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Eels scrape to victory on Easter Monday

  • Eels scrape to victory on Easter Monday

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 17: Mitch Moses of the Tigers looks dejected after defeat in the round seven NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium on April 17, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

  • Eels scrape to victory on Easter Monday

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 17: Eels players celebrate victory in the round seven NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium on April 17, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

  • Eels scrape to victory on Easter Monday

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 17: Eels fans celebrate a try during the round seven NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium on April 17, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

It could well be Mitchell Moses' last outing for the Tigers before he possibly makes the mid-season shift to Parramatta. 

However the Eels junior put all the speculation behind him for 80 minutes of football and almost led his current side to an upset victory. 

But it wasn't to be, the Eels recovering from a 12-point deficit to pull off a gutsy comeback as the club celebrated its 70-year anniversary.

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Brad Takairangi, thrust into the no.6 role last week enjoyed a starring role against the man that may be taking his spot, having a hand of two of his side's most crucial four-pointers.

Parramatta got off to a blistering start, Gutherson found Radradra who raced down the left wing before finding support in Michael Jennings on just their fourth tackle of the game. 

Moses burst into a hole himself off a Tedesco short ball to run 20 metres and score under the posts, silencing Eels fans who could be cheering him on in the coming weeks.

Gutherson was stamping his authority on the fullback jersey, setting up another try-scoring play on the other side of the field for Kirisome Auva'a, who was given too much space, to score his first try in the blue and gold. 

The home side conceded two soft tries to the Tigers on either side of halftime through Sauaso Sue and Matt McIlwrick. After Sue's try gained the lead, Kevin Naiqama somehow managed to plant the ball inside the field of play off a Jack Littlejohn chip to extend the scoreline to 16-10 before half-time. 

With just over 20 minutes remaining, Parramatta kickstarted into gear. Michael Jennings ran across field and stepped off his left foot a number of times, finding Brad Takairangi who stepped clear of two defenders and toed the ball into the in-goal area for Auva'a to touch down for his second. 

Just five minutes later and Auva'a was released down the right side again and sent his winger Josh Hoffman over to score. 

Michael Jennings ran 80 metres after pouncing on a loose ball and the Eels set up camp in the Tigers' 20. A quick transition of play followed and Semi Radradra was sent over by Manu Ma'u to take the lead. 

The Tigers were unable to break the Eels' resolve and Parramatta were able to notch up their first win since Round 2 while the Tigers were unfortunate not to establish a winning run after their shock triumph over the Cowboys.

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