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Competition - NYC Premiership

Round - Round 04

Teams - Wests Tigers V Parramatta Eels

Date - 28th of March 2016

Venue - ANZ Stadium, Homebush, Sydney NSW

Photographer - Robb Cox

Dyldam Parramatta Eels hooker Isaac De Gois says it is still early days for the Blue and Gold, and the challenge now for the Eels would be to replicate the defensive efforts, week in week out.

De Gois topped the tackle count for the Eels, despite not playing the full 80 minutes against the Wests Tigers.

“Winning in the NRL is a tough thing to do, so every win you get you enjoy and we are enjoying it thoroughly,” De Gois said.

 “We will take some confidence out of it, but it is only early days so we can’t get ahead of ourselves but we will keep working hard and it should be a good challenge this week against Penrith.”

“Every time you keep a team to minimal points you take confidence out of it and I think that’s what we are doing here.” He added.

The Eels have had strong defensive performances in the opening four rounds of the competition, conceding just 39 points in 4 games, fewer than any other team in the Premiership.

“We are just turning up for each other, not clocking off and working hard on the inside. It is working so far, but it’s early days so we have to keep doing it week in week out” De Gois said.

“We obviously focused on defence a little bit more in the offseason but it’s only early days so we have to keep focusing week in week out which is a harder thing to do.”

De Gois says a huge part of the improvement in defence comes from new recruit Beau Scott.

The hooker hopes that the enforcer and the rest of the side can take the confidence gained from the last few weeks into this weekend’s clash against the Penrith Panthers.

“We obviously signed Beau for his attitude, leadership and he has done a great job so far,” De Gois said.

“He is tough and everything you want out of him and he is doing everything we have asked of him.”

“It’s a confidence booster having three wins behind your back. Penrith have been playing some really good footy and it’s going to be a great challenge.” He added.

“Battle of the West. It should be something special.”

The Dyldam Parramatta Eels take on the Penrith Panthers this Sunday 3 April at Pirtek Stadium. Kick off is at 4:00pm with the game shown live on Channel 9 and Fox Sports One.

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