Dyldam Parramatta Eels assistant coach Steve Murphy says his side will need to shut down a fearless Canberra Raiders side on Saturday night at Darwin’s TIO Stadium.
In our weekly Unibet Game Day Preview, Murphy says while the Raiders sit near the bottom of the NRL Telstra Premiership ladder, they aren't afraid to take chances in attack and test the Eels defence.
“They throw the ball around a lot,” Murphy said.
“They’ll throw the ball around coming out of their own end, lots of offloads. We need to make sure that we’re doing our job defensively and then our opportunities will come ball-in-hand.”
“We’re expecting a really tough game against Canberra, who were embarrassed last week. They’ll be keen to make amends against us.”
“We’re expecting them to come at us pretty hard and we’re also confident in our own ability to execute a plan. Hopefully we can go out and play well this week in front of a crowd that’s probably craving for their rugby league.”
That crowd will be the Darwin Blue and Gold Army, as well as Eels fans who have travelled from Parramatta, Queensland, and all over “Eels Territory” to see Parramatta play in their second home.
Kick off is at 8pm local time (8.30pm AEST) at TIO Stadium, Darwin, and tickets are available online!