Both sides were desperate for a win and it could have gone either way in this see-sawing affair, but it was the Parramatta Eels who came out on top at home over the Wests Tigers, as the return of Jarryd Hayne and the inclusion of boom youngster Vai Toutai proving a masterstroke, as the Eels snapped a 10-game losing streak and won 26-22.
Although it was not the prettiest game to watch nor the flashiest, the loss will heap more pressure on Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter, with earlier speculation suggesting that a loss to the Eels tonight would mean that he would not be at the club as coach in 2014.
It was a game that saw a number of positional changes for the Eels and with veteran centre Willie Tonga out, the re-shuffles saw Jarryd Hayne move to five-eighth, in what was his first game back in first-grade for around 2 months.
With the team coming together and producing some of the best attack fans have seen in recent weeks, a crowd of just over 12,000 showed up to watch the game and Eels fans were finally given something to celebrate about, as their quest to avoid the wooden spoon continues.
Now just four points behind the Tigers and six behind the Dragons who are yet to place this week, the fight is well and truly on to see who will end up with the dreaded wooden spoon.
It was the backs who put on a show for comparison growth hgh hormone human both sides, as the combination of Tim Simona and Marika Koroibete was working wonders for the Tigers, as was the combination between Ben Roberts and Vai Toutai for the Eels.
It was a successful return to first-grade for the Eels youngster, who nabbed two tries in the Eels much needed win.
With their run finally coming to end, Eels coach Ricky Stuart is just pleased that his side could get the win, even if it was an ugly game overall.
“That game was pretty ugly, we didn’t play well, and it sounds funny as we have been getting beat all these weeks,” he said.
“But I felt we have played better in those losses than tonight.
“In saying that, we knew it was going to be a desperate game for both teams, but we had a relaxed build-up and it was about desire tonight.
“We have a lot of spirit in the joint.”
Despite the speculation surrounding his future, Tigers coach Mick Potter says he believes he will still be there next week.
“I wouldn’t say it’s been my easiest week at work,” Potter said.
“I just got on with business as best as I could. You don’t like it, but it comes with the job and you just have to get on with it.”
To compound the loss even further, Tigers winger Marika Koroibete will have his return from injury halted, after the Fijian flyer suffered a suspected fractured cheekbone.
3. Ben Roberts
2. Vai Toutai
1. Tim Simona