Dyldam Parramatta Eels centre Michael Jennings says attitude will be key when the Blue and Gold aim up against the Gold Coast Titans on Saturday at Darwin's TIO Stadium.
Both sides arrived in Eels Territory on Tuesday ahead of the Round 14 fixture, and hit the training field on Wednesday to begin preparations for the Round 14 match up.
“It’s kind of a different heat,” Jennings said after Eels training.
“I was trying to breathe and it was pretty heavy heat and it was pretty tough, but we got through.”
“This is my first time [in Darwin] and it’s been good so far, I think tomorrow a few of the boys are going to go fishing. I heard there’s some good spots out there, and a lot of crocs.”
“It’s times like this when you get away, you’re away from your family, so you’ve got to have that camaraderie with the the boys.”
Jennings ran out for the VB NSW Blues in Origin I, and the Eels were rested over the Round 13 bye ahead of the Titans match up.
“We had the week off last week and we had five days off, so the body’s feeling good and just ready to play,” Jennings said.
“We know they’re a quality side and it’s going to be tough ask for us, but if we get out heads on and we play with the right attitude i think we’ll come away with the win.”
“The only thing we can control is our performance every week; as a team I’m fully confident we’re all ready to play some footy.”
As the two sides spent the week in Darwin, the Blue and Gold had also already crossed paths with their former teammate, Nathan Peats.
“We bumped into him on the street and we were just saying how weird it was,” Jennings said.
“Seeing him be a part of another team it was pretty weird at the time. He’s been in good spirits so the boys have been behind him 100%.”
The Eels kick off against the Gold Coast Titans at 5pm local time (5.30pm Sydney time) at Darwin's TIO Stadium. Click through for more details.