Back-t0-back wins have been hard to come by for the Parramatta Eels in 2022 but it happened, with a 28-18 success against the New Zealand Warriors. 

Desperate to obtain some element of consistency and defeat the teams that are languishing near the bottom of the ladder, the Eels broke the small hoodoo that eluded them for three months.

Despite some strong defence early, discipline would end up costing the Warriors and the Eels had their first try through Waqa Blake.

Reed Mahoney’s pass cut out the decoy and Blake stormed onto the pass to score the opening try of the game.

Blake grabbed a second soon after when winger Maika Sivo intercepted the ball and raced away.

Blake, regarded as one of the Eels’ fastest players, caught up to Sivo and was able to support his winger on the inside to score.

Despite their inconsistent season, the Warriors have always shown heart and ticker and they were rewarded with a try before half-time.

Both Wayde Egan and Adam Pompey combined to put Marcelo Montoya over to narrow the deficit at the half-time break.

Still in the contest, the game was there for the taking for either side but it was the Eels who were hungrier.

Isaiah Papali’i ran a tremendous line off a Mahoney pass and bulldozed his way over to score.

On the next play, the Eels went the length of the field when a Moses bomb was mishandled by Montoya.

Bailey Simonsson found himself with the ball and flicked a pass back inside with Clint Gutherson waiting to score.

The icing on the cake came when the Eels created some space down their left flank courtesy of a quick shift by Gutherson.

Dylan Brown found Sivo on the wing and he had enough pace to run down the sideline to score.

The Warriors would grab two consolation tries at the end but it was not enough.

NRL News Player of the Game

3. Isaiah Papali’i (PAR)

2. Tohu Harris (WAR)

1. Waqa Blake (PAR)

New Zealand Warriors forward Tohu Harris

By ricky

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