The high-flying Sydney Roosters say they have the plan to shoot down the Hayne Plane in Saturday’s NRL blockbuster against Parramatta.
Confident Roosters captain Braith Anasta says his side’s fourth win on the trot has them primed for the clash with the in-form Eels, who have won their last three on the back of Jarryd Hayne’s brilliance.
Anasta says Hayne can be stopped when the sides do battle at a packed Parramatta Stadium.
“You’ve just got to work together,” he said.
“If your team’s defending well and defending for each other and holding their line, it’s hard to break no matter how good you are.
“It’s going to be up to us to make sure we shut down everyone else in front of him as well so he doesn’t get to play off quick play-the-balls.”
The Roosters moved to third on the ladder with their third heart attack-inducing win in as many games, 34-30 over Brisbane on Monday.
“It shows that no matter what the situation, we can still win games,” Anasta said.
“When they were scoring all their points there were a lot of blank looks and emptiness but when they scored that last try to go ahead everyone said ‘let’s go, this is it, let’s try and win this game’.
“Unfortunately it took three or four tries to do that but at least we did do it.
“I wanted to congratulate the boys because it was a big win and a good effort under the circumstances but I also wanted to say let’s not get carried away with it.
“We probably shouldn’t have been in that position and that will keep us on our toes.”
Anasta said the season was panning out better than he had expected when Brian Smith took over the reins at the beginning of 2010.
“We’ve exceeded everyone’s expectations including probably our own,” he said.
“But in saying that, where we sit right now we’re very confident.
“We believe we deserve to be there and definitely have a chance of winning the premiership.”
Roosters centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall became the first player from the club for 35 years to score four tries in the win over the Broncos.
The New Zealand international said the team’s combinations were coming together, despite the absence of halfback Mitchell Pearce on Monday night with a hamstring injury.
“It’s probably just knowing what each other’s going to do when they’ve got the ball and accommodating each other and having the confidence within each other and just running the right lines,” he said.
“The Roosters are a prestigious club so I’m very proud to have accomplished that and it’s pretty awesome.”