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Moses 'feeling fine' and ready to keep putting body on the line

From levelling Kenny Bromwich with a classic front-on shot one week to being steamrolled by Viliame Kikau and suffering a concussion the next, Eels halfback Mitch Moses knows the risk and reward of living in the land of the giants.

Tipping the scales at around 85kg, Moses concedes weight to every edge forward who picks him out in the defensive line and tries to turn him into a speed hump, but he's not about to shirk the task.

With 20 minutes to play in last Friday's the qualifying final, Moses went low on Kikau and was caught flush on the temple by the giant Panther's hip and his night was over. He failed his HIA and was ruled to have suffered a category one concussion.

It now becomes a race against the clock to be right for Friday's sudden-death semi-final against Canberra with Moses saying on Monday that he felt fine and was confident of taking his place at CommBank Stadium.

"It didn’t look too good, I just got my head in the wrong spot and was out cold but I feel pretty good," Moses said.

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"I didn’t really have any symptoms, I actually wanted to go back on the field but I coudn't. I remember the game and the incident and I didn’t have any headaches.

"I'll follow what the physios and doctors tell me to do but I feel good. I didn’t play the last 20 minutes so if anything my body feels fresher.

"This is my first concussion really so I'll take it day by day and the medical staff will tell me what I have to do."

Should he play, one thing Moses will have to do is put his body on the line on the right edge with in-form Raider Hudson Young bearing down on him.

The 27-year-old is confident the extra work he has done on his tackling technique will hold him in good stead as the Eels continue their quest to end a 36-year premiership drought.

"I've had it my whole career, big blokes coming at me. You've just got to get your body in front and do your best because as a little fella that’s what you get taught to do," Moses said.

"Hudson has been playing really well. Him and Jacky [Wighton] have got a good combination going on that left edge so we’ll have to be at our best on our right edge and I feel like we haven’t been too bad in recent weeks.

"I've done a bit more technique stuff with [defence coach Ryan Carr], different ways where I think I can slow down the play the ball.

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"It’s up to you, if you want to get better at your craft then you work on it. Everyone here is good at doing extras so you just grab a couple of peole if you need to work on things and get on with it.

"That one against Penrith was just me being in the wrong position. The game is very fast, that was a split second, he steps off the left foot and collects me in the spot.

"Things like that are going to happen in rugby league, it's a game played with big boys running at you."

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Having bowed out in week two of the finals for the past three years, the Eels will be sweating on the health of their star playmaker, who has come up with 22 try assists and 18 forced dropouts this season, along with six tries and 83 goals.

"There's no lingering demons with going out in the same week of the finals," Moses said.

"If you think about it too much it can affect your footy.

"All the boys were pretty upset with how we finished the Panthers game so we’ll be looking to come out fired up."

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