An out of form Parramatta Eels side has scored a surprise 19-18 win over the Brisbane Broncos in front of 11,005 fans at Parramatta Stadium.
The game started with early momentum with the Eels and in just the fourth minute of the game Jarryd Hayne was able to muscle his way over the line which was converted from out wide by Chris Sandow.
Just two minutes later Parramatta were able to cross the try line again this time through five-eighth Luke Kelly but this time Chris Sandow was unable to convert.
The Eels were unable to counter the mounting pressure with Jordan Kahu crossing for his first career try and first of his two tries for the night. The Broncos first try was a touch bittersweet with just minutes before Scott Prince limping up the tunnel after reinjuring his hamstring that he had strained in their match last week.
Jordan Kahu getting his double in the nineteenth minute and Corey Parker was unable to convert it wide out. On the half hour mark the broncos Josh McGuire was placed on report for a high tackle.
On the stroke of half time Jarryd Hayne slotted what many people thought was a useless field goal to take the Eels margin out to 3 points.
As was the case in the first half it took Parramatta just 4 minutes to score the opening try of the half this time through Joseph Paulo and was converted by Chris Sandow.
The game erupted three minutes later when Mitch Allgood was penalised for a late hit on Peter Wallace which was the beginning of a fight which saw Mitch Allgood and Josh McGuire sin binned by referee Ashley Klein for throwing punches.
The game turned back into the armwrestle it had been in the second quarter of the match and just short of the hour mark Justin Hodges scored the broncos third of the night, Peter Wallace was the player that was unable to convert this time. Soon after the eels were able to push the margin back to 7 points when Chris Sandow converted a penalty goal to take it to 19-12.
Though the Broncos weren’t done with yet and Ben Hunt managed to score a try four minutes later although initially called a No Try by referee Ashley Klein replays showed that there was no obstruction and the try was awarded, Peter Wallace converted to make it a one point ball game and that’s where it finished for the night.
Neither side has it easy next week with the Eels travelling down to Wollongong to take on the Dragons meanwhile the Broncos head back up to QLD for their match with the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium.