Parramatta’s NRL resurgence has continued courtesy of a 36-6 thrashing of Canberra, with Michael Jennings scoring two tries.
The Eels led 24-0 at the break thanks to an impressive attacking effort, then backed that up with a stoic defensive performance after halftime before 12,947 fans at Pirtek Stadium on Saturday afternoon to move into the top two on the ladder.
Eels fans taunted former Parramatta coach and now Canberra mentor Ricky Stuart in the final minutes of the game.
Corey Norman and Jennings combined to send Parramatta out to an early 12-0 lead after 16 minutes as the NSW centre crossed for an early double through a leaky Raiders right-side defence.
A disallowed try to Blake Austin, after he fumbled an Aidan Sezer kick, was one of just a few scoring opportunities the Raiders had in the first half.
Kieran Foran stepped his way through the Canberra line and past Raiders fullback Jack Wighton in the 26th minute to give Parramatta a three-converted tries lead.
When Beau Scott picked up an opportunist try from a rebounded Norman kick in the 31st minute, the Eels were out to 24-0 and the Raiders’ cause looked dead.
Canberra had a chance early in the second half to put on points but four successive sets on the Eels’ line were repelled.
A Kenny Edwards try put the Eels further ahead in the 57th minute. Canberra finally crossed through Austin in the 63rd minute, before Brad Takairangi rounded out the rout in the 75th minute.
Shaun Fenson could spend some time on the sidelines after being put on report for a 53rd-minute dangerous throw on Michael Gordon.