Eels play maker Mitchell Moses should go for a gallop more often, according to coach Brad Arthur after his halfback showed a clean pair of heels in setting up one of Parramatta's four tries in their 24-22 win over the Warriors on Saturday.
Moses latched onto a Manu Ma'u offload and scooted close to 60 metres down the eastern touchline at Bankwest Stadium bringing the crowd to its feet.
Most thought he could go all the way but the cover defence was closing fast so Moses kicked ahead for fullback Clint Gutherson to score in the 56th minute and end an 80-metre movement.
"Mitch is fast and we want him to use it more," Arthur said.
"He put himself in a good position around 'Muns' [Ma'u] who has a pretty good off-load.
"And that's what we can rely on with Gutho, that if we make a line break he is just pushing down the middle of the field and the ball manages to find him a lot.
"It's just that work ethic."
Moses and Gutherson special
It's also the type of long-range try Parramatta are building a reputation around. Moses made nine runs for 95 metres plus a line break, a try assist and two tackle busts and kicked four goals.
Winger Maika Sivo is another crowd-pleaser who brings the fans to their feet. He fended off Warriors backs Gerard Beale and Blake Ayshford with ease before putting Brad Takairangi away to score.
With all the talk about Semi Radradra perhaps making a return to the NRL after this year's Rugby World Cup, while Sivo is delivering points no-one is missing the Eels former Fijian winger.
Sivo scored himself – his 14th try in 17 games.
"We know he can finish and score tries. But he's still learning about the game. I had a chat with him during the week about a couple of things he wasn't quite doing for us," Arthur said.
"He responded well and I thought he did a fair job for us today.
"He's pretty strong with that fend. You give him the ball and he knows how to find the line. That's what wingers have got to do."
All of Arthur's back five ran for more than 110 metres. The Eels' 10th win of 2019 keeps them at sixth on the ladder but allows them to pounce for a top-four spot with six more rounds left.
Sivo moves Warriors out of the way
"We just need to keep focusing on the periods of our game that we get wrong. We've had periods of 10 to 15 minutes in the past seven or so weeks where we just leak two or three tries and are horrible," Arthur said.
"Today we dug in. We need to do that more before we start worrying about playing semi-finals.
"We showed a bit of character. A majority of our wins have been a bit pretty. It was nice to have to grind, dig in.
"While it was touch ugly at times that was the style of footy we needed to find when the going gets tough – we have to aim up."