Parramatta suffered a late charge from the Gold Coast and a controversial junior Paulo sailed off to register a third straight NRL win.
Earlier, Letrell Mitchell was injured in South Sydney’s win over St George’s-Illawarra, while Melbourne pitted the Raiders at Wagga Wagga.
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Parramatta grabs Gold Coast in crazy game at Robina
Parramatta halfback Michelle Moses’ right boot gave the Eels a 26–20 win in a helter-skelter NRL contest against Gold Coast at Robina Stadium.
Moses helped in three tries as the Eels made a comeback from the Titans in a second-half fight to claim their fourth win of the season.
On the back of a Clint Gutherson double, the Eels were cruising to a 20–0 lead in the second half, before Gold Coast conceded penalties twice, to successfully use their captain’s challenge to score.
Eels Prop Junior Paulo was then controversially sent to Sin-Bin for a shoulder charge on Titans five-eighth AJ Brimson, before a barnstorming solo effort by David Fifita gave the hosts four points.
Paulo was fairly non-committal when asked after the game.
“I thought this [harsh] too,” Paulo told Fox Sports.
“I thought I hit him around the shoulder.
Gutherson, who had a great game at fullback, said it was “very tough” that the contact was going from side to side.
Moses was less cautious about the incident.
“He [Alex Brimson] Went down with a shoulder injury, not even the head.
“When you run in Junior Paulo you feel it, your whole body feels it so I think he’s going to feel it. I don’t know about the call.”
“It’s a good tackle,” said Eels coach Brad Arthur.
Despite the controversy, the Eels steadied when Moses hit back for Dylan Brown with an assist on his third try of the night.
Greg Marzew’s sinking effort set off a frantic final in five minutes as the Eels held on to claim their second narrow win of the season over the Titans.
Rushing in three unanswered tries and enjoying two-thirds possession, the finish seemed far from a possibility after the Eels completely mastered the opening half.
In the 18th minute, Gutherson scored after denying Brimson at the other end.
Parramatta then turned up the style for his second, a few quick hands through the backline ending with Bayley Simmonson slipping into the corner.
The visitors’ third try was not without controversy, with bunker ruling Jarrod Wallace throwing a Moses Kick into the goal area, though the Titans’ further argument was taken out in the air.
Gutherson converted Moses to ensure a 14-0 advantage at the break to claim his second four-pointer off a loose ball.
Ryan Matterson extended the lead in the 46th minute but then the game dramatically turned in favor of the hosts.
Application of captains’ challenge ‘inconsistent’ eels lament
A clever piece of game management by Titans halfback Toby Sexton eventually allowed the hosts to get on board in the 57th minute.
After a knock-on rule against Jarrod Wallace, Sexton awarded a penalty for deliberately preventing play and allowing a captain’s challenge on the call, the decision was reversed in favor of the Titans.
“It didn’t go for us, so I’m not happy about it,” Arthur said in his post-game interview.
Eels fullback Clint Gutherson said the rule seemed inconsistent.
“I remember watching a match last week and the referee told the captain that you can only challenge that last match for a penalty, not the previous game,” Gutherson said.
“I was just asking questions because I was watching the game last week, it seems pretty inconsistent.
From the resulting set, Philipp Sami won a Brimson Gruber race to get the home team’s first point.
After the trick worked once, the Titans did it again in the 59th minute with the same result.
After Patrick Herbert was pulled back while running in support of Jamayne Isako, the Titans’ center deliberately interfered with the ruck and called for a penalty and a captain’s challenge for interference.
The challenge was successful and from another Brimson grubber, Erin Clarke was the beneficiary as the Titans reduced the deficit to 10 points.
The game then ignited in the 63rd minute when Paulo crashed into Brimson, the bunker taking the contact as a shoulder charge and placing the big eel on the report and sent to the sin bin for 10 minutes.
Fifita took it upon himself to keep the Titans within a try when he ran through a dummy-half, crashing through Bryce Cartwright and then taking Gutherson over the line to score.
The hosts had four points in a conversion from the sideline by Sexton but failed to collect Herbert Moses’ kick after Brown’s four-pointer meant Marze’s late effort was in vain.
Latrell Mitchell injured in Rabbitoh’s win over Dragons
Latrell Mitchell made a try after six minutes, but left the field after the quarter of an hour as South Sydney beat St George-Illawarra 24-12 at homebush.
