The Eels punished the baby Roosters last night, without really having to get dirty at Aussie Stadium. The Roosters minus Braith Anasta, Nate Myles, Amos Roberts, Anthony Minichiello and Chris Flannery were always going to find it tough against the 3rd placed Eels.
Parramatta continue to prefer Night matches with the team once again looking different under lights. Even missing their form forward and captain Nathan Cayless the Eels had plenty of punch, with Gold Coast bound Aaron Cannings leading the way with some dynamic busts.
Burt was again close to the Eels best, cleaning up in defence and was ever willing in attack – scoring a nice try from a Finch kick directly from an Eels scrum win. Finch continues to find his feet with the Eels after struggling earlier in the year.
While coach Hagan would be happy with the big win, it’s hard to gauge the improvement in the Eels as playing against such a young side isn’t a massive test. The Eels will enjoy the bye next week and look for speedy injury recovery from Tahu and Cayless.
The Roosters are not only in a big rebuilding phase, but they are struggling as their senior players aren’t really showing the way to the young guys. Wing and Fitzgibbon were both only average for the Roosters last night, but Kenny Dowell, Paea and Sa were all showing plenty of promise. Sadly for Soliola his comeback was marred by missed opportunities and dropped ball.
The Roosters will find it tough again next week, as they travel to Bulldog town to fight the improving Dogs of war.