The great Blues reminder of the star trio as Eels recovers; Roosters face an alarming slide: 3 big hits

The Eels have recovered from their humiliating 14th round defeat to a landslide 26-16 victory over the Roosters, who have now suffered three consecutive defeats.

His intention was clear from the start, with the Eels doing five impressive tries in a master class in the first half that included, without a doubt, the test of the year.

The Roosters kept the game alive with an impressive individual attempt by Joseph Suaalii in the second half, but it was not enough.

Meanwhile, there are doubts about the availability of two stars from the home state after being denounced for dangerous tackles.

There are also concerns about Roosters injuries, with brothers Nat and Egan Butcher not having HIA.

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The Eels left behind their humiliating round 14 defeat to deliver a first-half master class against the Roosters.

Parramatta’s intentions were clear as he made five impressive tries in the first 40 minutes to shoot at a 26-12 lead.

Cooper Cronk said the Eels “were playing off their skin” and declared their first half as “the best 40 minutes we’ve seen this year,” while Greg Alexander was admired for the exciting attempts.

“The eels, after losing 6-no … I don’t think I’ve seen one side put together so many spectacular attempts,” Alexander said.

“Not only are they running across the line, there are beautiful hands: the attempts have it all.”

It all came down to the efforts of Parramatta’s strikers. Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Junior Paulo, Shaun Lane and Oregon Kaufusi went over 100 yards, while Shaun Lane set up two tries and Isaiah Papali’I burst seven tackles.

“Eels play well when their power play is tonight,” Alexander said.

“The first two rowers, you take Niukore off the bench, Lane has been fantastic on the edge, as has Papali’i: they’re all used to going down the middle third of the field.

“When they come out roaring from the backfield with Sivo or Waqa Blake, those big, athletic ones who carry hard, Paulo and Campbell-Gillard have a lot of pressure, so they can come back and then carry hard in the back. done, “added Michael Ennis.

Eels star midfielder Mitch Moses told Fox League after the win that they wanted to “prove a point” and that’s exactly what they did.

“We weren’t very happy with how we acted last week, so we wanted to go out and show a point … we showed a lot of mental toughness to keep showing each other,” he said.

“It was a great success last week.”


With the New South Wales home team set to be announced Sunday night, the Eels Reagan trio Campbell-Gillard, Junior Paulo and Ryan Matterson have sent a big reminder to coach Brad Fittler.

According to various reports, Campbell-Gillard and Matterson are under pressure to keep their places at 17 and the loss of the Blues in the first game would certainly make Paulo a little nervous about his position.

All three were on a mission Saturday night and played a major role in the victory.

“It got off to a great start,” Michael Ennis said of Paulo in the first half.

“Sometimes, with the skill of Junior Paulo, sometimes he feels the need to use it to create opportunities and create impetus for his men outside …

“When Paulo is in that mood and is aggressive and thinks he’s hard to ‘run first,’ he’s one of the most destructive leaders in the game.”

Paulo finished with an impressive 228-meter run with 25 runs, one inning and one discharge and 26 innings with three failures.

Meanwhile, Campbell-Gillard climbed 199 meters and Matterson finished with 118 meters running and five discharges.

“If you want to put that game where you won and lost, it was Paulo and RCG,” Cooper Cronk said.

“Honestly, just an excellent performance from the change against the Bulldogs to what they produced tonight, it was just a dominant performance from the top starting rowers.”


Joseph Suaalii was the Roosters’ best player on Saturday and was rewarded with two tries, one of which resulted in an impressive individual effort, but it is no secret that the Roosters have now lost three games in a row.

Suaalii finished the match with 119 running meters, six blocks, three discharges and two line breaks to end his two tries.

One of his four points came at a crucial moment in the game, at the start of the second half, when he fired a cross-field chip shot that somehow bounced perfectly for him to score.

“They had to score first in the second half and they did it with Joseph Suaalii and it looks like these things only happen to players like Joseph Suaalii. He’s special,” said Greg Alexander.

“It was probably our best,” Roosters boss James Tedesco said after the game.

“Only those hard transports he does every week. He runs to the front pack teeth and puts us on the front foot with a quick play of the balls.

“Having him and ‘Toops’ (Daniel Tupou) in the backfield is very special. He is a very skilled and talented player. “

But it takes Suaalii’s performance out of the frame and it might be time to worry.

The Roosters have now suffered three consecutive defeats for the first time since mid-2019 and are ninth. It is also the first time since 2016 that they finish a round out of the top eight later in round 3 of the season.

Next week they will face the Panthers at Penrith, their biggest test of the season.

“Our average defense has to be better than tonight,” Tedesco said, looking forward to round 16.

“We knew Parramatta would come out, especially after the way they played last week, but Penrith also did that to us when they played for us: they went through our midst.

“We only have to do an 80-minute performance, we haven’t done it all year. We’ve been good at the pieces, but not consistent enough. “


Eels: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. William Pennini 4. Waqa Blake 5. Bailey Simonsson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paul 11. Shaun Lane 15. Ryan Matterson 13. Isaiah Papali’i 12. Martha Niukore 14. Makahesi Makatoa 16. Oregon Coffee 21. Ky Rodwell. Substitute: 19. Jacob Arthur

The roosters1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Billy Smith 4. Joseph Manu 5. Joseph Suaalii 6. Sam Walker 15. Drew Hutchison 8. Lindsay Collins 9. Sam Verrills .Nat Butcher 14. Connor Watson 16. Egan Butcher 17. Fletcher Forner 19. Daniel Suluka-Fifita. Substitution: 20. Paul Momirovski

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