Mitchell Moses has helped Parramatta stave off some other finals nightmare because the Eels ended Newcastle’s season with a debatable 28-20 victory in Rockhampton.
- The Eels scored 5 tries to 4 towards the Knights
- They’ll face the Panthers within the semi-finals
- The Eels might be with out Junior Paulo, Marata Niukore and Waqa Blake, with all 3 positioned on document
Steadily criticised for his deficient run of leads to giant video games, Moses produced telling moments each side of half-time to position the Eels on best sooner than he held his nerve overdue.
The removal ultimate win units up a grudge fit with Penrith on Saturday evening, marking the primary finals assembly between the arch opponents in 21 years.
However it didn’t come simple.
The Eels might be with out Junior Paulo, Marata Niukore and Waqa Blake, with all 3 placed on document for unhealthy tackles.
They appeared to have the fit gained at 22-10 with 30 mins to play sooner than the Knights hit again with two tries in six mins to attract inside two issues.
Each got here off the again of a very powerful performs, the primary from an unsuccessful Will Smith rate down and the second one after the bunker noticed a Paulo prime shot.
And with a horrible finals report of 1 win from six makes an attempt since 2017 and after a late-season fade this 12 months, the Eels would had been forgiven for fearing the worst.
However in contrast to earlier seasons, their defence held company sooner than overdue drama helped them end the activity with a Will Penisini penalty check out.
After an unsightly Clint Gutherson grubber kick dribbled alongside the bottom, Penisini used to be taken out from in the back of via Enari Tuala within the chase.
The play went up as no check out, however the bunker dominated Kalyn Ponga had overrun the ball and Penisini would have were given to it first and awarded a penalty check out, killing off a Knights comeback.
Previous, the Eels had proven a variety of indicators of nerves.
Gutherson put the hole kick-off out at the complete and Newcastle had a 4-Zero lead when a Kalyn Ponga cut-out ball hit Tuala at the chest.
Each side traded tries for Newcastle to guide 10-6 sooner than Moses stood up, recognizing an opening and going 40 metres to attain.
From the following set, Paulo and Nathan Brown put him at the entrance foot, claiming a snappy play-the-ball sooner than Penisini skipped via and flicked for Blake Ferguson to attain.
Moses made his mark over again to begin the second one half of, placing on a lofted cut-out ball for Ferguson to run onto and ranking.
The 12-point lead in the long run proved sufficient, finishing the Knights season within the first week of the finals for a 2d instantly 12 months and maintaining the Eels’ marketing campaign alive.