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Parramatta Eels vs Gold Coast Titans: 6 things we learned

Parramatta Eels have taken another big step towards a top four finish with a runaway win against a brave Titans side.

Parramatta Eels recorded a win to signal their top four intent while the Titans dropping down to 15th in the NRL ladder. Here’s six things we learned: 

  1. 1 Mitchell Moses shows he is worth the money

    A poor showing last week did not dampen the Mitchell Moses' spirits as he turned out a class performance on Thursday night. Having formed a devastating partnership with Corey Norman, the two could make the Eels a serious contender.

    Moses kicked five goals and threw the most stunning no-look pass to send Will Smith over for a try. It showed how much he trusts his new teammates already and proves his Origin credentials aren't too far away. Just imagine a halves pairing of Moses and Nathan Cleary in top form! 

    Norman has actually played second fiddle to Moses since he joined. He has taken control of the team and set up so many tries with pure brilliance; kudos young man!

  2. 2 Referee blunders galore

    A new sense of confidence has been apparent in the on-field officials over the last few weeks. On Thursday, it was back to the same old, unsure check upstairs before they got the decision wrong anyway.

    At one stage of the match, Semi Radradra knocked on three times but the referees, touch judges and bunker all somehow missed it. 

    One rule that must be changed for next year is the knock-on. In rugby union, referees check whether a ball has gone backwards or forwards after it's hit the ground. Maybe our officials could take a leaf out of their book.

  3. 3 Eels make opportunities count

    Despite a host of stats being against the Parramatta side, including the possession, error count, completion rate and tackles made, they came away with the two points. 

    The numbers don't make for good reading and they will be very fortunate to not be punished for a similar performance in the finals. However, their clinical edge could see them become a dangerous opponent.

  4. 4 Catch-up footy: The tale of the Titans season

    The Titans fell behind early on and were playing catch-up for the vast majority of the game once again.

    It has been the story of their season with their gutsy displays often not being enough to overturn the deficit. Thursday was another step too far for them it seemed.

    The players need to up their game. Some of the Titans bench players seem to think going onto the field and doing 15-odd tackles is acceptable.

  5. 5 Hayne and Henry not solely to blame

    Ashley Taylor's kicking game was on point however the team didn't take advantage of it with their kick chase.

    Jarryd Hayne wasn't playing, and the team performed just as well as they have done with him. As Eric Grothe Junior said, Hayne is not the player you bring into your club to better the culture of the whole place.

    Neil Henry has been harshly treated if the rumours turn out to be true. He led the Tigers into an eighth placed finish last year when they were tipped for the wooden spoon. The Gold Coast club's season has not been purely Henry's fault.

  6. 6 Ryan James has a forgettable year

    Where has Ryan James been in 2017?

    He scored 12 tries last season, the best tally for a front-rower ever, but has only crossed three times this year. On Thursday, he ran for 73m and missed four tackles.

    A strong showing in 2017 would have put James in the frame for State of Origin selection but he now needs to step up in an inexperienced and young side.

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Kieran Gibson

A Rugby League die hard, and supporter of 17 North Queensland Cowboys players, means I rarely have the time to support others. Jokes aside, I have been following League since 2004, and love to indulge in and analyse the National Rugby League Competition.

Parramatta Eels vs Gold Coast Titans: 6 things we learned

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