Sun May 31, 2009 Sharks sink Eels 2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 12 The Pirtek Parramatta Eels have lost to the Cronulla Sharks in round 12 of the Telstra Premiership, going down 13 points to 10 at Parramatta Stadium. 9:13
The Pirtek Parramatta Eels have lost to the Cronulla Sharks in round 12 of the Telstra Premiership, going down 13 points to 10 at Parramatta Stadium.
A second half try, field goal and finally a penalty goal 90 seconds from time got the Sharks home after the Eels had led 10-6 at half time.
For the second time in as many weeks the Eels introduced two new players into the First Grade ranks, Daniel Mortimer becoming Eel number 710 after he was elevated to the starting side prior to kick off. Then, in the seventh minute of the second half, Taniela Lasalo took number 711 when he came on as a replacement for the injured Nathan Hindmarsh, who suffered a corked bicep.
It took 17 minutes for first points to come and they went the way of the Eels, Mortimer sending it left to Joel Reddy who crashed over to make it 4-nil the way of the home side.
The Sharks however showed plenty of bite in attack and after multiple sets at the Eels line they broke through, Luke Covell beating Etu Uaisele to a Scott Porter cross field kick to score wide out. He then converted to put the Sharks into the lead at six points to four.
The Eels hit back nine minutes out from half time, Luke Burt charging onto a Jeff Robson grubber to score ten metres to the right of the posts. He then added the extras to send the Eels into half time leading by 10 points to 6.
The opening 20 minutes of the second half were played almost entirely in the Sharks half however the Eels were seemingly unable to convert that field position into points as the match descended into a slugfest.
Instead it was the Sharks who'd be next to score, an Eels mistake deep in their own territory giving the Sharks possession, from which they flung it wide to Mitch Brown who scored less than a metre in from touch.
Covell missed the conversion, leaving the match locked up at 10-apiece heading into the final ten minutes.
The Sharks took the lead with their second shot at field goal, Trent Barrett guiding a shot low over the cross bar to make it 11-10 with a little over four minutes remaining.
Covell then added a penalty goal with 75 seconds left on the clock to close out the match.
TELSTRA PREMIERSHIP Sharks 13 (Luke Covell, Mitch Brown tries; Luke Covell 2 goals from 3 attempts; Trent Barrett field goal) defeated the Pirtek Parramatta Eels 10 (Joel Reddy, Luke Burt tries; Luke Burt 1 goal from 2 attempts) At Parramatta Stadium. Crowd: 7014.
Preview: Eels v Sharks - NRL Round 12 Sat May 30, 2009 It is hard to imagine that Cronulla's stocks could get any lower.
Crisis meetings off the field, continuing controversy on it and this week they lose their number one player, Paul Gallen to State of Origin selection.
Gallen may be a villain in the eyes of many but there is no denying his importance to the Sharks' outfit. His energy and competitive drive has kept the team alive in many matches that otherwise would have ended in annihilating defeat.
The Eels have not escaped scot free with their number one player Jarryd Hayne also called up to Origin selection. He has scored more than one third of Parramatta's tries for the season, many of them through individual effort and there is little doubt that he will be as big a loss as Gallen for the Sharks.
Parramatta have been knocked about by injury and destabilised with off-field events but their plight pales in comparison with the Sharks.
Rookie Scott Porter becomes Cronulla's fourth halfback and Nathan Stapleton their fifth halfback of the season.
Look to an Eels try as First Scoring Play ($2) and a Parramatta win by 13+ points ($3).
Best chances for First Tryscorer include Eric Grothe ($11), Taulima Tautai ($13) and Joel Reddy ($17) for Parramatta or Blake Ferguson ($13) or Reece Williams ($15) for Cronulla.
Saturday May 30, 2009 Parramatta Eels vs Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta, Sydney (NSW)
Parramatta Eels 1 Luke Burt, 2 Eric Grothe, 3 Taulima Tautai, 4 Ben Smith, 5 Etu Uaisele, 6 Joel Reddy, 7 Jeff Robson, 8 Nathan Cayless [c], 9 Matthew Keating, 10 Fuifui Moimoi, 11 Nathan Hindmarsh, 12 Joe Galuvao, 13 Todd Lowrie. Subs: 14 Daniel Mortimer, 15 Josh Cordoba, 16 Tim Mannah, 17 Brendan Oake, 20 Jeremy Latimore (one to be omitted).
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 1 Nathan Stapleton, 2 Blake Ferguson, 3 Matthew Wright, 4 Reece Williams, 5 Luke Covell, 6 Trent Barrett [c], 7 Scott Porter, 8 Kade Snowden, 9 Tony Caine, 10 Johnny Mannah, 11 Luke Douglas, 12 Atelea Vea, 13 Anthony Tupou. Subs: 14 Jacob Selmes, 15 Grant Millington, 16 Mitch Brown, 17 Terence Seu Seu.
Date: Sat May 30 2009, 7:30PM AEST GMT+10 [Sat May 30 2009, 9:30AM GMT] Referee: Ben Cummins, Alan Shortall
Predictions: Matthew O'Neill: Eels by 8 Dennis Righetti: Eels by 12 Paul Booth: Eels by 8
Biggest wins: Parramatta Eels: 70 pts: 2003 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 24 - [View] Sat Aug 23: Eels 74 d. Sharks 4 [Crowd: 7050] Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks: 30 pts: 1995 Australian Rugby League - Round 20 - [View] Sun Aug 13: Eels 18 l. Sharks 48 [Crowd: 9016]
Biggest Crowd: 1979 J J Giltinan Shield and WD HO Wills Cup - Preliminary Semi-Finals - [View] Sat Sep 1: Eels 24 d. Sharks 4 [Crowd: 28335]
Last 50 games against each other form line (most recent matches at end of line): Parramatta Eels: WWLLLLWWLWLWWWLWWLWLWLLLLWLWWWLWLLWWWLLWWLWLWLWWLL Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks: LLWWWWLLWLWLLLWLLWLWLWWWWLWLLLWLWWLLLWWLLWLWLWLLWW
Last 10 games: 2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 15 - [View] Sun: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 16 d. Parramatta Eels 14 [Crowd: 17547] 2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 22 - [View] Sat: Parramatta Eels 24 l. Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 25 2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 23 - [View] Sat: Sharks 14 l. Eels 34 [Crowd: 12830] 2005 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 12 - [View] Sat: Sharks 26 l. Eels 34 [Crowd: 17562] 2005 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 3 - [View] Sat: Eels 10 l. Sharks 18 [Crowd: 12103] 2004 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 23 - [View] Sat Aug 14: Sharks 22 l. Eels 44 [Crowd: 14867] 2004 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 7 - [View] Sat Apr 24: Eels 14 l. Sharks 18 [Crowd: 11045] 2003 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 24 - [View] Sat Aug 23: Eels 74 d. Sharks 4 [Crowd: 7050] 2002 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 18 - [View] Sun Jul 14: Eels 24 l. Sharks 25 [Crowd: 13085] 2002 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 9 - [View] Sun May 12: Sharks 6 l. Eels 36 [Crowd: 8197]
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