Five minutes of Moses magic sinks Tigers

Parramatta have turned on a second-half NRL masterclass to beat Wests Tigers 40-12.
Parramatta have turned on a second-half NRL masterclass to beat Wests Tigers 40-12.

Five minutes of Mitchell Moses magic have dismantled Wests Tigers and helped Parramatta to a resounding 40-12 win over his former NRL club.

On a dramatic Sunday afternoon at Bankwest Stadium, six players were put on report and Tigers coach Michael Maguire questioned why Maika Sivo wasn't sent off for a high shot on Adam Doueihi.

The hit left Douiehi with a busted nose and concussion, while Sivo's teammate Isaiah Papali'i was sin-binned late for dropping his knee on Luciano Leilua's face in a tackle.

Along with Doueihi's head knock, Luke Garner suffered a leg injury for Wests Tigers, David Nofoaluma a quad cord and Tommy Talau a shoulder blow.

In another issue for the Tigers, Luke Brooks and Stefano Utoikamanu ended the game on report for a lifting tackle on Reagan Campbell-Gillard.

But it was Moses who inflicted the most pain on his former team.

After a bombed try of his own threatened to let the Tigers back into the match when what should have been a 20-0 lead at halftime became 14-6, Moses unloaded after the break.

With Tigers second-rower Shawn Blore sin-binned for interfering with Joey Lussick during a Dylan Brown break, Moses took full advantage

He put up a towering bomb that was fumbled for Daine Laurie, allowing centre Waqa Blake to go over and take the Eels' lead back to 14.

The halfback then dummied his way through the line and went 70 metres to score, before breaking again in the next set and sending Sivo over.

"It was a good test for him ... Maybe 18 months ago that (bombed try) might have rattled him," Eels coach Brad Arthur said.

"But it didn't, he stuck to the task and came up with some big plays."

The onslaught marked the third time in two months the Tigers have conceded three tries in as many sets, highlighting their defensive woes.

But coach Michael Maguire was more concerned over the call to sin-bin Blore, adamant he should not have been off the field for "touching the shoulder".

"It didn't impact that play as such," he said.

"The last two weeks we are talking about our resilience. This is a game where we lost a player and had three tries scored against us (in that bin time).

"We have spoken in the past couple of weeks how we are heading in the right direction.

"We probably took a couple of steps back today."

Maguire indicated he believed Sivo should have copped a send off for his hit on Doueihi in 55th minute.

Clint Gutherson got in on the try-scoring party for the Eels, bagging a double with the first coming off a nice Nathan Brown flick ball and the second a clean break.

Moses ended up on report for a high tackle, as did lock Nathan Brown, but it's unlikely either will have much to worry about.

Australian Associated Press