Eels upset Rabbitohs 36-16 to snap dropping NRL run, Dragons snatch 24-22 victory over Roosters
Parramatta has pulled off a surprising upset, snapping South Sydney’s six-match profitable streak with a 36-16 overcome the Rabbitohs in Indigenous Spherical.
Earlier on Friday night time, St George Illawarra – enjoying solely three days after head coach Anthony Griffin was sacked – scored a transformed attempt inside the ultimate 20 seconds to defeat the Sydney Roosters 24-22.
Desperately needing a win to breathe life again into their NRL season, Dylan Brown and Mitch Moses starred for the Eels as they claimed their greatest triumph of the yr.
The outcome means Penrith will enter the State of Origin interval on high of the ladder for the third straight season, claiming first spot off the Rabbitohs.
Virtually every little thing appeared arrange for the Rabbitohs of their first residence match on the redeveloped Sydney Soccer Stadium.
The Rabbitohs had not been overwhelmed in Indigenous Spherical since 2015, whereas they’ve additionally had the wooden over the Eels in recent times, profitable all six matches since 2020.
And simply after halftime, the Eels had been decreased to a two-player bench, with Andrew Davey concussed early and Ryan Matterson struggling a calf damage.
However finally, the Eels wanted it extra to climb from 14th spot on the ladder to inside 4 factors of the highest eight.
They led the match for all however 5 minutes within the second half and had been capable of claw again the momentum of Cody Walker, Latrell Mitchell and Alex Johnston.
The Eels dominated the center, with Wiremu Greig totalling 200 metres and Junior Paulo 198 metres to put the platform for his or her halves.
Brown specifically was spectacular.
He laid on a attempt within the first time period when he went to the road from inside his personal half and offloaded for Matterson earlier than Bailey Simonsson crossed.
He was once more influential in Simonsson’s second attempt after halftime, placing in a shallow cross-field kick for Clint Gutherson to bat again and assist Paulo put the centre over.
Moses additionally had large moments on return from concussion.
He despatched Sean Russell within the for opening attempt of the match and later drew within the numbers to place Will Penisni and Bryce Cartwright over on the suitable edge as properly.
The 2 halves additionally mixed within the second half when Brown charged onto a Moses grubber kick to get the ball down inside centimetres of the dead-ball line.
The Rabbitohs’ halves, as compared, couldn’t get it completed in the important thing moments.
Walker was electrical as he and Mitchell mixed for each Johnston’s first-half tries, earlier than additionally sending Campbell Graham by for a attempt after the break.
However Lachlan Ilias put two kicks out on the complete within the second half beneath immense stress from the Eels’ forwards.
The Eels scored from every of the following two units, permitting them to take the lead after which later prolong their benefit in the course of the second half.
Dragons pip Roosters
A final-gasp stroke of genius from fullback Tyrell Sloan helped St George Illawarra usher within the post-Anthony Griffin period on the membership with an upset win over the Sydney Roosters.
The victory got here in Ryan Carr’s debut as interim Dragons coach, snapping a six-match dropping streak that price Griffin his job on Tuesday and eases the off-field stress that has been constructing on the Dragons.
The Dragons gave up a 14-0 lead within the second half as soon as James Tedesco and Luke Keary started to fireside and the house facet threatened to fall in a detailed encounter, simply as they did within the first 5 losses of their 2023 stoop.
However with numbers on the left facet of the sphere within the ultimate 20 seconds, Sloan put in a cross-field kick that despatched Mathew Feagai over to stage the scores.
It was a conversion from the maligned Zac Lomax, enjoying his first match again from a two-week spell in reserve grade, that stopped the rot for the Dragons and sealed a well-known win at Kogarah.
The Roosters lifted their recreation in a tightly fought second half however have now misplaced their previous three matches by a mixed complete of 92-32 and have failed to attain first-half factors throughout that point.
It has been an alarming fall from grace for the pre-season premiership fancies, who’re set for extra disruption with Tedesco and Lindsay Collins’s impending State of Origin picks.
The Roosters may also possible lose Brandon Smith to a thumb damage and Victor Radley to suspension after he was positioned on report for head-butting Dragons prop Blake Lawrie throughout a fracas within the first half.
Tedesco was the very best in a overwhelmed crew, placing paid to current hypothesis as to his State of Origin credentials by hoisting the Roosters again into the combat after an error-prone and wasteful first half.
The fullback leapt excessive to catch a wayward Smith cross and flop over for a attempt within the fiftieth minute.
Three minutes later he took Nathan Brown’s brief cross and tore by the center, finally offloading to a flying Keary.
The Dragons’ personal talisman Ben Hunt put his facet on high once more with a brief ball out of dummy half that despatched Jaydn Su’A over however Tedesco returned serve to his rival captain.
Moses Suli leapt to area Keary’s kick inside his personal 10 metres however discovered himself pick-pocketed by Tedesco, who crashed over.
The Roosters seemed to be closing in on victory, however that was till the Dragons caught the defence misplaced as Sloan sealed victory.