Dyldam Parramatta Eels centre Clint Gutherson says tonight’s 22-18 victory over the Sydney Roosters was one of their toughest defensive efforts, in front of a vocal crowd at Pirtek Stadium.
Gutherson finished the night with the final try, off the boot of Corey Norman’s outstanding kicking game.
“I think Corey did about three or four kicks and we scored tries off them so you know he’s going to put them in the right spot, you’ve just got to be there to finish it,” Gutherson said.
With players having to play out of position due to early injuries to Semi Radradra and Isaac De Gois, Gutherson said everyone stepped up to fit the gaps.
“We throw it around at training so we’re always prepared for something, but you never expect two to go down with Goisy and Semi going down that early, so it was a bit of a reshuffle,” he said.
“It’s a credit to the boys, they really showed up and it was one of our best defensive efforts to date so we’re really proud of that.”
Clint also gave credit to halfback Jeff Robson, who had to spend most of the game filling in at hooker in his first hit-out in Blue and Gold since returning to the club last week.
“Robbo has slotted in really well, he’s been around the game for years and you know what he’s going to bring and you know what’s going to happen,” Gutherson said.
“He played 60 minutes in the middle and we didn’t expect that to happen, but it’s good to have him here.”