Captain Ryan Hoffman of the Warriors challenges Brad Takairangi of the Eels  at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland.
Captain Ryan Hoffman of the Warriors challenges Brad Takairangi of the Eels at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland. DAVID ROWLAND

French hat-trick seals win over wobbly Warriors

PARRAMATTA ended its most traumatic season in the NRL on a high with speedster Bevan French carving up the Warriors with his third career hat-trick in his debut season.

Playing fullback, the 20-year-old took his try tally to an amazing 19 from 13 games for the Eels, a spectacular effort given he didn't get called for his debut until 12 rounds into the season.

French's total is the most tries scored by a rookie for Parramatta

The Warriors led 12-0 after six minutes at Mt Smart Stadium before Parramatta out-scored them 40-16 with French bagging three tries in the space of 11 minutes in wet and slippery conditions.

Their heavy 24-point loss is expected to be the end for coach Andrew McFadden after the wobbly Warriors conceded 150 points in their last four games.


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