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globalrugbyleague - Tue, 24 Jul 2007 23:40:00 GMT
The eels survived a spirited comeback from the Brisbane Broncos, holding out for a thrilling 20-16 win at Suncorp Stadium.

Monday night’s effort proved Darren Lockyer’s absence will be a big void to fill, although Shaun Berrigan’s late two-try effort almost made Lockyer’s injury seem a statistic rather than a casualty, however it was too little to late.

Test stars Karmichael Hunt, Justin Hodges and Brent Tate were also missing from the starting line-up, leaving Brisbane with very few options in attack.

However, Brisbane’s pain was Parramatta’s gain, and the Sydney based side wasn’t in any mood to show sympathy.

It all started very early in the contest, with winger Timana Tahu grabbing a try just 12 minutes in after receiving a super pass from half back Tim Smith for an early 6-0 lead.

Fourteen minutes later and it was Parramatta’s inspirational forward Nathan Hindmarsh who was in on the act, barging his way over for his 7th four-pointer of the season.

Young Kiwi International Krisnan Inu’s fantastic 10-point haul was the grease that eased the Eels to a commanding 14-0 halftime lead.

The mid game pep talk from coach Wayne Bennett however did the world of good for his side with the home side taking only three minutes to put points up on the scoreboard.

Prop Forward David Taylor set up winger Darius Boyd for a try, bringing the Broncos back into the contest down 14 points to 6.

While the comeback looked on, Parramatta’s Tim Smith had different ideas and began to steer his side back in the right direction.

Capping off a fine performance, the diminutive halfback had a hand in the Eels’ third try as well, throwing a fantastic pass for Ian Hindmarsh to go in for a four-pointer and give the blue and gold’s a commanding 20-6 lead an hour into the contest.

All seemed lost for the Broncos until test hooker Shaun Berrigan sparked a late comeback to give Brisbane a small glimmer of hope of an unlikely comeback.

The first of his tries came in the 69th minute, with the hooker darting out of dummy half and evading the challenges of three defenders to score, cutting the deficit to just eight points.

The game continued to get even more exciting in a hurry when Berrigan scored a spectacular try three minutes from the end, grounding the ball with his body flying over the sideline.

Both sides are still firmly entrenched into the top eight, with the Eels looking to continue there winning ways against the Manly Sea Eagles next week.
The Broncos will need to bounce back against a very hungry Cronulla Sharks outfit. - Read More, Here