If there’s anyone who knows his defensive limits, it’s Beau Scott.
The Parramatta hardman is renowned for his grit and tenacity, exemplified when he collapsed with exhaustion after tackling himself to a standstill in State of Origin I last year.
So when Scott warns the Eels of the consequences of relying too much on their defence, they should listen.
“It’s going to take its toll on you,” Scott said on Tuesday.
“We need to get our attack together now.
“We’ve had enough time together as a playing group to form a few combinations, and that’s what we’ll be trying to get together over the next couple of weeks.”
The resurgent Eels have now strung three consecutive wins after shutting out Wests Tigers on Sunday, and are one of five teams on top of the table with six points.
However a poor points differential – their 52 total points is 14th in the NRL – leaves them in fifth.
“We’re far from our best,” Scott said.
“We’re winning games on the back of our defence. That’s what we’ve been doing the last couple of weeks. But to do it in a bit better fashion and put a few more points on teams would be nice as well.”
The recovery of skipper Kieran Foran’s hamstring should help.
The big-name recruit has struggled to stay on the training paddock over his first six months at Parramatta due to a troublesome hamstring injury.
But winger Clinton Gutherson said the Kiwi international recently left the rehab group and rejoined the rest of his teammates at training, which should finally result in an improved attack.
“(Corey Norman has) been out there with a few different halves throughout the pre-season. Now Foz’s hammy’s alright and we’re on the paddock there and playing – it’s just going to take a bit of time to gel,” he said.
The Eels host struggling Penrith at home on Sunday.