Parramatta have survived a scare from an improved Wests Tigers, who will finish the round on the bottom of the NRL ladder after losing 28-20 at Leichhardt Oval.
The Tigers’ tough draw won’t help their battle to avoid the wooden spoon. The other three bottom-four sides play each other before the season is out, while the Tigers face current top-eight sides in five of their remaining eight games.
The NRL’s most unwanted prize isn’t theirs yet, though, especially if they can build on the promising signs shown on Saturday night.
The Tigers scored more points against Parramatta than in Brett Kimmorley’s first three games in charge combined, and threatened to upset the Eels for the second time this season.
“I’d like to think we’re improving,” Kimmorley said.
“I thought we were tough. I thought we won the arm wrestle for a fair period of the match. There were lots of good things that happened.”
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