We’ll wrap up the blog for the night. That has to be one of the most entertaining matches we’ve seen all season. Parramatta fans, you’re back on top of the ladder – at least until Penrith play the Titans. Enjoy it.
Probably the best news of the night came through at the break with Michael Chee Kam walking to the ambulance after a nasty concussion in which he appeared to suffer a medical episode. It came after Ryan Matterson and Adam Doueihi were also ruled out of the match with head knocks.
But how about those Eels forwards? Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Junior Paulo could lay claim to being the most formidable starting prop tandem in the league.
Mitchell Moses takes off his boots – or ice skates – after the final siren and can afford a laugh.
“I had the screw ins on and it was that slippery out there,” Moses tells Nine.
We’re done. The Eels are back atop the NRL ladder – albeit temporarily – after a wild 26-16 win over an injury-plagued Tigers.
Quite a night at Bankwest Stadium and I don’t think any team lost too many admirers tonight.
And the Tigers go straight down the other end and score.
Benji Marshall, Luke Brooks and Moses Mbye combine to give Tommy Talau a chance – and he ducks back to the inside and slams the ball down. It’s only a consolation try, but says a whole heap about Michael Maguire’s side given everything against them in the second half.
Mbye’s kick is wide. It’s 26-16 inside the last minute.
Poor old Blake Ferguson, the drought lives on.
The winger spectacularly dives into the corner and thinks he has his first for the year, but it’s called back after Andrew Davey knocks on in the lead-up. The replay of his put down? It was good. It was great. How did he do that?
Doesn’t matter though, it won’t count.
Inside the last five minutes now and this bloke should be smiling, even if he hasn’t been able to keep his feet all night…
Just on the subject of Harry Grant, the Dally M leader and on-loan Tigers No.9.
Phil Gould is asked about what Cameron Smith should do at the Storm in regards to playing on or not next year and whether the Storm have a succession plan with Grant.
“I think he should go,” Gus claims. “He’s had a good run.”
We’ve been told then.
Reagan Campbell-Gillard update: he’s finally left the field after playing 67 minutes straight. He’s charged for 234 metres and made 32 tackles according to Champion Data. Show me a more improved player this year and I’ll grow his moustache…
What is going on with Mitchell Moses’ footing tonight?
The Tigers give away a penalty when the short kick-off doesn’t go the 10 metres, but Moses’ penalty kick for touch doesn’t go anywhere near the sideline after he slips. He’s done that multiple times tonight. Truly bizarre.
I don’t think it’s going to matter though with the Eels firmly in control.
Game. Set. Match. Surely that’s the play that will settle this one?
Clint Gutherson was asked a couple of weeks what he thinks when he passes the ball to Maika Sivo. “Try assist,” he deadpanned. Guess what? They’ve done it again.
The Parramatta captain spots an overlap and finds Sivo for his 11th try of the year – and perhaps his easiest. His hand almost grazes the chalk as he put the ball down there. That was a little close for comfort when it didn’t need to be, but all is well ends well.
Mitchell Moses misses from the sideline. It’s 26-12 with 15 minutes left.