Scott: New combinations will improve
Dyldam Parramatta Eels forward Beau Scott says the Blue and Gold will take plenty of confidence out of the victory against the North Queensland Cowboys and plenty of positivity as the squad continues to improve and new combinations continue to gel.
Speaking after the Eels 20-16 win over the Premiers, Scott said that the Eels will take plenty of positives out of their Round Two performance.
“We have a few new combinations and we haven’t played a lot of football together and with each other yet, so I guess that is a positive,” Scott said.
“We have a little bit of time yet to form some combinations and learn how each other play.”
“There are a fair few new combinations in this team and learning how each other plays is probably the most important thing this time of the year as a playing group. As long as we can keep getting better at that every week, that’s where we want to be.” Scott added.
Whilst the squad will take confidence out of defeating the Premiers, Scott knows the side will need to aim up again this weekend, against a formidable Bulldogs side.
“I thought our defence over the past few weeks has been pretty good, we have a few things to work on, but I think our defence on the weekend won the game,” Scott said.
“We will take a bit of confidence out of the weekend but we still have plenty of things to improve on in the coming weeks, but we will need that confidence coming into Friday night against the Bulldogs.”
“They have a big pack this weekend and we have to forget what we did on the weekend and aim up again on Friday night.” He added.
With the Bulldogs posing plenty of dangers in their forwards and across their backline, Scott is looking forward to the challenge in the middle of the field, to see where the Eels forwards stack up against the rest of the competition.
“They have some big bodies there and we will have to put our bodies in front,” Scott said.
“We have had a couple of big games to start the year, and the Doggies to top it off, that will really put a benchmark to our forward pack to see where we are at as well.”
“They lay the platform for the rest of the team to play off the back of so we have to do our best to slow them down.” Scott added.
“We have to counteract their big men by holding the ball, completing our sets and hopefully fatiguing them on the opposite.”
The Eels take on the Bulldogs this Friday night at ANZ Stadium. Kick off is at 8pm.