Parramatta Prepared for Titans Attack

Updated: February 22, 2019

The Parramatta Eels Andrew Johns and Laurie Daley Cup sides both came up with draws in Round One but their Coaches are hoping they can produce some strong victories in Round Two.

Andrew Johns Cup Coach Michael Roberts believes their draw against the North Coast Bulldogs was a game that got away because his side were in lead for most of the match but weren’t able to capitalise.

“There was a lot to like about what we did but we probably didn’t respect the ball and as a Coach you look at it and go ‘there were some opportunities that we didn’t take’”, Roberts said.

“We only completed at 53 percent and made 17 errors on tackle one or two so when you do that sort of thing you can’t really expect to win games.

“Sometimes you don’t get the result but you learn more about the players in those situations.”

Although the Parramatta didn’t come away with a win, Roberts says travelling to Forster and preparing in a different environment benefited his player’s development.

“The North Coast team, they really rose to the challenge and it was the first time some our boys have had to travel for four hours and then go into a game preparation.

“It was a really good learning curve for our players and I think it’s something that we’ll have to get better at.

“For us more than anything else it allows us to see the players that we want to move forward with because it gives us the opportunity to see how they travel and how they prepare in a foreign situation.”

Roberts acknowledged his players will have to hold onto the ball and put on a consistent performance this week against the Northern Rivers Titans at their home ground, McCredie Park.

“I watched a fair bit of their game on the way up to Forster on the live stream and they look like they’re a polished outfit and seem to be one of the best teams in the competition.

“Were lucky to have a home game this week and our mentality is to defend our home ground and put on a really good show for the people that come and support us this week.”

Laurie Daley Cup Coach Emad Alameddine says it was a brilliant day up in Forster, where the hosts were very welcoming but believes his team’s consistency let them down.

“We can play a lot better than that and if we completed our sets I think the score line would have been a lot different,” Alameddine said.

“It was a long trip up to Forster and it took it out of us a little bit but we’ll be better for it this week.

“Our Prop Etuale Lui produced some big metres, he was definitely a standout for us.”

Alameddine believes his sides discipline and attitude must improve this week in order to compete with the Northern Rivers Titans.

“We learnt a lot about ourselves and I think it’s given us a bit of confidence and lot of motivation going forward.”

“It’s better that we’ve got first round out of the way now because I think we can really improve; hopefully the boys will rip in this week.

The Andrew Johns and Laurie Daley Cup Parramatta Eels v Northern Rivers Titans matches will take place at McCredie Park, Guildford on Saturday, 23rd February; with matches kicking off at 1:30pm and 2:50pm.

Both matches will be live streamed via the CRL Facebook Page