Isaac De Gois celebrates 200 NRL games in loss to Roosters

TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 27:  Isaac De Gois of the Eels looks to get a pass away despite the tackle of Johnathan Thurston of the Cowboys during the round 20 NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the the Parramatta Eels at 1300SMILES Stadium on July 27, 2015 in Townsville, Australia.  (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 27: Isaac De Gois of the Eels looks to get a pass away despite the tackle of Johnathan Thurston of the Cowboys during the round 20 NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the the Parramatta Eels at 1300SMILES Stadium on July 27, 2015 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

WHEN Semi Radradra crossed for his 19th try of the season it gave the Eels an unlikely lead against premiership favourites the Roosters.

What you might not have seen is a certain player celebrating like he had scored himself.

That player was Isaac De Gois (pictured playing the Cowboys and on opposite page).

With a leap and a clap, Goisey stalked the sidelines and in typical fashion was putting the team first — even in a game where he was the centre of attention.

The 30-year-old celebrated his 200th NRL game at the weekend.

After making his debut for the Wests Tigers in 2006, De Gois bounced around with Cronulla and Newcastle before finding a home at Parramatta last year.

The hooker only knows one way: 100 per cent committed. It's a trait that has made him a popular member with teammates.

Said second-rower David Gower : "He has been to a few clubs, always trained hard and is humble and a great guy.

"It is huge for any player to play 200 and for Goisey it is incredible."

The man himself said he was "very honoured" to register the milestone.

"When you first play, it is obviously something you dream about and it's a privilege.

"To rack up 200 is something I am very honoured with," he said.

"Considering there are only 20-odd games a year, you have to be in the game consistently which I have been. Injury plays a big part in it so I have been lucky in that sense, too.

"There are a few highlights.

Isaac De Gois. Picture: Getty Images

Isaac De Gois. Picture: Getty Images

"I have played a few major semis, apart from that I haven't played the ultimate [a grand final] but hopefully some time soon would be nice."

The Eels just fell short of a memorable victory in De Gois' milestone game.

Leading the Roosters 18-4, errors and a lack of troops saw the Eels fade to lose 28-18.

Eels coach Brad Arthur praised his team's effort against a team they had lost to by a combined 106-4 their previous two trips to Allianz Stadium.

"I asked our boys to come here and aim up physically and I've got to give them 100 per cent for that," Arthur said.

"I thought our forward pack really aimed up.

"I'm grateful to the playing group and I'm proud of them because I think every game this year we've been in the contest, we've just got to learn to turn being in the contest into wins."

Their next opportunity comes against Manly at Brookvale Oval on Sunday.

In round one the Eels registered their biggest win of the year against the Sea Eagles.

A lot has changed for both teams since then.

None more so than Kieran Foran announcing he will join the Eels next season.

One thing for sure is that with the Eels officially out of finals calculations they will be hoping to play finals spoiler for the rest of the season.

First stop Manly, then Canberra and then the Sharks.

The Eels take on the Sea Eagles on Sunday at Brookvale Oval. Kick-off is 4pm.

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