Eels and Dragons play out entertaining 14-all draw

The Parramatta Eels have given the competition leaders the fight of their life, as they pushed the St George Illawarra Dragons all the way, and very nearly took the game away from them.

With the game going into golden point, there was 7 field goal attempts, all were missed however, but the promising signs for the Eels are there, as they plan to rebuild their season.

At one stage, it looked like the Dragons might just have sealed the game, as Jamie Soward slotted home a field goal, only for the referee to blow a penalty, after a Dragons player played the ball sideways.

Perhaps the moment of the game, no doubt it would have created euphoria had it gone in, Eels fullback Jarryd Hayne attempted a 57-yard field goal that was close to going over.

The draw between the two sides was the first in the NRL, since the Panthers v Warriors clash 2 years ago.

For the Eels, they can take solace in the fact that they were the better side on the day, and they pushed the Dragons to their limit, limiting their often clinical attack.

For Bennett, he has some criticisms of the extra-time system, after his representative players played 3 games in 11 days, putting a strain on their bodies.

“I’m reading about all the supposed changes we should be making and I’m sitting there watching them go another ten minutes tonight and I’m thinking ‘are we kidding ourselves or what?’,” Bennett said.

For Bennett, a draw suits him fine, and he was pleased with a point.

“I’m happy with the draw, I’ve always been happy with the draw.”

Eels coach Stephen Kearney could not have been more pleased with his sides efforts, as they kept the Dragons out with some sturdy defence, and never stopped pushing the Dragons to their limit.

“I was very, very pleased with the lads with their effort and I was a bit disappointed they probably did deserve a bit more for their effort,” he said.

“The last three weeks have been a positive for us, we’ve taken some steps in the right direction.”

For Dragons five-eighth Jamie Soward, he said that the club felt no special reason to play the game, and go out to win for Wayne Bennett, following the death of his mother.

“That’s just the person he is, he puts the team up there with his No.1 priorities after family,” he said.

“That’s a personal issue, we all know what we think of him and how.”

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