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globalrugbyleague - Sat, 31 Mar 2007 02:14:00 GMT
The Eels ended their winless start to the season last night after withstanding the Wests Tigers 22-20 in Golden Point extra-time.

On a night marred by 1 player from each side being sent to the sin bin (Dene Halatau – Tigers and PJ Marsh – Eels), the home team finally gave fans a reason to smile.

But not without giving the sea of blue and gold a few heart palpitations along the way.

Leading 14-12 at the break, both sides exhibited some consummate ball work to great effect in the second half.

Tim Smith – who was given some advice by Andrew Johns in the Daily Telegraph – made a name for himself after setting up a try to Feletio Mateo in the 58th minute.

Then down 20-12, the Tigers responded 6 minutes later when Benji Marshall scored his first try of the season.

Down by 2, the Tigers clawed their way back into the contest via extra-time when Marshall successfully slotted a penalty goal in the 79th minute.

Marshall and Robbie Farah then missed their field goal attempts for the Tigers while Burt also failed to get the white pill over the crossbar for the Eels.

However the Eels fullback struck back when it mattered most to secure Michael Hagan his first win as Eels coach with a successful penalty goal 8 minutes into extra-time.

Parra now have their first win of the season while the Tigers remain winless anchored to the bottom of the table.

The Eels host Canberra next week whilst Wests travel to Dairy Farmers to tackle an in-form Cowboys outfit.

In Premier League, the reigning premiers scored their first back-to-back win of 2007 after defeating Western Suburbs 38-22 while in Jersey Flegg the Eels were too good for the Magpies 30-18.

eels 22 (J Reddy, T Smith, F Mateo tries; L Burt 5 goals) def Wests Tigers 20 (K Galloway, B Harrison, B Marshall tries; B Marshall 4 goals) at Parramatta Stadium in golden-point extra-time. Referee: Steve Clark Crowd: 18,142 Penalties: Eels 13-11 Line Breaks: Tigers 6-2 Sin Bin: Eels (PJ Marsh) and Tigers (Dene Halatau) Game Grade: 7 balls out of ten.

In other Friday night NRL action, Penrith scored an upset 1-point win over the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium, defeating the defending premiers 29-28.

A 44-metre extra-time field goal from rookie Panthers five-eighth Peter Wallace proved too much for the Broncos to handle. Golden-Point extra-time came after the visitors fullback, Rhys Wesser scored a try in the 80th minute.

The Broncos only need to lose three more games to surpass their worst start to a season (5 losses in a row in 1999),

panthers 29 (M Gordon 2, W Jennings 2, J Lewis, R Wesser tries; M Gordon 2 goals) def Brisbane Broncos 28 (J Hodges 4 tries; D Lockyer 6 goals) Referee: T Archer Crowd: 24,582. Penalties: Broncos 8-5 Line Breaks: Panthers 4-3 Sin Bin: 0 Game Grade: 6 balls out of ten. - Read More, Here