Moses takes exciting Eels youngster Brown under his wing


For so long the junior partner in halves pairings, Moses is now expected to step up and help Brown, still only 18, navigate the pitfalls of an NRL career. In many respects, he is the person best qualified to do so.

“It feels a lot different, I was saying that to someone the other day,” Moses said of his role as the elder statesman.

“I’m used to being that young kid still coming through. I had Normy [Corey Norman] there last year, so I was still a young half.

“It’s about helping him out, taking a bit of pressure off Dyl there. We worked well [against Canberra] but there’s a lot we can work on.”

Brown mostly controlled the left side of the field, Moses the right on Friday night. However, coach Brad Arthur has given them a licence to roam.

“We’re going both sides of the field,” Moses said.

“If he takes the line on we can play eyes-up footy. We’re feeling comfortable with the way we’re playing, the style of footy we’re playing going into the season. It was a good first hitout.”

High expectations: Mitchell Moses is keen to take the pressure off Brown.

High expectations: Mitchell Moses is keen to take the pressure off Brown.Credit:AAP

Perhaps most pleasing is how quickly Brown has found his voice. The youngster wasn’t afraid to bark orders to his more experienced teammates against the Raiders.

“He’s been doing that all preseason and everyone is feeling comfortable with him there,” Moses said.

“It’s good to have him take control like that, we’ve worked up a good combination there in preseason, it’s looking alright.

“I thought he was really good. He took the line on and did everything we asked of him.

“He had a good couple of kicks and made his tackles, that’s all we asked of him. I thought it was a good first trial from him.»

The Eels will get a better indication of their prospects in their final trial against Penrith, a team they also open their NRL campaign against.

Adrian Proszenko is the Chief Rugby League Reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald.

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