Already battling a knee injury, Mitchell lasted just 14 minutes before being paralyzed off the field with a hamstring injury and not returning, with Blake Taff deputizing at fullback.
The injury has raised concerns already on the surface of Homebush, with Fox Sports reporting Rabbitoh was unhappy with the turf.
Sections had to be restarted after a teen concert last week, while 150 mm of rain fell on the ground during the past nine days.
The South has spent the past two years without Mitchell, reaching last year’s grand final with another hamstring injury that ended his 2020 season when he was suspended.
They also lost to Brisbane in the opening round, while he was still serving his ban.
In the next fortnight, Rabbitoh has a lower rank than Canterbury and the West Tigers, but any loss from Mitchell will weigh on their attack.
Mitchell ended his best attacking game on Saturday night, before opening the scoring after some gripping ball movement.
Coming off their own end, Jay Arrow and Campbell Graham both provided offloads in the lead up, while Damien Cook also scooted downfield before Mitchell scored.
Cook was close to Rabitoh’s best, running the ball seven times and for a total of over 110 metres.
He was involved in his second attempt as he got off the dummy-half and helped Lachlan Elias along the way before crashing Keon Kolomatangi with a quick play-the-ball.
Kolomatangi also had a role in another attempt, pulling off an offload to help Tafe overload Graham, while Elias bowled a ball to taunt Milne and hit a hole and scored late.
The Bunnies were far from the whole package in their second win of the season, with Cody Walker hitting the ball just twice and South completing 58 percent after the break.
Dragons were often their own worst enemies.
He had more tackles in attacking the red-zone than Rabbitoh in the first hour, but often came up with errors closer to the line.
Moses MB provided his charm when he pushed Kolomatangi to score early in the second half, while Jaydan Su’e also crossed in the last minute.
But eventually his nine errors in 19 sets in the second half told the story of his night, with Zac Lomax also leaving the field late for HIA.
‘We Can’t Keep Losing’: Ominous Melbourne Storm Sees Sorry Canberra Raiders At Wagga Wagga
Melbourne comfortably beat the 30-16-year-old Canberra at Wagga Wagga, thanks to a stellar performance from Harry Grant.
Jharome Hughes scored twice as the Storm offered too much for Canberra, who only blamed themselves, handling errors along with early penalties and ruck violations, costing them their third loss of 2022. fell.
The Storm (4-1) looked better in every aspect, but superstars Grant, Hughes and Ryan Papenhuizen led the way with their perfect backbone, scoring in the first three attempts of Saturday’s game.
,[It’s been a] really positive start [to the season]Grant told Fox Sports after the game.
“You always want to start well and we are doing that.
Canberra made a quick start and even took a 2–0 lead after a Brad Schneider penalty, but ball safety and discipline issues quickly troubled them as Storm took hold.
“We can’t keep losing,” Elliot Whitehead told ABC Grandstand.
“It has to come together, but hopefully sooner than later.”
Grant continued his hot form by exiting the dummy-half and trampled Charnze Nicol-Klokstedt after 15 minutes for a 6-2 lead.
The Storm began terrorizing the Raiders line and benefited from repeat sets, with Hughes slicing for a try before the Munster line break to allow Papenhuizen to score on his seventh try of the season, leaving his team 18- reached 2.
Semi Velemi finally tried trucking the Raiders through Papenhuizen on the first attempt and diving for the line, his side trailing 18-8 at half-time.
That fightback led to a distinctive Craig Bellamy spray at the break, which propelled Storm back into action when center Justin Olam broke through the Canberra line early to score in the second half.
Neither team would score again until the 72nd minute, when a sharp Nicol-Kloksted pass found Nick Kotrick going into the corner.
But playwright Hughes shattered any hope of a comeback with a humiliating 30-metre effort, dancing around the defenders and breaking several tackles to score under sticks.
Grant impressed with one try, attempt assists, seven tackle breaks and 75 dummy-half run meters, with Cameron Munster also on fire with two attempt assists and over 150 run meters.
The Raiders conceded three penalties in the first eight minutes of the game, while errors continued to haunt them, with 14 for the game.
They now lead the league with most errors made in the first five games.
Canberra center Matt Timoko left the game early with a leg injury.