Eels take consolation from Storm loss

14 September 2017 19:31:19 GMTPlus10
Brad Arthur

Parramatta aim to make the best of the situation when they take on the Cowboys in Saturday's semi-final.

The Eels were distraught after last weekend's qualifying final defeat to Melbourne, which left them having to play again this week.

I know it's not ideal playing this week but when we have played after a bye we're always coming out slow.

Kenny Edwards

But forward Kenny Edwards says the players are drawing some consolations out of the situation as they prepared for the do-or-die clash at ANZ Stadium.

Brad Arthur's team secured a fourth-place finish at the end of the season, on the back of solid form throughout the year.

Edwards admits, though, that the two byes they had in the season didn't help them too much so there's a bright side to not getting this weekend off.

He said: "I know it's not ideal playing this week but when we have played after a bye we're always coming out slow so maybe it's a blessing in disguise that we're playing every week. All year when Brad's given us a week off we've come back the week after and been slow, been sluggish."

The 28-year-old revealed he was in tears after the Storm defeat at AAMI Park, having suffered defeat in his first finals appearance.

There were nine Eels players making their finals debuts in the 18-16 loss, and Edwards said the novelty of the experience had made it very exciting going into the game.

"It's the first time I've ever cried after a game," he added. "Mainly because we let ourselves down ... errors and penalties killed us and it's no one else's fault but our own, that was the hardest thing to take."

Though the Eels had an 87 per cent completion rate, they conceded six penalties to one in the second half and that contributed to their defeat.

Parramatta are 1.36 to beat the Cowboys, who are 3.30.

The Eels are 1.93 conceding an eight-points start.

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