Round 11 concludes for the Parramatta Eels with the Jersey Flegg clash against the Sea Eagles out at a favourite haunt of TCT in Ringrose Park. The Eels have struggled for consistency in this grade as the catastrophic injury toll in the NRL and NSW Cup caused cascading issues for the Under 21s when coupled with their own nicks and bruises but perhaps Round 11 marks a turning point.
It all starts with the season debuts of Toni Mataele and Jontay-Junior Betham-Misa with the powerful pair of forwards finally making their returns from serious injuries sustained in the NRL preseason. Both young men will start from the bench this week with the Parramatta forward further bolstered by the returns of Jack Colovatti and David Hollis. In another massive boost for the Blue & Gold, Kruz Niutilli-Schmidt finally returns from the injury that has sidelined him for a good six or so weeks and gives the Eels a much stronger rotation at dummy half.
We will be posting live updates from Ringrose Park, courtesy of Parrathruandthru as the Eels look to sweep the Sea Eagles across all three grades this week.
Jersey Flegg Team List
1. Dantoray Lui
2. Turoa Williams
3. Corey Fenning (c)
4. Josh Tuipulotu
5. Matthew Komolafe
6. Jabriel Kalache
7. Ethan Sanders
8. Jack Colovatti
9. David Tui
10. David Hollis
11. Peter Taateo
12. Lachlan Blackburn
13. Brock Parker
14. Kruz Niutili-Schmidt
15. Jontay-Junior Betham-Misa
16. Nikau Wrathall
17. Toni Mataele
Four minutes gone and Manly hoist a bomb. They regather the ball and score out wide.
Manly 6 Eels nil.
Sea Eagles are back on the attack and shift right. It pays dividends with their right winger scoring in the corner. Conversion from out wide is successful.
Manly 12 nil. 10 minutes gone.
Corey Fenning forced off with a HIA. Toni Mataele is on, making his return from a pre-season injury.
It’s all Manly at the moment. They put in a kick and regather, scoring under the posts.
Manly 18 nil – 16 minutes till half time.
Manly’s centre breaks the Eels defence through the middle. They go back to their right and the winger scores again.
Manly 24 nil. 11 minutes till half time
The tide has finally been stemmed. In his comeback game Mataele scores off a cross field bomb.
Manly lead 24-6. 3 minutes till half time.
The Eels finally have some momentum and score back to back tries. This time Turoa Williams gets over in the left corner. Ethan Sanders unsuccessful with the conversion.
Manly lead 24 to 10. Half time
Repeat possession for the Eels brings a reward as David Tui gets over from dummy half, ten metres in from the right touch line. Unfortunately the conversion is again unsuccessful, with Parra chasing the score in fours not sixes.
Manly lead 24 to 14. 27 minutes to go.
The Eels run a wide short side play on the last tackle, and Williams scores again in the corner. The conversion is again missed. It’s four tries apiece but the Eels still trail by six.
Manly 24 lead Eels 18. 18 minutes remaining
Theres been a nasty spear tackle on a Parra player – looks like Mataele. The Manly winger has been put in the bin. Might have been lucky to avoid a full send off.
An opportunity is lost as Sanders puts Lachlan Blackburn into the clear but he can’t link with a support.
Manly look to be home now as they kick a field goal to go 7 up.
Manly 25 lead Parra 18. Two minutes to go.
Full time Manly 25 defeat Eels 18.
Our thanks again to Parrathruandthru for the updates from Ringrose Park.