4 Jun 2011

Eels and Dragons play out draw in Sydney

2:02 pm on 4 June 2011

Parramatta held the National Rugby League leaders St George Illawarra to a dramatic 14-14 draw as neither side were able to land a knockout blow at Parramatta Stadium on Friday night.

The two sides combined for seven missed attempts at field goals over the closing stages, the one competition point against the premiers giving Eels fans hope their faltering campaign may yet be salvageable.

Jamie Soward nailed a penalty to level the scores with 11 minutes remaining before the Dragons botched two attempts to win it in regulation time via field goals from their prolific five-eighth.

Soward actually guided his first between the posts only for referee Ashley Klein to penalise the Dragons for an incorrect play-the-ball, while his second was charged down by Jarryd Hayne as the clock wound down.

Hayne then nearly spectacularly won it in golden point extra time, his audacious 57-metre attempt just missing.

There were more shots missed in the second half of extra time as the teams notched the first NRL draw since Penrith and the Warriors two years ago.

The draw extends the Dragons lead at the top of the table to five points over the Melbourne Storm while the Eels climbed to tenth one point outside the top eight.