BIG MAN: Junior Paulo scored the only try of the game.
BIG MAN: Junior Paulo scored the only try of the game. GETTY IMAGES

Eels put forward a huge case for the defence

Parramatta produced an 80-minute defensive shutout to beat a spirited Wests Tigers 8-0 in an error-riddled NRL clash at ANZ Stadium.

The only points of the first half came off the boot of Eels fullback Michael Gordon, who gave his side a 2-0 lead after nine minutes.

The arm-wrestle went on for 54 minutes before 120kg forward Junior Paulo crashed over, although Eels fans had to wait until The Bunker confirmed the grounding before awarding the first try of game.

Tigers fullback James Tedesco did his best to stop the big Kiwi-born forward, who just managed to keep a couple of fingers on the ball as he reached over the line.

Tedesco produced two other try-savers to keep the pressure on Raiders custodian Josh Dugan for the New South Wales No.1 Origin jumper.

He pulled off the tackle of the season on try-bound winger Semi Radradra in the opening minutes, cutting the big Fijian down half a metre from the try line with a classic low bootlace tackle.

Later in the clash he held up Parramatta centre Michael Jennings over the line with another strong tackle.

Radradra returned the favour several minutes later, helping to halt Tedesco's path to the tryline when he threatened to score.

The Tigers tried hard to welcome back long-serving representative hooker Robbie Farah with a win, but Parramatta's resolve set up their third win in four games after losing their first game to Brisbane.

"It was an ugly win. A few years ago we would have laid down - but it was a bit crappy," Eels playmaker Corey Norman said.



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