Dyldam Parramatta Eels second-rower Beau Scott has put out a warning, saying the Blue and Gold still have plenty of improvements left in them.
After three wins from their opening four rounds, Scott has been impressed with the early Blue and Gold defensive efforts, conceding just 39 points in 4 games, fewer than any other team in the Premiership.
But the new recruit believes there is still plenty of improvements in the side.
“Plenty of improvement in us yet, but to hold the Tigers to nil is pretty impressive for a defensive effort,” Scott said after the win against the Wests Tigers.
“We are far from our best. You win games on the back of defence and that’s what we have been doing for the last couple of weeks, but to do it in a bit better fashion and put some points on teams will be nice as well.” Scott added.
“The boys are turning up and they really want to play for each other. There is a lot of trust there and we are building a bit of confidence on the back of the wins as well”
Scott, a renowned enforcer who prides himself on his defence, has been one of the defensive standouts in the opening few rounds.
After making 34 tackles in his 50 minutes on the field against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in Round Three, Scott backed it up with 36 bruising tackles in the Round Four shut out against the Wests Tigers.
“We know what wins games,” Scott said.
“I thought last week we were pretty unlucky not to come away with a nil result from the Bulldogs, we let in a soft try at the end of the game.” He added.
“But to keep the Tigers to nil, they are an attacking team, and we are pretty happy with the way we defended but we have to get better on the flipside.”
With the Eels scoring just the one try in Round Four, and the Eels attack yet to fire in the opening four rounds, Scott knows it is only a matter of time.
“You can only do it [defend] for so long. It is going to take a toll on you and we need to get our attack together now,” Scott said.
“We have had enough time together as a new playing group to be able to form a few combinations and that’s what we will try get together over the next couple of weeks.”
“The penalties and the drop ball aren’t good enough, we need to fix that part of our game up,” Scott added.
“We need to get better in that aspect of the game. We need to hold the ball and complete our sets and make sure those finishes are high.”
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.