Round 1: NYC Holden Cup Report

The Pirtek Parramatta Eels have got off to a flying start to this season's Holden Cup with a stunning 46-8 victory over the New Zealand Warriors at Parramatta Stadium.


The overwhelming victory was set up in the opening 40 minutes as the Eels overcame an early defensive lapse to run in six sizzling tries, none better than a sparkling individual effort from halfback Zach Dockar-Clay just prior to the halftime interval.


It was Dockar-Clay's second in the first half after originally crossing in the 14th minute to get Parramatta on the scoreboard. Vai Toutai also bagged a double with some powerhouse running close to the line. Kelepi Tanginoa and Takai Moeakiola completed the first half try scoring blitz as the Eels went to the break leading by 32-4.


Probably the most pleasing aspect for coach Andrew Webster to take out of the game was the second half defensive effort which saw the young Eels withstand some strong attacking raids by the very physical Warriors attack and just the one try conceded.


After a scrappy start to the second 40 minutes Mitchell Brasington opened the scoring with a classy try, Moeakiola crossed for his second and John Folau put the icing on the blue and gold cake with an impressive late four-pointer to complete the nine tries to two demolition over the shell shocked Warriors outfit.


Parramatta Eels 46 (Vai Toutai 2, Zach Dockar-Clay 2, Takai Moeakiola 2, Kelepi Tanginoa, Mitchell Brasington, John Folau tries; Mitchell Brasington 5 goals)

New Zealand Warriors 8 (Vili Lolohea, Ngataua Hukatai tries)