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26 year old Masters of Journalism student with a keen interest in all sports, but particularly Rugby League, Australian Rules, Basketball & Football.

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It’s fantastic. The more our players can be exposed to big games, the better placed they’ll be to win them when it counts later this season.

NRL Round 18 Predictions

Thanks for the great feedback mate, much appreciated! As a Storm fan, I hope they do as well! Taking 6 quality players out of any team is a huge challenge to overcome though, even at home.

NRL Round 18 Predictions

I am as perplexed as any as to some of the NRL’s fixturing this season. Why they would put Melbourne North Queensland on an Origin week is beyond me. It will cost them at least a few thousand fans in Melbourne tomorrow night. It would ordinarily be a high-profile free-to-air fixture. Bizarre.

NRL Round 15 predictions: Eels to slip past Dragons

Thank you for joining me tonight on The Roar’s coverage of Parramatta Eels versus New Zealand Warriors.

It was the Eels who were victorious tonight 32-24.

What did everyone think of the game? I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

Parramatta Eels vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

MATCH REPORT

The Parramatta Eels have recorded a 32-24 victory over the New Zealand Warriors in what was at times a shambolic exhibition of rugby league.

The Eels were down to just one fit man on their interchange bench in the second half as a result of injuries to Kayser Pritchard (head), David Gower (hand) and Josh Hoffman (ankle).

Parramatta started the game on fire with two tries inside the first ten minutes as the Warriors came out onto ANZ Stadium half asleep. In typical New Zealand fashion, they clicked into gear and responded with two tries in quick succession to lock the scores at 12.

As the Warriors looked to be getting on top, a poor kick by Shaun Johnson, if you could call it a kick, only a toenail might have grazed the ball landed in the hands of the Clinton Gutherson who passed to Semi Radradra and he galloped into the open field to score an important try just before half-time to give the Eels an 18-12 lead at the major break.

The second half started with a high intensity which looked to favour the Warriors, but they were not making as many metres as the Eels and Parramatta slowly began to get on top. A run of penalties to the Eels led to a penalty goal and then a Tepai Moeroa try looked to have sealed the game for the Eels as they led 26-12 with just over 20 minutes to play.

The Warriors turned this see-sawing game back in their favour once more thanks to consecutive tries to Ryan Hoffman and Roger Tuivasa Sheck in the 64th and 71st minutes, setting up a grandstand finish with the Eels leading 26-24.

New Zealand made a series of strange choices with ball in hand in the closing stages, including kicking on 4th tackle after making 60m already during one set and Simon Mannering inexplicably dropping the ball inside his own half as the Warriors looked to be on the attack.

Clinton Gutherson put the cherry on top of a gutsy Eels victory with a try on the full-time hooter as the Warriors completely switched off and let the makeshift five-eighth push himself over the line for the match winning try.

Overall this wasn’t a pretty game of rugby league compared to the lofty standards we experienced on Wednesday night for example, but is an accurate reflection of where these sides are at present. The Warriors are inconsistent and the Eels are overachieving given they are without their best player in Corey Norman. A solid win for the Eels all in all.

Parramatta Eels vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

FULL TIME STATISTICS

Parramatta 32 Tries: Auva’a, Hoffman, Radradra, Moeroa, Gutherson. Penalty goals: Gutherson (1/1). Conversions: Gutherson (4/4)

New Zealand 24 Tries: Mannering, Maumalo, Hoffman, Tuivasa-Sheck. Conversions: Johnson (4/4)

Completions
Eels 81% (29/36)
Warriors 76% (26/34)

Runs
Eels 168
Warriors 166

Metres
Eels 1681m
Warriors 1501m

Linebreaks
Eels 5
Warriors 7

Tackles
Eels 302
Warriors 323

Missed tackles
Eels 33
Warriors 34

Errors
Eels 7
Warriors 9

Penalties conceded
Eels 7
Warriors 9

Parramatta Eels vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

FULL TIME

Gutherson converts after the siren.

