NRL Round 26 – Match 3 Results: Parramatta Eels 12 v 26 New Zealand Warriors

Saturday night the Warriors set themselves up for a stunning assault on the finals with a big 26 – 12 victory over the Eels, raining on the swansong send off for departing Parra players including skipper Nathan Cayless.

After the strong performance, New Zealand rose up to finish fifth on the ladder and are now an $11 chance to win the 2010 NRL Premiership through

Any punters that read our Footy Tip for the Warriors to win by 13 – 18 points would have got a great win from on Friday night!

The Eels had already said goodbye to September footy, and their official end-of-season position following three losses in their last three games is 12th.

Saturday’s match was the final NRL game for Nathan Cayless, while Krisnan Inu and Feleti Mateo have played their last 80 minutes for the blue and golds as both are heading to the club they lost to, the Warriors, next season.

New Zealand began their comprehensive five-tries-to-two victory 16 minutes into the match when Jerome Ropati scored the opening try off a deft kick from Brett Seymour, so they lead by four after the first quarter.

The Eels answered back in the 29th minute when Timana Tahu got over and Luke Burt successfully booted the ball over to push the home side in front 6 – 4.

Just three minutes later the visitors regained the lead when Brent Tate scored their second of the night, but without the kick they were just in front by two heading into halftime.

Back from the break the Warriors came into their own and having found plenty of drive ran in three more unanswered tries to win the match.

First Jesse Royal scored in the 56th minute right under the uprights, followed by winger Kevin Locke (65th) and then Manu Vatuvei iced the cake in the 68th minute.

After missing the first two, James Maloney finished strongly converting three from three in the second half so New Zealand’s advantage ballooned out to 20 points.

Five minutes from time the longest serving skipper in NRL history, Cayless managed one final try of his career after getting the benefit of the doubt from the video refs, with another departing player Inu given the honour of the last conversion, which he successfully kicked but they still lost by 14 points.

In our Match Preview of the game we tipped the Warriors to win by 13 – 18 points at $7.50 through and were spot on giving any punters that followed our footy tip a nice win!

The Warriors face the Titans in a supercharged semi at Skilled Park this Friday night, but don’t bet on either team to win at the TAB. Lock in better NRL odds for this match and all the finals games this year at Australia’s trusted online bookmaker!