French at the double as Eels beat Rabbitohs


Bevan French scored a try in each half as Parramatta Eels beat South Sydney Rabbitohs 30-12 at ANZ Stadium on Friday to go third in the NRL ladder.

The Eels are waiting to learn what action will be taken by the NRL for a breach of the salary cap, but Brad Arthur's side put off-field concerns to one side to claim a third consecutive victory.

Young winger French took his tally of tries to four in just three matches with a pair of clinical finishes either side of the break as Parramatta gained revenge for a defeat in Round 10.

Alex Johnston went over for the opening try for a Bunnies side who welcomed back John Sutton from a pectoral injury sustained in the opening round, with Cody Walker adding the extras 11 minutes in.

Clinton Gutherson got on the end of a Corey Norman kick to touch down only five minutes later and Michael Gordon converted before adding a penalty to put the Eels 8-6 up.

Gordon offloaded to French to allow the young flyer to score his first try, but a converted Nathan Brown score reduced the deficit to 14-12 at half-time.

The Rabbitohs were unable to kick on after the break, though, with French making them pay for an error at the base of the scrum to add his second try and Semi Radradra putting the icing on the cake with a fine solo effort.

Gordon scored 14 points with the boot as the Eels struck another blow to the Rabbitohs' hopes of qualifying for the final eight.