Eels move to the top of the ladder with impressive victory over Dragons

Corey Norman

Parramatta Eels fans are pleased to see their side performing so well but they were perhaps not expecting them to look so clinical so early in the season. 

Flying high at the moment, the Eels 34-16 win over the St George Illawarra Dragons in Wollongong has the club sitting at the top of a ladder, a tremendous feat given the apocalyptic season that was 2016.

It all went wrong at the very start for the Dragons when Russell Packer knocked on off the first carry and the Eels scored through Clint Gutherson after just 38 seconds.

After an impressive Rd 1 performance that saw them dismantle the Penrith Panthers, it was a stark opposite for the Dragons, who were outplayed and outdone.

Their poor errors, poor decision making and overall lack of gameplay proved their downfall as the Eels ran rampant with Semi Radradra scoring four tries.

In a rarity for the Eels – and a surprise to many – the combination of Jennings is linking with Semi with the centre passing the ball to set up opportunities on numerous occasions.

In the end, the Dragons were left bamboozled and hoodwinked by the clinical nature of the Eels attack and simply had no answer. Dragons fans will be hopeful it does not lead to a downslide for them.

It was another impressive performance from Eels half Corey Norman who took out man-of-the-match honours and drawing praise from coach Brad Arthur.

“He is growing,” Arthur said.

“He still hasn’t hit his straps.

“But I think on the back of what our forwards are providing for him at the moment he is getting the ball in good situations but he is just showing a real level of patience and maturity with his options.

“He sticks to the plan really well.”

Player of the Game:

3. Corey Norman

2. Semi Radradra

  1. Michael Jennings

Parramatta Eels 34 (Radradra 4, Gutherson, Takairangi, French tries; Gutherson 3 goals) defeated St George Illawarra Dragons 16 (Widdop, Dugan, Vaughan tries; Widdop 2 goals) at WIN Stadium. Half time: Eels 18-6. Crowd 16,023.

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