Round 3 Review: Eels v Sharks

Parramatta and Cronulla were the main event of Saturday night football, with the Eels trying to come back after their 54-0 drubbing against Manly last week. Cronulla, also looking for their first win, are trying to make sure they get their season going after a 4 point loss to the Dragons. The Eels brought in Will Smith, with Peni Terepo and Suaia Matagi off the bench. Cronulla called up Trent Hodkinson, with Matt Moylan out with injury.

It was a hard hitting first few minutes, with both teams absorbing the big hits. A penalty goal kicked off the scoring, with Chad Townsend sinking his attempt from the right side of the field after 12 minutes.

It did not take long for Cronulla to add on the misery, with Paul Gallen putting Jayson Bukuya through a lovely gap. Bukuya went inside to Townsend who scored and converted his own try to make it 8-0 after 16 minutes.

Parramatta didn't take long to hit back, with some enterprising play by the Eels sending Kirisome Auvu'a over in the left corner on 18 minutes. Mitchell Moses couldn't sink it, with the Sharks up 8-4 after 20.

Cronulla would take advantage of Parramatta's ill-discipline, sinking a few more penalty goals throughout the back end of the half to take a 12-4 leads. Jarryd Hayne and Kane Evans were both taken off the field, with Hayne suffering a hip flexor injury and Kane Evans not being seen after the 22nd minute.

It was quite the snoozefest in the second half, with Parramatta not getting on the board despite a few goes upstairs. As for Cronulla, they can be known as the "Chad Townsend" team, with the halfback scoring every one of their 14 points. The only points in the second half was a penalty goal in the 73rd minute.

Parramatta remain rooted to the bottom of the ladder at 0-3 now, while Cronulla pick up their first win of the season. The Eels go on to face an in-form Wests Tigers while Cronulla are at home to the Storm.



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