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NRL 2020 LIVE updates: Eels beat Panthers in match of the season so far

That’s all for tonight’s live blog. If that didn’t finish get the heart rate up, nothing will.

Thanks for following along. See you all this time next week.

The players gathered post match to pay their respects to the anti-racism protests happening around the world.

Hard to argue there has been a better game this season after that finish.

A tough, gritty win for the Eels. They looked down and out with 20 to play and – largely thanks to Waqa Blake – found a way.

Penrith fans won’t be too disheartened, either. Yes, they blew a 10-0 lead with 20 to play but the Eels are the real deal.

Sport doesn’t get any better than that.

Two top teams at the peak of their powers, throwing all they have at one another.

Parramatta repelled repeated Penrith attacks in the last five minutes to hang on in a deadset thriller.

We will be seeing these two teams make a deep run into the finals if the quality of that contest is anything to go by.

Parramatta are in front. There’s four words I didn’t think I’d be typing 10 minutes ago.

Two moments of Waqa Blake brilliance have been followed by a Ryan Matterson try.

This time, the boot of Mitchell Moses set the Eels’ prized recruit with a perfectly weighted grubber in behind Penrith’s line.

Moses converts the try to give the Eels a 16-10 lead.

They’ve scored 16 points in six minutes! Remarkable stuff from Brad Arthur’s men.

Waqa Blake, take a bow.

He has stepped Stephen Crichton, palmed James Tamou and split the Penrith line before finding Clint Gutherson in support.

Mitchell Moses slots the conversion and we have a grandstand finish coming up.

After looking bereft of answers just five minutes ago, it’s now 10-all with 15 to play.

That’s why they paid Waqa Blake the big bucks.

The former Penrith star powerfully palmed Stephen Crichton and charged over for a desperately needed Parramatta try.

Mitchell Moses hooked the kick, however, leaving the score poised at 10-4 with 17 minutes to play at Bankwest Stadium.

This is as close as the Eels have come to scoring all night.

There’s 20 to play and Penrith still lead 10-0.

We’re 53 minutes into this contest and the Eels still don’t look like scoring.

Penrith’s forwards have been superb through the middle third.

We’re back underway at Bankwest Stadium.

Parramatta need points in the second half.

Parramatta need points in the second half.Credit:Getty Images

Stay tuned for what should be a superb second half.

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