Joel reddy parramatta eels round 19 2009The Parramatta Eels have managed an upset win tonight over the Melbourne Storm at Parramatta Stadium 18-16.

A motivated Eels side turned up from the outset with the Storm looking a little disinterested and also without direction, obviously missing their captain Cameron Smith.

The slippery conditions at Parramatta Stadium seemed to frustrate the visiting Storm side, Cronk and Inglis slipping several times at key moments to gift their opposition good field position.

While the Storm were without the likes of Smith and Finch, the Eels too remain competitive even without their halves in Keating and Mateo. Makeshift half Jeff Robson was solid as was the future man Daniel Mortimer.

The first half was a close affair, with statistics showing nothing between the two sides. The only difference was the Eels taking their chances and converting through a long range try finishing off by Robson and a bullocking run by Moi Moi to crash over and score.

Storm star Greg Inglis looked either injured or disinterested for the most part, rarely looking to get involved and when he managed a carry – Joel Reddy was heavily marking the Queensland centre.

Billy Slater showed promise late in the piece for the Storm as they drew closer to the Eels, but at 18-6, it was always going to be a tough ask for the fancied Melbourne outfit.

To their credit, the Storm ducked over for 2 late tries, albeit through an extremely controversial effort to Joseph Tomane. The speedy outside back skidded in to score in the corner after centre Inglis had taken Reddy out in a dummy runner play.

All year in the NRL, the dummy runner hitting the defender has been ruled no try.

But for some reason, the video referee decided to make things interesting and throw consistency out the window.

Actually no, lets re-phrase that – the video referees have been consistently inconsistent in 2009 if that makes sense.

Either way, the Eels managed to hang on as the classy Storm threw everything at the cellar dweller home side. Parramatta hanging on for just their 6th win of the 2009 NRL season.

By ricky

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