Dyldam Parramatta Eels forward Peni Terepo says that despite gaining a bit of confidence from the past two weeks, after victories over the North Queensland Cowboys and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, the Blue and Gold can not get too comfortable heading into their Easter Monday clash against the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium.
Speaking with the media ahead of Round Four, Terepo says the Eels need to worry about what they can control and continue to work hard and improve, week in, week out.
“We are very pleased [with the win over the Bulldogs], making it two in a row has given us a good bit of confidence building into the next game against the Wests Tigers,” Terepo said.
“We can’t get too comfortable, we just have to keep working and keep improving.”
“It will be a good challenge to come up against their forwards, but we just have to worry about what we do.” Terepo added.
After holding their last two oppositions to just the one try a piece, Terepo has credited the Blue and Gold pre-season for the improved discipline and defence shown in the opening three rounds of the completion.
“Discipline and defence is what we have been working on the whole pre-season, and making sure we aren’t falling off with our defence,” Terepo said.
“That is what has won us the last two games.”
“Our good defence in the middle from the entire squad.”
And Terepo, under the instruction of Head Coach Brad Arthur, has been impressive off the bench this year, coming onto the field with plenty of energy and working hard during his limited minutes on the field.
In the opening three rounds of the competition, Terepo has made a combined total of 66 tackles from the bench and averages 80m from 10 runs per game.
The forward has also benefited from having the experience of forwards Anthony Watmough, Beau Scott and half Kieran Foran in the side.
“Brad’s plan for me is to have a bit of impact off the bench and try and get the team to go forward a bit more and to control that middle when I come on,” Terepo said.
“Having those good quality players like Beau Scott and Kieran Foran, having their leadership in the team lifts the team and gives us a good bit of confidence having those quality players in the side.”
The Dyldam Parramatta Eels will take on the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium on Monday 28 March. Kick off is at 4:00pm with the game shown live on FOX Sports.
Blue and Gold halfback Kieran Foran will play his 150th NRL First Grade Game.
Note, Blue and Gold Full-season reserved seat and GA Members receive reciprocal entry to the clash at ANZ Stadium. Click here for more details and all the Round Four Game Day Info.