Eels Jersey Flegg second-half comeback not enough to beat Bulldogs
The Parramatta Eels Jersey Flegg side fell short in their last regular season match, going down to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 30-18 on Sunday 26 August at Ringrose Park.
After 24 Rounds the Blue & Gold qualify for the finals in sixth position, having tallied 11 wins and nine losses.
They get a chance to avenge last week's loss, as their elimination final on Saturday is against the Bulldogs.
Two Eels players made their debut on the weekend, Charbel Tasipale and Samuel Hughes, which added to what is a young team with five players from Parramatta's SG Ball squad.
It was a tough start for the squad, as they entered half-time behind 20-0.
Quickly they got themselves back into the contest in the second period, scoring three consecutive tries in 15 minutes.
Tuimavave Afualo used his strength to muscle past multiple defenders at close proximity to the line and scored Parramatta's first try in the 38th minute.
Once again a pass from dummy half produced a try, this time in the 46th minute for Michael Tupou as he ran into a gap under the posts.
Taufa Afu was the beneficiary of an overlap created by the dummy half. He was set up to charge down the wing and brush off Alex Save for a 50th minute try.
All three tries were converted by Todd Sapienza. He finished as the fifth highest point scorer of the Jersey Flegg Cup, having scored 112 points.
Down by two points with eight minutes to play, the Eels conceded a penalty goal (63rd minute), a try (66th minute) and another penalty goal (69th minute).
Bulldogs centre Isaiah Tass scored a double in the first 12 minutes. Alex Seve and Samuel Radovu claimed a try each for the away side.
This week's elimination final takes place at Panthers Stadium on Saturday 1 September at 11am.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 30 (Tries: Isaiah Tass (2), Alex Seve, Samuel Radovu; Goals: Brandon Wakeham 4/4; Penalty Goals: Brandon Wakeham 2/2, Nikau Williams 1/1)
Parramatta Eels Jersey Flegg 18 (Tries: Tuimavave Afualo, Michael Tupou, Taufa Afu; Goals: Todd Sapienza 3/3)