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Eels tame Tigers with 30-point mauling

By Todd Balym 04/06/2007 23:06:40 PM Comments (0)

Parramatta proved their premiership credentials with a 38-8 thumping of Wests Tigers at Telstra Stadium as Feleti Mateo stamped himself a future NRL star.

Mateo, 23, led the Eels with two tries and several offloads as Parramatta beat the Tigers at their own game of second phase football to run out seven tries to one victors and claim their third successive win and sixth straight against the merger club.

The victory moves Parramatta into fourth on the NRL ladder and ends the Tigers' six-game winning streak whilst inflicting their heaviest defeat of 2007.

With a 16-2 lead at halftime, the Eels rapid ball movement led to two quick tries within eight minutes of the restart to put the result beyond doubt.

It was an easy win for the Eels helped largely by the Tigers' record 56 missed tackles.

Teenage NSW winger Jarryd Hayne also scored and pulled off a rib-crunching shoulder charge on Shannon McDonnell while cult hero Fuifui Moimoi was dominant up front.

Despite the 30 point thumping, Eels forward Nathan Hindmarsh said his side is yet to prove themselves genuine title contenders.

"No, way too early for that," he said.

"We haven't played too many sides who are in great form. We played the Tigers who have won six straight but teams like Manly we held for 40 minutes and let it slip there.

"Games like the Dogs, the Dogs beat us in the second half. They're the type of teams we really need to come up against and beat."

With young guns like Mateo and prop Aaron Cannings passing at will - the Eels offloaded 28 times - and veterans such as Nathan Cayless and Moimoi doing the hard yards, Hindmarsh knows the Eels look very strong for the future.

"It can be a bit scary sometimes when (Mateo) has the ball out in his right hand but yeah I think he is going to progress into a great player but he just has to learn sometimes to tuck it under the wing," said Hindmarsh.

"It all looks good for the future."

Mateo, who recently signed a three-year deal to stay at Parramatta, said he is growing in confidence and excelling under the freedom from coach Michael Hagan.

"(Hagan's) sort of given me free reign and I have a lot of confidence knowing he has the faith in me and I feel sweet doing what I want out there," said Mateo.

Mateo wasn't the only Eel running riot, centre Ben Smith and winger Eric Grothe also superb in busting up the middle and out wide.

Grothe completed a spectacular one-handed try in the 17th minute to open the Eels account as two Tigers dragged him out of the field of play.

Moimoi set up the try of the night when he burst through the defensive line and offloaded to Mateo who then bamboozled the Tigers with an inside pass to Hayne who ran 40 metres untouched to score beneath the posts in the 24th minute.

Brett Finch, Ben Smith and Luke Burt also scored before the Tigers finally broke their drought in the 65th minute when Brett Hodgson, only minutes after being floored from a head clash with PJ Marsh, put teenage centre Chris Lawrence over for his sixth try in five games.

After just scraping home over Penrith last week and also lucky to beat the Warriors the week prior, Tigers coach Tim Sheens said the loss had been a long time coming.

"It was coming, don't worry about that," said Sheens.

"You don't like to think so but it was. It will be a rude awakening for us.

"The problem is you can over-correct it and get your feet in quick sand and lose two or three in a row. That's what we've got to be wary of now. We have to turn it around this week."

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