Fiji Time: 7:03 PM on Monday 26 September

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Two-year away drought ends for Parramatta Eels

Aap
Sunday, April 06, 2014

BRISBANE - Parramatta have finally ended their two-year away drought with a gripping 25-18 NRL victory over Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium.

Chris Sandow and Jarryd Hayne led the resurgent Eels home in a quality second-half where the lead changed four times before Sandow sealed the result with a 40m field goal.

It had been 21 matches since Parramatta — wooden-spooners in the past two seasons — enjoyed their last success on the road, also against Brisbane way back in 2012.

It was hooker Nathan Peats who snuck past Ben Barba — in another indifferent display at fullback — from dummy-half with 11 minutes left to take control after a controversial cross-kick try to the home side.

Parramatta's win sees them draw level with joint leaders Brisbane on a congested table while the Broncos could be most pleased with the return of co-captain Justin Hodges from his achilles injury.

Corey Norman, Kenny Edwards and Sandow combined for Eels' Will Hopoate to open the scoring.

Then big Semi Radrada handled twice and swatted away Barba in a scintillating 85m try for his eighth four-pointer of the season and a 10-0 lead.

But Hodges single-handedly gave the Broncos a much-needed injection 35 seconds before halftime with a signature dummy-half run.

He created something from nothing by fending off both markers - Radradra and Mitch Allgood and also evaded two more defenders before sending Dale Copley down the sideline to score.

A 10-6 deficit flattered the home side but the late try turned the momentum and Ben Hunt continued Brisbane's resurgence with a solo 40m try - dummying his way to the line.

The lead changed again when Hayne made Josh Hoffman pay for a bad defensive read off a scrum but the Eels failed to hold it for long as the video referee awarded the contentious try to Josh McGuire.

Unhappy Broncos coach Anthony Griffin labelled it his team's "worst performance" of the season.

"They started very well in the first half and we were very poor," Griffin said.

"We were 60 per cent with the ball and not much intent defensively."








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64960.6306
JPY 50.552947.5529
GBP 0.37940.3714
EUR 0.43930.4273
NZD 0.68810.6551
AUD 0.65150.6265
USD 0.49550.4785

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 26th September 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Rawaca boosts program
  2. 'Stop this nonsense'
  3. Judge convicts pastor in rape trial
  4. Nausori runway closed, flights cancelled
  5. Ba fires warning shot, beats Suva
  6. Transit hub
  7. Work on 10-acre plot to start soon
  8. Order paper
  9. FRA clarifies dispute
  10. Efforts in progress to salvage vessel

Top Stories this Week

  1. Nurse is a lawyer Friday (23 Sep)
  2. Ali beats 'death sentence' Thursday (22 Sep)
  3. Road closure Saturday (24 Sep)
  4. Pastor makes case in rape trial Wednesday (21 Sep)
  5. Rawaca out Sunday (25 Sep)
  6. After Ben Ryan Thursday (22 Sep)
  7. Private jets attract attention at Nadi Airport Sunday (25 Sep)
  8. Three Cavuilati, 6 Olympians in Fiji 7s squad Sunday (25 Sep)
  9. Under-20 named Tuesday (20 Sep)
  10. Losing dad at Class 4 inspires Macanalagi Friday (23 Sep)