Dyldam Parramatta Eels assistant coach Steve Murphy says the Blue and Gold forward pack will play a key role if the Eels are to back up last week's win with another strong performance away from home.

Taking on the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park, Murphy says his side will need to shut down the Storm forwards, while the return of Jarryd Hayne and the possible inclusion of Will Hopoate will be a boost for the Eels.


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"They’re both quality players and coming back from Origin they’ll certainly help our young squad," Murphy said.

"We’ll need to be very good against a very good Melbourne Storm. Our forwards have been doing an outstanding job and they’ll need to be very good again to control their forwards, and if we do that we’ll give ourselves every chance tonight."

"We’ve had one good result away from home last week and we need to do it again."

NRL kicks off at 2pm at Melbourne's AAMI Park, following Holden Cup NYC at 11.45am.