NYC: Eels sink Sharks at the death
Sunday 15 April 2012 2:08 PM
A Jacob Gagan try inside the final two minutes has lifted the Pirtek Parramatta Eels NYC side to a spectacular 22-20 win over the Cronulla Sharks at Toyota Stadium.
In a high quality match that saw both teams trade blows throughout the match, the Sharks looked to have captured the win when they took a 20-16 lead with 5 minutes remaining.
However, the courageous Eels stole the match when Gagan finished off a magical passage of play as the Eels kept the ball alive with some tricky passing to score under the posts.
Both sides entered the contest eagerly looking to cement their positions in the top 8.
The Sharks jumped out to an early 10-0 lead before Eels captain Jason Wehbe set up Jason Seage to cut the lead to 10-6 with 15 minutes left in the first half.
Interchange forward Takai Moeakiola leveled the scores at 10 a piece before the half with an almighty fend to power his way over the try line.
Both sides started the second half strongly in the high quality affair. The Eels were first to score in the second half when Wehbe broke through some tiring Sharks defence and convert his own try for the Eels to lead 16-10.
Some careless errors gave the Sharks multiple opportunities to score but the Eels’ resilient defence continued to repel the Sharks’ attack.
Too many errors from the Eels appeared to have finally caught up with them as Sharks halfback Penani Manumalealii strolled through to level the scores at 16 all.
The Sharks would take the lead on the ensuing set as they kept the ball alive to hit the ball up the middle. The Sharks took a 20-16 lead with 5 minutes remaining when they pounced on a grubber on fifth tackle to set up the grandstand finish.
Along with Wehbe, Seage was highly involved and was solid in defence at the back for the Eels.
Click 'PLAY' to view the Eels Digital post match interviews with Jacob Gagan and Jason Wehbe.