Dyldam Parramatta Eels forward Mitch Allgood says the Blue and Gold won’t be focussing too much on the NRL Premiership ladder head of this week’s rematch with the Penrith Panthers.

In Round 4, the Eels defeated their Western Sydney rivals 32-16 in front of a vocal home crowd at Parramatta, and when the two sides meet this Friday at Sportingbet Stadium, they’ll both be sitting inside the top four on the table.

Both the Panthers and the Eels are also fresh from a bye week, and Allgood said it was perfect timing for the Parramatta squad. 

“It was awesome [going into the bye on the back of a win],” Allgood said.

“A few boys had some niggling injuries but they’ve got on top of that now.” 

“I think Penrith are third now and we’re sitting on fourth; it is motivating but we’re just looking to improve each week and we’re just focussing on the win.”

“Western Sydney’s going pretty well, so it’s nice to see!”