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Tigers could pounce on Eels, says Robson

By Ed Jackson 14/06/2009 12:31:33 PM Comments (0)

Parramatta halfback Jeff Robson has sounded a warning for his teammates ahead of Monday night's NRL clash against the Wests Tigers.

The Eels are flying high after they beat Newcastle last weekend and then announced props Justin Poore and Shane Shackleton would be joining the club next season.

But Robson, who combined brilliantly with 19-year-old five-eighth Daniel Mortimer in the 20-18 win over the Knights, says the Tigers are still a dangerous opponent despite their five-match losing streak.

"Everyone's a lot more confident I suppose and everyone's a lot happier around the camp," Robson told AAP of the Eels mood.

"We've been training well over the last few weeks but just couldn't get a win, so we we're happy to get the win against Newcastle.

"But they're (the Tigers) due for a win, they're going to be really tough.

"Coming up against a team that hasn't had a win for a while, they're desperate and they're obviously going to be due so it'll definitely be tough."

The 26-year-old was also keen to emphasise the danger of his opposite number at the Tigers, Benji Marshall, despite the Kiwi Test skipper coming under criticism for his displays in the No.7 jersey this season.

"To be honest I haven't seen too many of their games but he's a great player and very dangerous when he gets the ball in his hands," Robson said.

"So I suppose him being at seven gets the ball in his hands a lot more and any time he can get that he can be a lot more dangerous."

Robson, who joined the Eels this year after making just a handful of appearances in four seasons at Manly, said he was delighted by the way he and second-gamer Mortimer combined against the Knights and hopes the duo might finally solve Eels coach Daniel Anderson's long search for a halves pairing.

"We did play a lot better than we did play against the Sharks together. It was only our second game together and I thought we went pretty well considering," he said.

"We're only going to get better and he's (Mortimer) definitely a player of the future.

"Kris Keating was playing really good footy until he got injured and he might slot back in there when he comes back.

"We've just got to do our job when we can and hopefully that's for the rest of the season."

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