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Roosters up to old tricks - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Sun, 06 May 2007 01:26:00 GMT
The roosters turnaround in form proved to be a short one on Saturday night after the Eels comprehensively plucked them 28-10 at Parramatta Stadium.

On a high after hatching their 1000th win last week against the Dragons, the visitors turned up hopeful of promising times ahead.

This hope turned out to be false, leaving coach Chris Anderson to accuse his side of ‘getting carried away’ after they were easily mauled 5 tries to 2,

“We just put ourselves back to square one tonight, that was the disappointing thing,” Anderson said.

Looking to end a two week losing streak, the Eels were desperate for a good start and they got it care of 20-year NRL rookie Krisnan Inu.

Inu – playing first grade for only the second time – scored two tries in three minutes while having a hand in another.

"He's going to be a great player for Parramatta in the future” Hagan said about Inu

He will have to be with injured star centre, Timana Tahu, heading to Rugby Union at the end of the season.

Other Eels stars who touched down included Nathan Hindmarsh – who grabbed his 5th try of the season – as well as Luke Burt and Eric Grothe.

For the Roosters, their points came too late in the second half care of Ashley Harrison and Sam Perrett

Burt ‘s foot of fear remained reliable all night as the little fullback kicked 4 from 5 goal attempts.

Tim Smith continued to show glimpses of 2005 form after contributing to all five of his team’s tries leaving his coach cautiously impressed.

"I think (Smith) ran the team well and came up with some very good options for a couple of the tries we scored..

"His kicking game was good but he's probably still a little impatient at times but he's only 22 and that will only get better as he plays more games."

Despite the size of the loss, former Roosters five-eighth Brett Finch took nothing away from the skill put on display by rising halfback Mitchell Pearce.

Pearce troubled the Eels on plenty of occasions with his kicking game, setting up opportunities and creating the space his side needed to compete.

“He’s a competitive little bastard, Finch said.

“I remember when I was in that position in Canberra. It’s tough just if your team’s struggling.

“He’s a player that the club can build a team around in years to come.”

Brett Finch will join GRL as next week’s Guest From The Game.

Eels 28 (K Inu 2, L Burt, E Grothe, N Hindmarsh, tries; L Burt 4/5 goals) d roosters 10 (A Harrison, S Perrett tries; C Fitzgibbon 1 goal) at Parramatta Stadium. Penalties: Eels 9-7 Line-breaks: Eels 5-2 GRL Game Grade: 5 balls out of 10. - Read More, Here