Round 15: NYC Match Report

The Pirtek Parramatta Eels Holden Cup side has notched up an 18-12 victory over the young Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium.


With the help of fullback Corey Makelim, five-eighth Mitchell Brasington took the reigns early in the first half, spreading the ball to the right to send winger James Tuitahi over in the right corner after just 7 minutes.


Corey Makelim carved through the line to join him on the scoreboard in the 14th minute, and Brasington added the extras to both to give the Eels a 12-0 lead.


Brasington's aim faltered only once, when he was waved away for a penalty goal attempt after a strip by the South Sydney Rabbitohs.


And while the Rabbitohs aimed up at their own tryline over successive sets, it wasn't until the 36th minute that big second-rower Jack Gosiewski was able to fall over the line with the ball in hand to put the first points on the board for South Sydney.


It was compensation for an earlier near miss - a knock on ruining a certain try for Gosiewski.


Thanks to hooker and captain Cameron McInnes nailing his conversion, and a penalty goal, the Rabbitohs headed back to the sheds trailing just 12-8 at halftime.


The second forty minutes looked to be settling into a grind, with the scores stuck at 12-8 despite some daring attacking raids from Eels halfback Sam Gorman and damaging hit ups from young gun Pauli Pauli.


Late addition to the bench Michael Ki made an impact in his first appearance for 2013, making metres up the middle through the Rabbitohs defence, but it took an athletic run from center John Folau to break the second-half drought as he flew over in the right corner with just 8 minutes left on the clock.


Meanwhile a try in the last sixty seconds to Rabbitoh Jordan Heyer wasn't enough to get South Sydney back into the match, with the Eels running off 18-12 victors in just their first back-to-back win of the year.


Parramatta Eels: 18 (Tuitahi, Makelim, Folau. Goals: Brasington 3/4)

South Sydney Rabbitohs: 12 (Gosiewski, Heyer. Goals: McInnes (2/3)