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Prince centre of attention for Eels

By Steve Jancetic 18/09/2009 09:51:54 AM Comments (0)

Parramatta are focusing their defensive attention on Gold Coast No.7 Scott Prince in Friday night's NRL semi-final in an attempt to avert the early ambush of their last encounter.

The Eels - yet to beat the Titans in three attempts - were down 14-0 after just 10 minutes of their round 18 clash at Skilled Park before eventually losing 18-12.

Prince was the man behind the early onslaught, with his kick leading directly to the opening four-pointer for Luke Bailey after just two minutes.

"There's a lot more to shut down but he's going to be the main focus," Hindmarsh said of Prince.

"He's got a great kicking game and a passing game - he's the man they look to do something along with Preston (Campbell).

"It's going to be a good challenge for us but we've got the players that can do the same thing to them."

The Titans blew out to $26 with bookmakers to win the premiership following their loss to Brisbane last Saturday night, when they went down 40-32 after trailing 30-10 at halftime.

The Eels on the other hand surged into second favouritism behind Melbourne for the title on the back of their 25-12 win over minor premiers St George Illawarra.

Despite having played more than 250 games in the NRL and racking-up double figure appearances in Tests and Origin matches for NSW, Hindmarsh admitted he was still feeling the nerves ahead of the clash with the Titans.

"A bit excited and a bit nervous at the same time," Hindmarsh said.

"The nerves are starting to get there but the excitement of playing semi-final football and at a full Sydney Football Stadium hopefully, it's a great feeling."

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