Jennings to hinder try-scoring machine?

Jennings to hinder try-scoring machine? Written by GREG PRICHARD , March 9, 2016

FOR a guy who scores as many tries as Semi Radradra does – and loves doing so – he seems to handle it pretty well when he doesn’t get over the line.

The blockbusting Parramatta winger began this season with the phenomenal record of 48 tries in 49 games, but Clint Gutherson scored the Eels’ only try of the game in their 17-4 loss to Brisbane in round one.

That “blew out” Radradra’s average from 0.979 tries per game to 0.96.

Radradra doesn’t stay away from the tryline for long and Parramatta fans would probably be surprised if he were to go two straight games without a try by not scoring against North Queensland at Pirtek Stadium on Saturday night.

But Radrarda tells RLW he’s happy as long as the team is doing well.

Asked how he handled not scoring a try against Brisbane, Radradra laughs and says: “I handled it pretty well. I’m happy with everything, if I score a try or not score, it’s about teamwork. I’m pretty happy if we play well. The boys in the middle work hard and if by any chance I score a try I’ll take it.”

Radradra says he and the Eels’ new left-centre, Michael Jennings, are still working on their combination in these early days together.

“We need to get more opportunities together,” he says. “We’re still looking for that combination and with new players it’s hard to find that combination.”

Radradra says he has Parramatta coach Brad Arthur’s tick of approval to go looking for the ball if it’s not coming his way.

“Yeah, Brad has given me the freedom to jump in on other parts of the field, right or left or in the centre, and it’s been like that for a while now,” he says. “You’ve just got to pick the right time to do it.

“Hopefully there will be a lot of lift from all of the boys and we can get a win against the Cowboys.”

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