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Live: Eels v Panthers

That's it from me tonight. Thanks for joining the blog - Brad Walter and Michael Chammas will have all the news from the press conferences and sheds in the Herald and on

Well it will be flavoured milk all round and card tricks from Luke Lewis for the Panthers in the sheds after this one, while the criticism of the Eels and Kearney will only be fiercer.

80 min: Try. Walsh to Jennings to Uaisele and he is in for his hat-trick. And then he busts a move to celebrate. That's been the best entertainment of the second half - he should be signed up for Dancing With The Stars. Walsh bangs it over from the sideline as the fulltime siren goes. Panthers win 39-6.

79 min: Lewis held up over the line. Then Jenning earns a penalty in the play the ball.

78 min: Sandow takes it 85m to the line after a spilled bomb, but it's ruled a no try by the video ref for an accidental offside. Scrum to Panthers 15m out.

75 min: Parramatta get six again after a spilled bomb,then a penalty and ... drop the ball.

72 min: Another mistake from the Eels - ball lost in the tackle. Panthers on attack 30m out from the scrum win. Now McKendry loses the ball in tackle.

67 min: Try. Nice little semi-flick pass from Sandow to Maitua close to the line and the Eels are finally in. Sandow converts from in front. Panthers 33-6. GWS will have to kick one goal, or six behinds to equal the Eels.

Big talking point now is can the Eels score more points than the GWS Giants will against the Swans tomorrow night?

60 min: Try. Burns grubber kick is fumbled by Sio, Burns picks up the scraps and scores. Walsh converts. Panthers 33-0.

59 min: A Parramatta attacking raid ends disappointingly again when a Sandow mini-bomb easily take by Uaisele.

55 min: Reports that Peter Wynn's Score sport store has just reduced the price of Eels jumpers by 90% - don't think he'll be selling many blue and gold jerseys this weekend. 

51 min: Another Walsh grubber is knocked over the dead ball line by Parramatta. Panthers will have another shot.

49 min: Well that sums up the Eels night - Sio drops a kick cold 10m out. Scrum to the Panthers.

46 min: Try. Luke Walsh is playing like Andrew Johns. Super two-man cut-out pass is picked up by Simpkins who passes onto Tighe who scores. Walsh misses conversion. Panthers 27-0.

45 min: Moimoi knocks on a Walsh grubber. Panthers on attack 15m out from scrum win.

43 min: Mitch Achurch, who used to run over the top of Herald league writer Michael Chammas in the junior ranks, is having a good game on his debut. 

41 min: And we're underway in the second half. Eels kick-off. Eels only hope is if the Panthers over-indulged on the sponsor's product at half-time and emptied the bar fridge of the choccy milk.

Here's Brad Walter's take on the first half: "The Eels are playing so badly that Penrith look like the Harlem Globetrotters and Luke Walsh look like Andrew Johns. Parramatta's defence is so appalling that every time the Panthers get the ball, they look like scoring. Surely it can't get any worse in the second half."

Not sure what Kearney can tells his team at half-time to turn this around. The Parramatta defence has been harder to find than Malcolm Naden.

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The Eels leave the field to a chorus of boos from the home crowd and it's hard not to blame them - their lucky the fans aren't throwing things. That was an ordinary half from Eels.

40 min: Bomb from Walsh towards Uaisele is knocked dead by Blair. From the drop-out Burns knocks over a field goal. That's halftime and Panthers lead 23-0.

36 min: Panthers on attack again. Falls down when the ball is knocked from Burns' hands 10m out. Panthers are getting balls away in tackle at will.

31 min: Simmonds takes a screamer from Walsh bomb, ball kept alive but Moimoi takes an intercept saving the Eels. Ball knocked down and toed through by Jennings who follows through and touches down, but bought back for a knock-on.

30 min: That groan you just heard was Stephen Kearney - forward pass on the third tackle 10m out gives Panthers scrum. THen Simmonds make a 70m run downfield from the scrum win.

29 min: Lewis spills the ball 20m out from own line. Eels really need to take advantage of this field position.  

25 min: Try. Walsh makes a break 40m out, brushes off Hindmarsh, onto Coote and he's in. Walsh converts. Panthers 22-0.

21 min:  Try. Blair spills a Walsh grubber, Panthers regain the ball and Burns puts Uaisele  in for his second in the corner. There'll be extra flavoured milk for him in the sheds at half-time. Walsh stays away from posts this time and it's straight over the black dot. Panthers 16-0.

20 min: Eels spill the ball. Panthers will go on the attack 20m out.

17 min: Try. Lovely ball by Luke Walsh and great line running from Jennings after a quick trap results in number 2. Walsh hits the post again with conversion, but this one doesn't go through. Panthers 10-0.

16 min: Panthers go close after some exciting ball movement. Simmons close and probably could have got a ball away. Panthers get penalty for Eels off side.

13 min: Try Nice blind side move by the Panthers and Uaisele is in for a try in the corner, he's pretty happy scoring against his former team. Luke Walsh goes in-off from the sidline. Panthers 6-0.

11 min: Penalty to Panthers. THey'll go on the attack 20m out.

10 min: Eels run the ball again on the 5th, a pushed pass ends the attack. Been some poor attacking options by the Eels in good field position.

9min: Maitua earns a penalty in the play the ball. Eels will be on attack 20m out.

7 min: Eels run the ball on last 10m out, but Panthers defence up to the task and it's a turnover.

6 min: Nice bomb by Walsh, taken on the line by Sio. Eels take a quick 20m tap and catch Eels offside.

4 min: Sandow grubbers on 4th, easily cleaned up in field of play. Pressure off for Panthers. Nathan Smith tackled on last and looks like he's suffered a bad injury to his leg. Medicab out on the field, but Smith being helped off by two trainers.

2 min; Eels make good ground down left side, Sandow chips into in-goal and Panthers caught. Shocking line-drop-out will put Eels in great position.

1 min: And we're off - Panthers kick-off. Eels get first penalty for Panthers being inside 10.

The Panthers have put the strawberry milk jerseys away for tonight's match and will be wearing the vanilla flavoured jumpers.

There's gonna be a showdown - it's all about the West this weekend.

Tonight it's the battle of the west at Penrith where the Panthers take on the Eels, later it's the battle in the west when the Rabbitohs play the Broncos and don't forget the battle for the west between the codes when the Giants make their debut against the Swans tomorrow.

One thing about tonight's game, it's certainly not the battle of the best at this stage of the season. The Eels are 0-3 and the Panthers 1-2 after disappointing starts to the year. Both are are coming off hammerings - the Eels 42-6 to the Cowboys, Panthers 40-24 to the Rabbitohs.

Despite some talk Jarryd Hayne may have made a late comeback into the Eels squad, Parramatta will be 1-17 tonight. For Penrith, Tim Grant will be replaced in the starting line-up by Dayne Weston and Mitch Achurch takes his place on the bench.

Our pre-match entertainment tonight is some country and western punk from The Johnnys with There's Gonna Be a Showdown.


2 comments so far

  • We won the toss. Thats twice now this year . You never.reported that. Please give us some joy in life . Anything

    celtic bandaid
    Date and time
    March 23, 2012, 10:14PM
    • I have a bet going that GWS Giants will win more games than Parramatta this year. I'm feeling confident.

      Michael S
      Toongabbie, NSW
      Date and time
      March 24, 2012, 1:22AM

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