Eels tall timber hoping not to be cut down by Sam Burgess again

«He’s just an aggressive bloke and you know what you’ll get from him. He’ll try to throw you around, put you on the ground and hurt you, and that’s exactly what happened last time.»

While Souths are missing NSW Origin trio Cody Walker, Cameron Murray and Damien Cook, as well as Maroons regular Dane Gagai, Lane knows the competition leaders are on top of the ladder for a good reason.

The Eels are looking to avoid a fourth straight defeat, with last Thursday’s defeat against Penrith one of the poorest games in recent years.

«That second half against Penrith we completed at something like four from 14, something ridiculous like that,» said Lane, who stands at two metres.

«We won’t beat anyone with completions like that. That’s the main area we need to focus on. There were a lot of errors caused by a lack of communication and poor passes.»

Blake Ferguson, who was pushing for a Blues return, saved one of his ugliest efforts for the last round when out of position in the centres. Even Lane felt sympathy for his forgettable 80 minutes.

«But I’ve got no doubt he’ll come out and play the same he has for us all year and run for 200m and come off the back fence,» he said.

«It was one of those nights. I felt bad for him. He won’t let that one performance let him down because he’s had 10 other good games for us and will bounce back.»

Eels coach Brad Arthur has dumped Tim Mannah, Brad Takairangi, Daniel Alvaro and George Jennings to reserve grade, while Souths have blooded a host of rookies including promising playmaker Connor Tracey.

«I hope they stand up and I’m confident they will,» Souths coach Wayne Bennett said.




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