Mitchell Moses may have kicked the game-winning field goal, but Parramatta coach Brad Arthur was just as delighted with his five-eighth’s defence in Thursday’s win over Canterbury.
Moses turned in easily his best performance for the Eels since his dramatic mid-season exit from the Wests Tigers, including a clutch 25-metre field goal in golden point.
However, he also came up big in defence, with his 15 from 17 tackle count his best effort since he completed 16 of 17 in his club debut almost two months ago.
In his six games so far, Moses has missed a total 21 tackles.
But the former Tigers star came up with a trysaver to deny Bulldogs centre Josh Morris when the game was on a knife edge midway through the second half.
“He got his body in front and made his tackles. He was nice and committed. He needs to do that for us every single week,” Arthur said.
The Eels mentor was also proud of the way Moses delivered when it mattered after what had been a turbulent period in his career.
The win means Moses has now won four of his six games since switching camps.
“It’s nice for Mitchy to do that. It’s a big moment and he nailed it. He was nice and calm going into golden point, spoke really well to the players,” Arthur said.
“He’s had four wins from six games – I don’t know the last time he’s done that. And he’s had to fit into a new style of football, defensive systems, and how many coaches he’s had in the past.
“He’s just had to adapt, and he’s adapted really well.”
The win consolidates the Eels’ spot in the top eight with just two months remaining, however Arthur urged his team not to get caught in the excitement of the finals race.
“They want to play finals, but we’re still a long way off being there come September,” he said.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do. What’s really important for us is how we travel next week to Melbourne and play against a team that doesn’t give you much.”