Matt Parish previews Round 20 vs Bulldogs

The Pirtek Parramatta Eels are heading to ANZ Stadium tonight, to play the Canterbury Bulldogs for the Bandaged Bear Cup.


We caught up with assistant coach Matt Parish to talk about the threats of the Bulldogs side, and where their danger areas are.


"We tried pretty hard against the Raiders last weekend, but we didn't make the most of our opportunities," Matt said.


"Unfortunately we didn't get a lot of luck with video referee and we didn't take the opportunities we deserved but if we can improve on that and take our opportunities on, I think we can worry the Buldlogs."


Parish admits the Bulldogs are in good form, and have a side that's largely injury-free.


"They move the ball and they've got a very big team and structured footy that attacks from anywhere." he said.


"They've got plenty of big forwards coming off the bench, and probably their best team, everyone's there. But if we can control the ball and move them around a bit I think we can get a bit of joy."


Parish says there are a number of players who they'll have to work hard to contain, beyond the obvious superstar in Ben Barba.


"Obviously Ben's their Dally M player of the year, and he's had a slow start to the season for a number of reasons, but I'm sure the Bulldogs are looking for him to really aim up this back end of the year," he said.


"Both centres move really well, and James Graham and Aiden Tolman like to move the ball around, and big on the edges with Pritchard and Williams."


See Matt's full preview of the game above - and click here to buy tickets to the game!