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Eels edge the Cowboys in close contest

The Eels held off a fast-finishing Cowboys side in a 24-16 victory at CommBank Stadium on Friday.

With both sides missing key players, the Eels hung on for victory after the Cowboys clawed their way back from a 12-point deficit in the final 15 minutes to set up a grandstand finish.

Eels halves Dylan Brown and Mitchell Moses were influential once again, with Brown making an outrageous try-saving tackle in the first half and Moses scoring a match-sealing try in the dying stages.

Wiremu Greig, Maika Sivo and Sean Russell also crossed the line, before Moses quashed North Queensland's late comeback with his individual try.

The result saw Luca Moretti, Joe Ofahengaue and J'maine Hopgood celebrate milestone occasions with a win in front of a vocal Parramatta crowd.

The Eels had their backs against the wall early, as Ofahengaue's Eels debut was cut short by a calf injury in the 10th minute and the Cowboys opened the scoring through Scott Drinkwater to take an early 6-0 lead.

Having lost his front row partner, Wiremu Greig stood tall to respond for Parramatta.

The young prop stormed onto a clever short pass by Dylan Brown to charge over next to the posts for his first NRL try, and Moses converted to draw the Eels level.

Having lost his front rower partner, Wiremu Greig stool tall to open Parramatta’s account. The young prop stormed onto a clever short pass by Dylan Brown to charge over next to the posts, and Mitchell Moses converted to draw the Eels level.

Wiremu Greig scores his first!

The match quietened down for a period, before Dylan Brown set the Parramatta crowd alight with an outrageous try-saving tackle.

Chad Townsend had a clear path to the try line following a Peta Hiku linebreak, before Brown emerged from the shadows and chopped him down in a phenomenal play.

Brown makes a miraculous try-saver!

Brown’s heroics ensured the Eels went to the sheds level at 6-6.

Sean Russell was denied two tries in quick succession early in the second half, before Maika Sivo put the Eels ahead for the first time in the 55th minute.

Sivo puts Parra ahead

The winger applied the finishing touch to a perfectly-executed backline movement, and Moses added the extras to make it 12-6.

Soon after, the Eels had a 12-point lead when another perfect exchange of passes sent Sean Russell over for a well-deserved try.

Slick play as Sean Russell scores

Parramatta were coasting towards victory, before the Cowboys dug their heels in and set up a thrilling conclusion when Kyle Feldt scored a quickfire double, closing the margin to just two points with five minutes remaining.

J'maine Hopgood and Brendan Hands made crucial plays in the closing stages, latching onto loose balls to hand possession to Parramatta as the clock wound down.

After a successful captain's challenge earned the Eels a scrum, Mitchell Moses sealed the deal by taking on North Queensland's defence and muscling his way to the turf.

Mitchell Moses seals the deal

The halfback wrapped up the night with a perfect conversion rate for the second successive week, securing an eight-point win for the Eels.

Parramatta will enjoy a bye next week before returning to action with an away match against the Bulldogs in Round 15.

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