Round 5 – Match 8 Results: Parramatta Eels 14 v Canberra Raiders 24

The struggling Eels have sunk to number 13 on the NRL ladder after suffering their fourth loss this season on Monday night when they were beaten by 10 points by the Raiders at Parramatta Stadium.

One of a number of Round 5 upsets, the Eels lost many fans when they failed to come back from their embarrassing 11 – nil defeat by the Sharks last round.

Parramatta’s performance this season has been a far cry from last season, when they played in the Grand Final and the club is now officially in trouble.

The visiting Raiders, who won their first game away from home, were first to score when Shaun Fensom got over the line 11 minutes in charging through four Eels to do so.

Five-eighth Terry Campese, who had a brilliant four from four strike rate on Monday and was a crucial player in Canberra’s victory, converted their opening try and gave them an early 6 – nil lead.

The Eels looked like they were going to put up a solid fight when Luke Burt scored himself a first-half double putting tries down in the 22nd and 32nd minutes. He converted one from two and bought the Eels up to 10 points.

But in between Burt’s double, Canberra’s Daniel Vidot got one in scoring an energetic try during the 27th minute and the conversion meant that they still led by two points despite Burt’s best efforts.

Joel Thompson then sealed the Raiders’ dominance scoring the fourth try for the team four minutes before half-time after sprinting 50m to leave the Eels’ top player Jarryd Hayne behind, and the kick gave them a 18 – 10 advantage after 40 minutes.

In the second half, Parramatta were first to score as Ben Smith went over seven minutes in. Burt missed the crucial kick however, and so they only decreased their deficit by four points.

Leading 18 – 14 the Raiders scored their final try a mere three minutes on the back of Smith’s, when Josh McCrone scored in the 50th minute giving them a 24 – 14 lead.

With no teams able to score in the final 30 minutes, the end of match score read as it did in the 50th minute.