NRL Match Report | Round 18
The Roosters have fallen to the Parramatta Eels at Pirtek Stadium on Friday night in a nail-biting clash.
They were given an early scare from Bevan French, who almost found his way to the line early only to be denied by a fumble.
The first points of the match would be posted just minutes later, when Shaun Kenny-Dowall made a break down the right hand side and got a perfect ball away to Latrell Mitchell.
Michael Gordon did well to strike back for his side not long after, pouncing on a well-weighted grubber kick to level the scores.
It was a scrappy opening stanza for both sides, with execution in need of work as they headed into the break with the scores locked up.
The Roosters were far from ready to give in though, with a big start to the second half resulting in back-to-back tries for the Tricolours.
Boyd Cordner would be first to go over in his return game, after taking advantage of a nice kick from Mitchell Pearce.
Pearce’s boot would not be done with after that effort, with his next kick also setting up Latrell Mitchell for his second of the night.
Parramatta looked certain to strike back, but Joseph Manu would have something to say about it.
After Bevan French was on the receiving end of a loose ball, he sprinted 80 metres only to be cut down by Joseph Manu just ten metres out from the line in a classic try-saving tackle.
The Eels were not ready to lay down yet though, bringing themselves within four points through Manu Ma’u with twenty minutes left on the clock.
They had all the momentum and would snatch the lead just minutes later after a kick from Corey Norman was pounced on by Clint Gutherson to snatch a four-point lead.
Manu came close to scoring at the death, only to have grounded the ball on the touch line.