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Eels thrash Warriors 40-4

By Adrian Warren 15/08/2009 11:12:15 PM Comments (0)

Jarryd Hayne produced more razzle-dazzle and his teammates provided plenty of sizzle as Parramatta maintained their late-season bid for an NRL finals spot with a scintillating 40-4 win over the struggling Warriors at Parramatta Stadium.

The Eels climbed to seventh on the back of their fifth straight win and biggest victory of the season and will have teams above them casting nervous glances after an eye-catching effort.

They scored seven tries to one, three of them in the first 15 minutes, with Hayne featuring prominently in four of his side's tries.

Arguably the best player in the NRL at the moment, 21-year-old Hayne didn't score a try himself, but did just about everything else before being replaced eight minutes from the end.

He had plenty of willing helpers, with lock Todd Lowrie, prop Fuifui Moimoi, halves Jeff Robson and Daniel Mortimer, captain and second rower Nathan Hindmarsh and winger Luke Burt also prominent.

Burt finished with 20 points, scoring two tries, with centre Joel Reddy also crossing twice.

The Warriors only attacking tactic was halfback Stacey Jones hoisting bombs for giant winger Manu Vatuvei, a ploy that produced their only try in the 32nd minute.

By that time, they were already 18-0 down following converted tries to Reddy, Mortimer and hooker Matthew Keating.

Parramatta, who have outscored the opposition 140-20 in their last four games, took just five minutes to crack the Warriors defence.

Slick passes from Hayne, Robson and Keating set up the first of Reddy's two tries.

An audacious piece of play by Hayne sparked the second try.

Hayne caught a bomb on his own line and rather than being forced in goal and conceding a line dropout, he offloaded a breathtakingly cheeky pass to Burt.

Parramatta kept the ball alive and dashed downfield with Moimoi and Burt setting up Mortimer, who was tackled just short of the line, but recovered his footing to score the try.

A mesmerising run by Hayne and a pass from Robson set up Keating for the third try.

Vatuvei's converted try cut the deficit to 12, but Burt stretched Parramatta's halftime advantage to 24-4 after he won the chase to his own grubber in the last few seconds.

Hayne continued to torment the Warriors after the break, throwing the final pass for Reddy's second try and doing likewise for winger Eric Grothe after slashing the defence with a perfectly executed chip and chase.

Burt crossed for Parramatta's seventh try inside the last three minutes.

Parramatta coach Daniel Anderson joked he had "hooked" Hayne, but made it clear it was more of a precaution - and a reward.

"He's played about 15,000 minutes of footy this year, so that was pretty much to give him a rest," Anderson said.

"I don't know if he's missed a minute in any game in any week, so we need him to continue what we want to do."

Anderson acknowledged his in-form fullback had a "licence to thrill" but was also pleased with the less flashy elements of his play.

"He's done his fair share of tough, hard work tonight, donkey work, and he's done his fair share of the flamboyant and there's some highlight reels there," Anderson said.

"I was applauding him like anyone else there today, a couple of the tries that he had contributions to."

Anderson revealed the Eels were "a little bit nervy" about the game.

"We've rarely been favourites in a game this year and we were getting talked up and hyped up and we don't want to start reading our own press," he said.

"We were energetic and I thought we were clinical."

Warriors coach Ivan Cleary said his team were simply outplayed, while captain Michael Luck said "everyone was trying their arse off".

"They've obviously got a lot of momentum going for them and carried it on tonight, it was hard to find a fault in them," Cleary said.

"A try 50 seconds before halftime (to Burt) was a bit of a killer and then Hayne stepped it up in the second half."

Asked if he thought Hayne was currently the best player in the NRL, Cleary said: "He'd certainly be in the grand final."

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