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Dyldam Parramatta Eels Assistant Coach Steve Murphy says the Blue and Gold will need to play a complete 80 minute performance tonight when they take on the Melbourne Storm as they look to bounce back after last week’s defeat.

The Eels are expecting the Storm to play a clinical, consistent, grinding style of football, and Murphy says the Blue and Gold will need to be ready for the arm wrestle.

“Melbourne are a quality football team, with plenty of depth in their roster,” Murphy said of the opposition.

“They will complete high and try and turn it into an arm wrestle and we will need to play our footy and continue it for 80 minutes.”

“It will be a high completion rate game from them, they will kick long, chase and make their tackles. That’s what Melbourne Storm have been doing for a very long time and you will see nothing different from them.”

“It is important we play our game this week and sustain that for 80 minutes.

Tonight’s clash will be a special one for the Blue and Gold as it marks a milestone moment for Corey Norman, who plays his 100th NRL game, and Anthony Watmough, who plays his 300th

“Incredible achievements for Choc, to play 300 games at the highest level is an outstanding achievement,” Murphy said of the milestone.

“Very few players in our game reach those heights, that pinnacle, so it is great for him and hopefully we can reward him and Corey with a much needed win tonight.”

The Eels take on the Storm at AAMI Park, kick off at 7pm.

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