Gutherson welcomes Sharks challenge

Dyldam Parramatta Eels outside back Clint Gutherson says he’s ready to line up against the in-form Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks as the Blue and Gold look to break their 11-game winning streak on Saturday night. 

The Eels headed to Riverside Oaks Golf Resort on Tuesday for the club’s annual corporate day, and while Gutherson wasn’t heading out for 18 holes, he confirmed it wasn’t a result of injury.

“I’ll be right for the weekend and I’ll be playing so I’m just happy to be here,” Gutherson said.

“I’'m not the best golfer so I didn’t really mind missing out,” he added.

“I’ll just get round there, throw some banter at people trying to hit it or something. It’s a good day for the players and the sponsors.”

Gutherson was quick to admit he’s looking forward to the challenge of taking on the top-of-the-table Cronulla side, and expects his teammate Semi Radradra to slot into the Eels backline with him.

“They’ve won, what, 11 in a row now? So we’ll be looking to break that this week and I think we’ve got a good chance,” Gutherson said.

“We’re coming off the back of a couple of wins and a bye, we’re just looking forward to a challenge and that’s what it’s going to be on Saturday night.”

“He’s one of the best wingers I think ever, personally,” Gutherson said of his teammate Radradra.

“He just does everything to the top of his ability, and he’s only getting better. He’s still only young and he could be anything if he stays around.”

“As you would’ve seen from the last game, he was there playing some of his best footy. He’s expected to be back at training tomorrow, so that’s all I know.”

The Eels kick off against the Sharks at 7.30pm on Saturday, July 2, at Southern Cross Group Stadium in the 2016 Johnny Mannah Cup.