Eels fightback slays Dragons, Ponga punishes Warriors
Parramatta Eels mounted an impressive comeback from 14-0 down as St George Illawarra Dragons were defeated 32-18 in the NRL on Sunday.
Maika Sivo crossed twice for the Eels, who picked up their fifth win from eight matches this season while the visitors were left to rue their inability to build on their positive start at Bankwest Stadium.
The Dragons carved out a significant advantage thanks to Zac Lomax's penalty, Ben Hunt's score from Cameron McInnes' deft grubber and Matt Dufty's try-of-the-season contender.
Dufty started from his own 10-metre line and was on the end of a scintillating move that featured offloads aplenty and involved Mikaele Ravalawa, Jordan Pereira, Corey Norman and Tim Lafai.
But that was as good as it got for the Dragons as the Eels' revival was sparked by Reed Mahoney's opportunistic score. Clinton Gutherson then raced away untouched from his own 20m line before Sivo also went over from deep inside the Eels' half.
Ravalawa did pull the Dragons back level but Mitchell Moses slotted a penalty and then sent up a high ball for Blake Ferguson to collect and score before celebrating with a somersault. Sivo's second in off the left wing and another Moses penalty completed the Eels' fightback.
In Sunday's earlier game, Kalyn Ponga starred as Newcastle Knights defeated New Zealand Warriors 36-18 at Mt Smart Stadium.
The full-back scored one of the Knights' five tries as well as slotting four conversions and four penalties for a personal haul of 20 points as the visitors dominated the final half-hour after the Warriors had drawn level at 18-18.
Ponga also ran for 100m but may be facing disciplinary action after being put on report for tripping as the Knights won in Auckland for the first time in seven years.