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The Pirtek Parramatta Eels went down to the Brisbane Broncos 40-18 in the Holden Cup earlier this evening at Parramatta Stadium.

A hat-trick of tries to winger Halauafu Lavaka in just his second NYC game was the clear highlight in an otherwise disappointing performance by the young Eels. It's the side's first defeat at home this season.

The baby Broncos drew first blood when centre Joesph Forrester crashed over out wide before Lavaka levelled up the scores when he crossed in the corner.

Three tries against the run of play, including a 70 metre effort from winger Elijah Alick saw the Broncos go to the halftime break leading by 22-4.

The lads from north of the border went on with it in the second half as they posted a seven tries to four victory. Poor handling and a lack of discipline at crucial stages cost Andrew Webster's side dearly.

Despite the loss Parramatta still remains on the fringe of the top eight in the Holden Cup and have a crucial game against St George Illawarra next Saturday afternoon at WIN Stadium.

Brisbane Broncos 40 (Corey Oates 2, Joesph Forrester, Elijah Alick, Cameron Cullen, Kodi Nikorima, Kurt Capewell tries; Ashley Taylor 6 goals)

Parramatta Eels 18 (Halauafu Lavaka 3, Pauli Pauli tries; Mitchell Brasington goal)