Semi flies in with four tries for Eels

Semi Radradra of the Eels scores one of his four tries against the Dragons.
Semi Radradra of the Eels scores one of his four tries against the Dragons. DAN HIMBRECHTS

FIJIAN flier Semi Radradra scored four tries in Parramatta's thumping of St George Illawarra at WIN Stadium on Sunday night.

The Eels were on fire as the recorded a comprehensive 34-16 over an error-riddled Dragons outfit in front of 16,023 fans in Wollongong.

Corey Norman once again showed why he's one of the game's premier playmakers with two try assists.

The 26-year-old's long and short passing game was on song and created plenty of opportunities for the likes of Michael Jennings and Semi Radradra. He was also pinpoint with the boot.

Last season Canberra's right edge of Joey Leilua and Jordan Rapana was arguably the most dangerous in the NRL.

Well it appears we've now found 2017 most lethal left side in Jennings and Radradra.

The pair combined brilliantly throughout the match and really showed up their opposition in Euan Aitken and Nene Macdonald.

Jennings set up two of Radradra's tries, one of them with a freakish pass between his legs.

"The combination between Norman, Jennings and Radradra gave Euan Aitken and the likes all sorts of headaches," Fox Sports NRL expert Michael Ennis told the Sunday Ticket.

"Jennings has been brilliant. He's shown all sorts of class.

"When you've got someone of Radradra's class outside you, that combination is obviously sheer brilliance.

" ... I think that's the best (first) half of football I've seen (Jennings) play in the last 18 months."

Ennis also highlighted part of the Eels' game plan which will make them hard to defend against this season.

"When you see Semi Radradra on the right side of the field with Bevan French, Brad Arthur's obviously given him, Gutherson, Jennings, but also Corey Norman licence to roam the field and play the football what they see in front of them," Ennis said.

"It's that great unpredictability that's caused the Dragons' structural defence all sorts of troubles."

The Dragons forwards were lauded for their performance against the Panthers last week so the Eels knew they had to do a job on them if they were in with a chance.

It's safe to say they did that on Sunday night.

The Red V's starting six forwards made 728 metres in round one, but tonight, they made just 285.

Tyson Frizell's night did end in the 43rd minute due to concussion but that he wouldn't have come close to bridging that massive difference.

The only players to reach triple figures in the whole team were Macdonald (101) and Aitken (106).

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