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Dominant Eels thrash lacklustre Raiders

·2-min read

Powerhouse second rower Isaiah Papali'i starred with two tries as Parramatta ran roughshod over Canberra in the second half with a 35-10 NRL mauling at GIO Stadium.

Papali'i, who dotted down in the second and 45th minutes, was well supported by Eels playmaker Mitchell Moses, who kicked five conversions and a field goal.

Late tries to hooker Reed Mahoney and fullback Clint Gutherson blew out the scoreline in front of a partisan Canberra crowd of 20,089.

Well in the contest when down 12-10 at halftime, the Raiders faded badly in the second half as Papali'i's four-pointer was followed by a slick effort to forward Shaun Lane in the 55th minute.

Parramatta coach Brad Arthur applauded the team's all-round efforts of "chasing the collision".

"We came in with the right attitude," he said

"We came here prepared to roll the sleeves up and earn everything we got tonight.

He singled out the impressive performance of Papali'i, who had a big off-season of development.

"I enjoy coaching him - he's so professional and everything he's getting at the moment he's deserved and you can see it," Arthur said.

The Green Machine's woes ramped up when winger Bailey Simonsson was taken off for concussion after hitting his head on Maika Sivo's leg, forcing a reshuffle of players by coach Ricky Stuart in the 51st minute.

In the first half, halfback George Williams helped get the Raiders back in the match with a try following good support from first-gamer Caleb Aekins and Josh Hodgson.

Aekins - a stand-out for Canberra - made 88-metres during the first half and more than justified his selection for injured fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad.

Canberra were sluggish to start and made early errors, including winger Jordan Rapana knocking on a high bomb in one of the Eels' opening sets.

However Rapana soon made up for his mistake by scoring Canberra's first try by diving over the corner.

He almost scored again in a similar position at the 20-minute mark but was stripped by Parramatta.

The Eels opened their scoring inside the second minute of the match with a barnstorming try by Papali'i in the left-hand corner.

They continued their early momentum with winger Maika Sivo scoring in a similar position.

Raiders coach Ricky Stuart said it was a disappointing performance in front of a big crowd.

"We had every reason to make them proud of us - we embarrassed ourselves," Stuart said.

"I feel sorry for Caleb Aekins - he didn't deserve that tonight."