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Sport Eels' facing make-or-break NRL run

22:10  22 july  2021
22:10  22 july  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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Parramatta coach Brad Arthur has no doubt if his NRL team can finish inside the competition's top four they'll have earned the right to that lofty position.

Mitchell Moses holding a football ball: Parramatta are still concerned by the back injury suffered by Mitchell Moses on his Origin debut. © Dave Hunt/AAP PHOTOS Parramatta are still concerned by the back injury suffered by Mitchell Moses on his Origin debut.

The Eels' grip on fourth spot is in jeopardy after a bruising encounter with Canberra on the Gold Coast on Thursday ended in a 12-10 defeat.

That loss means the Sydney Roosters can close within a game of Parramatta this weekend before both teams face each other next week.

After the Roosters clash, Parramatta face four of the top six in their final five fixtures of the home-and-away campaign including back-to-back matches against Melbourne and Penrith in the final two rounds.

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It's a daunting run home that Arthur acknowledges will test how realistic the Eels' ambitions of a deep finals run in 2021 are.

"Depending on where we get to, we're going to have to earn every bit of it," Arthur said.


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Adding to Arthur's concern is the fitness of halfback Mitchell Moses.

Having suffered a fracture in his back during his State of Origin debut for NSW last week, Moses has missed the Eels' past two fixtures.

The 26-year-old could make a return as early as next weekend's mouth-watering clash with the Roosters but Arthur said there's still plenty of ground to cover before that decision is made.

"It might be a week or two, but it's hard to say," Arthur said.

"It could improve overnight.

"We'll just have to wait until next week when he runs and then we'll see from there."

The Eels are also sweating on the fitness of interchange forward Marata Niukore, who suffered a meniscus injury in his right knee in the first half of the loss to the Raiders.

Arthur said it was unclear how severe the 24-year-old's injury was.

Eels title hopes take hit in Roosters loss .
Parramatta's hopes of finishing in the top four have taken a huge hit after a 28-0 loss to Sydney Roosters in Mackay on Thursday night.The Eels are out of form and could ultimately finish the regular season as low as sixth, having lost two of their past three games and with a nightmare run home to the finals.

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