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Live: St George Illawarra Dragons v Parramatta Eels


Phil Mitchell


Full-time: Dragons 14-12. The Dragons get back on track having lost their past three, while the Eels' losing streak now stands at six. You have to feel for Nathan Hindmarsh, who played his heart out tonight only to suffer yet another defeat. It's been a pleasure, footy fans. See you next time.

78 min: Soward's kick hits the upright and misses.

76 min: The Eels' heads drop as the Dragons hit the front for the first time in the match when Kyle Stanley scores after they run the ball on the last tackle. Dragons 14-12.

75 min: Ryan Morgan knocks on 20m out from his own line to put the Eels back under the pump.

70 min: Outstanding defence from the Eels' outside backs forces another error from the Dragons.

69 min: Big chance coming up for the Dragons as the Eels knock on in their own half.

63 min: The veteran Nathan Hindmarsh makes try-saving tackle #1033 for his career, with Matt Cooper looking certain to score. Is that the spark the Eels need to get home?

61 min: Inside the last 20 minutes now ... this one could go either way.

53 min: Poor old Morris finds the touch line with another pass. Certainly not a natural passer of the football but can motor.

48 min: Soward's conversion brings the Eels' lead back to only two. Eels 12-10.

46 min: The Dragons are right back in it as Morris backs up a break from Jason Nightingale and scores. Eels 12-8.

41 min: Ben Hornby gets the second half under way.

Here's Sun-Herald reporter (and closet Eels tragic) Adrian Proszenko's take on the first 40 minutes

"Maybe, just maybe, the Eels will get to sing the team song tonight. If they remember the words. Still plenty of time to bomb this one, but some promising signs for Parramatta. Jarryd Hayne has brought the urgency he showed in Origin back to club level and Chris Sandow has had a foot and then hand in the visitors' two tries. Whichever team keeps its composure down the stretch will jag this one."

HALF-TIME: Eels 12-4. It's the first time they've led away from home this season. Could this be the night the Eels break their five-match losing streak?

39 min: Fuifui Moimoi rattles Trent Merrin's ribcage with a big hit and forces a knock on.

34 min: Eels dodge a bullet of their own when a wayward Brett Morris pass, intended for his unmarked, try-line bound winger, flies into touch.

31 min: Dragons breathe easier after repelling two successive sets on their line.

26 min: Burt turns four into six. Eels 12-4.

24 min: Eels extend their lead with a try to second-rower Matt Ryan, the former Balmain bloodnut, after a neat short pass from Sandow. Eels 10-4.

21 min: Soward is off target with the kick.

19 min: Dragons hit back with a try to Kyle Stanley in the right corner after Daniel Vidot bats back a bomb from Jamie Soward. Eels 6-4.

17 min: Wonderful defence once more by the Eels, but they undo their good work a short time later by knocking on.

13 min: Again the Eels hold out the Dragons, who knock on near the line. Will the prayers of Parra Jesus be answered tonight?

10 min: Burt takes a bomb under enormous pressure in the Eels' in-goal. This could be the Eels' night.

3 min: Luke Burt converts. Eels 6-0. Terrific start for the visitors.

2 min: TRY ... to Parramatta! No it's not a misprint. Ben Hornby spills a Sandow bomb and Casey McGuire gladly accepts it and scores in the Eels' first set of six. Eels 4-0.

1 min: Chris Sandow kicks off for Parramatta.

Good evening all, enough of the jokes about my vertically challenged state!

On to more serious business, there are changes to both teams tonight. For Parramatta, Reni Maitua is out (family reasons), so Joseph Paulo moves from the bench to lock. Justin Horo replaces Taniela Lasalo on the bench. For the Dragons, Jack De Belin will start the match instead of Dean Young, who is on the bench. Jake Marketo replaces Leeson Ah Mau on the bench

DRAGONS: Brett Morris, Daniel Vidot, Kyle Stanley, Matt Cooper, Jason Nightingale, Jamie Soward, Ben Hornby, Dan Hunt, Mitch Rein, Jeremy Latimore, Beau Scott, Ben Creagh, Jack De Belin. Interchange: Cameron King, Trent Merrin, Dean Young, Jake Marketo

EELS: Jarryd Hayne, Luke Burt, Ryan Morgan, Cheyse Blair, Ken Sio, Casey McGuire, Chris Sandow, Tim Mannah, Matthew Keating, Justin Poore, Nathan Hindmarsh (c), Matt Ryan, Joseph Paulo. Interchange: Fuifui Moimoi, Mitchell Allgood, Justin Horo, Taulima Tautai

'Sonny' Phil Mitchell is on deck for a re-match of the 1977 Grand Final. And if you ask him nicely, he may confirm that he is slighty taller than the singer of the national anthem before Origin I.

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