Fiji Time: 3:19 PM on Wednesday 13 December

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Eels too slick for Warriors

Aap
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

SYDNEY - It's been a miserable five seasons for Parramatta fans, but the Eels' long-suffering faithful were given hope of better things to come after watching their team brush aside the Warriors 36-16 on Sunday.

The Eels went into the new campaign on the back of successive wooden spoons and without a finals appearance since their memorable run to the 2009 grand final.

But it was the perfect start for new coach Brad Arthur whose side produced some exciting, free-flowing play at Parramatta Stadium and showed an organisation in defence that's been sorely lacking in recent years.

Wingers Semi Radradra and Vai Toutai both scored hat-tricks and the scoreline would have looked more emphatic had the hosts not missed four of eight kicks on goal.

Radradra and Hayne opened the scoring with early tries but a Glen Fisiiahi effort reduced the deficit after a good pass from big-money signing Sam Tomkins.

But Toutai stretched the hosts' lead with his first four-pointer after good work from Will Hopoate to put the Eels fully in control.

However, they were rocked on the stroke of halftime by a an eight-point try that gave them only a two-point buffer to show for all their dominance.

Tomkins' fine pass found Carlos Tuimavave for the try but a stray arm from Peni Terepo split the centre's nose as he scored and Shaun Johnson added a kick from the sideline and then from in front of the posts.

Radradra adding his second in the 43rd minute and then completed his treble when Tomkins failed to hang on to a high bomb.

Manu Vatuvei kept the visitors in the game with a close-range effort but the Eels continued to press with Hayne unlucky to be denied a magnificent try by a double movement ruling.

Tautai added his second on the hour mark when he raced over untouched and then completed his hat-trick much to the delight of the noisy crowd of 14,397.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62680.6078
JPY 55.852952.8529
GBP 0.36430.3563
EUR 0.41460.4026
NZD 0.70780.6748
AUD 0.64660.6216
USD 0.48860.4716

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 13th, December, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. 'Daylight robbery'
  2. Cheika rates Fiji
  3. Aspiring doctor dedicates award to mother
  4. LTA amendments effective next month
  5. Kalouniwai: Fiji soldiers not affected
  6. Boy, 1, hospitalised
  7. Retired police officers make submissions
  8. Namosimalua reapplies for position
  9. Beach party top pick
  10. Credit bureau role

Top Stories this Week

  1. SODELPA releases candidates' names for 2018 elections Saturday (09 Dec)
  2. Shattered Tuesday (12 Dec)
  3. Good Samaritan helps out Thursday (07 Dec)
  4. 'Daylight robbery' Wednesday (13 Dec)
  5. Call of duty Thursday (07 Dec)
  6. Qiliho calls to regulate cyber space Sunday (10 Dec)
  7. SOCIAL MEDIA Alleged racist comments inquiry Monday (11 Dec)
  8. The lively Asena Friday (08 Dec)
  9. Tabuya denial Tuesday (12 Dec)
  10. Banuve's challenge Friday (08 Dec)