Eels too good for struggling Souths

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Parramatta Eels withstood a late fightback to deservedly defeat South Sydney Rabbitohs 22-16 in NRL on Friday.

Last week, the Eels were left counting the cost of missed chances as they went down by six points to Canberra Raiders, but Brad Arthur's men were 18-0 in front after a dominant first half at ANZ Stadium.

Souths had been second best throughout and still trailed by 16 with six minutes remaining and, although two late tries from Alex Johnston made the scoreline respectable, the home side had left their resurgence too late.

The visitors came flying out of the traps and Tepai Moeroa hit the hole off Mitchell Moses' pass to score the opening try in the sixth minute.

And things were going swimmingly for the Eels when a second score arrived after Cody Walker failed to sweep up Clinton Gutherson's kick, allowing Beau Scott the easy touch down.

The Rabbitohs were being outplayed in all departments and Gutherson surged through the home defence before releasing Semi Radradra for a 35-metre try six minutes before the break.

Angus Crichton brought Souths back into it with a long-range try shortly after the restart, only for Josh Hoffman to touch down for the Eels.

Johnston ran in a 70-metre effort with six minutes remaining before the NRL bunker ruled he had grounded one as the clock was winding down, but Eels had done enough to secure a win that moves them up to eighth.