Eels turn tables on hapless Manly

Scott Bailey
The Parramatta Eels have ended their 2018 NRL losing streak with a 44-10 win over Manly

Parramatta produced the NRL's biggest head-to-head turnaround in 16 years as they snapped their winless start to the season and heaped all their misery onto Manly in a 44-10 flogging.

Beaten 54-0 by the Sea Eagles just five weeks ago, the Eels' 88-point reversal was the fourth biggest of the NRL era and the largest since Cronulla turned the tables on Newcastle in 2002.

It also represented the significant changes in fortunes for the two battling clubs, as Manly's week from hell hit another low just as their arch-rivals breathed a small glimmer of hope into their season.

Embattled amid the Jackson Hastings and Daly Cherry-Evans off-field fiasco, Manly have now lost three in a row and completed just 15 sets and had only 42 per cent of the ball in the loss at ANZ Stadium.

In comparison, Parramatta were the best they have been all season, completing at 92 per cent to almost double their points scored this season, from 46 to 90.

Criticised during the week, Parramatta's halves pairing of Corey Norman and Mitchell Moses showed signs of the form that got the Eels to last year's finals as they had a hand in six tries.

The only sour note for Parramatta came when Jarryd Hayne limped from the field midway through the first half with the same hip injury that ruled him out of the past three weeks.

It simply begged the question: Where on earth has this form been in the opening six rounds?

"Good question," Eels coach Brad Arthur mused.

"The question now is we just need to keep it how we perform and what we did with our performance, our identity. We played tough, controlled and patient."

Moses had his first major involvement when he and Hayne combined to send Manu Ma'u over on the left edge, before he later lofted a ball for right-side winger George Jennings to cross and help set-up a 20-0 half-time lead.

His kicking was also much improved, evidenced by his chip for Michael Jennings early in the second half, while he later skipped free to put Clinton Gutherson over.

"It worked for him today," Arthur said.

"He showed a good level of patience. Both halves have been trying hard but it just hasn't been working."

Co-captain Tim Mannah was also sensational. Another to be bagged during the week, he led the Eels with 156 metres while Ma'u, David Gower and Daniel Alvaro also reached three figures from Parramatta's forward pack.

Brad Parker and Akuila Uate each grabbed second-half tries for Manly, but their day went from bad to worse when the former limped off with a knee injury and didn't return.

"It's been a very, very ordinary week," Manly coach Trent Barrett said.

"It's really difficult. But it's my job to look after the players. The players have got to take some responsibility for it too and so do I."

*Stats: Fox Sports Stats