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globalrugbyleague - Sun, 20 May 2007 09:39:00 GMT
NSW Origin coach Graham Murray got an early taste of the blues in round 10 of the NRL after the Eels creamed the Cowboys 44-14 at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday.

While Murray didn’t appear at the post-match press conference, he saw plenty of points being scored from the coaches box.

The only problem was it was the team he played for as a halfback between 1977 and 1979 who were in cruise control and not the side coached to the Grand Final in 2005.

Missing plenty of regular faces due to Origin commitments including their most important attacking dagger, Jonathan Thurston, NQLD struggled from the outset.

The most pleasing aspect of the Eels’ performance for coach Michael Hagan was his side’s ability to score plenty of points in both halves.

“We controlled the game for 80 minutes," Hagan said.

North Queensland however were making no excuses for being milked 7 tries to 3 and nor should they.

The Eels were also missing second-rower Nathan Hindmarsh and point-scoring whiz Jarryd Hayne

“We had 8 or 9 players out, that’s no reflection on Parramatta’s performance,” former Wigan coach and current Cowboys assistant coach Ian Millward said.

“Obviously when they had opportunities too, they took them.”

Meanwhile the list of season ending injuries grew on Super Saturday when Cowboys centre Ashley Graham left the field late in the game with an injury.

Graham – who kicked 1 from 3 goals and scored his sixth try of the year- seriously injured his knee and he may be out for the rest of 2007.

The victory ends the Cowboys run of luck against the Eels, having beaten them in their previous three meetings since 2005.

Fullback Luke Burt - who has never really been considered for the Origin arena – must surely have given NSW selectors another option should Anthony Minichello become unavailable.

“As any other football would, I’m only 25, going on 26, I’d love to get the chance,” Burt told a scrum of reporters inside the Eels sheds.

Burt scored two tries, kicked 8/9 goals and became the first player to score 500 points at Parramatta Stadium.

Parramatta hooker PJ Marsh also probably attracted the interest of other clubs after setting up two tries to Luke Burt and Aarons Cannings with relative ease.

In the lower grades, the Eels suffered their first back to back loss in Premier League this season, going down 28-24 to Penrith.

The baby Eels in Jersey Flegg continued their march to the finals with a 34-10 jack hammering of Souths.

Eels 44 (Feleti Mateo, Ben Smith, Mark Riddell, Chad Robinson, Luke Burt (2), Aaron Cannings tries; Luke Burt (8/9) goals) d Cowboys 14 (Sione Faumuina, Scott Minto, Ashley Graham - Read More, Here