The U20 Thunderbolts have been defeated by the Parramatta Eels 48-16 on the Sunshine Coast.
Parramatta took control of the score board early in the game before Melbourne’s Kea Pere scored a scintillating 50 meter try to lock the scores up at 6-6.
Constant pressure from Parramatta saw them post three more consecutive tries against the Thunderbolts, however a try shortly after the half time siren to Melbourne’s Jesse Arthars narrowed the margin at the break to 22-10.
Both teams exchanged early tries in the second half making for an entertaining spectacle.
Coach Eric Smith’s Thunderbolts were then faced with a daunting task to get back into the game after play maker Matt Egan was sin binned with 25 minutes remaining on the clock.
Parramatta capitalised on the undermanned Thunderbolts and eventually ran away with a 48-16 victory thanks to four un answered tries.
Melbourne now head into the bye week before lining up against the Raiders in Canberra on July 22.
Tries: Harlan Collins, Jesse Arthars, Kea Pere
Goals: Jesse Arthars 2
Tries: Anthony Layoun 2, Greg Lleisiuao 2, Emosi Alamoti, Joesph Taipari, Denzal Tonise, Reed Mahoney 2
Goals: Joesphi Taipari 6