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Slippery and sensational win

AFTER not scoring a single point last round, the Parramatta Eels wasted little time getting on the scoreboard against the Warriors in a thrilling match which saw them run out the 24-18 victors and book a top-four berth on Sunday.

However, the Eels still need a couple of weeks to polish things up before they can be called premiership contenders, according to coach Brad Arthur.
The Warriors were after three wins in a row and had secured four from their previous five games.
But the Eels shot out to a 16-0 lead and made Todd Payten’s men play catch-up football all match long in front of the Parramatta-heavy, 4,577-strong, Central Coast Stadium crowd.
The Warriors came close to reducing the margin to just four points twice – at half-time (16-12) and again at the 67th minute mark (22-18) after a Hayze Perham try.
A Mitch Moses penalty stretched the lead to six and that’s where it stayed.
It was a much-needed win, Arthur admitted in his post-match comments.
“We’ve still got a couple of weeks to get it right,” he said.
“You couldn’t say that [Eels are premiership contenders] on the back of that performance right now, but the thing is we’ve got a really tough opposition there next week to challenge ourselves on.
“We’re up for the challenge.
“There’s some stuff we can at least tidy up, but at least we’re giving ourselves a chance.”
The Eels are now in outright third, passing the Roosters, and they did it while losing their livewire hooker Reed Mahoney for most of the second with a suspected joint injury in his left shoulder.
Eels take on the Panthers on Friday from 7.55pm at Panthers Stadium.