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The mics are live post-game and the takes are piping hot as Sixties literally joins Forty20 for an episode of The Tip Sheet the moment he walks back through his front door.
In an episode focused on the instant reaction from the 36-22 victory over the Wests Tigers, the boys chat about a strange day out for the Eels. A last gasp burst of tries to Gutherson and Ferguson snuffed out an attempted comeback from the Tigers but the Eels very much opened that door with a string of costly errors.
Reed Mahoney continued his brilliant start to 2021 with another incredibly polished effort while Isaiah Papali’i and Mitchell Moses also catch praise as Sixties and Forty20 breakdown individual performances on the public holiday. Brad Arthur’s light use of the bench this week opens up a line questioning about potential changes to a winning formula which in turn leads to a quick NSW Cup review.
Speaking of reserve grade, the boys quickly run their eyes over a see-sawing 34-28 loss for the Eels. Most importantly though, we got our first look at Bryce Cartwright and the newly acquired Wiremu Greig. Greig, fresh off a plane from the Cowboys, showed the traits and raw athleticism that would certainly excite the coaching staff as he works towards an impact role in first grade.
Perhaps more importantly, Cartwright put himself immediately in the conversation for a NRL call-up with a well rounded performance. The skillful backrower paid out on the preseason hype with a focused defensive effort and by deploying his unique attacking repertoire without overplaying his hand. The boys discuss just how much food for thought to today’s team list announcement before signing off!