Parramatta Eels vs New Zealand Warriors: Five things we learned

The Warriors have survived a gallant comeback from the last-placed Eels to win 24-14. Here's what we learned.

  1. 1 There's no better finisher than David Fusitu'a

    We've known about his finishing skills for a while and there are plenty of wingers who have acrobatic skills that could put circus performers to shame.  But a first-half effort from Fusitu'a has left no doubt in my mind that he is the best finisher in the game.  It wasn't just the acrobatics and sheer athleticism, but the precision and the ease of which it appeared that he completed the try.  What a player!

  2. 2 Blake Green steps up when it matters

    With the score 14-12 to the Eels coming into the final quarter, it was time for the playmakers to stamp their influence on the match and get their team home.  Moses and Norman went missing for the Eels (front rower Peni Terepo took playmaking duties upon himself to send Manu Mau across the stripe) while Blake Green increased his involvements towards the end of sets to organise his side.  

    When a moment of brilliance was needed, Blake Green was the one who seized that moment, putting in a wonderful grubber kick that bamboozled Mitch Moses and fell to Jazz Tevaga to put the Warriors back in front.  They were too good from there.  It appears unlikely that he'll play for NSW come Origin 1 - you'd have to say that he's pretty unlucky.

  3. 3 Eels hurting at half-time.

    The half-time interview is usually a pretty un-insightful affair, but this one was a pretty revealing one.

    Clint Gutherson was all-too-eager to get into the dressing sheds; the newly minted skipper was clearly upset with the efforts of his team.  He repeatedly said they weren't good enough, with far too many simple errors.  You can bet that he and Brad Arthur tore shreds off his team in the privacy of the dressing rooms, because their effort was much improved for most of the second stanza.

  4. 4 Warriors struggling with long kicking game

    The absence of Shaun Johnson leaves a hole at the Warriors.  Don't be fooled by the people that say the Warriors are better without him; they're probably also anti-vaccinators who believe the Earth is flat.

    Blake Green shouldered most of the kicking responsibility and his short-kicking game was largely excellent (as mentioned above), but long kicks repeatedly failed to find the turf, which regularly got the Eels into good ball from their kick returns.

  5. 5 This Will Smith not cut out for Hollywood

    On a lighter note, one man's Will Smith is one of the most successful actors in recent decades, another man's Will Smith is possibly the worst actor the world has seen!  I mean, seriously, who was a fooling with his penalty milking attempt late in the match, bouncing the ball off the chest of an offside Isaac Luke?  Well, apart from the match officials!  Seriously people, a little common sense, please!

    What big talking points do you have from the Warrior's win? Let us know in the comments below.

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Bo Nicholson

30 from Brisbane, Australia.

Cricket and Rugby League Writer for RealSport.

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Also a Support Worker, working with people who have intellectual disabilities.