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Eels record dominant 36-14 victory over Knights



The Eels have recorded a dominant 36-14 victory over the Knights in Gosford to finish their pre-season campaign.

Newcastle’s new look spine delivered early, with off-season recruit Lachie Miller orchestrating a try for winger Dominic Young.

“The giant that he is, the much in demand Dominic Young scores for Newcastle,” Fox League’s Warren Smith said.

Parramatta then were handed a brutal blow, with gun backrower Shaun Lane leaving the field holding his jaw before he was taken to hospital for scans.

A J’maine Hopgood offload sparked the Eels’ first four-pointer moments later, with Junior Paulo finding Matt Doorey to charge over the line.

Eels fullback Clint Gutherson then orchestrated his side’s second with a smart grubber before kicking the ball through himself to score.

Moments later, winger Sean Russell scored in the right corner with the try assist coming from Gutherson as the star fullback stamped his mark on the clash.

But the Knights responded, scoring an impressive 70-metre try through strong efforts from Greg Marzhew, before Bradman Best burst through the line to record a four-pointer.

However, the Eels couldn’t be kept down in the first half with Mitchell Moses breaking the line to find Dylan Brown on the inside to score.

After halftime, young halfback Jakob Arthur put Jack Murchie through a gaping hole to score.

Sean Russell also continued his strong form with a 60-metre intercept before the young winger scored his second of the night.

Marzhew later crossed for a try of his own before Parramatta winger Isaac Lumelume burrowed his way over the tryline to close out the contest.

The Eels lost gun backrower Isaiah Papali’i in the off-season, and now Parramatta coach Brad Arthur has another headache on his hands in the edge forwards.

Shaun Lane left the field in the first half of the club’s pre-season clash with the Knights, holding a towel to his chin to nurse his jaw.

“The Eels just getting ahead of the game here, they are taking Shaun Lane straight to Gosford Hospital for scans immediately on that facial injury,” Pitt said.

“That is a real shame for Shaun Lane, a real star for the Eels in their grand final charge 2022,” Fox League’s Warren Smith said.

Matt Doorey was named on the right, taking Papali’I’s spot but he also limped off the field after a Knights defender fell on his ankle awkwardly.

Doorey will likely be fit for Round 1, but now Arthur will need to find another backrower to start should Lane be ruled out of the season’s start.

Former Warrior Jack Murchie joined the Eels in the pre-season and could find himself starting against the Storm Round 1.

Jirah Momoisea, who joined from the Knights, could also play on the edge as well as Makahesi Makatoa.

In demand flyer Dominic Young showed why he is hot property with a blistering run on the stroke of halftime.

The English flyer won the chase to a 70-metre grubber from Jackson Hastings, burning Fijian winger Maika Sivo before he was unable to ground the ball.

Young is off contract after the 2023 season and multiple clubs have put their name in the hat for his signature.

Wayne Bennett’s Dolphins are keen to acquire his services, while Roosters coach Trent Robinson was spotted watching keenly on the sidelined in Gosford.

“No wonder the Dolphins want him, no wonder the Roosters want him,” Fox League’s Warren Smith said.

After scoring an impressive try to open his side’s points tally, Fox League’s Lara Pitt revealed Young would be making a call on his future in the coming week.

“The giant that he is, the much in demand Dominic Young scores for Newcastle,” Smith said.

“He is expected to make a call, possibly as soon as this week,” Pitt said.

Mitchell Moses has one of the biggest contract decisions of his career looming, but that doesn’t seem to have any effect on his on-field performances.

Parramatta are desperate to re-sign him and have tabled a deal worth upwards of $1 million per-season, while the Tigers have tabled a mammoth five-year deal worth $1.3 million-a-year.

The gun halfback was everywhere for the Eels and orchestrated a dominant victory, scoring eight points and having a hand in two more tries.

The 28-year-old’s running game was the highlight of his performance and an impressive try assist on the stroke of halftime stunned commentators.

“Moses, providing the magic, what speed he has… brilliant work by Mitch Moses there,” Warren Smith said.

“That is great work, that is brilliant, right on the stroke of halftime… there is his partner of crime,” Gorden Tallis said.

“That will please Brad Arthur.”

Moses finished the night with two try assists, two tackle breaks and an offload as a huge decision regarding his future looms prior to the season’s start.

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