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Live: Parramatta Eels v Newcastle Knights

Thanks for sticking with us tonight. Been a bit tricky as we had plenty of technical problems. Thankfully, it wasn't Origin!! We'll be back better, faster and more detailed next time. Don't forget to pick up a Sun-Herald in the morning and read Adrian Proszenko's wrap of all the news and views from tonight's clash. From me, it's been a long day and I'm off home. Best wishes everybody.

And there it is, the siren goes and the Knights hold on after a spirited Eels comeback. It was too little too late though. Sandow showed some glimpses of his best, which is a small redeeming factor for the Eels. An important win for the Knights, who string two together.

Just got to share this tweet from the match stream: "Sitting in car in caravan park near Ballarat listening to static call of drinking a longneck. This is living."

Eels searching for the miracle comeback. But time is against them.

Burt converts. 20-12. Eight minutes to go.

The try came after a couple of mistakes from the Knights. Taia dropped a bomb and the Buderus was penalised for a high tackle.

TRY!! The Eels have got one back. A nice pass from Sandow out to the winger, Sio, who finishes it off.

Crowd just over 12,000.

It's 20-6 now, to the Knights. The Eels looking unlikely to produce a comeback.

Kick is unsuccessful. Good finish though from Uate, who crashed over in the corner.

TRY!! Uate scores for the Knights. Couldn't get a run in Origin III, but he's going all right tonight.

Knights' Kade Snowden is being assisted from the field with an ankle injury.

Hindmarsh being praised for chasing Naiqama all the way and preventing him from putting it under the posts and setting up an easy conversion. There's two points saved by Hindy.

Kick is waved away.

That makes it 16-6 with the kick to come.

TRY!! Naiqama has just run nearly the length of the field, coast to coast. He broke the line, through the ruck and there was no one home to stop him.

Parramatta camped in their own territory. Chasing their tails. Game is still there to be won.

Uate fields a kick well. Knights in possession.

Tyrone Roberts' conversion attempt hits the upright and goes through. 12-6 to Newcastle.

TRY! Early try to Jarrod Mullen for Newcastle. Came after a forward pass from Sandow upfield.

The second half is underway.

So there you go. True lovers of rugby league, such as Proszenko - the greatest Russian to be associated with league since Ian Rubin - see beauty in chaos.

PROSZENKO has delivered!! Here it is:

"The last three matches between the sides have been absolute bludgers. Newcastle has won the lot with a combined score of 28-16. They have not been glowing advertisements for running rugby league. This instalment has been a better spectacle. Timana Tahu and Nathan Hindmarsh have climbed into the DeLorean and rediscovered their best form. Chris Sandow has been taking on the line instead of passing before it. And with new coaching director Chris Anderson watching on, Sandow has threatened by taking on the line rather than passing before it. It's 6-all ... back to you Mr Sygall."


Some of our fave tweets from the #nrlparnew stream:

“Is this game as bad as it sounds?”

"Still 6-6 between Eels and Knights. Not the most exciting game that we have seen"

"This game is putting me to sleep"

"News just in from Laurie Daley - The team that scores the most points in the second half will win this game"

"If the NRL had to show this game on the season highlights DVD to would-be TV rights bidders, it'd consist of "scene missing."

Half time, it's 6-6. As you can probably tell, we're having a few problems here getting proper coverage to work off. But Proszenko, our man on the spot, is churning out a half time wrap which should fill you all in as to what's gone on in the big game.

Burt fields a bomb for Parra. The Eels work it out of their territory now.

Moimoi helps push McManus over the sideline.

Parra on the attack... Little kick into the in-goal - and it's taken easily enough. 20metre re-start for the Knights.

Line drop out now for the Knights. Uate trapped in the in-goal.

Naiqama does well to prevent a 40-20 from Sandow.

TRY! Chris Sandow puts Matt Keating over for a try. Nice lead up work from Sandow. Burts converts 6-6 16th min.

Houston penalised for a high shot on Sandow after Parra earlier received a penalty for an infringement during a scramble for a bomb at the end of the Knights' set of six.

Parramatta on the attack but Newcastle producing good pressure in defence. They've spilled the ball now and the Knights will have possession.

OK, we're playing catch up footy here at the SMH after a few technical problems (bring back the fountain pen, I say!!). So, apologies, but the news is that Newcastle has a 6-0 lead after a converted try to winger James McManus.

Good evening folks! Hope you're doing well wherever in the world you are. Should be an interesting game tonight with two struggling teams coming off wins. We've been given the final ins and outs from our man on the spot, Adrian Proszenko, who will weave his magic on the keyboards after the game and bring you all the news and views in tomorrow's The Sun-Herald.

Reni Maitua replaces Taniela Lasalo for the mighty Eels and Peter Mata'utia has been replaced in the mighty Knights line up by Kevin Naiqama.


Join David Sygall from 7.30pm as the Eels host the Knights.


Parramatta Stadium, Saturday 7.30pm (AEST)
Last meeting:
Round 6 2012 - Knights 14 bt Eels 6 at Hunter Stadium
Head-to-head: Eels 22 Knights 19, Draw 1
Referees: Matt Cecchin/Phil Haines
Live, FoxSports 2
TAB Sportsbet:
Eels $2.10 Knights $1.75
Knights +2.5

Greg Prichard writes: As much as the Eels have produced some rubbish this season, they have won two of their last three, and in their come-from-behind win over the Panthers last weekend they showed their best signs all season. The Knights are also last-start winners, ending a five-match losing streak by coming from 14-0 down to whip the Tigers. The Knights have won the last three clashes between the two, but all in Newcastle.

AAP writes: Both the Eels and Knights will be desperate to nab their second win in as many weeks, with their reputation - and the possibility of the wooden spoon - hanging in the balance. Newcastle showed a bit more promise than Parramatta in their 38-20 last-start win over the Wests Tigers, when they overturned a 14-0 deficit thanks to Timana Tahu’s impressive hat-trick. A win for the Eels would be the first time coach Stephen Kearney has recorded back to back victories since taking over last year.

Key: Will the loss of Jarryd Hayne to Origin hurt the Eels more than Darius Boyd’s absence for the Knights?

EELS: Luke Burt, Ryan Morgan, Cheyse Blair, Willie Tonga, Ken Sio, Luke Kelly, Chris Sandow, Tim Mannah, Matt Keating, Justin Poore, Nathan Hindmarsh, Matthew Ryan, Ben Smith. Interchange: Joseph Paulo, Fuifui Moimoi, Mitchell Allgood, Taniela Lasalo, Reni Maitua

KNIGHTS: Peter Mata'utia, James McManus, Dane Gagai, Timana Tahu, Akuila Uate, Jarrod Mullen, Tyrone Roberts, Kade Snowden, Danny Buderus, Willie Mason, Chris Houston, Joel Edwards, Neville Costigan. Interchange (from): Zane Tetevano, Zeb Taia, Adam Cuthbertson, Alex McKinnon, Kevin Naiqama


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