Match Highlights: Eels v Wests Tigers, Round Six
It took 13 minutes to open the scoring and from there, the Parramatta Eels were never going to lose.
It was Round 6, Easter Monday 2019, the opening game at the Eels’ new home, Bankwest Stadium and they were playing their Western Sydney rivals, the Wests Tigers.
Anticipation was plenty in the lead up to the game, the excitement was huge, but if the Eels felt pressure to perform, they never showed it.
You couldn’t have scripted the game any better for the Blue and Gold.
It was a whitewash.
51 points piled against the Tigers’ six.
Nine tries to one.
The atmosphere was spine tingling as the Eels ran over try after try.
First, the Mitchell Moses screamer; a 70-metre effort from a tap restart.
It had everyone on the edge of their seats and finished with that iconic image of the halfback standing with his arms stretched out before a crowd of 30-thousand.
From there the stats ticked over in almost every set and the Tigers didn’t get a look in.
The Eels christened their new home ground with tremendous excitement and respect, making it one for the ages.
This year, the Eels and Tigers don’t have the opportunity for an Easter Monday re-match, so we reflect on the game that was.
Two very different games for each team; one the Blue and Gold won’t forget and one the Tigers would rather be a distant memory.
Eels: Mitchell Moses 13', Brad Takairangi 17', Michael Jennings 22', Michael Jennings 25', Jaeman Salmon 29', Oregon Kaufusi 47', Reed Mahoney 50', Maika Sivo 60', Shaun Lane 65'
Tigers: Ben Matulino 35'
Eels: 7/9 - Moses
Tigers: 1/1 - Marsters
Eels: 1/1 - Moses
Eels - 75% (33/44)
Tigers - 81% (22/27)
Eels - 2,041 metres
Tigers - 1,207 metres
Eels - 10
Tigers - 1
Eels - 272
Tigers - 373
Eels - 32
Tigers - 27