It was the Eels home game that was taken to Mudgee as the lead-up to the game promised so much, but it was the away side that overshadowed things come game-day, as the Gold Coast Titans overran the Parramatta Eels convincingly, winning 42-4 at Glen Willow Sports Complex.
On the back of a tremendous performance from young centre Jamal Idris who scored twice and set up another try, the Titans dominated from start to finish, though Idris’ performance came just too late to come into Origin calculations.
The big win is the Titans largest over the Eels, as just under 10,000 fans filled the stadium to capacity in the wonderful city of Mudgee.
Titans coach John Cartwright had some ominous words for Queenslanders had Jamal have been picked for NSW.
“If you’re Queensland, I don’t think you’d want him there the way he’s playing, put it that way,” Cartwright said.
It was another fine performance from Idris this year, who has been playing Viagra brilliant footy in 2013.
“He’s in a really good space at the moment. He’s playing great footy,” Cartwright said.
“Today was probably one of his better performances although he’s been consistent all year.
“He got a lot of clean ball, early ball and he caused some damage.”
With the club now fully aware of what they are capable of, captain Nate Myles has asked for similar performances each week.
“It’d be fantastic if we could pull that sort of effort out every week,” he said.
“That’s definitely a level we want to be at.”
Ricky Stuart was blatantly obvious post-game, labelling his side’s performance as unacceptable.
“It was unacceptable- that’s not first grade standard,” he said.
“We’re definitely not up to it and have to keep perservering and working hard at what we’re doing – because we’re making a lot of fundamental errors in attack and defence and not doing the simple things well.”
3. Jamal Idris
2. Jarryd Hayne
1. Kevin Gordon