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Dyldam Parramatta Eels second rower Tepai Moeroa says he’s happy his risk paid off, after scoring the match-winning try in the 21-15 win over the Newcastle Knights. 

After being palmed the ball form Joseph Paulo with 20 seconds to go and the game tied, Moeroa made a break for the line to score. 

“I saw an opportunity so I took it!” Moeroa laughed. 

“It was good that it paid off - I would have copped it big time if I didn’t score, so it was good.”

The Eels are now two wins from two games on Day 1 of the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines, leading the Rangitoto pool. 

“It was [a] pretty good [day], it’s always good to get a win and be undefeated today,” Moeroa said. 

“We just needed to kick our conversions, that’s what was letting us down a bit; the Knights came back at us but we finished on top.”

Eels five-eighth Corey Norman says it’s great to see Tepai hitting his stride after a breakthrough 2014 season.

“He’s [still] very young, he’s big, he’s strong and he works hard - and he wants to win, that’s the best thing,” Norman told

Click here to watch the highlights from the Eels’ win over the Knights.