The Parramatta Eels have put the Brisbane Broncos to slaughter in the final match of the first week of the NRL Finals, scoring 58 points in a record-breaking finals victory.
The 58 to nothing beatdown for the Eels is the biggest victory in the history of first-grade finals in Australian rugby league, as the Eels started the game on fire and never looked back against a Brisbane side who simply had no answers, and eventually shut down in the second half.
The Eels opened the scoring in the 11th minute through Michael Jennings, and right away, the signs for the Broncos were sinister. They were in the contest during the opening minutes, but then struggled to get their hands on the footy, forgot how to defend, and when they did get a rare opportunity to attack, failed to do anything of substance.
In truth, Brisbane were lucky Mitchell Moses forgot to bring his kicking boots, and while they were still in the game at halftime, the 24-0 scoreline had them hanging on by their fingertips, with Moses’ four missed goals just about the only positive they could take into the sheds.
The Broncos came out to fight in the second half, playing well for the first couple of minutes, but more errors, followed by more poor defence and sloppy discipline, put them further onto the back foot.
Maika Sivo crossed for his second try to get the second half going in the 48th minute, and when Daniel Alvaro scored just four minutes later, the game was over.
Brisbane managed to hold Parramatta at bay until the final ten minutes and keep the score below 40, but that was where it all went pear-shaped, as Tepai Moeroa, Mitchell Moses, Dylan Brown and Daniel Alvaro all scored tries in the final ten minutes to blow the game right out and make the scoreboard look like what the contest felt like.
By the time it was all said and done, Parramatta had 62 per cent of the ball with just eight errors, while the Broncos missed 41 tackles in the one-sided finals contest.
The Eels now move on to play minor premiers the Melbourne Storm in next week’s semi-final, with the winner of that match staying alive for a preliminary final in Sydney agaist the Sydney Roosters.
Parramatta Eels 58
Brisbane Broncos 0
More to come.