Super Rabbitohs smash Eels for GF berth
The Eels have capitulated against a highly-impressive Souths outfit who ran amok in the first semi-final with a 37-6 win.
The result puts the Rabbitohs into their second grand final in recent months, and they won't be short of momentum after dominating the match from the outset.
Parramatta spilled it from the first tackle off the kick-off, allowing Bryson Goodwin to slide over in the corner from the ensuing set.
Some strong charges from the Eels in the next set and a penalty led to Semi Radradra being held up in the corner, and more strong defence from the NRL premiers frustrated the Eels, who gave away a silly penalty allowing Souths to go the length of the field in handful of plays and score when Adam Reynolds ran through some ragged defence.
Things got even tougher for the Eels when a set packed with big charges and offloads led to Goodwin earning second try after a series of offloads got him into space on the right flank.
Parramatta compounded their woes by conceding a drop-out when Corey Norman watched the kick-off bounce thinking it was going out, before Matt King got yet another try when he latched onto Reynolds' cross-field chip out to the left to make it an 18-0 half-time score.
The Eels were more solid at the start of the second half; Tepai Moeroa showed his intent with a monstrous hit on Dave Tyrell from the first play, and a good set shortly thereafter drew a goal line drop-out. But when Moeroa spilled a difficult flat pass it gave Souths another opportunity.
King continued to wind back the clock with a bustling run that set up Angus Crichton for a simple run to the bonus zone, putting it out of reach for the Eels at 25-0.
The Eels continued to look disorganised in attack for the first time all weekend and another dropped ball gave Reynolds the chance to kick ahead for himself, easily winning the race to the line to make it ugly for Parramatta at 31-0.
The wheels were well and truly off as Norman spilled the restart and Souths hooker Issac Luke scored one of the softest tries he'll ever earn strolling over from dummy half.
A brilliant stepping run from Sandow put himself in space and the Eels in good position for impressive young back-rower Moeroa to charge over for his second try of the weekend and save the Eels the blushes of a nil score in their first Nines semi-final, but it made little difference as the Rabbitohs cruised to the final with a 37-6 win.