08/12/2023

The Eels win an important game for a chance for the finals (Image: Parramatta Eels Twitter)

The Eels get their first win of the NRLW season knocking the Broncos out of the finals race, winning 28-16 in the first game of the triple header at Central Coast Stadium.

Their ball movement and offloads in the Broncos’ territory made the difference against an experienced Broncos squad.

The Eels started off with two tries in the first ten minutes, attacking the Broncosโ€™ middle third with their forwards and shifting the ball left and right.

The try for Tiana Penitani came from offloads and overloading the Broncos’ right edge defence with ball movement and taking advantage of the small defensive coverage the Broncos played.

The Eels continued their outstanding ball movement, putting Ellie Johnston over for the second try of the day.

The Broncos would only strike once in the first half, with Shenae Ciesiolka scoring from a cut-out pass from Ali Brigginshaw shifting quickly on the right edge.

The Broncos in the second half opened up the Eels’ middle third, running direct at the line and creating offloads and putting pressure on Gayle Broughton for Hayley Maddick to score near the posts.

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Cheap penalties and poor discipline would allow the Broncos to score a try on the Eels’ right edge and have a stretch of possessions being in the Eelsโ€™ territory.ย 

The Broncos’ error and penalties conceded count allowed Parramatta to make field position and be able to have more opportunities to score against their defence. 

The Broncos also punished the Eels for some of their cheap penalties and errors, coming up with great sets and tries as a result.

Ali Brigginshaw puts a good step on the Eels, catching the Eels sliding too much, opening up space to tie up the game.

The missed conversion kept the game 16-16 with 17 minutes to go.

Simaima Taufa was a standout in this game, running 25 times for 266 metres, with 26 tackles, as well as a linebreak and a line break assist. 

Taufa has shown consistency, especially in this matchup putting her body on the line and even scoring the try that gave the Eels the lead in the final 10 minutes of the game.

The try to seal the game came from Kennedy Cherrington in the 64th minute, playing a two-on-one with Brooke Anderson against a weak left edge defensive coverage that came from the Eels’ offloads and moving the ball from the left side to the right.

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