Round 15 concluded on Monday night with the lowest scoring match of the week, when the Knights held on after a gritty game to defeat the Eels by just two points at Energy Australia Stadium.
The Knights are still well down the ladder in 12th spot, but did manage to put an end to their disappointing three match losing streak. And after the loss the Eels are still just outside of the top eight.
It was an intense and frustrating game of footy on Monday night, highlighted by the sin-binning of an overzealous Timana Tahu just eight minutes in. Tahu was playing in his first match for the Eels since he left the Blues days before the second Origin showdown. In the opening exchanges Tahu made consecutive high tackles, was put on report and sent off for 10.
If suspended, Tahu will also miss the third Origin match next month, which would probably please a number of other Blues players including Newcastle skipper Kurt Gidley who didn’t hide the bad blood between him and Tahu throughout Monday’s battle.
The first points were not scored until the 61st minute when the Eels’ Justin Horo finally got a try after Newcastle’s Akuila Uate spilt a high ball, then after missing the conversion Parramatta’s four point lead didn’t look all that secure.
But when it got into the final few minutes of play, Parramatta were gaining confidence that their four points would be enough to win against a still scoreless home side.
Then in the 78th minute Newcastle’s Junior Sau dashed the Eels hopes of a win when he scored the Knights sole four-pointer, and Gidley made it a match winner by converting the try.
This week the Eels face the Broncos at Parramatta Stadium, which should be a cracker of a match, and the Knights travel to Skilled Park to play the Titans. Get the best Rugby League Betting odds for these games and the rest of Round 16 at Ladbrokes.com.au.