Parramatta halfback Mitchell Moses says he’s spent very little time perfecting the highlight reel, no-look inside pass that has led to two Eels tries over the past fortnight.
Moses showed off his skills in executing the play against the Storm last Saturday afternoon, sending Will Smith over for a try with a pass that would have made Andrew Johns proud.
The no-look pass to an out-of-sight player on the inside shoulder has the potential to go horribly wrong, but it appears everything Moses touches will turn to gold at the Eels as the former Tiger looks to guide the club to its first grand final since 2009.
“We actually haven’t worked too much on it,” Moses said. “It’s a play we’ve got going the last couple of weeks since Will [Smith] has been in the team. I just have full trust that Will will be there. If I put it in the right spot, I know he’ll be there.”
After four seasons in the NRL, Moses finally experienced his first dose of finals football in Parramatta’s two-point loss to the Storm.
“Yeah it was really good. I was blowing massively in the first 15 minutes with all the adrenalin there,” he said. “I just needed to settle into the game. I felt pretty comfortable out there. A few calls didn’t go our way so we’ll look to fix that up.”
Despite the narrow loss, the Eels’ premiership credentials have strengthened, such was the resolve and fight they showed against the runaway title favourites.
While the Eels were disappointed they lacked the killer instinct to finish the job, Moses insists there’s plenty of positivity among the players, given they almost achieved what many deemed impossible.
“We’ve got a lot of improvement,” Moses said. “We did lose that game by two points so we’ll take a lot of positives out of it but we have a lot of improvement left. We’re a lot better side than that. We’ll be looking to get back on whoever we [play] next week. It was pretty much ill-discipline. We made a few errors coming out of our own end that didn’t help. It is pretty much ill-discipline that lets a team like Melbourne make easy metres like that and let them off the hook.
“We knew if we got the ball back and got down there and went set for set, we could get on top of them. We did that in the first half and we felt that we were on top of them. We just didn’t do it for 80 minutes. We had two play-the-balls in their 20 in the second half. That really hurt us. It was our own fault. We shot ourselves in the foot by letting them off the hook too easy and not building pressure.”