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The Dyldam Parramatta Eels take on the South Sydney Rabbitohs this Friday night and Eels centre Brad Takairangi is confident the Blue and Gold can come away with the two points, as long as they hold the ball.

The Eels have had a poor completion rate during the opening three rounds something Head Coach Brad Arthur has noted and wants to see improved this weekend.

“We pretty much beat ourselves last week,” Takairangi said of the weekend loss to the Warriors.

“We are not holding the ball for long periods of time and its costing us in the end.”

“Even though we won Round one, our completion was pretty bad so that is our main focus this week, just controlling the ball and doing everything we can to hold the ball,” he added.

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The Eels return to Pirtek Stadium for this Friday night’s clash, and Takairangi was quietly confident of the Eels coming away with the two points.

“They are probably the best team in the comp at the moment but we actually believe if we can get a fair share of the ball, we can beat any team in the comp so we are pretty confident there” Takairangi said.

“It’s definitely a good challenge for us to test ourselves where we are.”

“We started well in Round One but compounded that with a couple bad losses but if we can control the ball, we will give ourselves the best shot of beating them” Takairangi said.

The Rabbitohs pose dangers all over the park, and Takairangi said the Eels will need to be prepared to shut down Greg Inglis, whom has looked in ominous form this season.

“GI is definitely the best player in the world at the moment but we have to take him in numbers,” Takairangi said of Inglis.

“We can’t go one out because you saw what he can do on the week, so as long as we go at him with our straight line, I think we will give ourselves the best shot at stopping him.”

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