SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 02: Mitchell Moses of the Eels walks from the field injured during the round 13 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Newcastle Knights at ANZ Stadium on June 2, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

The Eels’ injury list continues to pile up after losing four players during their 30-4 loss to the Knights on Saturday, adding to the club’s woeful 2018 season.

Winger Bevan French went off early in the piece with concussion after colliding with Knights fullback Kalyn Ponga and did not return to the game.

Parramatta also lost playmaker Mitchell Moses to a suspected ACL injury in the first half, which reduced their interchange to just two players for the remainder of the contest.

Things went from bad to worse in the second half, after losing lock Peni Terepo to a HIA test at the 65th minute mark.

The Eels were left without a bench with 10 minutes left in the game, after fullback Will Smith hurt his hamstring.

To add to their woes, second-rower Tepai Moeroa was reported for a shoulder charge in the second half.

Bevan French was gone after three minutes and Mitchell Moses before he went off the field only had one run,” Fox League commentator Braith Anasta said at half time.

Corey Norman is out as well, so their key playmakers are not there.

“King at dummyhalf had no runs for no metres and Gutherson had no runs for no metres.

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“So your key positions in the spine aren’t performing and you have a couple of key players go off the field, so they are under the pump.

“You’ve got to get the ball in your hands and take the game by the scruff of the neck and Gutherson has to learn how to get into the game as a five-eighth.”

It was a disastrous night for the last-placed Eels, and a suspension to Moeroa could make it hard for club to field a side next week.


  1. Our side next week will be

    1. Hayne
    2. French
    3. Takairangi
    4. M. Jennings
    5. G. Jennings
    6. Gutherson
    7. Norman
    8. Alvaro
    9. King
    10. Terepo
    11. Ma’u
    12. Gower
    13. Brown
    14. Pritchard
    15. Matagi
    16. Niukore
    17. Vave

    18. Hoffman
    19. Evans
    20. Salmon
    21. Stone

      • I think that looks about right Eels, in part at least because that’s the full squad of available players at best, except I’d have Hoffman on the bench over Pritchard, given his versatility, especially with Hayne and Norman coming back from injury.

        Talk about a horror season.

        • Pretty sure both Norman and Pritchard are still injured and won’t be back next week and Princess is 50/50.
          If French recovers he will be FB with Hoff on the wing.
          I think we will be asking the NRL for the green light to bring in a couple of players outside the top 30 as our injury list is quite extensive.
          Salmon in for Moses and Evans in for Moeroa.
          Either way we will get absolutely pumped by the Cowboys.

        • I’m hearing Norman, Mannah and Hayne are 80% or better for the trip to Darwin but Pritchard is till a week or so away.
          Whispers are getting louder and louder that the eels will be approaching NRL to get dispensation to play Salmon and if so, he will line up at 14 and play some 9 or, depending on French and Hayne’s fitness, may slot in at 6 with Norman.
          I wont be surprised if Stone gets a look in this week as well, King hasn’t offered anything for weeks, his service from DH is poor as well as his usual reliability in D is non existent.

  2. From the looks of it Mosses only suffered bruising and will only be out for 2-3 weeks.
    That’s what I heard but will have to wait for confirmation from the club.

  3. What i cannot believe here is that Parramatta are one of the most resourced club’s in the NRL, money wise and junior player , how does this club got into such a horrific situation for so long is mind boggling.

    I believe it started with Dennis Fitzgerald who has been a disabling influence for many years, he has a lot to answer for.

    Now Parra have employed Burnie Gurr who has been strangely quite, the messiah they said and really has done nothing, Max Donnelly , the administrator won’t go, he needs to, but maybe he is earning to much money, he has no experience in running NRL clubs.

    Parramatta should be a major force in rugby league and they need to stop buying big name players and concentrate on the best recruitment people to start identifying local talent and so on, new head office staff, basically start from scratch and work from there, easy said, but they need to be patient and be aggressive in that department.

    Just my thoughts, and not being a supporter, probably best i say nothing, but a strong Parra is good for the NRL.

    • You are spot on penso.
      The only problem is we did start from the beginning and this is where we ended up.
      Two major problems.
      As far as money goes we are in a black hole.
      We have one of the richest leagues clubs backing us but they are at a point were they don’t want to be losing 10 million a year which they are currently doing. Due to lack of funds our useless CEO made himself the teams football manager.
      Brian Smith offered up his services as the football manager but our CEO turned him down. Now he is the football manager for the Warriors and look how well they are being run.
      The other major problem is We still have Max Donnelly here. He is great at being an administrator but knows bugger all about running a club. He even loaded the board with his own people. The entire board are just a bunch of yes men.
      Our recruitment and retention has been the worst it has ever been. We have promoted 3 juniors in the last 5 years. It’s not that we don’t have any good ones it just seems that the club would rather by has beens from other clubs than give our juniors a go.
      We are losing our juniors at a rapid rate because they know they will have a better shot at first grade at another club then they will at Parra.
      I have been a die hard Parra supporter for 38 years and am well over it.
      Can’t believe I am saying this but things were better under Dennis Fitzgerald.
      The club needs to sort it’s self out quick smart or hand the license back to the NRL so another area can make better use of it.

    • penso, I agree with some of what you are saying, particularly when it comes the Emperor.
      He has own little band of supporters (including those with considerable voices like Hadley) out there who are continually driving divisiveness and instability throughout all levels of support for the club – board, supporters, management, ex-players etc etc.
      I don’t necessarily subscribe to the theory that kev espouses about Donnelly, he was charged with turning the club’s governance, finances and administration around and feel that a number of those issues are being addressed in the correct manner. The current board is made up of independent directors, who, as I understand it, went through a rigorous process to identify the right skill set needed for the current evolution of the clubs administration – the fact that are not aligned to the football club in any way and therefore don’t appear to have allegiances to any faction has to be applauded – particularly in light of the history of the last 10 or so years.
      Factions (those aligned to Spagnolo, Fitzgerald and co) are still trying to destabilise the governance reforms as their power base and ability to wield influence is being diminished and they take serious affront to that.
      On Gurr, the jury is out on him at the moment. Taking charge of football manager role, in hindsight was not the right choice. I will delay a verdict on him atm.
      Recruitment and retention is a key issue on the field – with up to 10 players off contract at seasons end, there is a good opportunity to reshape the roster significantly. there should be funds available to do so.
      its a long hard road being an eels supporter but never dull.

      • Sorry billy but Donnelly has done nothing in regards to governance.
        We had the chance to get major changes through the club at the last AGM but he held it on a Wednesday night and not much was said about it to the supporter base. It wasn’t advertised very well and most couldn’t make it due to work commitments.
        Due to this previous factions were able to get there in numbers and shout everything down.
        If this AGM had been handled properly governance changes would have gone ahead by now.
        Now he has back flipped on his stance about previous board members being able to run for the board again.
        He said it wouldn’t happen under his watch but he has now changed his stance on that one.
        He needs to go as does Gurr.
        The only thing Gurr has done for us is help put us deeper in the hole we are in and gave us the ugliest jersey this once proud club has ever had.

        • You have done well Bernie Gurr, Mission accomplished ex-rooster. Your next mission is…..South Sydney Poms.

          This message will self destruct in 10 seconds.:)

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