NYC Rd 17 Parramatta 42 Newcastle 28
The NYC Eels have put a 7-game losing streak well and truly behind them with a powerful 42-28 win over the Newcastle Knights at Parramatta Stadium.by NRL
The NYC Eels have put a 7-game losing streak well and truly behind them with a powerful 42-28 win over the Newcastle Knights at Parramatta Stadium.
Boasting their senior playing squad lead by Jason Wehbe, the Eels were devastating in defence on the night, before piling on 18 unanswered points in the first half to set up the win.
Their purple patch began after falling to an early 12-6 deficit, with Webhe swinging the momentum with a 40-20 kick.
Shortly afterwards, the Eels levelled the scores as Frazer Masinamua crashed over the line from a pass from hooker Kaysa Pritchard.
The Eels captured the lead that they would not relinquish when they scored on the following set. Webhe placed Vai Toutai through a gap to race 20 metres and continue the Eels' momentum.
The Eels scored again with Pritchard catching the Knights by surprise as he raced from dummy half to score on fifth tackle. Webhe converted for a 22-12 lead.
The Knights were on the back foot as the Eels added two points from a penalty from in front of the posts.
Another 40-20 from halfback Zach Clay led to another try to extend the Eels' lead. Semi Radradra finished off a swift backline movement from the scrum.
The Eels entered the sheds with a dominant 30-12 score line, and continued their assault when Jon Pepa crossed the line 3 minutes into the second half.
A strong tackle from Webhe forced the loose ball that lead to some exciting football from Radrandra to combine with Toutai. The Eels taking a commanding 42-12 lead with 30 minutes remaining.
Disappointingly, the Eels seemed to take the rest of the night off as the Knights scored the last 16 points to gain a more respectable score line of 42-28.
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