Following a 32-16 win at home, Corey Norman and Joseph Paulo were quick to heap praise on their Dyldam Parramatta Eels teammates for a strong team performance against the Penrith Panthers.
Lock Joseph Paulo said Head Coach Brad Arthur was very clear about the vital role for the forward pack and the importance of taking home the chocolates in front of a home crowd.
“We know we’ve got the strength out wide,” Paulo said.
“But for us forwards we’ve got to set the platform and the foundation out wide, just win that battle and get into the grind.”
“And we’re learning every week how everyone plays and getting more confident.”
“Brad really harped on about “this is our house,” and it was good to put on a performance for the crowd tonight.”
One of the four-pointers in the Eels’ 32-16 win came courtesy of second-rower Manu Ma’u, and Paulo has no doubt it will be the first of many.
“Manu’s come a long way,” Paulo said.
“He’s really developing as a barnstorming back rower, he’s getting better every week.”
“I know the boys are really enjoying playing with him, and I know he’ll score more in the future.”
For five-eighth Corey Norman, Round 4 saw him playing alongside a new halves partner, Chris Sandow.
“It was good to play with Chrissy,” Norman said.
“He’s always got a little bit of x factor about him; I've just got to steer the team around and he does his thing.”