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Eels look to stop Panthers’ pace to finals

The last time Penrith lost was against the Eels in Round Five.

The Blue and Gold hope to replicate that win on Friday night in Panthers’ territory.

But centre Michael Jennings is quick to point out that was some time ago.

“We can’t really look that far back,” Jennings said.

“They’re a different side now and we need to improve on to really make a statement about being in this competition so we’re just looking for a big game this weekend,” he said.

It’s a must win for the Eels if they want to stay in the hunt for a top four finish.

Winger Blake Ferguson concedes it’s a do or die game if the Eels want a home semi final.

“We’re just looking forward to getting a few things right. Getting those details right and try to perfect them on the weekend,” Ferguson said.

“We’re still searching for more which is pleasing and basically go to another level.

“It’s do or die basically so we’re looking forward to that.

“A big game out at Penrith Stadium … how good,” Ferguson said.

He’s not the only Eel licking their lips, with Jennings admitting facing his former team never gets old.

“They’re the old rival, my old Club,” Jennings said.

“I’m always excited about playing against my old Club, it should be exciting,” Jenning said.

But the team knows the two points is all that matters come full time on Friday night.

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