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Sea Eagles stun Eels with late try to secure victory



The Shocking Late Try

The Sea Eagles have scored a big victory over the Eels at Brookvale Oval, beating last year’s grand finalists 34-30 after a shock late try.

As the score sat 28-26 with four minutes on the clock, the Eels were on the charge. But in shocking scenes, Haumole Olakau’atu was able to clean up a wayward J’maine Hopgood offload to hand the Sea Eagles victory and Parramatta an 0-3 start to the season.

Early Dominance of the Sea Eagles

Earlier, Anthony Seibold’s side jumped out of the gates fast, with Josh Schuster and Tom Trbojevic combining for the first time in scary fashion.

The duo created space for Reuben Garrick to score in the corner before the five eighth again injected himself into the game, dinfing Trbojevic from dummy-half for the second try of the night.

The Fightback from Eels

The Eels then hit back with two quickfire tries, with gun fullback Clint Gutherson crossed against his former club. Matt Doorey also scored from a Mitchell Moses short ball as the score sat at 14-10 to the hosts going into halftime.

In the second period, Gutherson again walked over for a simple try before Schuster orchestrated a “ridiculous” try, chipping the ball over the defence for Trbojevic to score.

Crucial Moments of The Game

Brad Parker crossed for a four pointer in his 100th game off the back of a 40/20 effort from Daly Cherry-Evans. Bailey Simonsson was able to bat the ball back into play, but Garrick was on hand to kick it forward. Parker then grounded the ball in a moment that was dubbed his own “Stephen Bradbury moment”.

Haumole Olakau’atu scored the next try for Manly before Maika Sivo struck back from a lofted Dylan Brown pass. Sivo crossed again with two minutes left on the clock, but it wasn’t enough to get the Eels home.

Schuster’s Performance in the Match

Sea Eagles gun Josh Schuster has stunned in his first game in the No.6 jersey under new coach Anthony Seibold. The 21-year-old, who played a majority of his 35 games in the NRL career in the back row, was desperate to take over at five-eighth given the opportunity after Kieran Foran’s departure.

Gutherson’s Performance in the Game

Clint Gutherson scored a double upon return to Brookvale Oval, coming back to haunt his old side despite suffering a loss. The gun fullback grew up on the northern beaches and made his debut for Manly before salary cap pressure forced him out of the club.

The Costly Error from J’maine Hopgood

J’maine Hopgood has been one of the Eels’ best to start the season, but the young gun will be desperate to forget one moment late in their Manly clash. Parramatta had the momentum with only four minutes left on the clock as the score sat at 28-26. But the 23-year-old decided to offload the ball with his back turned to the defence, allowing Haumole Olakau’atu to seal victory with a 40-metre try.



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