Parramatta captain Clint Gutherson unleashed a foul-mouthed spray at teammate Tom Opacic for an escort penalty on Daniel Tupou as the Eels season continued to unravel against the Roosters.
The Roosters were leading 18-0 midway through the second half when Sam Walker’s bomb was easily fielded by Gutherson, who was furious to see Opacic was penalised for running the Roosters defenders.
Gutherson yelled “f*** me you dumb c***” to his teammate and things got worse from their with the Roosters running out 28-0 winners to go equal fourth on the NRL ladder.
The Eels are out of form and could ultimately finish the regular season as low as sixth, having lost two of their past three games and with a nightmare run home to the finals.
The Eels play all of the top three sides – South Sydney, Melbourne and Penrith – over the next five weeks as well as Manly, who are also jostling for a top-four finish.
On the other hand, the Roosters revived their premiership hopes with five unanswered tries in Mackay on Thursday night, holding a team to nil for the first time this season.
The victory has set up a massive run into the finals as they face the Panthers next week followed by Brisbane, St George Illawarra, Souths and Canberra.
Their tenacity is even more telling given their horrendous injury toll this season, including eight players with season-ending injuries, three of whom were forced into retirement.
They added another injury to the list on Thursday night with Josh Morris sidelined in the second half with a hamstring injury which will further deplete their backline stocks.
The 34-year-old try-scorer is the third backline player to be injured in recent weeks after Joseph Suaalii (foot) and Matt Ikuvalu (ankle) both went for surgery this week.
It leaves the Roosters with just one player in their Queensland bubble able to slot into the backline, Moala Graham-Taufa, a rookie who has played just a handful of reserve grade games.
But for the fourth week in a row they battled through adversity to get a convincing victory with Morris, Daniel Tupou, Sitili Tupouniua, Joey Manu and Sam Walker all scoring.
The Roosters had a horror opening 15 minutes after turning the ball over 10 metres from their line four times, but still managed to hold out the Eels to lead 12-0 at halftime.
James Tedesco had an unusually tough time under the high ball and knocked on two bombs, while Morris and Tupou also coughed up cheap possession for a woeful 27 per cent completion rate early.
“It was a weird first half, we wanted to play some attacking footy but the errors were pretty bad,” Tedesco told Channel Nine.
“We just had to get back to basics. Once we did that in the second half we started to get some momentum and scored some points.”
But as bad as their handling was, Parramatta’s attack was worse.
Without general Mitch Moses steering the ship the attack fell short and despite being gifted 17 tackles in the Roosters’ 20-metre zone they squandered it all.
NSW half Moses is firming for a return from a back injury to face the Rabbitohs next week, but the Eels will be sweating on Reagan Campbell Gillard (hamstring) and Waqa Blake (concussion) coming back.
Both were taken from the field in the first half against the Roosters and didn’t return.