PARRAMATTA ARE INTO THE GRAND FINAL!!!!! PARRAMATTA ARE INTO THE GRAND FINAL!!!!!
HERE WE GO!! SEVEN TACKLE SET FOR THE COWBOYS
EELS HANG ON!!!
Lane deflects the kick and Dylan Brown recovers it
SIX MORE COWBOYS!
HERE WE GO!!
PENALTY COWBOYS: Peta Hiku speared
PENALTY COWBOYS: Matterson not square.
Gutherson does well to hang onto it. Seconds are ticking down.
Still plenty of time and plenty of action to come. DON'T MOVE
They're under review and Feldt steps OUT. NO TRY
Mahoney loses it! SIX MORE TACKLES
Cowboys go short and get it right! Hiku runs up field.
Feldt puts the ball on the line - great call from the officials.
Cowboys looking a bit gassed here
Moses nails the kick. They're up by FOUR
SIVO! Forget the two points, they've got four and more importantly, they have the lead. Great short-side raid saw Lane got a tremendous ball to SIVO! Eels are in front
For the tie, the kick is NO GOOD. Wide LEFT
PENALTY EELS: High shot
Eels had a great set post points.
Moses converts the RCG try. It's 20-18
RCG has number 2! This is sensational from the big boppa. Jordan McLean and Jason Taumalolo fail to read it in defence and gets number two.
Big chance for the Eels
Drinkwater's pass is picked off by Shaun Lane
Challenge is successful. Cowboys keep possession.
Holmes loses the footy. He wants to challenge and he wins the right to challenge.
Holmes converts - Cowboys 20 - Eels 12.
You just feel that could be the try that break's Parramatta. It was a great Griffin Neame offload to Tom Dearden who was taken short. Off the next play it was a lovely ball to Drinkwater who found Holmes who in turn got it onto Murray Taulagi to cross.
Cowboys convert their set after points.
Holmes is successful - Cowboys 14 - Eels 12
PENALTY COWBOYS: Strip against Isaiah Papali'i.
Hiku taken meters short!
PENALTY COWBOYS: Hairpull against Waqa Blake.
Great take from Nanai under pressure.
Time off - Bailey Simonsson caught awkwardly. Referee saying to play the ball.
Both sides start the second half error free.
OFF WE GO! 40 mins to decide our first grand finalist.
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Half-Time: Cowboys 12 - Eels 12
Holmes from long range is successful.
Explainer: Neame earns the right to a quick play the ball and Paulo slows it down.
Challenge unsuccessful Eels.
Hang on - they got a late challenge in there Parramatta.
PENALTY COWBOYS: Paulo strips it out
Set restart revoked - Cartwright has a typical QLD moment and puts it down.
Lane has passed his HIA.
Holmes puts it down... Parramatta A++ in defence.
Eels now struggling to get out of their own end.
Nanai is HELD UP... Great scramble from the Eels and Mahoney takes the grubber off the next tackle.
Moses sends ANOTHER one OUT ON THE FULL
Feldt puts it down in the contest. Shame there from the Cowboys as they were looking good in attack.
Cowboys work it into good ball territory. Can they grab another?
Moses sends it into ROW 10
We're back 13 v 13. Papalii breaks through but Penisini and Blake OVERRUN the cutout ball from the backrower.
PENALTY EELS: Poor stuff from the home side, they force the Eels to work it out of a corner but they concede a silly penalty.
Cowboys convert their set after points.
Holmes fails to convert. Cowboys 10-Eels 12
Well the Cowboys crash over to score while being down to 12. Luciano Leilua crashes over, Mitchell Moses appears to have taken 2022's biggest dive and it punishes the Eels.
Six to go - ruck infringement.
Lane OFF for a HIA
Waqa Blake puts it down on a bomb. What a problem that caused two weeks ago.
Isaiah Papali'i PASSES his HIA.
Moses' kick had the right ideas but the execution left a lot to be desired.
Blake burries Murray Taulagi over the sideline. Parramatta hang on here.
They called this one back. Mahoney pulled up - good call by Michael Wise.
Moses converts. Parramatta 12 - Cowboys 6
They get over when they are up a man, bucking the trend of Roosters v Souths. Reagan Campbell-Gillard crashes over. Chad Townsend jams in and creates a yawning gap and RCG scores.
PENALTY EELS: Peta Hiku takes Gutherson late.
Robson's grubber is taken by Gutho.
PENALTY EELS: Junior Paulo hanging on too long. Sensations a plenty here in Townsville.
Taumalolo is going to the bin for a late hit on Isaiah Papali'i. Big JUDICIARY drama!
Good bust from the Eels. Gutherson taken after a good offload. Eels change it over. Isaiah Papali'i coming off the ground for an expected HIA.
Holmes converts. Cowboys 6 - Eels 6
Well I said it would come back to bite the Eels and it has right there. Great individual effort from Reuben Cotter. Went straight between Reed Mahoney and Niukore and crashes over to get the Cowboys back in it.
Parra go short when they have the lead... we know we have to have punishment here.
Cowboys on the attack again. Chad Townsend kicks it early but Clinton Gutherson bats it dead. Goal line dropout to come.
PENALTY COWBOYS: Hand on ball against Shaun Lane.
Moses converts - Parramatta 6 - Cowboys 0
That might've looked a touch forward but Atkins says play on. Moses swung it back, on the replays that was a horrible decision from the touch judge. But we play on, Moses got it onto Marata Niukore who drew and passed to Will Penisini to cross for try number one.
PENALTY EELS: Markers not square.
Ref rules no knock on against Bailey Simonsson.
Great grubber kick from Chad Townsend but Clinton Gutherson takes it well and Parramatta are now working it out of yardage.
Set restart Cowboys - ruck infringement.
Niukore has a look at the defensive line.
PENALTY EELS: Cowboys all off-sid
OFF WE GO!!!! One spot in the GF on the line.
Grant Atkins is in charge, Dave Munro and Michael Wise are the touch judges and Adam Gee is in the bunker.
Let's set the scene. The Cowboys are looking for their first grand final appearance since 2017, while Parramatta are hopeful of making it to the big dance for their first GF appearance since 2009.
Thanks for joining us for the first prelim final of the 2022 NRL season. Both sides are 'shock' final 4 contenders from everyone's predictions at the start of the season. For the home side, they are as per the program. Parramatta have a big change with Tom Opacic out, Bailey Simonsson is in. Niukore and Matterson do their usual switch. Kickoff at 10 to 8.
Referees & scorers:
Referee: Grant Atkins
Touch Judges: David Munro, Michael Wise
Video Referee: Adam Gee
NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS (20)
Tries: Reuben Cotter, Luciano Leilua, Murray Taulagi
Two Point Field Goals:
Conversions: Valentine Holmes (2/3)
Penalty Goals: Valentine Holmes (2/2)
PARRAMATTA EELS (24)
Tries: Viliami Penisini, Reagan Campbell-Gillard (2), Maika Sivo
Two Point Field Goals:
Conversions: Mitchell Moses (4/4)
Penalty Goals: Mitchell Moses (0/1)