Jarryd Hayne streaks downfield, puts down the ball and extends his arms to again become The Plane. Chris Sandow finds space with his runs and kicks and scores a meat pie of his own. And the Parramatta defence, diabolical under Stephen Kearney despite all the practice it got, was seldom breached.
Welcome to life at Parramatta under Ricky Stuart.
The rebuild is only in its embryonic stages and it would be foolish to suggest that, on the back of 80 minutes of football against a team coming off a horror year of its own, the Eels will be legitimate contenders. However, there were enough positive signs in their first hit-out under Stuart to suggest they may perform better than most initially predicted.
There were three men charged with the responsibility of having the (c) next to their name.
Sandow wasn't one of them. However, he showed the leadership required of a halfback, perhaps having picked up a few tips from a wily former No.7. His long kicking game was a feature of the contest. On several occasions, only a cruel bounce denied him a 40-20. He was heavily involved and his running game was a handful for the Warriors, as evidenced by his cheeky solo effort from close range to open proceedings. Only an obstruction call, which will be debated elsewhere, denied him another. He finished with 16 points.
Nor did Hayne seem burdened by his newfound responsibility. He was the main beneficiary of the work done by his other co-captains, Reni Maitua and Tim Mannah. On three occasions he finished off long-range movements. The long-suffering Blue-and-Gold fans, all 13,351 of them, went spare. All of them and more will be salivating at the prospect of taking on the Bulldogs on Thursday night.
One of the biggest concerns for the Eels coming into the season was the lack of size up front. If it was going to be exposed it would be by a monster Warriors pack. It was, at times, in the second stanza when the Warriors cut an 18-0 half-time deficit to just eight. But last year's wooden spooners maintained their composure and finished all over the top of them. This from a side which lost its pivot, Luke Kelly, with a hamstring strain after half an hour. The talented but luckless Jacob Loko limped off as the clock ran down.
Stuart wasn't the only clipboard holder presiding over a team for the first time. When the Warriors were looking for a catch and Matthew Elliott didn't get the call, he decided to call them. He now oversees all the talent overseas. One talent he didn't have at his disposal for long was Manu Vatuvei. The Kiwis winger injured his ankle early and didn't return to the field.
Whenever he ran on to the field, water bottle in hand, the cameras panned to Trent Elkin. Not even the most famous trainer of them all, Ronnie ''40/20'' Palmer, earned this much notoriety. Elkin may have left Cronulla but his time there is still under scrutiny.
Even when the Eels were completing sets at less than 50 per cent early - and constantly on their own line - they found ways to turn the opposition away. And when they got some decent ball they made the most of it.
Whenever a new coaching staff comes in it takes a while for everyone to get on the same page. When the Eels got a penalty late in the half, the instructions from the sideline were to take the two. They kicked for the sideline instead and coughed up possession soon afterwards.
They are teething problems that will soon be solved. But at the time of writing, the Eels are on the top of the premiership ladder. How long it lasts remains to be seen, but it beats being on the other end.