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Matt Parish is busy at the NSW VB Blues State of Origin camp this week ahead of next week's decider, so our assistant coach Dean Pay is filling in.

Deano says the Penrith side is going to be tough to beat.

"They've had a couple of good wins and they were very good in Darwin against the Titans," he said.

"They're a really settled team, they haven't had a lot of injuries, and that sort of continuity is invaluable for them."

In terms of individual players who are in good form, Dean says they're strong right across the park.

"Tim Grant is going really well for them, their halves are going really well, fullback Matt Moylan is playing well, there are a number of key players doing well for them."

For the Eels, Luke Kelly will be playing his first game at halfback this week, with Chris Sandow playing NSW Cup.

"Luke gets a shot this week at half, we're looking forward to seeing how he goes; and Willie Tonga is back, so we've got a few good players coming back this week which should be good for us."

"Willie is a quality player, if he gets 40 minutes or 60, we'll take whatever he can give us, so we're looking forward to him being on the park playing footy."

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