PARRA-DISE! Eels book GF spot after stunning comeback as brave Cowboys finally fall

Moses FORWARD pass sparks magic try! | 00:44
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The Eels have beaten the Cowboys 24-20 in a stunning comeback win to be the first team through to the 2022 Grand Final after an epic preliminary final at Queensland Country Bank Stadium.

The Eels trailed 20-12 in the second half before scoring two late tries to Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Maika Sivo to ice a memorable win.

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Campbell-Gillard was exceptional with 130 metres and two barnstorming tries, while Shaun Lane was a workhorse and came up with some stunning defensive plays and notched 129 metres and a try assist to be one of the Eels’ best.

The Eels scored first through a controversial try to Will Penisini after Mitchell Moses appeared to throw a forward pass in the build-up in a contentious call.

Reuben Cotter charged over from close range to get the Cowboys back to level after a barnstorming run to the line.

Jason Taumalolo was sent to the sin bin for a shoulder to the head of Isaiah Papali’i, which saw the Eels forward go off for a HIA and the Cowboys skipper may face a suspension.

Campbell-Gillard charged over from close range for his first try to see the Eels retake the lead.

Luciano Leilua barged over, despite Moses complaining of being held back in the ruck to keep the Cowboys in touch.

Niukore was penalised for a ruck infringement allowing Valentine Holmes to lock up the scores at 12-12 at halftime with a long-range penalty.

Papali’i was penalised for raking the ball out in a tackle on Taumalolo to give Holmes the chance to give the Cowboys the lead after the break.

Holmes then produced a freak pass for Murray Taulagi to dive over in the corner to extend the Cowboys’ lead.

However, Campbell-Gillard charged through some flimsy defence to secure his double and draw the Eels to within two heading into the final quarter.

Shaun Lane produced a similar pass to Moses in the first half to put Maika Sivo over to give the Eels the lead after a stunning seven-minute blitz.

Kyle Feldt nearly scored in the corner, which would have given Holmes a kick for the win, but replays showed he put his foot out and the try was taken off him in agonising scenes for Cowboys fans.

The Cowboys threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Eels in the final 10 minutes, but the Eels’ stoic defence held firm to put them in their first grand final since 2009 after a brave performance for the ages.

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TEAMS

Cowboys team: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Peta Hiku 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Tom Dearden 7. Chad Townsend 8. Jordan McLean 9. Reece Robson 10. Reuben Cotter 11. Tom Gilbert 12. Jeremiah Nanai 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 15. Luciano Leilua 16. Coen Hess 17. Griffin Neame. 18th man: 18. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown

Players cut: 19. Tomas Chester 20. Jake Granville 21. Brendan Elliot 22. Ben Hampton

Eels team: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Viliami Penisini 19. Bailey Simonsson 5. Waqa Blake 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Isaiah Papali’i 17. Marata Niukore 13. Ryan Matterson 14. Bryce Cartwright 15. Jakob Arthur 16. Oregon Kaufusi. 18th man: 18. Makahesi Makatoa

Players cut: 4. Tom Opacic 20. Nathan Brown 21. Ofahiki Ogden 22. Ky Rodwell

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