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It wasn't our best performance of the year, but the young Tricolours scrapped their way to a 24-22 victory over the Eels.

Missing star playmaker Samisoni Langi the young Roosters were out of sorts at times but showed the steely determination that justifies their position on the ladder.

Trailing by four points with just minutes remaining a clever grubber through the line ended up in the hands of fullback Nene Macdonald, who beat the Eels defence to the ball to score underneath the posts.

The conversion was calmly slotted over by Brendan Elliot to hand the Tricolours a narrow victory.

Despite conceding 8 penalties and being forced to make just under 40 more tackles, the visitors managed to hold their nerve, and deliver when it mattered.

It was Brendan Elliot crashing over out wide early on to sneak the visitors in front.

Making sure the visitors knew they were in for a fight, Ualesi then scored two quick tries to put the Eels in front, with a quarter of the game gone.

Cornish then added to his impressive try scoring tally, cleaning up a loose ball before darting in between some lazy defence to put the Tricolours behind by two.

Corey Makelim then showed some fancy football to put the Eels ahead by a converted try.

The records will read Jack Goodsell as scoring a try in the 39th minute, although to be fair it was all Cornish who was first to react to his own chip kick, controlling it with his foot, before toeing it further forward for the winger to dive on.

Captain Rhyse Martin put the Tricolours in front just after the break when he powered over the line but the Eels didn't waste time hitting back, with danger man Ualesi sealing his hat trick.

It was a scrappy affair for the final thirty minutes, with the Eels looking like they were going to hold on until Macdonald dived over for the winner.