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It might have been close through the early exchanges but the Parramatta Eels completely overran the Brisbane Broncos up in Darwin in Round 7. The 46-6 scoreline may have been the Eels’ most comprehensive victory in the Top End over their 7 years of residency but it doesn’t tell the true tale of how one-sided this clash was for the vast majority of the game. Forty20 and Sixties jump into another instant reaction to try and get a grip on this one as Parramatta soar to second place on the ladder.
Praise is lavished across the park, firstly with the wholistic team effort in the face of truly testing conditions and later across the individuals who starred in their own rights. The bench in particular draws plaudits with Bryce Cartwright finally delivering the sort of performance that both Sixties and Forty20 envisaged earlier in the year when he was dominating in the preseason. Oregon Kaufusi, Will Smith and new recruit Wiremu Greig all are called out for starring roles from the interchange bench with Kaufusi posting a career night.
The conversation goes well beyond the bench mind you with Brad Arthur’s looming selection headaches fronting a discussion while the resurgence of Maika Sivo and the pure value of Tom Opacic also get bandied about. All this and more in a bumper instant reaction edition of The Tip Sheet!