Eels escape physical clash in good shape

After their 42-12 win in the Eels season opener on Friday night (6 March 2015), the Dyldam Parramatta Eels escaped the physical clash in good shape.

Whilst Tepai Moeroa and Anthony Watmough were tended to during the second half, the forwards are expected to be fit for Round 2.

Eels Head Coach Brad Arthur confirmed on Triple M on Saturday that Tepai Moeroa ‘just got a little stinger’ and would be ready for Round 2 against the Bulldogs.

“He’s just got a little stinger. The kids only played 10 or 11 NRL games. He’s 19 years old he’s still learning the game,” Arthur said.

“That’s the beauty with it, he’s still learning the game of footy. He’s as tough as nails.”

Lock Anthony Watmough also came off after copping a raised knee from his former teammate James Hasson as he attempted to make the opening tackle of the second half.

“I was winded,” Watmough said.

“I didn’t know what happened! I didn’t even know I got kneed. They (my ribs) still feel like they’re pushed back to my spine.”

“But I know ‘Hass’ (Hasson) really well and I know he wouldn’t have done it on purpose; I know there was no malice in it. I just hope he doesn’t get in trouble for it.”

The Eels will take on the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in Round Two kicking off a 7.35pm on Friday night (13 March) at ANZ Stadium.

Click here to hear the Brad Arthur interview with Triple M