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Eels want sun to shed light on attack

By Todd Balym 27/06/2009 01:59:00 PM Comments (0)

Parramatta coach Daniel Anderson hopes daylight football breathes some confidence back into the Eels as they prepare to face under siege Brisbane at Parramatta Stadium on Sunday.

The Eels boast the worst attacking record in the NRL but get a chance to thrive on Sunday with an afternoon game against a Brisbane side which has conceded a whopping 138 points in their past three losses.

"Our team is gradually changing. Defence hasn't been that bad but we haven't scored enough points, that's pretty plain for everyone to see," Anderson said.

"I think it's not about creating more but basically backing themselves a little bit more.

"We can't play ridiculously conservative against the Broncos, that would be a style that would play into their hands."

Anderson said the players have a licence to throw the ball around against Brisbane, but only if the weather is conducive to such play.

"The last time we played on a Sunday (20-18 win over Newcastle) we enjoyed opportunities," he said.

"We've got inexperienced halves and they tend to play conservatively when slippery conditions are around.

"I don't think it's them alone, I think a lot of players in our team are conservative and have a lack of confidence in the conditions at night at Parramatta Stadium. It's very different to a day game.

"I don't know about try a few things, but I think that Sunday afternoon football ... the games are a little bit more expansive and there's a bit more passing in the game."

One thing Anderson isn't worried about is Parramatta's position at 12th on the NRL table.

With just 13 points, and one win from their past five games, the Eels need to get cracking or they will fall out of finals contention.

"It would be ridiculous for us to start looking at mathematics of what we need to do (to make finals)," he said.

"We haven't won three games in a row yet."

As for Brisbane's recent record, the worst run of heavy defeats in the proud club's history, Anderson isn't going to touch the subject.

"It's like poking a spider sometimes when you have a go at Brisbane and you say that they can't play," he said.

"We're not saying that, we know they have a had a rough patch but every team normally does during the course of the year.

"We just need to worry about ourselves a little bit more."

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