Gutsy Eels outgrind Tigers in NRL

A gutsy Parramatta have ground their way to an 8-0 Easter Monday win over Wests Tigers.

In an entertaining but clumsy round-four NRL fixture at ANZ Stadium, Parramatta led 2-0 at the break before Junior Paulo scored the only try.

The only points in the first half came through an early Michael Gordon penalty goal.

In a match dominated largely by stout defence and occasionally poor execution in attack, two try-saving tackles from Tigers fullback James Tedesco stood out.

The first was on a rampaging Semi Radradra, who he cut down just short of the line early in the first stanza.

Tedesco repeated the effort shortly after halftime when he held up Michael Jennings.

The only try came in the 55th minute when Paulo crossed after beating Luke Brooks in the defensive line and dragging Tedesco over the tryline with him.

Referee Jared Maxwell called no try due to doubt over the grounding but the bunker confirmed downward pressure.

The Tigers had their chances to respond, but poor last-tackle options and lazy passing often let them down.

Robbie Farah’s return didn’t help the Tigers attack as they spluttered through key moments in the match.

Tigers forward Kyle Lovett was put on report for a 53rd-minute high shot on Kenny Edwards.

Eels forward Manu Ma’u could also be in the sights of the match review committee after being reported for dangerous contact on Josh Aloiai.

The Eels lost prop Tim Mannah early in the first half due to a shoulder injury.

His Tigers opposite, Tim Grant, didn’t return after halftime either after failing a concussion test.

The win before 36,112 fans gives the Eels a 3-1 start to the year. The Tigers are 2-2 over the first month of the season.

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