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Eels beat Raiders 18-12

By Sharon Mathieson 01/07/2006 09:40:53 PM Comments (0)

Parramatta has made it two consecutive wins for the first time this NRL season with a convincing 18-12 victory over Canberra at a frosty Canberra Stadium.

It was just the fifth win this season for the battling Eels, who had the bye last week after a victory over South Sydney in round 15, and was a costly loss for Canberra, which slipped out of the top eight.

The final scoreline was flattering to the Raiders, who felt the absence of skipper Clinton Schifcofske on Origin duties, and failed to capitalise on opportunities.

Parramatta appeared to have the game close to wrapped up near the halftime break thanks to try scoring double from teenage winger Jarryd Hayne.

But Canberra halfback Todd Carney snuck over the Eels' line with 17 seconds remaining on the clock before the break to keep the game alive, with just four points separating the teams.

Eels lock Glenn Morrison made it three tries to Parramatta when he crossed Canberra's line in the 42nd minute and centre Brett Delaney's goal gave the visitors a 16-6 lead.

The Raiders responded in the 49th minute when stand-in fullback Marshall Chalk scored off a Jason Smith pass, with Carney's conversion making it 16-12 to Parramatta.

The Eels were unlucky not to be awarded another try in the 58th minute when referee Russell Smith ruled fullback Wade McKinnon had received a forward pass.

Delaney kicked a penalty goal in the 63rd minute after the Raiders kicked the ball out on the full at the restart to finalise the score at 18-12.

Parramatta teenager Jarryd Hayne can claim much of the credit for the Eels' win, scoring two early tries to give the visitors a healthy lead until Carney's surprise touch down.

Hayne, 18, took advantage of Canberra's sloppy defence in the opening few minutes of the match to score a pair of tries within eight minutes.

The winger had no trouble slipping past his Raiders opponents for his first try in the fifth minute after Canberra centre Adrian Purtell opted for a failed intercept pass off a Tim Smith ball rather than tackle Hayne.

Eels centre Brett Delaney converted the try to make it 6-0 to Parramatta.

Hayne scored his second try in the eighth minute when he collected a cut out pass from five-eighth John Morris and sidestepped the Raiders defenders to score.

Morris missed his chance to score a try of his own in the 23rd minute when he lost the ball over the line.

Eels lock Glenn Morrison was lucky to avoid being placed on report for a high shot on Canberra centre David Howell in the 38th minute.

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