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Ferguson puts on coach's hat to gather intel

Blake Ferguson's successful experience at the Sydney Roosters continues to pay off with the Parramatta winger making the most of a recent day out watching his former club.

Ferguson was spotted in a corporate box at the Anzac Day clash between the Roosters and Dragons alongside his partner, Dominique Moraitis, and her family, who are proudly red, white and blue fanatics.

While the crowd was only interested in the result, Ferguson was jotting down notes on what to expect for the Eels' clash against the Dragons at Bankwest Stadium on Sunday.

"I learnt that off Robbo [Roosters coach Trent Robinson] when he would go and watch the top teams play," Ferguson said.

"He took me and Mitch Pearce to a Manly and North Queensland game one time at Brookvale. He was trying to show us to learn like that.

"You can see what they're trying to do and what they don't do. You can see and hear where they're going and try to get a few pointers on their left edge.

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"I wasn't watching the whole game, I was watching certain players. The left side – Norman, Lafai, Pereira and their back-rower Tariq Sims.

"I was jotting it in my memory and I'll pass it on to our right edge."

Ferguson believed the Eels were their own worst enemy against the Knights last week and were caught up in the aftermath of hype following their 51-6 victory over the Wests Tigers on Easter Monday.

Eels v Dragons - Round 8

The former Origin winger missed the opening Bankwest Stadium clash before making a return from a busted nose and rib injury in the 14-point loss to Newcastle but was kept quiet by his usual standards.

"Last week we got into the trap of focusing on other teams and it bit us in the backside," Ferguson said.

"If we can start the game off fast this week and defend as well as we can we'll be alright. They're playing well and were unlucky losing a couple of times."

Ferguson added he had overcome both sets of injuries.

"[The nose] is fine, it's going alright. The ribs are alright, I can't wait to get out and play."

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