Fiji Time: 4:58 AM on Tuesday 30 May

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Eels down Sea Eagles

Aap
Sunday, August 24, 2014

SYDNEY - Parramatta have produced one of their best second-half performances in years to come from behind and beat NRL table-toppers Manly 22-12 in a thrilling clash at Pirtek Stadium.

Trailing 12-0, the Eels' looked in real trouble on Friday night as the Sea Eagles took a commanding lead into halftime.

But what followed wasn't in the script as the Eels, rejuvenated under coach Brad Arthur this year, scored four unanswered tries to clamber back into the top eight in front a delirious home crowd of 17,706.

The Eels went into the game with their season on life support following last week's controversial loss to Canterbury and things looked ominous when Manly winger Jorge Taufua scored against his former team after four minutes.

Peta Hiku added a second in the other corner on the half-hour mark with Jamie Lyon kicking two goals.

Manly had looked comfortable in dealing with the Eels' attack but, after halftime, that all changed as the home side blew away one of the best teams in the NRL.

The reborn Chris Sandow looked to have scored a try just after the restart when he scampered under the posts.

Although it was deemed to be good by the on-field officials, video referee Luke Patten overruled it for a very dubious obstruction call against David Gower.

The decision infuriated the home crowd but only served to galvanise their side who produced a dazzling 15-minute spell that produced three tries.

Jarryd Hayne, almost predictably, was the architect of the first with a brilliant run that teed up back-rower Kenny Edwards for the first four-pointer of his NRL career.

The second on the 53rd-minute was a moment of magic from winger Semi Radrardra who hauled in a Kieran Foran bomb, shook off three tackles and raced 95 metres to the line.

Sandow added the extras to level the scores before kicking a 40-20 — his sixth of the season — and from the resulting tap-kick, the ball was spread wide for Will Hopoate to score against his former club.

A shellshocked Manly struggled to get out of their own half for most of the second stanza as Parramatta laid siege to their line.

Vai Toutai iced a vital two points six minutes from time by putting the finishing touches to a sweeping move in the right corner.








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 0.65250.6335
JPY 54.593151.5931
GBP 0.37760.3696
EUR 0.43420.4222
NZD 0.69540.6624
AUD 0.65520.6302
USD 0.48720.4702

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 29th, May, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Zaira gets congeniality
  2. Ellen calls it a day after 10 years
  3. School head faces probe
  4. Family fights to preserve history, graves
  5. Fiji wins 1-0
  6. Designer under investigation
  7. ACS celebrates in style
  8. Drop in working poverty
  9. Nadroga's strong man
  10. Complex surgeries

Top Stories this Week

  1. $16k freight scam Saturday (27 May)
  2. Man wants house back Wednesday (24 May)
  3. Henry's debt to mum Wednesday (24 May)
  4. Toorak youths distraught over lost jerseys Tuesday (23 May)
  5. Mystery chests, villagers warned Wednesday (24 May)
  6. Inquiry bid foiled Saturday (27 May)
  7. Pillar of strength Wednesday (24 May)
  8. Rabuka not happy Wednesday (24 May)
  9. Contracts clarified Friday (26 May)
  10. Florist turns rags to riches Thursday (25 May)