Dyldam Parramatta Eels second-rower Darcy Lussick says the stakes are only getting higher as the Blue and Gold heads into the final nine games of the 2014 season. 

The run home for the Eels kicks off against the Warriors in Auckland on Saturday, and Lussick says the congested ladder only adds to the importance of performing each week.

“Over the next couple of weeks those teams [on equal Premiership points] are really going to be sorted out in terms of the ladder,” Lussick said.

“It’s a tough trip going over to New Zealand to play the Warriors and it’s a crucial game for us: I think every game from now until the end of the year is going to be crucial.”

“They’re a massive team, a massive forward pack and really physical. If you don’t go in 100% you’re in trouble over there.”

And when it comes to relaxing through the Eels’ bye round in Round 17, Lussick said it was business as usual for the Blue and Gold. 

“BA was pretty tough on us that week, but he’s tough on us every week,” Lussick said.

“We’re just looking at improving and hopefully getting the win.”