Parramatta Eels vs Penrith Panthers: NRL live scores, blog

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    Parramatta Vs. Penrith

    2013 NRL Premiership Season, 14 July, 2013

    Parramatta Stadium, NSW
    Penrith 17 defeated Parramatta 10
    Parramatta Penrith
    10 FINAL SCORE 17
    2 TRIES 3
    1/2 CONVERSION KICKS 2/3
    0/0 PENALTY GOALS 0/0
    0/0 FIELD GOAL 1/1
     
    Top scorers:
    • Parramatta - Luke Kelly 4pts (1T 0G)
    • Penrith - David Simmons 8pts (2T 0G)
    Important moments:
    • Penrith took the lead at the 7 min. mark 1st half
    • Luke Walsh (Penr) scored at the 77 min. mark 2nd half
     
    Referee: Maxwell, J
    Touch judges: Holland, P & Walsh, J

    After a shellacking on Monday night the Parramatta Eels will look to win back some credibility as they host neighbours the Penrith Panthers at Parramatta Stadium. Join us for live scores and commentary from 5.30pm AEST.

    Whilst the last couple of years have not held a lot to celebrate for Eels fans, Monday night’s loss to Manly was one of their lowest points as a Sea Eagles team who barely seemed to get out of second gear were able to put 50 points on Ricky Stuart’s charges.

    To make things worse Parramatta prop forward Mitchell Allgood was also involved in an ugly striking incident close to full time, which has earned him a couple of weeks suspension and has many questioning whether the pressure has started to get to Parra.

    Their opponents Penrith on the other hand have continued to defy expectations, and after a big win over the Gold Coast last weekend thanks to a scintillating second half of football, the Panthers are sitting on the cusp of the top eight and daring to dream.

    The mountain men will look to continue their streak tonight, but would be well aware that the Eels will be treating this match as their grand final.

    Prediction

    With no players involved in the Origin series the Panthers have the luxury of being an extremely settled unit, with the only change for this week being New Zealand international Lewis Brown returning to take Clint Newton’s spot in the starting side.

    For Parramatta though there has been a glut of changes, the most well publicised being the demotion of out of form halfback Chris Sandow to NSW Cup, replaced by Ben Roberts.

    In some good news for the blue and golds however Willie Tonga is back from injury and will take his place in the team, and his experience will be pivotal to halting a Panthers backline that ran riot last weekend.

    Whilst coach Stuart has described his team as a work in progress and believes there is light at the end of the tunnel for Parramatta, it’s hard to see them getting the two points this evening.

    With Walsh and John pulling the strings and some pace out wide, the Panthers should be too good for the Eels and pull away after a close opening.

    Still, I guess you never know in a local derby.

    Panthers by 12.

    Chris Chard is a sports humour writer commenting on the often absurd nature of professional sport. A rugby league fan boy with a good blend of youth and experience taking things one week at a time, Chris has written for The Roar since 2011. Tweet him @Vic_Arious

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    • Columnist

      7:21pm
      Chris Chard said | 7:21pm | ! Report

      Poor old Parra eh, another loss but a much improved effort this week for their home fans. As for Penrith, well, onward and upwards!

      That’s it from me footy fans, catch you next time on THE ROAR!

    • Columnist

      7:17pm
      Chris Chard said | 7:17pm | ! Report

      80m

      Full time!

      A good effort from the Eels but Penrith have run out winners by seven in a close game!

      For the Panthers Luke Walsh was again the man, whilst Moylan and Simmons also played great games

      For the Eels Luke Kelly looked sharp, whilst Tim Mannah gave a lion hearted performance.

    • Columnist

      7:15pm
      Chris Chard said | 7:15pm | ! Report

      79m

      Eels spread the ball but it’s dropped by Radrandra…

      Eels 10
      Penrith 17

    • Columnist

      7:13pm
      Chris Chard said | 7:13pm | ! Report

      78m

      Eels will get the ball back after a short kick off is fumbled by the Panthers

      Eels 10
      Penrith 17

    • Columnist

      7:13pm
      Chris Chard said | 7:13pm | ! Report

      77m

      Field Goal!

      Luke Walsh pops the one pointer and that should be the ball game!

      Eels 10
      Penrith 17

    • Columnist

      7:11pm
      Chris Chard said | 7:11pm | ! Report

      76m

      A Luke Kelly chip n chase, grubbers again…but it’s a PENALTY to Penrith as Kelly is ruled to have held back a Panthers player. Controversy!

      Eels 10

      Panthers 16

    • Columnist

      7:10pm
      Chris Chard said | 7:10pm | ! Report

      76m

      But a good set sees Parra having to do the same..

      Eels 10
      Penrith 16

    • Columnist

      7:09pm
      Chris Chard said | 7:09pm | ! Report

      75m

      A big Eels kick and Penrith will have to work it out from their own goal line

      Eels 10
      Penrith 16

    • Columnist

      7:09pm
      Chris Chard said | 7:09pm | ! Report

      74m

      Walsh looks to kick a field goal on the last, runs out of space and is forced to pass before a Brown grubber is taken by the Eels on their own 1m line. Whew!

      Eels 10
      Penrith 16

    • Columnist

      7:07pm
      Chris Chard said | 7:07pm | ! Report

      72m

      Eels chance their arm with a cross field kick in their own half..and the ball bounces out. Could be game over here

      Eels 10
      Penrith 16

    • Columnist

      7:06pm
      Chris Chard said | 7:06pm | ! Report

      71m

      But now the Eels have the ball after Mullaney recovers an Eels grubber

      Eels 10
      Penrith 16

    • Columnist

      7:05pm
      Chris Chard said | 7:05pm | ! Report

      71m

      Simmons is over and..held up!

      That was close!

      Penrith looking dangerous here

      Eels 10

      Penrith 16

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