Eels humiliated 42-6 by Cowboys in NRL
The North Queensland Cowboys continued Parramatta’s horror start to the season on Saturday night, handing them a 36-point belting at Dairy Farmers Stadium.
The Eels are winless from three rounds after struggling to deal with the wet and slippery conditions in Townsville to go down 42-6.
Missing Jarryd Hayne and Fuifui Moimoi with knee injuries, Parramatta battled to put on any attacking pressure.
The Cowboys dealt with the conditions better, running in eight tries including three to winger Ash Graham.
Matt Scott started the rout with a try after 15 minutes, before exciting youngster Jason Taumalolo bashed his way past five Eels defenders to score with his first touch of the game.
Taumalolo then charged downfield once more to set up Graham’s second with his next touch.
Fullback Matt Bowen showed just how slippery the conditions were when he slid seven metres after picking up a Johnathan Thurston grubber to cross three minutes before the break and give the home side a 26-point halftime buffer.
Parramatta were the first to respond after the break, with bench forward Pat O’Hanlon accepting a tidy inside ball from halfback Chris Sandow to cross on 56 minutes.
Kane Linnett then bagged his first try of his Cowboys career, crossing in the corner on 71st minutes after some quick hands.
Graham added his third, and the Cowboys’ seventh, of the night when he grabbed a James Segeyaro kick before Gavin Cooper finished the game off with a try in the 80th minute to compound the Eels misery.
Hooker Segeyaro will go before the match review committee after a late shoulder charge on Eels pivot Ben Roberts.© AAP 2013
The Roar is giving you the chance to win 1 of 19 prize packs to Australian Open 2014! Each lucky winner will receive four evening tickets to Rod Laver Arena, plus access to 3 hours in the Heineken VIP Bar. Enter here.
The Roar needs an editor! Tristan is off to tackle a new role with us over on Techly.com.au, which means we're looking for someone to fill his boots. Love sport, know digital publishing (yes, that does mean being a bit of computer guru) and keen to work with the team in Newcastle? If you're a proven superstar, or someone on the rise with a record to back it up, we want to hear from you. Apply now!
We're also looking for freelance writers who know tech, gadgets, games and trends inside and out to join us on this new adventure. Get in touch if you've got the goods.