Parramatta have survived a brutal contest against the Sydney Roosters to move two points clear of the Storm and Rabbitohs on the ladder.

Parramatta have survived a brutal contest against the Sydney Roosters to move two points clear of the Storm and Rabbitohs on the ladder.

It was a crunch game for the Eels, who had a chip on their shoulder coming into a contest with one of the competition’s other heavyweights – as they’ve often been criticised for underperforming in the big games.

But a controlling performance resulted in a 31-18 win, which really could have been a lot more comfortable if not for some brave defence from the Roosters, and some missteps in attack from Parramatta.

The first 20 minutes of the second half was played pretty much entirely in the Roosters’ red zone, but Parramatta couldn’t push their lead beyond 12 points. A magical cut-out pass from Sam Walker to Matt Ikuvalu made it an unlikely one-score game with 15 minutes left, before Moses calmly slotted a field goal and Dylan Brown ran through some tired legs in the final moments.

“I’m really confident in the footy I’m playing at the moment. I’m just playing with a lot more patience,” Moses said after the game.

“We just held onto the ball early in that first half … with a team like that, when they lost Radley early and a couple of other players, we knew if we just held on to the ball tried to drain their forwards, they rely so much on their power game.”

Roosters playmaker Drew Hutchison was rushed to hospital, while Victor Radley and Reed Mahoney failed HIAs for their respective teams, which left Bryce Cartwright playing hooker briefly.

“I was running around like a headless chook for a bit,” Cartwright laughed.

“They’ve made me feel at home since the first day I got here,” he said referring to his new club – he bagged two tries tonight in his more customary position in the backrow.

Moses said the situation was strange, but praised both Cartwright and Brown for stepping into the role.

“It was pretty tough – we haven’t really trained like that, or had any scenarios like that our entire season … it would have been good to have Will Smith on the bench tonight,” he said.

“I think we can get even better than the way we’re playing at the moment.”

The Eels move to second on the ladder, a win clear of Souths and Melbourne, and two of the Roosters – they’ll play the Warriors at next week’s Magic Round, while Trent Robinson’s men square off with the Cowboys.

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