Jennings in awe of Semi's Sevens skills
One of the tries of the year so far was laid on by Eels winger Semi Radradra for centre Michael Jennings in scarcely believable fashion, and after the fact the NSW centre was full of praise for the skills of his outside man.
A soaring take at the left touchline from a pinpoint Kieran Foran bomb saw Radradra come down over the top of Bulldogs fullback Will Hopoate to collect the ball and somehow pop up a perfect pass for Jennings.
It was Jennings' first NRL try for his new club while Radradra bagged a double to bring up his 50th NRL four-pointer in his 52nd game.
Jennings described Radradra as a natural athlete who was now working his way into the season.
"It was good that he killed it tonight. He deserves it all because he's been working hard off the field," Jennings told NRL.com.
"[The try] reminded me of the rugby sevens, how they just flick it out, the Fijians. I was lucky enough to be on the end of it," he said.
As off-the-cuff as it looked, Radradra added that the team had trained for those sorts of situations.
"I've been working a lot on the high ball in the pre-season. I've been working every day at training and it paid off today," he said.
"I just do defence, high ball from the half in attack and it finally paid off."
The Eels' vaunted left-edge attack finally started to click in their third outing of the season and Radradra was hopeful the work in the pre-season was starting to pay off.
"It's getting there. We've been working hard all pre-season to find the combination and hopefully it will be there soon. There are still a lot of things to work on."
With the forwards more likely to get a work out due to reduced interchange, there is more pressure on the backs to help out with hit-ups, Radradra said.
"[The coach said] to just help the middle because they've been changing the interchange so Brad said to come and find the ball and get involved," he said.
"From the back three, that's our plan, just get the carries from dummy half and help the big boys out."
Jennings was happy his left edge partner was starting to get the rewards for his hard work over the off-season.
"We were working on our combinations during the week and we were all confident how it worked during the week and what we practised at training, it showed on the field," Jennings said.
"I think our preparation with our kick attack with 'Normy' and 'Foz' [halves Corey Norman and Kieran Foran] have been doing a really good job. Our kicks over the past two weeks have really kept us in the game. We've been working on it a lot and to get the result from that kick is really good.
"They lead the team around and they're both different players which is good and they're playing good footy."