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Anasta field goal sinks Eels 13-12

David Beniuk 26/08/2011 10:48:07 PM Comments (0)

Parramatta have done it again, blowing a lead to go down 13-12 in golden point extra time to the Sydney Roosters in Friday night's NRL clash at Parramatta Stadium.

A field-goal from Roosters captain Braith Anasta in the second minute of the extra period, after a schoolboy blunder from Fuifui Moimoi on his own 20m line, condemned the Eels to their seventh straight loss.

It was Parramatta's third golden point match of 2011 and eighth defeat by six points or less since round 12, to leave open the real possibility that they could be handed the wooden spoon as soon as Monday.

If Canberra beat Penrith on Saturday night and Gold Coast upset the Wests Tigers on Monday, the spoon will be the Eels' for the first time since 1972.

The Eels led 12-0 until the 67th minute before tries to Jason Ryles and Brad Takairangi tied it up at 12-12 and neither side could land a field goal in regular time.

Chris Hicks and Jarryd Hayne scored tries for Parramatta with Luke Burt booting two from two in front of 12,097 fans.

Anasta added two conversions to his field goal and Ryles' and Takairangi's tries for the Roosters' third straight win.

Parramatta led 6-0 at halftime and might have gone further ahead but for a Hayne long ball to Hicks going into touch, but the star's magic was soon back.

Wearing the No.6 jersey but back in the more familiar fullback position, Hayne finally recaptured some of his best form, beating three defenders and running 40m to the line.

The Roosters got it back to 12-6 when a controversial putdown from Ryles was not referred upstairs.

Burt missed a field goal shot in the 72nd minute and the Roosters locked it up through Takairangi two minutes later.

Anasta had three field goal attempts charged down, one soccered to the other end of the field by Hayne before the 12-12 stalemate after 80 minutes.

"I'm just going to push rewind and I'll push play again," Eels coach Stephen Kearney said.

"I'm not too sure what to say actually.

"The last 13 minutes just got really scrappy so same old, same old.

"I know we've had a tough old season but they're really hurting down there tonight."

Roosters coach Brian Smith said he felt for Kearney, having been in similar situations over his long career.

"You find a hundred dollar note on the footpath, you think your luck's changed and you turn it over and there's nothing on the other side, someone's played a prank," Smith said.

"That's what it feels like. You put all that effort in.

"They're gutsy, they're tough."

Smith said his side had come home the stronger.

"I thought from the moment we scored our (first) try, the writing maybe wasn't on the wall but the graffiti boys were out with their spray cans," he said.

Eels prop Tim Mannah suffered hamstring tightness, while Roosters centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall (groin) and hooker Anthony Mitchell (shoulder) could be in doubt for next weekend's round 26 clash with Melbourne.

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