Peats: Focused on our own form
Dyldam Parramatta Eels hooker Nathan Peats is focused on creating some consistency in the Blue and Gold and the forward is not too worried about the form of the Melbourne Storm, who they face in a Mother’s Day clash at Pirtek Stadium on Sunday 8th May.
The Storm have named their ‘Big Three’ with Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith coming off representative duties and with the media questioning their poor performance in the Australia v New Zealand Test, Peats said the Blue and Gold were not worried about how they would back up.
“I am not really worried about how they’re going to play,” Peats said of the Storm.
“We have to worry about our own form. We just have to do the video on them and do our best to stop how they play and that’s up to us and how we perform”
“We are not going to worry about how they are” Peats added.
However Peats did note that the Storm contain plenty of strike power across the park.
“They are a good side all across the park. They have Koroibete on the edge who is on fire, the big three in the middle, and then Proctor and Bromwich so it will be a tough game that’s for sure,” Peats said of his opposition.
“They are an experienced bunch of blokes who will be looking to bounce back this week.” He added.
Peats returned from his second selection in the NSW City camp and the hooker says that the week off was enjoyable and will be beneficial for the team ahead of the Round 9 clash.
“The boys enjoyed the week off, obviously I didn’t get to have the week off but there was are a few little niggles that most sides have so the 4 - 5 days off was good for the boys.
Thanks to the Eels Round 9 game day partners, Dyldam, the Blue and Gold will be celebrating Mother's Day with a yellow rose giveaway for the first 400 mums in the Parramatta Motor Group TryLine City precinct.
Eels squad members Tim Mannah, Anthony Watmough, Brad Takairangi, Will Hopoate and David Gower had their mums attend an Eels training session, and whilst Peats’ mum was unable to attend, the forward spoke of his mother.
“My mum’s there every week so she’s a pest but she loves me and I love her a lot,” Peats said of his mother.
“It will be good for all the mums to come down on game day to Pirtek Stadium” Peats added.
“Parramatta is a family club and we are pretty close here so I think it’s a good thing to have.”
“My mum thinks I play good every week, but she has been watching the game her whole life and she never has a bad thing to say so I go to dad for the honest feedback,” Peats joked.
The Eels will take on the Storm on Sunday at Pirtek Stadium with kick-off at 4pm. Get tickets to the game here.