In what was the Parramatta captain’s last game, Nathan Cayless unfortunately could not be sent home a winner, after his side was beaten 26-12 at Parramatta Stadium.

A win would have made the season a little bit more memorable, as we would not have only finished with a win, but the win would have been a fitting way for the longest serving skipper at one club in the NRL, to finish his career on.

Cayless will be also be thanking the football gods as he doesn’t have to perform the dreaded nudie run after scoring a try with his torso, that was given benefit of the doubt by video ref Russell Smith.

The Warriors win gives them breathing space, and they have all but cemented fifth spot in this year’s finals race, with the Roosters not scoring enough points to overtake them.

The Warriors will face the red-hot Gold Coast in the first week of the finals next week at Skilled Stadium, but they’re in with a good chance of winning have won 5 of their past 6 games.

The Eels worked their backsides off in an attempt to get the win from Cayless, but they pushed one pass too many and squandered a ton of opportunities.

“I played a lot of big games but you only play one last game and it was pretty emotional, but just very relieving to get the try and not have to do the nude run on Monday,” said Cayless.

“I have no regrets, I’m relieved it’s finished now and I can move on and do some other things.

“It’s been a dream to be able to play for so long for such a great club like this growing up in the area, I couldn’t have asked for any more.”

It was the Warriors defence that won the game, but a determined Eels outfit hung in until the end, before the Warriors side ran away with the game.

“Our defence … in the last month we’ve got a bit of confidence out of defence and I think going into a finals series, the boys are confident in each other,” said Cleary.

“You run harder and work a bit harder to make up for your team mates so there’s a bit of that going on and if you defend well you’re a much bigger chance of putting pressure on the opposition and you’re a chance of scoring points so that’s been pleasing.”

The game was not without controversy however, after Eels winger Luke Burt was tackled after he had kicked the ball in what was possible a try-scoring situation for the Eels.

The try was not awarded as the video ref saw too much doubt in the possible try to award it, but James Maloney did get 10 in the bin for his role.

By ricky

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