Eels legend ‘sick and tired’ of Moses criticism

Parramatta legend Peter Sterling has launched a passionate defence of Eels playmaker Mitch Moses after he was criticised following his State of Origin debut in Game Three.

Moses joined Jack Wighton as the brand new halves pairing for New South Wales in the series finale after injuries to Nathan Cleary and Jarome Luai and acquitted himself well with two try assists in the 20-18 loss.

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Sterling, who vouched for Moses to get the nod ahead of Origin III, was left bewildered by the criticism he received from some quarters after the Blues failed to secure a rare series sweep.

“I’m sick and tired of Mitchell Moses’ name being mentioned,” Sterling told Triple M.

“He had a fine game. His defence was superb, his kicking was excellent. If there was a criticism I had he maybe didn’t push up enoug

h on the back of the forwards, when they went forward and there might’ve been some second-phase play.

“Again, the people who are criticising were the ones who said his job was to get the ball to Latrell Mitchell and Tom Trbojevic.

“And then the statistic comes out that he had no runs for no metres … some of the best games I ever played I had no runs for no metres, you can make them appear the way that you want.”

Some of Moses’ critics suggested that the likes of Adam Reynolds or Cody Walker would’ve resulted in a Blues win in Game Three, a theory that was smacked down in emphatic fashion by Sterling.

“I’m over the criticism,” he said. “I love Adam Reynolds and I love Cody Walker and I respect them enormously as players – I don’t even know why they’re in the conversation now.”

“They might’ve even gotten beaten by 20 if they were there, with all due respect … who knows?”

Sterling was also surprised by suggestions that the Blues would secure an Origin sweep, given such a result has happened just once since NSW swept the 2000 series.

“It’s tough to win three games. You go back to eight series in a row won by Queensland, they won one (series) 3-0,” he said.

“If that doesn’t tell you something, then you don’t understand what we’re talking about.

“They got beaten on Wednesday night by a very good Queensland side that came up and defended like they hadn’t in the previous two games. They were aggressive from the word go.

“Are we having the conversations that we’re having on the back of a two-point loss, off the back of a winning series? Please.”

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