Dyldam Parramatta Eels halfback Corey Norman has singled out the Blue and Gold’s belief as the key to a gutsy win over the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium on Friday night.
Stepping into the nominal number 7 role alongside Brad Takairangi in the halves, Norman said the pace and impact of the game was intense.
“I’m buggered at the moment,” Norman said.
“That’s two weeks in a row we’ve kind of started slow and teams have rolled us, and somehow we just know we’ve got to weather that storm and we’re going to come over the top and we did that tonight.”
“The belief in the team at the moment is unbelievable and I think that’s what’s getting us the wins.”
“To get a win like that the way we kept turning up, and we had troops down, there’s no better feeling. I think we really needed that win.”
Norman was quick to praise his halves partner, who scored the Eels’ first try of the match, and put in a deft cross-field kick for Vai Toutai’s try in the second half.
“Takaz (Brad Takairangi) has got all the skills as a five-eighth, but he’s playing out in the centres,” Norman said.
“I thought he did a tremendous job, and I couldn’t ask for any more out of him. He played out of his skin as well tonight, Takaz.”