Dyldam Parramatta Eels five-eighth Luke Kelly says while the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs are known for their monster forward pack, the side’s trio of playmakers will be in the Blue and Gold’s sights when the two sides meet on Friday night.
The Heritage Round clash at ANZ Stadium is the second time they’ve met this season, with the Bulldogs posting a 32-12 win over an injury-plagued Eels side in Round 2.
Fresh from the bye, Kelly says the Eels will be focussed on a strong defensive performance.
“The Bulldogs are a very good team and they’re a big side so we’re going to have to be at our best to get a win on Friday night,” Kelly said.
“They’re a massive team, they’ve got three very good playmakers, they can hurt us in a lot of areas if we’re not on our game.”
“They’ve got classy players all over the field; we’ve just got to be very good defensively and hopefully our attack will flow on from that.”
The Blue and Gold have scored three wins from their past three outings, leaving the Eels sitting 12th on the Telstra Premiership ladder.
“I think we’re getting there,” Kelly said.
“We haven’t stopped working hard right from the start of the year. It’s just a few things have gone our way [recently].”
“We’ve won our last three games but I think we can still improve.”
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