TRAILING 22-0 at halftime, things looked pretty grim for the Parramatta Eels Holden Cup team on Monday night against St George Illawarra.
In the under-20s competition that sort of score at halftime usually equates to a massive score at fulltime.
Not this time.
The young blue and golds fought with a type of determination that is rarely seen in the lower grades to claw back to earn a 22-all draw.
In the short term it won't mean much as the Eels will miss the top eight.
But the four-try second half performance is a good sign for 2014 with 14 players in the squad still eligible for to play in the NYC next year.
Led by halfback Zach Dockar-Clay, the Eels rallied strong in the second half and not only produced a quality attacking performance but one of their best defensive efforts of the year.
Fullback Corey Makelim, one of the Eels best on the nights, scored the equaliser with only minutes remaining and five-eighth Mitchell Brassington added the extras to secure the one point.
Second-rower Joseph Ualesi, winger James Tuitahi and interchange forward Takai Moeakiola all had strong games for Andrew Webster's team.
The Eels round out their campaign against Newcastle on Sunday.
The 14th placed Eels will jump the Knights on the ladder with the win and if results go their way they could finish as high as 11th.