Lussick: Massive team effort

The Dyldam Parramatta Eels earned a hard-fought 20-16 victory over the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval last night (Sunday 23 August) to beat them for a second time this season.

Speaking in the sheds after the game, Eels forward Darcy Lussick was glad to get the two points after a big effort from the Blue and Gold.

“It was good to get the two points. We had a big effort out there and it was pretty rewarding so I am pretty happy about it,” Lussick said after the game.

“You always want to beat your old team, and Sunday afternoon at Brookvale Oval doesn’t get much better than that.”

“Even though it was raining, it was a good atmosphere and I am just happy we got the win.”

The weather impacted the flow of the game in the second half, as both sides battled with errors, however Lussick said the Blue and Gold welcomed the conditions.

“The wet weather probably suited us. Our forwards are probably our strength and we knew we were going play through the middle so we were praying for rain all week.” Lussick said.

“We seem to give team a few opportunities in the second half and today we were lucky enough to hold on,” Lussick added.

“It was a massive effort with a lot of people coming for each other.”

With Eels skipper Tim Mannah unavailable to take the field due to a knee injury, Lussick was moved to the starting side and had a mammoth performance in the Blue and Gold forward pack.

Along with his 143m from his 14 runs along with his 21 tackles during his 47 minute stints on the field, Lussick was in the thick of the action diving on the loose ball in several key moments along with making several crucial cover tackles.

However the forward praised his fellow teammates.

“I think everyone really stood up,” Lussick said.

“If somebody made a mistake, there were people there to clean up and look after them.”

“I think it was just right place right time for me. It was a big team effort and I am just so happy with the win and it made up for last week.”

The Eels will return to Pirtek Stadium to take on the Cronulla Sharks on Saturday 29 August, kick off at 3pm.