The Dyldam Parramatta Eels have come away with a gritty 8-0 victory over the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium, and Blue and Gold captain and halfback Kieran Foran says that the most pleasing aspect of the win was the belief and attitude shown amongst the side.
In a game where the possession between the two sides was equal, the Blue and Gold amassed a total of 355 tackles in their shut out against the home side.
"It is just the belief and an attitude thing at the moment. We are really working hard to turn up for one another," Foran said.
"It's something that we worked really hard on during the pre-season, our defence, and like Brad said, the attack will take time because it wasn't at it's best today."
"If we can keep defending like that, we will give ourselves every opportunity of staying in contest."
Whilst pleased with the defensive effort, Foran said there were still plenty of improvements to make down the other end of the field, shouldering responsability for their slow start to the year in attack.
However there was plenty of belief gained from their defensive efforts.
"We haven't trained together too much, I am a bit to blame for that being in and out of trainings with my hamstring, and we probably havent had as many field sessions as we would of liked together but we were probably a little bit down on enegery today aswell, and a little bit flat and that showed in our set pieces," Foran said.
"It is great for the belief, when you are all turning up for each other and you are all out there together if you are not playing at your best."
"It was pretty ugly today, we gave the Tigers plenty opportunity but we wanted to turn up and wanted to try and hold them out. They are a very good attacking side who throw plenty at you so it was pleasing the way we turned up and it just instills belief each week that we do it."
Wtih the Eels now claiming three wins in a row, after strong defensive performances over the Cowboys, Bulldogs and Wests Tigers, Foran said the side is now looking ahead to their upcoming clashes.
"It is just nice to start the season the way we have. It is a reward for the effort we have put in during the preseason, but there is a long way to go yet," Foran said.
"We have a tough three games coming up, with pretty short turn arounds, so we have to get back, rest up and get ready for the game next week."