There was so much to like about our game against the Broncos.
Parra’s forwards were brutal, yet skilful.
Gutherson’s support play returned to the elite level we know and love.
Sivo’s involvement was first class. He wasn’t just a weapon in the red zone, he was a workhorse taking the ugly runs coming out of trouble.
And what about the magical chemistry between Moses and Brown and their clever kicking game!
But above all else it was the outcome that I loved most of all, because the victory has set up a game that I have waited years to see. It’s a game that I was so desperate to happen that I willingly supported the Roosters against the Storm as if they were my team.
This Thursday we’ll be watching a huge game, a season defining game, a game that if won gives Parra a genuine chance in the finals.
And best of all this clash with the Storm is at our home – CommBank Stadium. Bring it on!
Some of the biggest clashes against Melbourne, notably the finals series matches, have not been kind to our Eels.
In a number of those games we have stood up, gone toe to toe, only to fall agonisingly short after game changing decisions have not fallen our way. But all of those big games have been away from home, either in Melbourne or Brisbane.
This Thursday, the Storm come to our ground for a top 4 shoot out, and whilst I fully appreciate and understand the difficulties of attending a game on a Thursday night, the Blue and Gold Army needs to do everything possible to turn up in big numbers.
We need to fill those stands and get behind our boys. We need to level out the playing field.
That means reminding the officials that they need to apply the rules evenly. We can do this by vigorously using our collective voices every time the Storm use an illegal elbow or employ wrestling tactics to slow us down.
My reasoning is simple. There are times when our code feels like anything but fair.
This last round alone, the MRC charged RCG for dangerous contact for using his elbow while in possession in a three man tackle. Yet somehow the same MRC failed to charge Cameron Munster who, in what looked like a fit of rage, forcefully drove his elbow and forearm into Sam Walker’s face/ neck area.
There seems to be no logic. RCG’s case involved accidental contact made during play. Munster used what looked like deliberate, forceful contact after the completion of a tackle. Yet RCG is the one charged.
I have zero faith in the MRC. They have made far more than a couple of mistakes, and one particular bloke from the Storm is leading a charmed life.
Which gives us more than enough reason for our voices to be heard during the game against our foe from down south.
There are no prizes for guessing what tactics we are likely to see, and the Storm-friendly media will be unlikely to call them out.
But we can make the live action very different. It’s our turf!
We have it in our power to put the pressure on the match officials. We can let our team know that we are supporting them. We must aim to create an atmosphere that drives Parra to greater heights.
Come Friday morning, make sure that you need a recovery session as much as the players do. Go to work tired and exhausted with a voice that sounds like Darren Locker after he’s gargled with mustard paste. When that coarse whisper struggles out of your mouth, know that your voice was heard the night before by our players, the opposition and the officials.
I cannot wait to make the 2 1/2 hour drive to CommBank stadium Thursday afternoon. I’ve waited years to play the Storm in a critical home game.
Bring on the drive, bring on the game, bring on the nerves.
I can’t wait to see you all there.