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Wests Tigers lead Eels 18-0 at halftime

Wests Tigers opened up a comfortable halftime 18-0 lead over an error-strewn Parramatta in the NRL clash at Leichhardt Oval on Friday.
Wests Tigers lead Eels 18-0 at halftime
by AAP

SYDNEY, March 22 AAP - Wests Tigers opened up a comfortable halftime 18-0 lead over an error-strewn Parramatta in the NRL clash at Leichhardt Oval on Friday.

Two tries in the opening 20 minutes from Chris Lawrence laid the foundations for the Tigers' comfortable lead after the Eels twice coughed up the ball deep in their own half.

Mitchell Allgood and Jarryd Hayne were both guilty of losing possession and the hosts took full advantage, twice spreading the ball to the left and Lawrence muscled his way past Chris Sandow to score.

The Eels struggled to get out of their own half as the Tigers laid siege but should have scored from their first genuine attack after a booming 40-20 from Sandow found touch.

However, Allgood dropped the ball as he crossed the line and the chance went begging.

With the newly re-signed Robbie Farah and Benji Marshall dominating, the Eels could not get a foothold on the game and they didn't help their cause by giving away needless penalties.

The visitors were made to pay on the half-hour mark when Blake Ayshford darted over in the right corner to stretch his side's advantage.

The Eels almost reduced the deficit on the stroke of halftime when Hayne made a great break down the left wing.

He released Vai Toutau, who in turn found Jacob Loko, but the young centre, under pressure from Farah, butchered the chance to score just in front of the line.

Marshall kicked three goals for the home side.




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