Over the back half of 2017 Mitchell Moses proved to the rugby league world that he was as good – in fact, better – at dominating games as he was at dominating headlines.
One of the so-called ‘big four’ at the Wests Tigers – 75% of which sensationally ended up walking away in 2017- it was Moses who blazed a trail. His mid-year return to Parramatta, where he’d first lined up as captain of their Harold Matthews Cup side, was nothing if not an unmitigated success, and with Moses in their line up the Eels finally appear to have the scrum base partnership they have been searching for for so long.
Making his club debut in round 11 this year, Moses would help guide the Eels to 11 wins from his 16 starts, including six straight between rounds 15 and 22 – a run that included a gripping 17-16 victory over his former club. The Eels would eventually finish in the top four, however consecutive losses to Melbourne and North Queensland saw them swiftly bonded out of the finals series. Prior to joining the Eels Moses was part of an unhappy three wins from 10 outings in the black and gold – one of those wins coming over the Bulldogs, who Moses would eventually beat three times in the one season.
Fast closing in on 100 NRL matches, the nephew of Tigers, NSW and Australian great Benny Elias is no stranger to international rugby league. Moses selection for the Lebanon Cedars in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup is just the latest turn for him on the representative stage, coming on the back of Prime Minister’s XIII and World All Stars selection more recently and NSW Under 20’s and Australian Schoolboys selection in his junior days.