Capping off a huge day out at Kellyville Park, the Parramatta Eels will host the St George Illawarra Steelers in the Jersey Flegg. Parra’s lone loss over the first three rounds came at the hands of the Dragons in the first week of the competition. Today is their chance to secure both a win and a slice of revenge.
There are a number of changes for the Eels this week, reflected in the team list below.
Jersey Flegg Team List
1. Corey Fenning (c)
2. Arthur Miller-Stephen
3. Josh Tuipulotu
4. Lachlan Blackburn
5. Moala Graham-Taufa
6. Dantoray Lui
7. Josh Chappell
8. Jack Colovatti
9. David Tui
10. David Hollis
11. Nikau Wrathall
12. Felix Niutili-Schmidt
13. Ryan Jones
14. Nicholas Lenaz
15. Jayden Skinner
16. Larry Muagututia
17. Brock Parker
Eels with early territory and applying pressure. Dragons are holding strong in defence.
The Eels again get possession in good field position and launch an attack on their right. Lui delivers a pass off his hip to Fenning who crosses out wide. Conversion unsuccessful
Eels 4 nil with 22 remaining first half
Eels are winning the arm wrestle and forcing errors
Dragons get the ball in the Eels red zone and there appears to be a knock on. Ref doesn’t call it and the Dragons swoop on the loose ball and score.
4 all 8 minutes to go first half
The Dragons are getting serious possession and momentum now. A penalty gets them downfield and when they hit the Eels red zone a bad jam from the Eels right opens up space out wide for the try. Conversion unsuccessful
Dragons 8 Eels 4
The Eels have wasted an early opportunity with a poor pass in the Dragons red zone. The Dragons now get a repeat set via another Eels error and are deep in Eels territory. A shift to the right cracks the Eels defence out wide and the Dragons extend their lead via a try to their centre. Converted
Dragons 14 Eels 4
29 minutes remaining
Everything falling Dragons way – every bounce and call and they are applying all the pressure. After multiple sets they run the ball down the blind side on the last and score. Try unconverted.
Dragons 18 Eels 4 23 to go
The Eels kick off goes out on the full and more pressure is being applied!
A turning of the tide perhaps? Brock Parker sparks a big set with a fast PTB. Lui jumps down the short side from it and offload back inside to Lenaz who immediately turns and finds Fenning! The captain is dragged down 10m out but earns a set restart. It doesn’t take them long to punch it in as Jack Colovatti slams it down!
Try scored by Jack Colovatti. Conversion successful by Corey Fenning.
Eels trail 10-18
Clean break from Chappell! He finds big Brock Parker in support but the bookend is dragged down agonisingly short of the line. Parra shift to their right where Fenning and Blackburn combine on a crash line but the Dragons hold firm. That brings up the last and a cross field bomb back to the left. Tuipulotu times his leap perfectly to claim the ball and score!
Try scored by Josh Tuipulotu. Conversion successful by Corey Fenning.
Eels trail 16-18
They fall short of the comeback sadly and will be left to rue a string of costly mistakes.
St George Illawarra Dragons 18 defeat the Parramatta Eels 16