Tuesday 22 August 2017 / 05:39 AM

RD 5: Eels v Sharks; Cowboys v Panthers

Eels 13 Sharks 6

Tries:

Eels: Ryan Morgan (13’, 33’)

Sharks: Michael Gordon (21’)

Parramatta Stadium

 

The Johnny Mannah Cup was tight battle with only three tries scored on the night.

 

Parramatta drew first blood as Ryan Morgan got on the outside of Ben Pomeroy in the 13th minute, 20 meters out and made the Sharks pay.

 

Cronulla were keeping themselves in the game, and when a bomb rebounded off the cross bar and into the hands of Michael Gordon in the 19th minute the Shark went up 6-4.

 

The Eels continued to attack and manage to create some of their own luck as a fortunate bounce created an overlap and Morgan was in for a double.

 

Half Time: Eels 10 Sharks 6.

 

The second half remained close with both sides blowing chances.

 

The Eels extended their lead to 6 after Paul Gallen committed a penalty 10 meters out, right in front of the posts.

 

Luke Kelly sealed the win in the 75th minute with a field goal.

 

Cowboys 30 Panthers 0

Tries:

Cowboys: Kalifa Fai Fai Loa (3’), Kane Linnett (6’, 41’), Antonio Winterstein (11”), Robert Lui (17’)

Panthers: –

1300SMILES Stadium

 

With both sides coming off three straight losses, yet it was the Cowboys who finally hit some form as they destroyed the Panthers.

 

North Queensland were quick off the blocks as they stormed on two tries in the opening 10 minutes.

 

The first was via Kalifa Fai Fai Loa when he soared to the air to take a bomb, and the second through some simple hands that opened up the defense and Kane Linnett found the line.

 

The Panthers continued to look out of shape as another bomb was fumbled and Antonio Winterstein was there to clean it up and score the cowboys third try (11’).

 

Robert Lui got on the scoreboard in his first game this season as the Cowboys tore the Panthers left side apart. However Lui’s joy was short lived when he dislocated his kneecap in the 32nd minute.

 

Half Time: Cowboys 24 Panthers 0.

 

Thurston was in attacked mode and in the 41st minute a dummy left him with just the fullback to beat. JT had options inside but decided to go to the outside and Kane Linnett was there to grab his second try on the night.

 

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