The Warriors have pulled out a surprise scrum push on a few occasions this year, reaping that rarest of Rugby League occurrences – a win against the feed.
But it paid even greater dividends at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday after the Parramatta pack was caught unawares, with Sam Tomkins picking up the ball from the back of the scrum and diving over for his second try.
It was just one of many scintillating highlights of the Warriors 48-0 demolition of the Eels’ – the club’s biggest win in eight years, and its first defensive clean sheet since 2009.
Tomkins’ finest individual performance since joining the Warriors on a big-money deal was arguably the highlight of a victory that has signalled their rise as a genuine contender for the 2014 premiership. Shaun Johnson and Konrad Hurrell also maintained their irrepressible form, while the Warriors’ pack dominated their physical Parramatta counterparts.
Meanwhile, Tomkins’ second four-pointer was also reminiscent of a traditional Rugby Union pushover try, like Auckland and All Blacks No.8 Zinzan Brooke scored so many of up the road at Eden Park.
Former Test centre Willie Tonga felt the full force of Hurrell’s powerhouse running style during the first half:
Relive the Warriors’ eight sizzling tries here:
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