The Eels win this game 32-24 tonight.

Parramatta Eels vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

79′ TRY PARRAMATTA- Clinton Gutherson

The Eels lulled the Warriors into thinking they were just going to take the last tackle. Gutherson barges over 5m out unmarked. Awfully soft from New Zealand considering the state of play. Dear me.

PAR 30
NZW 24

Parramatta Eels vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

78′ PENALTY PARRAMATTA

The Eels will tap…

PAR 26
NZW 24

Parramatta Eels vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

78′ Mannering throws the ball to nobody at the 30m line. Eels ball.

PAR 26
NZW 24

Parramatta Eels vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

77′ Gutherson runs towards the sideline and then puts in a hard, low kick. The Warriors will feed the scrum 10m out from their line. A smart play by the Eels. Just over 3 minutes remaining for the Warriors to pull off a miraculous victory.

PAR 26
NZW 24

Parramatta Eels vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

76′ Ben Matalino and Daniel Alvaro with an alteraction in the middle of the scrum. Calls for sin bin for a Matalino face-palm. The scrum is being re-packed.

PAR 26
NZW 24

Parramatta Eels vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

76′ A brilliant set from the Warriors is butchered by a lazy forward pass by Solomone Kata on the left..

The Eels are out on their feet and want the full-time hooter desperately at the moment.

PAR 26
NZW 24

Parramatta Eels vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

75′ Moses completes the set and kicks into touch 15m out from the Eels tryline. The Warriors have packed the scrum to stop the clock. We have a big finish coming up.

PAR 26
NZW 24

Parramatta Eels vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

74′ Parramatta are leaking metres and the Warriors kick on 4th tackle through Luke in somewhat of a let off. Bizarre.

PAR 26
NZW 24

Parramatta Eels vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

73′ CONVERSION SUCCESSFUL NEW ZEALAND- Shaun Johnson

A routine conversion for Johnson and he makes no mistake.

PAR 26
NZW 24

Parramatta Eels vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

72′ TRY NEW ZEALAND- Roger Tuivasa Sheck

We have a game! A great run by Isaac Luke mid-set and Tuivasa-Sheck saves what was an awful final tackle play with Shaun Johnson appearing clueless. RTS runs a hard angle just shy of the posts.

PAR 26
NZW 22

Parramatta Eels vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

70′ Parramatta with a set that didn’t ask any questions of the Warriors. They hand the ball over 2m from their try-line.

PAR 26
NZW 18

Parramatta Eels vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

69′ The Warriors will have to defend back to back sets on their own line after a six-again call.

PAR 26
NZW 18

Parramatta Eels vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

68′ PENALTY PARRAMATTA

Radradra is very fortunate to receive a penalty for what was certainly a loose carry

PAR 26
NZW 18

Parramatta Eels vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

66′ CONVERSION SUCCESSFUL NEW ZEALAND- Shaun Johnson

Johnson slots the 2 points. The Eels lead is now only 8.

PAR 26
NZW 18

Parramatta Eels vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

64′ TRY NEW ZEALAND- Ryan Hoffman

A very good run around play. Isaac Luke to Kieran Foran and then Ryan Hoffman finishes off.

There may be life in New Zealand yet…

PAR 26
NZW 16

Parramatta Eels vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

64′ PENALTY NEW ZEALAND

Takairangi offside.

Warriors attack 10m away from their line.

PAR 26
NZW 12

Parramatta Eels vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

63′ Parramatta down to only one man on the bench. Hoffman, Pritchard and Gower all will not return.

PAR 26
NZW 12

Parramatta Eels vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

62′ A terrible Warriors error in their own half.

New Zealand are on the rack at the moment…

Sam Lisone drops the ball from Isaac Luke which almost hit him in the eyebrows.

PAR 26
NZW 12

Parramatta Eels vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog