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Disappointment for Parramatta in nation's capital

The Eels endured a night to forget as they fell to a 41-8 defeat to the Raiders at GIO Stadium on Sunday.

Maika Sivo scored both of Parramatta's tries with shining lights Clint Gutherson and Dylan Brown providing assists, but it was ultimately a disappointing night for the Eels.

Jamal Fogarty opened proceedings with a penalty goal, before Canberra’s left edge combined for Sebastian Kris to score a long-range try. Fogarty’s second conversion handed Canberra an 8-0 lead after 15 minutes.

The Eels looked to have hit back when Maika Sivo touched down off a deft Dylan Brown kick, but the Bunker spotted a knock-on in the lead-up.

The Raiders went great distance again to score their second try, as Xavier Savage embarked on a scintillating, 75-metre sprint to the stripe.

Clint Gutherson did his utmost to repel the Raiders, regaining possession in the red zone with two short drop-outs and a strip over the try line.

The Raiders still had the final say of the first half, as Jamal Fogarty slotted a late field goal to make it 13-0 at the break.

Canberra carried their momentum into the second half, with Matt Timoko scoring in the corner after a James Schiller line break, despite a desperate piece of defence by Dylan Brown.

Trailing 17-0, the Eels were desperate for a breakthrough, and Clint Gutherson delivered.

With Parramatta’s first attacking opportunity of the second half, the fullback picked up a ball out the back by Dylan Brown before sending a pinpoint cut-out pass to Maika Sivo on the left wing.

The Eels’ hopes of a dramatic comeback were quickly extinguished, as Danny Levi, James Schiller and Hudson Young went in for successive tries in the space of eight minutes.

Maika Sivo scored the Eels' second try in the 71st minute from a fantastic Dylan Brown pass, but it did little to turn around a painful night for Parramatta.

Reagan Campbell-Gillard was placed on report twice late on, and Matthew Timoko put the icing on the cake for Canberra in the closing stages.

The Eels will aim to return to winning ways when they host the North Queensland Cowboys at CommBank Stadium on Saturday 13 April.

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