Moses magnificent as Eels seal finals berth

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Mitchell Moses played a starring role as Parramatta Eels continued their stunning late-season surge and booked a long-awaited return to the NRL finals with a convincing 20-4 victory over beleaguered Canterbury Bulldogs on Thursday.

Three first-half tries put the in-form Eels in complete command at a rain-soaked ANZ Stadium and they duly cruised to a sixth win in succession. 

Parramatta now sit fourth on the ladder, level on points with the third-placed Cronulla Sharks, and will feature in the post-season play-offs for the first time since 2009.

By contrast, Canterbury continue to languish in 13th position after another lacklustre display.

Daniel Alvaro powered his way through three tacklers to score the first points for the Eels, before a glorious break from Moses set up a sixth try in as many games for wing Bevan French, who was later withdrawn through injury.

Moses was also instrumental in Parramatta's third try as he weaved across the field, teasing defenders in the process, before passing wide for Brad Takairangi to put Semi Radradra over on the left flank.

A third goal for Moses extended the Eels' advantage to 18 points early in the second half and the playmaker added two more points to round off the scoring following Marcelo Montoya's consolation for the Bulldogs.