South Sydney have continued to keep their best talent off the NRL’s open market, handing a contract extension to back-rower Keaon Koloamatangi.
In Clint Gutherson’s 100th NRL game, the Eels really put the foot on the throat of the Cowboys in an amazing 42-4 win.
Winger Maika Sivo brought up four tries and Gutherson had an extraordinary three try assists.
Nineteen-year-old five-eighth Dylan Brown also had three try assists, and for his first game in Eels colours, Jai Field scored a try from a Waqa Blake bat-down from a Brown kick.
Blake scored one try and also had one try assist for Field.
Meanwhile, props Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Junior Paulo both ran for over 200 metres with lock Marata Niukore running for 181 metres.
But Gutherson in his 100th game racked up three try assists along with 250 running metres, seven tackle breaks and 14 points after kicking seven from eight goals.
The only Cowboys try was to Tom Opacic off an amazing Scott Drinkwater pass.
Only playing 67 minutes, Jason Taumalolo ran for 167 metres and made 47 tackles for only four misses.
Josh McGuire tried his best and probably was one of the best Cowboys on the ground with 146 running metres for 59 tackles for only two misses and making no errors.
The Cowboys in attack were obviously very poor, only managing four points, but the team statistics also expose their weakness with 40 per cent of possession, a 76 per cent completion rate, 39 missed tackles and 12 errors.
Jai Field in his first game of the year managed to score a try, and also produced nine tackle breaks, 101 running metres and three kicks for 70 metres, but his running game tonight was amazing.
I was impressed with the young Eels halves for standing up without the experienced Mitchell Moses and the Eels will hope to continue that form until Moses can return.