Parramatta secured their first win of the season against Manly.
Parramatta secured their first win of the season against Manly.

Moses masterclass inspires Eels’ first win

BRAD Arthur can coach. Mitchell Moses can play. Corey Norman looked happy.

And the Parramatta pack, well, that goes a long way to answering the questions that were being asked of them.

If their dominating performance in today's crushing 44-10 win over Manly did one thing, it showed that if they can turn up with that kind of attitude for the rest of the season anything is still possible.

It all started mid-week with a no-holds barred training session when there was blood and bad tempers.

 

And the end result was a performance Parramatta fans have been waiting seven rounds to see, turning around a 54-0 loss to the Sea Eagles back in round two.

It was full of energy, attitude, effort and intent.

And best of all was the scoreboard at ANZ Stadium that finally put the Eels' winless start to the season to bed.

As bad as the result was for Manly on the back of the dramas surrounding the split in the camp caused by the conflict between Daly Cherry-Evans and Jackson Hastings, for Brad Arthur it would have been absolute relief.

Mitchell Moses and Corey Norman answered critics with outstanding performances.
Mitchell Moses and Corey Norman answered critics with outstanding performances.

Moses was brilliant setting up three of Parramatta's seven tries while Corey Norman crossed for his own and set up another ripper for Kenny Edwards with beautiful soft hands.

The Eels forwards were also outstanding, laying the platform with a dominant win over a Manly pack that simply had no answer to the onslaught.

When the training session through the week boiled over the word was it was Jarryd Hayne who led the aggression.

Unfortunately for Hayne, he had to watch the majority of the match from the sideline after being replaced after just 30 minutes.

Hayne threw the final pass for Manu Ma'u's opening try in the 26 th minute that was inspired by Moses.

Manly were completely outclassed by the firing Eels.
Manly were completely outclassed by the firing Eels.

But Hayne reinjured his hip in the process and was replaced soon after.

But from that moment the Eels never looked back.

When they played back in round two at Brookvale it was Manly who went to the halftime break up 30-0.

But in a dramatic turnaround, it was Parramatta who led 20-0 on the back of three first half tries.

Manly were forced to make 60 more tackles with the Eels dominating a 64-36 per cent split of possession with a 7-1 penalty count and Manly had only themselves to blame.

The Eels were playing with plenty of energy and while their attack didn't click in the early period they were eventually rewarded with the three first half tries coming in the final 14 minutes.

Parramatta were exceptional in the win.
Parramatta were exceptional in the win.

Moses was heavily involved in two of them.

His effort to make something out of nothing inspired the first with Hayne throwing the last pass for Ma'u to touch down.

Moses then spotted Brian Kelly and Akuila Uate too far in on the right edge and threw a perfect cut out pass for George Jennings try in the 35 th minute.

And just before the break Kaysa Pritchard charged over from dummy half with a soft try that would have had Trent Barrett furious.

The onslaught continued when Norman sliced through for his try early in the second half before Moses chipped ahead and Michael Jennings was rewarded.

Jarryd Hayne left the field early in the game with injury.
Jarryd Hayne left the field early in the game with injury.

Moses did it again when he sparked another raid that gave Clint Gutherson their seventh try of the afternoon.

For Manly, the woeful effort continued an awful week.

In the past this has been a club that rallied together with a siege mentality when the outside world was against them.

But right now they are playing like a team that is divided. The dramas of the week has obviously taken on a toll on the players.

The question now is how can it be resolved? Parramatta found their answers today.

While Arthur and hi players got their reprieve, Barrett and Manly have plenty of questions now coming his way.

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