The underperforming Parramatta five-eighth endured a nightmare first half as his side looked doomed for another thrashing, missing every single target possible with the boot in a string of horrendous last-tackle options.
Unmotivated with his head down and nothing to play for, Moses’ radar was completely off as he produced a poor grubber attempt before throwing up two wayward bombs, with one nudge almost going into the stands on the full.
Life didn’t get any easier in the second half, with Moses sin-binned for taking out Luke Keary in a try-scoring opportunity. The entire playing group appeared demoralised with another wooden spoon in their pockets and their attention was focused on their post-season Bali getaways.
It was another night of frustration for aggrieved Eels fans who were hopeful of another finals berth on the back of a spectacular 2017 season, with no one expecting such a shocking collapse.
Moses was shouldering plenty of the blame for his dispirited showing that summed up a year to forget, with The Daily Telegraph’s Buzz Rothfield even taking a cheeky jab. However the supporters weren’t as friendly, calling for Eels coach Brad Arthur to bench Moses in the second half and to make a complete overhaul to their spine structure.
Moses found an ally in Queensland coach Kevin Walters who defended him against the social media critics, confident Moses could bounce back in the second period.
‘‘It’s just really a couple of kicks that have gone wrong,’’ Walters said in Fox Sports commentary.
''There are some options for them to replace him, but I think at the moment it’s 14-6. Mitchell Moses is a very talented player, we’ve all kicked balls like that into the crowd - mine used to go sailing way into the crowd.
‘‘He’d be disappointed with his effort in the first half but I don’t think replacing him is the answer.’’
The Roosters were raring to go with a minor premiership on the line, needing to win by 27 points to overtake Melbourne and claim their fourth title in six years.