Eels Put Dragons to the Sword
The Dyldam Parramatta Eels have run away with a 36-0 victory over the St George Illawarra Dragons to cap off a trio of wins in Saturday’s triple-header at Pirtek Stadium.
With a double to winger Ken Sio and fullback Jarryd Hayne, and the first ever try in Blue and Gold colours for five-eighth Corey Norman, the win was a perfect end to the afternoon for a packed house of 18,631 Members and fans.
Fullback Jarryd Hayne was dangerous early on the right in a free-flowing first half, with both sides having their opportunities near the try line.
It took more than 20 minutes for the Eels to break the drought and post first points. Heavily involved in the game right from the kick off, and in prime position on the back of a penalty, Nathan Peats threw the cut out pass for Ken Sio to sneak through on the right edge and score under the posts.
The first 40 minutes weren’t kind to new Dragons recruit Benji Marshall, with his pass to Mike Cooper to cross the line ruled forward, and with just 7 minutes left in the half, Corey Norman scooped up a loose Dragons ball to run 80 metres and score his first try as an Eel.
The whitewash continued after halftime with young prop Junior Paulo busting through the defensive line after just four minutes to offload to Hayne for a try under the posts.
And when the Eels found themselves close to the try line, a pass from Peats through the hands of Norman, Sandow, Ma’u and Hopoate found its way to Ken Sio for his second of the day.
While Joseph Paulo twice had his efforts disallowed by the video referee, Pauli Pauli was unstoppable from a Jarryd Hayne pass to put the game beyond doubt at 30-0.
Hayne finished up the day with a second in the corner as the Eels made it 6 tries for the afternoon.
Dyldam Parramatta Eels - 36 (Sio 2, Hayne 2, Norman, Pauli. Sandow: 6/6)
St George Illawarra Dragons - 0