Bittersweet Victory For Eels

Parramatta's first victory of the season has come at a price with Luke Burt breaking a bone in his shoulder and looks set to miss at least six weeks of football.

Burt's injury is a blow for the Eels as they now do not have a front line goalkicker and must now see if Brett Hodgson is fit for the blockbuster against the Bulldogs at Telstra Stadium next Friday night.

The positive to come out of last night's win over the Knights was the successful return to first grade of Pat Richards after missing almost two seasons due to a knee injury.

Richards was one of the NRL's brightest stars in 2000 but in early 2001 suffered a season ending knee injury that took him longer than expected to recover. Richards is big and fast and his return to first grade give the Eels a much more potent looking backline with size and speed.

He will be in for a tough time next week when he will be marking up against Hazem El Masri, one of the NRL's best wingers and goalkickers and last nights win should ensure a big crowd is on hand for the traditional clash of the NRL's fiercest and best rivalries.