New beginning, same old familiar outcome: the New Zealand Warriors' club record losing streak extends into the 2013 NRL premiership season after Parramatta launched Ricky Stuart's reign with a crushing 40-10 victory tonight.
Neither club has been implicated in the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority probe -there was no evidence they used performance enhancing drugs during 2012 - but on the basis of the Eels' scintillating effort at Parramatta Stadium a remarkable transformation might be underway.
While Stuart could celebrate the perfect start to his tenure as Stephen Kearney's replacement, counterpart Matthew Elliott gained a chilling insight into the challenges he confronts as the Warriors risk a 10th straight defeat when Sonny Bill Williams' returns to Eden Park with the Sydney Roosters on Saturday night.
A Jarryd Hayne treble and superb playmaking performance by Chris Sandow - a high profile flop when the Eels finished bottom last season - condemned the Warriors to one of grimmest defeats of a dismal sequence.
The Warriors made an art form of squandering substantial leads at the back end of last season - in a change of tactic they gave the Eels an 18-point head start before belatedly displaying precision and panache.
The Eels were defensive liabilities in 2012 - conceding an average of 28 points per game - but were impregnable until the 51st minute when Jacob Lillyman crashed over from close range.
Former Melbourne Storm centre Dane Nielsen scored on debut five minutes later but far from signalling a resurgence the tries - either side of Chris Sandow being denied a brace for obstruction - it simply inspired the home side to inflict serious retribution.
Quick-fire touchdowns to Ken Sio - the Eels leading try-scorer in 2012 - and the inspirational Hayne put the result beyond doubt and leaves the Warriors without a win since a State of Origin-depleted Gold Coast Titans were beaten at Skilled Park last July.
The Warriors had a superior completion rate - scant consolation as they were comprehensively outplayed in other key facets as the Eels seven-try master class delighted a crowd of 13,351.
Sio completed the rout two minutes from time when he latched on to a perfect cross kick by former Kiwis international Ben Roberts - Sandow missed the sideline conversion, his only blemish of an otherwise outstanding contribution.
The match started ominously for the Warriors when Thomas Leuluai was denied a try on his NRL comeback in the fifth minute.
Leuluai surged over after a jinking sideways run from Feleti Mateo but video referees Bernard Sutton and Gavin Badger ruled out the touchdown after ruling Todd Lowrie, a new acquisition from the Melbourne Storm, was penalised for driving the five-eighth over the line and impeding defenders.
Parramatta made a hash of their first three sets but after Leuluai's misfortune the Eels piggy-backed up field with back-to-back penalties.
Wing Cheyse Blair was denied as he dived for the corner but on their next intrusion deep in Warriors territory a bold move to turn down a kickable penalty paid off when Sandow wrong footed three defenders to score by the posts.
As Sandow added the extras in the 17th minute the Warriors absorbed another blow when Manu Vatuvei retreated after rolling his right ankle - an injury that sidelined the damaging wing for the remainder of the game.
Leuluai provided another opportunity for the Warriors to get on the board but his cross kick could not be handled by a leaping Kevin Locke and Glen Fisiiahi and from the resulting possession the Eels surged the length of the field as a Reni Maitua offload and support play by Luke Kelly released an unmarked Jarryd Hayne to cruise 20 metres to the line.
Invigorated by a counter attacking prowess unseen since they made the 2009 Grand Final, the Eels added another long-range try four minutes from the break when an ineffectual chase of Shaun Johnson's grubber to the in-goal released the pressure valve.
Blair made into then field play and the Warriors were swiftly trudging back behind their posts after a weaving Ryan Morgan run enabled Matt Ryan to fist-pump long before he reached the posts to initiate an 18-0 lead.
Parramatta Eels 40 (Jarryd Hayne 3, Ken Sio 2, Chris Sandow, Jarryd Hayne, Matt Ryan, Ken Sio tries, Sandow 6 goals)
PARRAMATTA 40 (J Hayne 3 K Sio 2 M Ryan C Sandow tries C Sandow 6 goals) bt WARRIORS 10 (J Lillyman D Nielsen tries S Johnson goal) at Parramatta Stadium. Referee: Jared Maxwell, Adam Gee. Crowd: 13,351.
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