Alvaro ready for challenge up front
Dyldam Parramatta Eels forward Daniel Alvaro has been called into Brad Arthur’s Round Six side to take on the Canberra Raiders at Pirtek Stadium on Saturday 9 April.
Named in the starting line up, replacing an injured Tim Mannah who has been ruled out through injury, Alvaro is hoping to bring the form he has shown in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW for the Wentworthville Magpies into the NRL.
“I am been happy with my form,” Alvaro said.
“Just trying to get in and do my work each week and play well, and play well for Wentworthville, and we have had a good start which has been good.”
After starting 2016 in the Eels NRL side, playing the opening round against the Brisbane Broncos, Alvaro has featured heavily for the Magpies since.
Over the past four weeks, Alvaro has been named in the NSWRL.com.au Team of the Week twice, as one of the best performers on the field, including a massive effort that saw the forward finish with 216m from his 21 carries plus a mammoth 50 tackles.
“Brad has told me to come in and do my job, bring a lot of energy and add to the team as much as I can and try and get us rolling forward. That’s probably the biggest thing.” Alvaro said.
Teammate and fellow forward Danny Wicks said the side would be in safe hands with Alvaro replacing the injured Club Captain, Tim Mannah.
“[Daniel], he’s a big kid and I’ve got massive wraps on him,” Wicks said.
“I think he played 60 minutes for Wenty (Wentworthville Magpies) last week for 200 run metres, 21 carries. The kid’s got a big engine and he’s got a big future.”
The Blue and Gold will need another big effort from Alvaro this weekend, taking on an in-form Raiders side who sit near the top of the table, thanks to early dominant performances from their forward pack.
“It will be a good challenge up front against the Raiders forwards,” Alvaro said.
“They have started the season really well and have a good pack that is laying a good platform for them. They are playing some good footy so it will be a great challenge.”
“Their whole pack is pretty dangerous. We just have to treat them all the same and keep an eye on their number nine too, Josh Hodgson, he is playing really well.” He added.
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