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Eels come from behind to topple Tigers

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/04/2017 Scott Bailey
Sauaso Sue of the Tigers is tackled by Manu MaÕu, (left), Daniel Alvaro and Kaysa Pritchard, (right). © AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts Sauaso Sue of the Tigers is tackled by Manu MaÕu, (left), Daniel Alvaro and Kaysa Pritchard, (right).

Parramatta have come from behind to end their four-game NRL losing streak with a 26-22 victory over the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium.

After trailing 22-10 with 25 minutes to play, the Eels scored three tries to take control as the club's future five-eighth, Mitchell Moses, endured a mixed day.

Two weeks after signing with the Eels for next season but requesting an immediate release, Moses opened the scoring against his future club.

However he failed to close out the match for the Tigers, instead providing the crucial match-turning misdirected pass that allowed the Eels to streak away and score after tries to Josh Hoffman and Kirisome Auva'a had drawn them close.

After fullback James Tedesco made a long break for the Tigers, Moses found grass when he attempted to throw a long ball to winger David Nofoaluma, only for Eels centre Michael Jennings to break free downfield.

He was eventually tackled, but it put the Eels on the attack for Semi Radradra to score with nine minutes to play.

The Eels were then able to hold on for victory after being wasteful with their opportunities earlier in the match.

They regularly pressured the Tigers' up-and-in edge defenders, but often produced forward passes when they looked set to score.

After Radradra put Jennings in on their opening set of the game, they had to wait for Auva'a to get their next in the 24th minute.

The Tigers went to the break with a 16-10 lead, as Tedesco again reminded the NRL of his worth.

He set up two tries from dummy-half, one for Moses and the other for Suaso Sue, before Kevin Naiqama went in just before the break.

The Tigers had control of the game when hooker Matt McIlwrick buried over in the 52nd minute, but the Eels halves then imposed themselves.

Makeshift five-eighth Brad Takairangi and No.7 Corey Norman increased their involvement as tries to Hoffman and Auva'a put them back in the match before Radradra finished the job.

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