Eels leave Broncos facing Wooden Spoon

The Parramatta Eels looked to consolidate a spot in top-four as they welcome the 16th-placed Brisbane Broncos to Bankwest Stadium.

The games started horribly for the Broncos as Tyson Gamble was knocked n cold after attempting to tackle Maika Sivo in the opening minute.

However, it was a mistake from Sivo that gifted the Broncos the opening score.

Tommy Dearden’s kick wasn’t claimed by Sivo after pressute from Richard Kennar, with the ball finding Kotoni Staggs to cross.

Kennar was offside from the kick, and the try was disallowed though, keeping it 0-0.

Parramatta began to control the game as they gained easy metres in the midfield.

Following a scrum in midfield, the Eels looked to power over, but it was a sweeping move from the left to the right which resulted in Blake Ferguson dotting down on the outside, despite hints of a forward pass.

Reed Mahoney made a break straight down the middle of the park, then released Gutherson, for Field to put the Eels to within 10-metres.

The ball was played quickly by Field, and Mitchell Moses got through the line and pushed a pass to Maika Sivo who caught the ball, planted on one leg, and put the ball down with the opposite hand.

The Eels were struggling to handle some of the Broncos big men, specifically David Fifita, who brushed off Moses with ease to get through the Parramatta defence and charge over to score on 30 minutes.

A few minutes later, the Eels extended their lead, and despite a poor kick from Gutherson through the line, the ball managed to ricochet back into the hands of the full-back who slipped out of the tackle and slid over to score.

Gutherson managed to grab his second just minutes later, as he collected a pass out the back of Waqa Blake and accelerated to the outside of Herbie Farnworth to score.

HALF-TIME: Parramatta Eels 20-6 Brisbane Broncos

With Gamble leaving the field early for the Broncos, another loss was not what they needed but a dangerous tackle from Junior Paulo on David Fifita forced the big man off the field.

Just minutes later though, an ordinary set from Brisbane was finished off by a little kick from Darius Boyd which was chased by Herbie Farnworth in behind for a try.

With half an hour to go, a loose pass from Isaac Luke into no-mans land was picked off by Jai Field.

The half-back then managed to get past Dearden and used his speed to run away and grab try number five.

With ten minutes remaining, the Eels still only led by 14, with the weather making the game flow quite slowly.

Parramatta looked to score try number six though as Moses and Gutherson combined to release Blake Ferguson who dotted down.

However, Henry Perenara had blown his whistle before Ferguson grounded the ball for a knock-on which was then reversed by the bunker to keep the ball in Parramatta hands and keeping the score at 26-12.

The game just seemed to filter out towards the end of the game with neither side managing to get to grips with the ball in the rain.

FULL-TIME: Parramatta Eels 26-12 Brisbane Broncos


Squads


Parramatta Eels

Gutherson, Sivo, Jennings, Blake, Ferguson, Field, Moses, Campbell-Gillard, Mahoney, Evans, Matterson, Davey, Brown

Interchanges: Paulo, Lane, Smith, Kaufusi

Tries: Ferguson, Sivo, Gutherson (2), Field

Goals: Moses (3/5)


Brisbane Broncos

Boyd, Oates, Staggs, Farnworth, Kennar, Gamble, Dearden, Ofahengaue, Luke, Te’o, Fifita, Glenn, Carrigan

Interchanges: Paix, Hopoate, Coates, Bullemor

Tries: Fifita, Farnworth

Goals: Staggs (1/1)


Referee: H. Perenara

Touch Judges: C. Sutton, Z Preklasa-Adamski

Video Referee: A. Klein


Image Source: @TheParraEels (twitter)

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