Dyldam Parramatta Eels forward Peni Terepo says the Eels edged out the Bulldogs with their attitude in yesterday’s 22-12 win at ANZ Stadium.
“It was a tough game really, we really just had to tough it out by rolling through the middle and holding good shape,” Terepo said.
“It was just tough from us and I don’t think they could handle it.”
With Parramatta six-from-seven at home and two-from-four on the road, Peni says it was important to get a win away from Pirtek Stadium, especially without Hayne.
“Everyone always talks about how bad we are away from home but we wanted to show them how desperate we were to get a win away from home,” he said.
“With Hayne and what he has and what he brings to the team, it was a good test for us to not have him in the side.”
The Eels team was boasting a new hooker - Isaac de Gois - as well as Chris Sandow as a late inclusion at fullback, which Terepo believed worked in their favour.
“Chris was good for us at the back there, it was pretty surprising to see how he went at fullback.”
“[De Gois] fitted right in and just needed to do the basic things and not outplay himself; we just needed a strong performance from him.”
Parramatta will be looking to make it three wins in a row when they travel down to AAMI Park in Melbourne on Sunday afternoon.