Eels lost in second half sea

SATURDAY’S loss to the Rabbitohs marked Parramatta Eels Coach Brad Arthur’s fifth finals defeat in six appearances, the third time in four years they have crashed out of contention in week two of the finals.

The Eels led by Captain Clint Gutherson, who crossed over for two tries and produced a try assist as part of a stunning first-half blitz, were fast starters before South Sydney turned the game on its head, winning 38 to 24.
With South Sydney storming back to a 20-18 lead after halftime, Moses lined up a penalty goal from point blank range with 19 minutes to go.
Instead of levelling proceedings, Moses’ shot cruelly struck the upright, ricocheting straight to Jaxson Paulo for a dazzling, 60-metre run downfield.
By the set’s end, Gutherson, until this point a moral for man-of-the-match honours, was fumbling a Cook grubber straight to Bailey Sironen.
Springing to life as the game opened up, Cook did the same to Parramatta’s marker defence with a simple ball for Liam Knight to go over and strengthen their lead.
Showing the finals nous still lacking from the Eels, Souths went for the throat and found fortune in the errors from Moses and Gutherson.
Long-range tries to Jaxson Paulo and Cook made sure of the result, a late salvo from Jennings just not enough to save Parramatta from more pain.
Post-match, Coach Arthur could not hide his disappointment.
“I thought we were going to win and then we lost it,” he said.
“[Allowing them to score] five tries in the second half was really disappointing … since we started so well.
“I thought the effort was there but we got some dumb moments wrong.
“All the boys are very disappointed as we should be.”

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