Last night was an occasion I have waited on for quite some time. The Parramatta Eels have not only won back to back, but have now won 3 on the trot. Not simply that, they have won 4 from 5 and with a bye to come. This essentially leaves us barely outside of the top eight, and back into contention for finals football. Talk about a turn around.
After the capitulation against North Queensland, it could have been safe to assume Parra was done for. It is to their true credit in sticking with their guns, and playing with passion, that fortunes were turned. Semi Radradra, albeit still needing work on his defence, is a try scoring phenomenon, potentially saving our season based on his tries. Chris Sandow has not only performed well, he has kicked our way to our last few victories. Isaac De Gois tackles everything that moves and always leads our tackle count. Most impressively, our forwards have fired up. Danny Wicks tore the Wests Tigers to shreds. I could talk about Parra’s great features based on last night, yet I have to address the elephant in the room.
The Tigers did not need to be in this match. They never showed up, and quite frankly, without Tedesco and Naiqama, they shouldn’t even have scored. That said, Parra leaks points when they are in charge, telling me the difference between a top eight team, and a bottom eight finish. Brad Arthur has to tell the boys to get ruthless whilst in front, go for the jugular. There is no reason as to why we could not of won by 30. If Parra took control while in front of NRL teams, we would already be in the top eight.
After the bye next week, we play a team whom we have rivalled for many years; Canterbury. These rival matches bring the best and the worst out in teams. I implore the Eels to get up in their faces and run harder than normal, because if they do not, the Bulldogs will run over them and it will end before half time. The Dogs do run out of gas with their big guys, so get up them early, stay with them on the scoreboard, and run them out late game.
Good Luck and regards.