Very rarely in the NRL, if ever, do you see a team score 30 points in the space of 15 minutes. It is just one of those things that you are not expecting to have happen.
This afternoon however, that is exactly what the Parramatta Eels did to the Wests Tigers, as they piled on 30 points in the last 15 minutes of the game, to fall agonisingly short of a miraculous victory, at Parramatta Stadium.
A first-half Benji Marshall field-goal was the difference, as the Tigers won 31-30 in a high-scoring affair.
For the Tigers, despite their win, coach Tim Sheens was livid with the way his side switched off towards the back end of the game.
“We were very disappointed – 31-0 with 14 minutes to go and you let them score and get within a point,” Sheens said.
“It’s just rubbish.
“The only positive is the win.
“… It was attitude, for sure. We just clocked off – there’s no doubt.”
Despite that blip however, Sheens was pleased with the way his side played for the first 60 minutes, and believes the potential for a premiership winning team is there.
“Nonetheless, we look at the first 60-odd minutes and know we did something good, and played well and looked like some sort of a premiership side,” Sheens said.
“The last part of it, we looked like an A-Grade side.”
Tigers captain Robbie Farah also noticed the frustration his side exuded towards the end, and knows that they cannot afford such lapses.
“We had an opportunity there to post two 30-0 wins consecutively, which would’ve been great to get our season underway.
For the Eels, hooker Matthew Keating, who is enjoying a solid and consistent start to the NRL season – knows that the club has to put the loss behind them, and focus on the positives that came out of their fightback this afternoon.
“It makes you realise you’ve got to play for 80,” he said.
“We have to take confidence out of that last 20-minute block and take it into Friday night against the Dogs.”
With halfback Chris Sandow out, replacement halfback Casey McGuire was placed on report for two separate offences, as was prop Mitchel Allgood.