NRL: Idris makes mark in Titans' Mudgee mauling

Jamal Idris celebrates scoring against the Eels. Photo / Getty Images
Jamal Idris celebrates scoring against the Eels. Photo / Getty Images

Jamal Idris might have left his State of Origin run a touch late but he certainly made an impression on Parramatta's for and against on Sunday.

The 22-year-old bagged two tries and also laid on a beautiful offload for winger Anthony Don to score the first of seven tries in their 42-4 NRL mauling of the Eels in Mudgee.

But it wasn't enough for the monster centre, and one-time NSW player, to sneak into coach Laurie Daley's squad for game one as he missed out to Sydney Rooster Michael Jennings and Canterbury's Josh Morris.

No doubt Daley would've been impressed by the sight of the dreadlocked beast causing carnage as the Titans racked up a record score against a hapless Parramatta coached by former Blues mentor Ricky Stuart.

Along with five-eighth Aiden Sezer's perfect kicking display from seven attempts, it resulted in the Titans' biggest margin of victory in their seven-year existence.

Curiously, all of their top-three biggest wins have come against the Eels - but the biggest of all came in front of 9,132 fans in the NSW central west town.

When Idris scored his second four-pointer and the Eels' seventh three minutes from fulltime by regathering a Don infield kick, it didn't look like anyone wanted to get in his path.

"If you're Queensland, I don't think you'd want him there the way he's playing, put it that way," Titans coach John Cartwright said afterwards.

Often criticised over his physique, Idris looked powerful and aggressive as he ran through Reni Maitua for his first try.

"He's in a really good space at the moment. He's playing great footy," Cartwright said.

"Today was probably one of his better performances although he's been consistent all year.

"He got a lot of clean ball, early ball and he caused some damage."

Idris wasn't the only Titan to put in his best display of the season against the Eels, who took several steps back after travelling three-and-a-half hours for the game.

Winger Kevin Gordon barely had to break a sweat to post his try double, NSW forward Greg Bird was again immense in midfield while halfback Albert Kelly was also excellent.

The livewire halfback stood up Blues No.1 Jarryd Hayne in an explosive 60-metre try in the second half which seemed to break the Eels resolve.

The Eels cracked in the second half, with Hayne whingeing at the referees while Brad Takairangi strolled over untouched under the posts.

But running roughshod over teams is what Queensland Origin forward Nate Myles is demanding from his teammates for the rest of the season.

"It'd be fantastic if we could pull that sort of effort out every week," he said.

"That's definitely a level we want to be at."

- AAP

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