The Parramatta Eels’ annual clash at Darwin’s TIO Stadium saw them play the Brisbane Broncos and the result? Well, it was a landslide.

A 46-6 demolition from the Eels left the Broncos in tatters as they are yet again left to regroup and ponder what went wrong.

It was a hard-fought opening 30 minutes before the floodgates opened on the back of a three-try blitz as the half-time break neared.

The Gods were not on Brisbane’s side from the start when Xavier Coates dropped the opening kick-off.

From the ensuing play, the Eels shifted the ball to their left and some quick hands saw Fijian winger Maika Sivo score his first.

The Broncos would fight their way back, however, and it was in-form forward Tevita Pangai Junior who charged over to score to make it 6-all.

Try as they might, though, the one-way traffic would be telling from there on out.

Quick hands from Bryce Cartwright on the left produced another Sivo try who had a simple path to the try-line for his second.

There was no stopping Isaiah Papali’i who continued his blistering try-scoring form.

He charged onto a short pass, powered past defenders, and was able to slam the ball down.

The Eels final try of the half would come off a Moses bomb when the ball ricocheted backwards off an Eel into the hands of Oregon Kaufusi who scored the second of his career.

A well-worked effort down the left once more saw Tom Opacic score.

It was a crafty half-break by Cartwright that put Gutherson into space before he found Opacic on his outside who did the rest.

A simple crash-ball play then saw Cartwright score a try of his own; just rewards for his stellar performance.

Another simple overlap saw Gutherson and Sivo combine again, as the Fijian nabbed his hat-trick.

A final try as full-time neared may well have been the best of the lot.

With limited space, Moses ran down the short side and grubbered ahead for himself, before leaping high to karate kick the ball ahead.

There, as always in support, was Gutherson, who scooped the ball up and scored to cap off a comprehensive win.

Cartwright has had some tough few years in his career but he was the sort of guy that Eels coach Brad Arthur believed had plenty left in the tank.

“I knew he had the ability, I like his body shape and when I spoke to him he more or less indicated it was his last opportunity,” Arthur said.

“So we like to get blokes that are not on the outer at clubs, but blokes that we think we can improve and fit into our style of footy.

“He’s still got some work to do but he’s slowly getting there and his pre-season was excellent.”

Broncos prop Payne Haas was critical of his side’s performance.

“To come out here and play like that, it’s embarrassing, to be honest,” Haas said.

“Kev’s a passionate bloke and he loves the Broncos. What we showed tonight’s not a Broncos performance.”

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3. Bryce Cartwright (PAR)

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1. Mitch Moses (PAR)

Young Parramatta Eels prop Oregon Kaufusi

By ricky

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