Unibet Game Day Preview: Round 21
Dyldam Parramatta Eels Assistant Coach Steve Murphy previews the Eels v Titans Round 21 clash saying that the Blue and Gold will need to be prepared for a tough encounter against a desperate Gold Coast Titans side that boasts plenty of dangers and speed out wide.
"A lot of speed out wide, Hoffman, Mead and Gordan are all experienced first graders and then Roberts has been outstanding for them," Murphy said of the Titans.
"We are expecting a really tough game. Both teams have been struggling as of recent weeks so both teams will be desperate for the two points."
"We can't give them time and space, and James Roberts is an exciting talent and likes the ball in his hands early so we will have to take that time away and work really hard on that edge to do a job on him" Murphy added.
Apart from their speed men out wide, Murphy notes an Origin like forward pack that the Eels will need to be ready to battle in the middle.
"Their home record is not great, but there is Origin players in that forward pack. They are a quality team that are down on confidence a bit, so whoever plays with confidence will most likely come away with the points," Murphy said.
With both sides desperate to come away with the win, Murphy says the Blue and Gold will also be expected to put in a stronger performance for 80 minutes, which has not been consistent in 2015.
"Both teams will be extremely desperate but it's just important that we improve on what we are doing. We were good for a long period of time, but 80 minutes has been a problem for us so we have to make sure we sustain our efforts." Murphy said.
"We need an improved effort when things go against us. Sustained blocks of possession and penalties, when those things go against us, we havent responded well so we will need to do that much better this week."
Kick off from Cbus Super Stadium is at 7pm.