Brad Arthur said Mitchell Moses needed time - which the Eels didn't have - to settle into his new club. But a week can be a very long time in rugby league and the ex-Tiger used every day of it to help Parramatta subdue South Sydney.
The respective coaches may disagree, but Bulldogs players have leapt to the defence of the existing State of Origin format which will drain seven representative stars from their clash against the high-flying Sharks.
A 12-match NRL ban will still hang over Ben Barba should he ever return to Australia if St Helens pursue - and succeed - in having his illicit drugs suspension overthrown so he can start his English Super League career immediately.
Nine years his junior and giving away 26 games of captaincy experience to his rival, Boyd Cordner won't have the wool pulled over his eyes by Cameron Smith in the game-management stakes.
A teenage Francis Tualau didn't know Des Hasler all those years ago. Didn't know who he was bringing with him, or who was going in lieu of him. How long he would still be away from home, trying to earn a junior contract somewhere. Anywhere. So he said no to the Bulldogs. He wouldn't do the same again.
They reckon big boys don't cry, but the Biggest Blue of them all now has shed a few in his time. And Boyd Cordner is not afraid to admit it too.
Mitchell Moses endured a mixed Parramatta debut as the Canberra Raiders snapped an alarming mid-season slide to sink the Eels at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.
The NRL's sometimes bad boys off the field are turning into choirboys on it with a staggering reduction in the amount of players charged for on-field indiscretions.
The game's highest profile players have warned they don't want to be "warring with the NRL" over collective bargaining agreement differences during the State of Origin series as Sharks veteran James Maloney reinforced strike action was a long way off.
He was once touted as a potential replacement for Paul Gallen himself, but Josh Jackson has endorsed Boyd Cordner – the man he will eyeball all afternoon on Sunday in a final State of Origin audition – to lead the next generation of Blues.