Last Time Played: Eels v Storm

The Storm dug deep to overcome an 18-nil deficit midway through the second half to defeat the Eels 22-18 at Parramatta Stadium in Round 21 last year.

A Luke Burt penalty goal kicked off the scoring in the 15th minute before Reni Maitua showed great finishing skill to cross in the left corner in the 23rd minute, the try converted for an 8-nil scoreline the sides would take to the halftime break.  

The home fans sensed an upset might be on the cards when Taniela Lasalo pounced on a spilled Jarryd Hayne bomb for a 14-nil scoreline just three minutes after the resumption of play, with two penalty goals leaving the home side with what appeared to be a match-winning 18-point lead with just 29 minutes remaining.

However, the Storm flicked the switch on their attack, reeling off four unanswered tries in the final 16 minutes to steal a memorable win.

First Sisa Waqa scored after a Billy Slater tap-back of a Cooper Cronk bomb, before Slater grabbed a Cameron Smith grubber kick in the in-goal to make it 18-12 with 20 minutes remaining.

Justin O’Neill added to the Storm’s tally when he streaked 60 metres down the right touchline to score, although Smith’s failed conversion attempt left the decidedly shaky Eels clinging to an 18-16 lead with 15 minutes to play.

Although the Eels defended bravely there was no stopping the Storm, with Dane Nielsen charging through a gap on the left edge and running around adjacent to the goalposts for the match-winning try.

Slater proved the difference on the evening, with the soon-to-be Dally M Medal winner scoring a try and providing two try assists.

Fuifui Moimoi had a rousing game for the Eels, making 25 hit-ups and a whopping 242 running metres.

Parramatta dominated everywhere but on the scoreboard – they completed their sets 85 per cent to 77 per cent, made more metres (1604 to 1322) and missed 10 fewer tackles than their opponents (21-31).