans, meanwhile the Rabbitohs head to the Nation's Capital in preparation for their Monday Night game against the Raiders.
LATE MAIL: Parramatta - Jarryd Hayne joins his opposition fullback in wearing jersey 16 as the NRL hosts #RiseForAlex Round this weekend. A change for the Eels on their bench with Ben Smith promoted replacing Mitchell Allgood
FULL TIME in Holden Cup, Under 20s, has seen the Eels belt the Rabbitohs 40-26. NRL kick off is slated for just after 7:40pm
Welcome to LeagueUnlimited's LIVE coverage from Parramatta as the NRL kicks off Rise for Alex Round as the League community rallies behind young Knight, Alex McKinnon. The NRL is supporting the Alex McKinnon foundation by donating $1 for every fans who attends a match this weekend. The support for Alex has been incredible as he continues on his long path to recovery.
1: We are UNDERWAY at Pirtek Stadium after a tribute to Alex McKinnon and a moment's silence for those lost in the horrible crash of MH17. The Eels kick off to give the Rabbitohs first use of the ball.
2: Messy end to the set from the Eels, the ball ends over the sideline. Scrum for the Rabbitohs just on the half way line.
3: Dylan Walker dives for the try line on last tackle but it's stopped by the Eels goal line defence. Change over inside the Eels red zone.
4: First penalty of the game to the Eels, Lote Tuqiri concedes the penalty for a second effort in the tackle. Eels kick for touch and march up to half way
6: Tepai Moeroa concedes the Eels first penalty for a hold down in the ruck. The count is 1-all now as the kick for touch goes a long way down field to give the Rabbitohs a shot 20 metres out
7: Sam Burgess is grabbing at his upper body after reaching for a Reynolds kick but his efforts are missed and it's a 20m tap for the Eels.
8: Dylan Walker gives up a penalty for a slow release in the ruck. Eels kick for touch and the Eels attack 15 metres out
15: John Sutton from inside the 40 metre line and it's taken easily by Hayne at the back and the Eels return to their own 40 metre line to start their set.
20: Jason Clark with a brilliant slips catch of a chip cross kick from Sandow and the Rabbitohs again have possession in their red zone.
26: TRY SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Scored by Lote Tuqiri. Kick to come.
Lote Tuqiri finishes off a brilliant back line movement as the Rabbitohs draw in the Eels defence and the right side opens up for Lote to score. Luke, Inglis and Walker creating the overlap on the western sideline.
28: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Conversion attempt by Adam Reynolds unsuccessful.
Adam Reynolds with the conversion attempt from the sideline on the western side fails to add the extras
30: Kick on the last tackle bounces over the sideline and the Rabbitohs have possession from a scrum 10 metres out from their own line.
32: Bad to worse for the Eels, they concede the penalty following the mistake and the Rabbitohs attack 20 metres out
33: Adam Reynolds' kick towards the posts is collected on the bounce by Hayne and the Eels bolt out of their red zone.
34: Chris Sandow angles his kick over the sideline and the Rabbitohs once again will play the ball from a scrum deep in their own half
36: Intercept by Souths and Dylan Walker streaks away but Hayne collects him. But we have a penalty for a shoulder charge.
36: Chris Sandow was placed on report for the shoulder charge on Walker as he was on the ground.
40: HALF TIME at Pirtek Stadium sees the Rabbitohs take a 10-6 lead over the Parramatta Eels into the sheds.
40: Second half about to get underway as the Rabbitohs exit the sheds, to be followed by the hosts the Eels.
41: Second half is a go! Dylan Walker kicks off and the Eels have possession 10 metres out from their own line.
42: INJURY CONCERN for Jarryd Hayne. Possible hip injury it seems after a heavy tackle
43: Chris Sandow has been hang out to dry. Penalty for a high tackle
43: No report for George Burgess as play continues from a penalty tap 10 metres out from the Rabbitohs try line for the Eels
44: Vai Toutai has NO TRY has he lost the ball over the try line as he dived over the western corner.
47: Vai Toutai does well under pressure to take a bomb on the try line and remain in the field of play. Eels with possession 10 metres from their line.
49: TRY SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Scored by Alex Johnston. Kick to come.
Alex Johnston takes a floating pass and strolls over in the western sideline easily as the Eels defence folds into itself as the Rabbitohs spread wide through Sutton and Greg Inglis.
52: Penalty to the Rabbitohs, too long in the ruck and the Eels back track to their 30 metre line.
53: Penalty to the Rabbitohs, "He isn't scoring from two metres out" - Strip the call on Sam Burgess as he charges for the try line.
54: 54' VIDEO REFEREE for the Rabbitohs, NO TRY for an obstruction. Picker the scorer as Burgess was used as obstruction runner.
56: Time off, we have had a referee down in it all. Gavin Reynolds has fallen as Hayne was collected off the ball. Eels attack 10 metres out
57: TRY PARRAMATTA EELS
Scored by Joseph Paulo. Kick to come.
Joseph Paulo gets GREEN LIGHTS as the Eels jump on a kick from Norman to post their second try. Hayne onside and missed the catch from the kick.
60: Almost a perfect attacking set from the Eels, Hayne with a grubber kick through on the last tackle but the ball just beating everyone dead. Souths with the 20m tap
61: Joseph Paulo has been placed on report for his high tackle on Tom Burgess. Souths attack 20 metres out
62: Great catch from Junior Paulo, Reynolds' last tackle kick was poor and the Eels with possession deep in their own half
64: VIDEO REFEREE for the Rabbitohs, Kyle Turner has come down off a Keary kick on last tackle.
67: Moimoi comes up with a catch on the last tackle kick deflection and the Eels march just shy of the half way line.
69: Sandow was taking out after the kick, but no penalty comes. 20m tap for Souths.
71: Semi Radradra comes up with a brilliant catch and the Eels have possession but need points in the next two sets to be in this game with less than 10 minutes remaining.
72: TRY SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Scored by Alex Johnston. Kick to come.
Alex Johnston races away again in similar fashion to his first try. Greg Inglis provides the long floating pass to his winger and he strolls over again
74: Chris Sandow has failed to come up with a successful short kick off and it's a penalty on half way for the Rabbitohs.
78: Penalty against Auva'a for holding down in the ruck. Eels with a long kick attacks 20 metres out from the Rabbitohs line