Of all the teams we could have played in the GF, personally i am thrilled we are playing the Eels
I believe the Eels are just so predictable and as we showed in the first final, you shut down Paulo and RCG you shut down the Eels.
so much of what they do comes from their forward momentum
Cowboys would have been harder as they are somewhat more unpredictable
That being said we do have to do the job of RCG and Paulo, their fallback is the offloads and move the ball towards Lane so he can master an offload.
Tactically we will kick to Blake which will pull Gutherson over to either take the kick for him or to be defence if he knocks on. Pulling Gutherson over to a wing opens up some plays on the other side or at least makes him work harder.
Panthers should win this and could be an absolute blow out score, we just have to start hard and early because i suspect they will put everything into the first 20 similar to the Storm effort agains us in our first GF.
Eels will need to get out to a large early lead.
Just back from training session and the boys looked great. Tiny didn’t participate in the main session, doing some separate training with a trainer and some work with a couple of Cup players. I expect he will not play on Sunday, which is bad luck for him.
The crowd was estimated as 6,500 & it looked as if many of the players were literally told to leave the field by staff as they interacted with the fans after the session. If a stop wasn’t put to it, the players would have been there until dark
Game officials announced as: Referee: Ashley Klein
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