Gutherson: Scott and Foran inspire in defence

Dyldam Parramatta Eels winger Clint Gutherson sees the influence of new recruits Beau Scott and Kieran Foran in the Blue and Gold’s imposing defensive efforts so far in 2016.

Conceding just 39 points in 4 games, fewer than any other team in the Premiership, has helped the Eels to three back-to-back win, and Gutherson says the whole team is lifting from Scott and Foran’s example.

“[Beau]’s big in defence, he’s just ruthless in what he does, and he’s got a lot of chat,” Gutherson said.

“On the right side [playing next to me], I’ve got him and Foz (Kieran Foran), and they’re the same kind of players. They’re just ruthless and they’re always going to turn up for you. Just them being there and their experience within the game has helped the younger boys realise what they have to do to turn up each week.”

With three straight wins under their belts, the Eels face the Panthers on Sunday afternoon in the final Battle of the West in Parramatta before the redevelopment of Pirtek Stadium, and will be looking to continue building week on week in attack.

“It’s always good to wake up the day after a game with a win, you’re never as sore,” Gutherson said.

“It’s a good start to the season, but there’s still along way to go in the season and I’m sure by Round 26 we’ll have a good combination there.”

“Foz had a disrupted pre-season so Normy’s been out there with a few different halves during the pre-season; it’s just going to take a bit of time to gel.”