The Warriors suffered a massive blow when giant winger Manu Vatuvei limped from the field midway through the first spell with a medial ligament knee injury after being tackled at full pace by his opposite Etu Uaisele. A stellar performance from Parramatta veteran Luke Burt was a highlight, as the winger scored two tries and kicked four goals to rack up 16 points as the Eels overcame a hostile Eden Park crowd to give new coach Stephen Kearney a debut win for the club. Despite going into the match as rank outsiders, Parramatta got off to a perfect start as his side upstaged the pre-game favourites with four tries to three. The Eels may only be a season removed from a grand final appearance but gone was the flamboyance of 2009, replaced with a more methodical and intelligent style of football employed under Kearney’s guidance. Parramatta preyed on Warriors mistakes and employed a simple philosophy of holding onto possession and using fullback Jarryd Hayne’s huge boot to turn the home team around. The Warriors’ best attacking weapon’s knee buckled with the impact and his night was over. The Warriors never recovered as fullback Lance Hohaia and debutant winger Glen Fisiiahi botched a number of high kicks, which led to points. Discipline became an issue for the home side as well as they gave away a succession of silly penalties. Five-eighth James Maloney was put on report for a blatantly early tackle on Hayne, which left the Test winger spread-eagled on the ground. The Warriors scored twice in quick succession with 10 minutes remaining to give them a sniff of victory but the Eels held firm to secure the points and quieten the record 38,412 crowd.

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