IN what could yet prove to be his last touch of the football as a Wests Tigers player, Mitchell Moses came up short.
Moses needed a match winning play as the clock ticked towards the eighty minute mark, but the Tigers playmaker handed over possession easily to Parramatta with the game on the line.
The Wests Tigers surged towards the Eels tryline, but Moses’ kick on the fifth tackle easily turned over possession.
The 22-year-old has signed a deal with the Parramatta Eels for next season and there’s continued speculation that the young half will link with the club as early as this week.
It made for an awkward situation at ANZ Stadium on Sunday, but Moses wasn’t talking about his future post-match, he was more concerned with his side’s disastrous showing in the second half.
The Wests Tigers capitulated yet again late in a match to give away three late tries and hand the Parramatta Eels a four-point victory — and Moses was making no excuses.
“It was pretty terrible. We stopped running hard and stopped running with support,” Moses told Triple M post-game.
“That just showed how we played in the second half – there was no energy. It just showed in the last bit, we couldn’t even get to the scrum.”
Moses says he is still unsure where he will be lining up next weekend and expects to hear more information this week as to whether he’ll make the move to Parramatta prematurely.
“I wouldn’t have a clue, I don’t even know what’s happening. I’ll find out tomorrow what’s happening,” Moses said.
“You try to stay out of the media, but it’s been really tough. I’m going to learn from it and come out better on the other side. I’ve made my decision and I feel like I’ve played a lot clearer the last two weeks.”
Social media didn’t miss Moses post-match, as several fans pointed the finger at their departing half for the second-half showing.
— Mick Schmiedel (@Mickysch68) April 17, 2017
— Nathan L (@Cement71) April 17, 2017
— Biggest Tiger (@TheBiggestTiger) April 17, 2017
League legend Wendall Sailor was scathing in his criticism of the Tigers, saying Moses and his teammates simply threw away a certain victory.
“If you ever want to see how to not manage a game in that second half, have a look at the Wests Tigers,” Sailor said.
Sailor’s commentary partner, Jamie Soward, was hesitant to heap the blame on the young half for his execution, saying Sunday’s game will be an important in the development of Moses.
“He’ll be one of the best players in our game over the next five years, but he’ll learn from today how to close a game out,” Jamie Soward.
SOURCE: newsnow sport