SYDNEY (AP) – After losing their first six matches of the season, the Parramatta Eels have won back-to-back games while preventing the Wests Tigers from staying in the top four in the National Rugby League.
Second rower Manu Ma’u had a try and a try assist in the second half for the Eels after the lead had changed hands seven times Sunday. Parramatta was down by four points with 11 minutes to go when Ma’u scored off a Corey Norman pass to claim the match-winning try in front of 17,555 spectators.
The result left Wests in fifth place, level on points with the fourth-place Melbourne Storm.
In other matches, Cronulla edged the Gold Coast Titans 10-9 on halfback Chad Townsend’s 79th-minute field goal. The Canberra Raiders snapped a nine-match losing streak in Townsville when Siliva Havili bulldozed his way over in the 73rd minute for an 18-8 win over North Queensland. It marked Canberra’s first win over the Cowboys in Townsville since the 12th round in 2006.
Melbourne knocked the New Zealand Warriors out of a tie for first place with a 50-10 win, while St. George Illawarra remained in the top spot with a 24-8 win over the Sydney Roosters. Brisbane beat South Sydney 24-20.
Penrith moved into second place, level with the Warriors and two points behind the Dragons, after beating Canterbury 22-14. Newcastle defeated Manly 18-12.
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