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globalrugbyleague - Sat, 14 Apr 2007 00:27:00 GMT
It’s not everyday many players in the NRL outshine the likes of Nathan Hindmarsh. But that’s what happened during the Eels 27-14 win over Penrith at CUA Stadium on Friday.

Having witnessed his younger sibling score a double set of tries in round 4, the timing was right for Ian Hindmarsh to leave his mark in the history books.

That opportunity finally arose in the 71st minute when the former Les Catalans second-rower successfully nailed the first field-goal of his career with his left foot.

Not the normal achievement of your typical second-rower, the amazing feat brought out mixed emotions ranging from jaw dropping disbelief to cheeky grins on the faces of all donned in blue and gold.

In fact if Mathew Elliot wasn’t in the serious position of Panthers head coach, perhaps even he could’ve seen the light side of one sport’s most animated moments.

Instead all Elliot could do was sit on the sideline unamused while watching his side continue to make a plethora of unforced errors like a skit out of an episode of Benny Hill.

Hindmarsh then continued to rub salt into the wound of the Panthers fans, fending off three defenders before scoring under the posts in 3 minutes from full-time.

A successful final conversion attempt from Luke Burt – who also grabbed two tries of his own – locked the full-time score in.

The second forty was a vast improvement for the Eels on the opening half which saw the lead change four-times.

Younger brother Nathan also scored his third try of the season off a Tim Smith inside ball

Parramatta face their sternest challenge of the new season when they play arch-rivals Canterbury-Bankstown next weekend at Telstra Stadium.

For the Panthers they’ll have to do a lot of work on their ball discipline during the week before they look to upset the Melbourne Storm at Olympic Park.

Eels 27 (L Burt 2, N Hindmarsh, I Hindmarsh tries; L Burt 4 goals; I Hindmarsh 1 field goal) Panthers 14 (M Gordon, R Wesser tries; M Gordon 3 goals) at Penrith Football Stadium, Friday April 13th, 2007. Game Grade: 6 balls out of ten. - Read More, Here