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Moimoi double helps Eels sink Dragons

Parramatta 26 Dragons 22

Best in show: Fuifui Moimoi takes the ball into contact.

Best in show: Fuifui Moimoi takes the ball into contact. Photo: Getty Images

Well, it was never going to be conventional, was it?

When people talk of a Fuifui Moimoi double, it is usually after someone is hit by him. But against fellow strugglers St George Illawarra, Moimoi scored a double – to triple his try tally for the season.

Semi Radradra shows a clean pair of heels.

Semi Radradra shows a clean pair of heels.

Time
80.00
Team
PAR
Score
26
Team
STG
Score
22
Parramatta versus St George Illawarra
View Match Statistics
Players Moimoi(2), Radradra(2), Sio Tries 5 Tries 4 Players Rein, Frizell, Vidot, Stockwell
Players Roberts 1/1 (100%), Paulo 2/4 (50%) Conversions 3 Conversions 3 Players Stanley 3/4 (75%)
Players Penalty goals 0 Penalty goals 0 Players
Players Field goals 0 Field goals 0 Players

There will be few highlights for the Eels out of this season, but they have at least added one.

Any win is a good win for a team who could count their victories on one hand.

So where does that leave the defeated Dragons? Coach Steve Price will face some scrutiny. Since he extended his contract with the club until the end of next season – with an option for 2015 – at half-time during the Anzac Day clash with Sydney Roosters, the Dragons have won just three matches.

Mitch Rein of the Dragons dives over to score a try. Click for more photos

Parramatta Eels v St George Illawarra Dragons

Parramatta Eels v St George Illawarra Dragons at Parramatta Stadium. Follow us at twitter.com/photosSMH Photo: Getty

A loss to the wooden spooners, who had lost 12 of their past 13 games, will not help his cause. The way they lost will not help, either.

The Dragons have now lost nine of their past 10 matches, including the last six, and face the Warriors in the final round on Saturday.

Defeat on Monday night came after they had shot out to an early 12-0 lead. The Dragons' first try was an ominous one, a relatively simple burrow over from dummy half by hooker Mitch Rein.

Lock Jack de Belin was held up six minutes later, but the Eels' resilience on that occasion mattered little. Second-rower Tyson Frizell scored soon after, busting through a poor attempted tackle by halfback Luke Kelly.

Moimoi started the fightback, leaping to take a kick from Kelly. Winger Semi Radradra scored from hooker Matt Keating's smart ball, and then, with three minutes left in the half, Moimoi scored in more conventional fashion for him – if that is possible for a player who had previously scored one try this season – barging over with brute strength.

The Dragons started the second half as they did the first. They hit the Eels hard and early, scoring through winger Daniel Vidot, even though the final pass from centre Chase Stanley appeared forward.

But the Eels were the strongest on the night.

The pick of the night's highlights would not have been out of place among any this season. After 53 minutes, the much-maligned Eels five-eighth, Ben Roberts, received the ball on the short side, put on some cute footwork and sent a superb flick to Radradra, who stepped inside fullback Jason Nightingale midway through a 50-metre dash to score.

Then, on the hour, the Eels kicked away again; Kelly made up for his early defensive miss to hand Ken Sio – switched to fullback in the absence of the injured Jarryd Hayne – a try.

By that stage the Dragons trailed by 10 points, and appeared out of the contest. They hardly looked like scoring.

However, with six minutes remaining, they sprang to life. Prop Jack Stockwell barged over, and the Eels, who were willing the game to be over, all of a sudden were nervous and tightening up. They held on, winning the match with the same scoreline they had beaten Wests Tigers in round 22 – and the Eels were again the best of the worst on the night.

PARRAMATTA 26 (F Moimoi 2 S Radradra 2 K Sio tries J Paulo 2 B Roberts goals) bt ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA 22 (T Frizell M Rein J Stockwell D Vidot tries C Stanley 3 goals) at Parramatta Stadium. Referee: Gavin Morris, Brett Suttor. Crowd: 8,910.

33 comments so far

  • Embarrassing! If that's not enough for price to go I don't know what is! Nightingales face said it all. And where has drink water been all yr?

    Commenter
    Red dragons
    Date and time
    September 02, 2013, 9:39PM
    • Nightingale is not without fault. Hey may be one of the elite wingers of the competition, but his positional play at fullback is ordinary to say the very least. Since Dugan got injured, most opposition kicks have found grass. Nightingale ambles too much at fullback.

      Commenter
      Charge Forward
      Location
      Square Leg
      Date and time
      September 03, 2013, 3:05PM
  • St George are a laughing stock,skill level of under 8 's ..poor captaincy,poor coaching..surely they can't retain Price ..he's a joke ....

    Commenter
    Laserman
    Date and time
    September 02, 2013, 9:40PM
    • So Wests Tigers played twice this weekend, did they? It seems they must have done so to give the Dragons a rest.

      Commenter
      Magpie
      Location
      The Hills
      Date and time
      September 02, 2013, 10:17PM
      • Well I see you have corrected the team names at the top of the report.
        But seriously, why is all the talk about Mick Potter's future at the Tigers and so much less about Steve Price's? At least Mick has the perfectly valid excuses regarding the shocking injury list this year and that he can only work with the player roster he inherited. 2014 will be critical when assessing Potter's performance and I think he should be given the chance.
        Price, on the other hand, has had several years of coaching and recruiting for the Dragons and the results have been worse every year. 2010 1st under Bennet, 2011 5th, 2012 9th and in 2013 they'll finish 14 or 15th.
        Ricky Stuart can't afford another year like 2013 either. Is he really such a great coach? His first year at the Roosters was a premiership with at great team, then it has all been downhill from there. Two GF losses and a then failure at Cronulla, NSW and Parramatta. I don't understand why Canberra would be interested in him with his record. For many games, the Eels look as though they have given up in the second half, particularly against the Titans and the Storm, so I wonder what is the attitude like in the team. The only teams they can beat are the two above them. By comparison though, the Dragons and Eels are making the Tigers look relatively good. Roll on 2014 fro a;; three and I'm going for the Bunnies for the remainder of this year.

        Commenter
        Magpie
        Location
        The Hills
        Date and time
        September 03, 2013, 9:20AM
    • A tough win and after 36 years following this team... a welcome one. All i need now is for us to beat the Knights next weekend and we'll be talking up the possibility of a premiership in 2014!! Loved the leap from Fui to score one of his tries.

      Commenter
      rjb301
      Location
      Tempe
      Date and time
      September 02, 2013, 11:09PM
      • The Eels just go over a struggling Dragons...yep Ricky has them on the way to a premiership ...in about 2040.

        Commenter
        Seano
        Date and time
        September 03, 2013, 12:50PM
    • Oust Doust! Slice Price! As a Saints tragic, I am disgusted. I am binning all of my Saints jerseys - and club membership - outside the leagues club unless Price and Doust are given their marching orders this week. This is the lowest moment in the history of the Dragons. Oust Doust! Slice Price! Sack the board!

      Commenter
      Red V Tragic
      Date and time
      September 02, 2013, 11:55PM
      • Aahh victory is sweet. I still haven't forgiven the drag-ons for the '77 Grand Final.
        St George? Wouldn't back 'em up a driveway.

        Commenter
        crazy eddie
        Date and time
        September 03, 2013, 1:26AM
        • Pretty cocky for a supporter of a team that's had 2 spoons in a row and almost got 3 in a row and labelled as one of the worst teams of all time. Away from home next week it'll be an another embarrassing flogging this time by the Knights.

          Commenter
          daffy
          Date and time
          September 03, 2013, 9:28AM

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