The Dyldam Parramatta Eels travel to Sportingbet Stadium on Friday night in what is shaping up to be a classic Battle of the West.
Both teams, who failed to make the top 8 in 2013, have turned in impressive displays to start the season, which sees them sitting at 3rd and 4th place on the ladder, however, with 3rd and 9th spot being separated by just 2 points in 2014, both sides will be looking to get a win that will solidify their top 4 position.
After a 32-16 win in round 4 at Pirtek Stadium earlier this season, hooker Nathan Peats says the Eels are aware of the extra challenge of playing away, without the support of the vocal Blue and Gold army.
“Penrith’s always a tough place to travel to on a Friday night, it’s going to be cold, and so we’re looking forward to the battle," Peats said.
After defeating the Dragons and Sharks in the week leading into the bye, the Eels have had what was effectively a 6 point fortnight, and enforcer Darcy Lussick says the time off has the team raring to take to the field this Friday.
“We’ve had a week to freshen up physically and mentally and we’re all jumping out of our skin to play," Lussick said.
"We can’t wait this week.”