Knights keep up late-season form
Newcastle Knights made it three wins in a row as they ended Parramatta's run of form with a 29-10 success at ANZ Stadium.
The Eels saw their six-game winning streak snapped by the bottom club, who boosted their hopes of avoiding the wooden spoon.
Parramatta missed out on the chance of guaranteeing they would finish the round inside the top four, while at the other end the Knights drew level with 15th-placed Wests Tigers.
Newcastle saw young half Brock Lamb dazzle as he helped create two tries and scored one of his own as well as making seven tackle busts.
Parramatta missed fullback Bevan French and were left to rue a horror 63 per cent completion rate.
They also made too many errors, including early on when two penalties handed Newcastle a prime attacking chance that they turned into the game's opening try to former Eel Ken Sio.
Lamb then set up a try for Mitch Barnett as Newcastle raced out to a 12-0 lead inside eight minutes.
Parramatta replied when Michael Jennings finished off a slick left-side launched by Mitch Moses.
Some repeat sets late in the first half enabled Parramatta to close the gap to just two points when Will Smith went over as he latched onto Brad Takairangi's bat-back from Corey Norman's chip kick.
The Knights were denied a try in the 51st minute when the Bunker found Pete Mata'utia was offside after seeming to score from a Trent Hodkinson grubber.
The Eels then had fullback Will Smith sin-binned for a professional foul as his team scrambled to get back onside, and Newcastle were able to put two tries past the 12-man defensive line.
Lachlan Fitzgibbon charged over off a Lamb short ball then Lamb stepped over for one of his own to make it 24-10 with 20 minutes to play.
Sio bagged his double with a slick grounding in the 67th minute and Lamb iced the win with a late field goal.
Parramatta are 4/25 to win their next game against the Titans, who are 9/2.
The Eels are 100/111 conceding a 10-points start.
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