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Eels thrash listless Warriors in NRL

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/09/2016 By Angelo Risso

An exasperated Andrew McFadden was at a loss for words after his side produced another defensive horror show in their defeat to the Eels.

Careless errors condemned the Warriors to a 40-18 thrashing in Auckland, gifting the Eels several tries.

The result dooms the Warriors to tenth on the NRL ladder when a spot in the top eight was theirs for the taking three weeks ago.

The Warriors were coasting in the opening period of the match, claiming more than 60 per cent possession and laying on two tries in the first 10 minutes.

But the strong start was squandered when blunders by Tuimoala Lolohea and Issac Luke gifted Eels hooker Isaac De Gois two four-pointers.

Lolohea fumbled the ball near his tryline, allowing De Gois to capitalise, before Luke dropped the ball collecting his own scrum feed in front of the posts.

Parramatta then put on another five tries - including one after David Fusitu'a spilled an intercept - to end a tough season on a high.

For the Warriors, it was the same old story.

"We had individual errors you just can't make," McFadden said.

"I thought our forwards did a pretty good job but it's the errors and you just get found out."

Skipper Ryan Hoffman said the performance was a microcosm of the side's 2016 season.

A promising attacking display and kicking game was punctured by poor defending, careless mistakes and lapses under pressure.

Hoffman also struggled to put his finger on the problem.

"We showed we could do great things and then we allow teams back into it," Hoffman said.

"We work hard for our points and then let in soft ones."

Parramatta assistant coach Steve Murphy said his side's fightback was built on the back of defensive grit.

Throughout the year the club made headlines for all the wrong reasons.

They were docked 12 points for salary cap breaches, star recruit Kieran Foran quit the club and Corey Norman was suspended for drug possession.

Ex-Eel Jarryd Hayne also snubbed the club for the Titans upon his return from the NFL.

"Our response to things that have happened this year has been fantastic from day one and we're so proud of them," Murphy said.

"I can't see a reason why, for us moving forward, there aren't good times ahead."

For McFadden, it is back to the drawing board after the club's fifth consecutive year without finals football.

The outfit will lose five-eighth Thomas Leuluai to the Super League but will retain the bulk of their 2016 squad list, and also get fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck back from injury.

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