Mitchell Moses is being praised for holding his Parramatta team-mates accountable and giving them sprinklers during and after the game. loss to Newcastle Knights last weekend. But maybe the Eels and the NSW playmakers should take a look in the mirror given some questionable moves in the closing stages of the game.

Last Saturday the Eels lost 34-26 to the Knights, with Bradman Best scoring two running tries off Parramatta errors to seal Newcastle’s victory. With the game on a knife edge at 28-26 with 90 seconds left, the Eels had a huge chance to grab the points and win the game.

Mitchell Moses didn’t even attempt to catch the ball, then gave Clint Gutherson a spray instead of chasing Bradman Best. Photo: Fox League/Getty

But Clint Gutherson threw a loose pass that didn’t reach Moses, and Will Penisini lost the ball trying to pick it up. Best took his chance, diving for the loose ball before running 80 yards to score. Best did the same when Blaize Talagi dropped the ball just six minutes earlier.

On the second occasion, a clearly frustrated Moses turned and gave Gutherson a powerful squirt – furious that his defender had not made a better pass. However, replays of the incident appeared to show that Moses had given up on the game altogether.

The halfback didn’t put in enough effort to try and catch the pass and was only a yard away from Best when he picked up the ball. But instead of chasing Best and trying to stop him from scoring, Moses decided to give his teammate a telling-off.

Moses was one of the fastest players on the pitch and could have caught Best if he had tried. Best had run 90 metres to score just six minutes earlier and was clearly struggling when he picked up a loose ball for the second time.

Mitchell Moses didn’t bother chasing Bradman Best to stop him scoring. Photo: Fox League

Who knows what would have happened if Moses had decided to chase Best? There is a strong possibility that the Knights could have dropped the ball and given the Eels one last chance to win the game, but since Moses gave up, he essentially admitted defeat to Parramatta.

Mitchell Moses decided to scold Clint Gutherson instead of chasing him. Photo: Fox League

The complete lack of effort was simply pathetic and may not have been welcomed by New South Wales coach Michael Maguire. Moses had an absolute blast in State of Origin 2 and had the ball on a string. He was involved in everything as NSW scored six tries in the first half to give their team a 34-0 lead.

But his effort in the final minutes of the Newcastle game wasn’t good enough for the State of Origin playmaker. Moses also hurled vulgar slurs at his team-mates in the dressing room after the loss to the Knights, reportedly saying: “Nobody outside this room is going to help us get out of this,” with plenty of colourful language.


Leading journalist Paul Crawley wrote on Thursday: “Moses is known for sometimes behaving like a pork chop when things go wrong. But on this occasion it was understandable, given the incredibly disappointing year Parra has had through no fault of Moses’s.”

But given the way Moses gave up, it may not have been so clear-cut. The Eels superstar will be hoping to return on Thursday night when Parra takes on the Rabbitohs at CommBank Stadium.