The Parramatta Eels have scored a comprehensive 36-0 victory of the St George Illawarra Dragons, in front of 18,631 fans at Pirtek Stadium.
The St George Illawarra Dragons welcomed NZ international Benji Marshall into their side and after a touching minutes silence in memory of Reg Gasnier, both sides started with strong defence.
The game was a pretty even contest in the opening twenty minutes and it was the Dragons who looked like they had the first but it was called back against the Dragons, but they did get the penalty after the Video Referees ruled that Gerard Beale was interfered with in the chase.
The first points however came in favour of the homeside when Ken Sio was on the receiving end of a good long ball from Eels hooker to take the ball on the sideline and bring it around to the goal posts.
The Eels crossed soon after a drop ball from Benji Marshall that saw Corey Norman race 80m to score and extend the lead to 12-0. The main question however was in the lead up whether or not referee Jared Maxwell allowed an advantage to be played in favour of the Dragons which saw them score but disallowed because the whistle had already gone.
The second half couldn't have started worse for the Dragons, with some weak defence letting Junior Paulo through to set up Jarryd Hayne to score.
From there the Eels just went through the Dragons defence like a hot knife through butter and throughout the rest of the half the Eels scored through Ken Sio, Pauli Pauli and Jarryd Hayne added to his first.
Both sides get to enjoy a week off next weekend with the Bye, whilst the week after the Eels take on the Penrith Panthers on the Friday night at Sportingbet Staium, whilst the Dragons don't get an easy task having to take on the South Sydney Stadium at ANZ Stadium on the Monday.