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Dyldam Parramatta Eels second-rower David Gower says the Blue and Gold forward pack has challenged itself to bring the right attitude to Friday night’s clash with the Sea Eagles.

“It’s definitely not an easy game coming up against the front-runners,” Gower said.

“They’re the benchmark team of the competition at the minute. If we want to play [finals] we need to be playing good against quality sides.”

“We know we need to aim up week to week; we want to be a consistent pack and play tough semi-finals type footy.”

In taking on the competition leaders, Gower says the support of the Blue and Gold Army will be a boost for the home side in the Eels’ final home game of 2014.

“If we can pack it out with 20,000 screaming Parramatta fans that is going to benefit us late in the game,” Gower said.

“You never know might even get us over the line with a 50/50 decision.”

For Gower, Friday’s game means backing up from a knee complaint that saw him leave the field briefly during the Blue and Gold’s round 23 match against the Bulldogs.

“It was an old injury re-occurring,” Gower said.

“[I’ve had] a lot of physio this week and hopefully I’ll be right.”

The Dyldam Parramatta Eels kick off against the Sea Eagles at 7.45pm on Friday, August 22, in the Eels' final home game of the 2014 season. Click to buy your tickets and be there to cheer the Blue and Gold on our run to the finals!

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