Parramatta Eels 29
Tries: Reece Robinson (2), John Folau (2), Chris Sandow
Goals:Chris Sandow 4/5
Field Goals:Chris Sandow
South Sydney Rabbitohs 16
Tries:Alex Johnston, Chris Grevsmuhl, Joel Reddy
Goals: Adam Reynolds 2/3
The Parramatta Eels have put in their best display of the season to defeat the South Sydney Rabbitohs 29-16 at Pirtek Stadium tonight.
Chris Sandow was man of the match after a prominent performance including a try, 4 goals from 5 attempts and a field goal.On debut, John Folau, younger brother of former Melbourne Storm and Brisbane Broncos star, Israel, scored a double as did fellow Eels winger Reece Robinson.
It was all South Sydney early on in the match and they posted the games’ first points with a converted try to winger Joel Reddy after 9 minutes. However it would be a short-lived lead as the Eels hit back with a converted try of their own through Folau, in the 14th minute.
Rabbitohs half back Adam Reynolds was penalised for swearing at referee Ben Cummins in the 29th minute, allowing Sandow to kick the Eels to an 8-6 lead, before the Rabbitohs scored through Chris Grevsmuhl; Will Hopoate failed to deal with a Rabbitohs kick, and Alex Johnston was on hand to pick up the crumbs before finding Grevsmuhl and he showed great strength to find the line. Reynolds converted and the Rabbitohs led 12-8 after 35 minutes.
Folau grabbed his second on the stroke of half time and the home side enjoyed a 14-6 lead after an excellent first half.
Reece Robinson touched down early in the second half to increase the Eels’ lead but on the hour mark the Rabbitohs scored through Johnston to remain in the match, trailing 18-16.
Robinsons’ second try thirteen minutes from time kept the Eels in control of the match at 22-16 before a 77th-minute Sandow field goal iced the game for the home side. An 80th-minute try to Sandow put an exclamation mark on the night as the Eels secured a great win in front of over 15,000 fans.