Eels maintain momentum by overcoming Tigers
Parramatta Eels continued to show signs of a turnaround as they earned a second straight NRL win for the first time this season by beating Wests Tigers 24-22 on Sunday.
Despite the absence of Jarryd Hayne due to a hip injury that will sideline him for a month, the Eels maintained the momentum gained from ending their six-match losing streak by thrashing Manly Sea Eagles 44-10 last week to triumph once more.
It was the Tigers who got the game's first try, though, as Esan Marsters burst through a gap in the Parramatta defence before setting Corey Thompson in between the posts.
But Bevan French, who replaced Hayne on the wing on his return from a shoulder injury, plucked down Corey Norman's kick before Michael Jennings went over after a lovely offload from former Tigers half-back Mitchell Moses to send Parramatta into half-time ahead.
A sensational no-look pass from Luke Brooks enabled Matt Eisenhuth to stroll in and dot down, but Brad Takairangi and Manu Ma'u crossed either side of an effort from Benji Marshall - set up by debutant Mahe Fonua, a late replacement for Malakai Watene-Zelezniak in the starting line-up - as the lead continued to switch hands.
Moses settled the tense second half by kicking the match-winning conversion 10 minutes from time as the Tigers lost ground on to the top two with a second straight loss.