Dyldam Parramatta Eels second rower David Gower has returned to the action in the Eels’ 20-6 victory over the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium last Friday.
After a mammoth effort from the Blue and Gold against the Bulldogs, Gower says the 10 day turnaround has been a great opportunity for the team to physically recover ahead of the Wests Tigers.
“It was great to be out there with the boys running around there on Friday night, and to get a great result was that little bit sweeter,” Gower said.
“Brad said going in that if we emptied the tank, we would be rewarded with three days off. Going into a 10 day turnaround, the boys really ripped in on Friday night and Brad gave us the opportunity to physically recover.” He added.
Whilst pleased with the result, Gower said the Blue and Gold were disappointed with a late try for the second week in a row, and would be eager to ensure that doesn’t happen in the future.
"We were very happy for probably 76 minutes, and we let in a soft try right at the end, and that was disappointing and two weeks in a row we have done that.” Gower said.
“That is the sort of things that can cost us games and we want to make sure moving forward we don’t do that anymore.”
The Blue and Gold will return to the training paddock tomorrow, ahead of their Easter Monday clash against the Wests Tigers, and Gower said they would need to be prepared to back up their defensive effort against a young, dangerous and unpredictable side.
“The Tigers are a young side and they have been throwing the ball around. With plenty of ability, their young halves are playing well and full of confidence and that is a threat to anybody,” Gower said.
“The unstructured, ad-lib sort of play is going to be tough for us to defend but we are very confident if we turn up with the same attitude and desire in defence that we are comfortable that we will have the structures in place to be able to put in a good performance and come away with the win.”
And with an Easter Monday clash the perfect opportunity for fans to see the Blue and Gold in action, as they aim for their third win of the season, Gower was looking forward to seeing huge support at ANZ Stadium.
“I have been here the last two Easter Monday clashes and the crowds have been fantastic so if we can get all the Blue and Gold Army out in numbers this week that would be fantastic,” Gower said.
“We really count on your support and we are looking forward to hopefully seeing 50,000 out there.”
The Dyldam Parramatta Eels take on the Wests Tigers on Monday 28 March at ANZ Stadium. Kick off at 4pm.
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