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Parramatta will enter unfamiliar territory at Bankwest Stadium on Sunday with the Wests Tigers to host the Blue & Gold army in Benji Marshall's 300th NRL appearance.

The Parramatta venue has already been shared with the Tigers hosting games against Canberra, South Sydney and the Roosters over the past six weeks.

Parra will use the away dressing room and are unable to train at the stadium for their final hit-out before the clash.

Canterbury will soon join in on the Bankwest hosting duties on August 3, welcoming the Panthers in round 20.


The sharing agreement makes for an odd preparation for the Eels, with several players admitting on Thursday they're treating it like a home clash.

The Wests Tigers have used their social media slogan strategically this season, running with the term "Our Jungle" throughout the year.

"I have seen that but we don't look too much into it, they can do whatever they like to try and get people through the gates, that's obviously their own media team going with that," Eels prop David Gower told NRL.com.


"It's great to have an away game at Bankwest, we've turned it into a fortress. It's been our home ground for 75 years that same spot. It's an away game on paper but a home game in our book. It's a game we must win."

Parramatta humiliated the Tigers 51-6 to christen the stadium on Easter Monday in April.

But the joint venture will have different ideas on a special day for club legend Marshall, who will become the 38th player to reach the milestone.

"It's a great achievement for him to reach 300 games," Eels forward Nathan Brown told NRL.com.

"He was in the team when I made my NRL debut at the Tigers and they'll all want to play well for him. You can never underestimate those milestone matches.

"He was a quiet guy when I was there but his leadership and presence was always felt. I respected him and he was great for Mitch Moses and [Luke] Brooksy coming through their system."

Brown missed the 45-point slaughter against his former club in round six after sitting out the first half of his season was hampered by a pectoral injury. He expects the Tigers to come back firing from the loss.

The Eels are entrenched in the top eight but have several clubs including the Tigers, Panthers and Sharks on their tail.

A gutsy come-from-behind win after trailing 18-0 against the Raiders before the bye round elevated them to seventh spot with clashes against sides in a similar position to come over the next month of the competition.

"We're doing OK," Brown said.

"This is where it starts getting to the business time of the year after Origin and cementing that position in the eight is on the minds of every team.

"We've got a good couple of months here to put in and make this season a success."

The Eels are confident NSW winger Blake Ferguson will back up following his Origin III heroics.

 

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      • Fair enough. I just hope they come out with the same intensity as they have after a big loss the previous week. Anything less will result in a loss In Benji’s 300th. They’ll be at there best for this game. Hope we’re good enough!

      • Super that's a result of the roster mismanagement - Arthur, & having a previous very disruptive board - factions ,  which led to becoming a basket case club. 

        That led to a very unstable roster.

        Now with a couple of years under new management, we're starting to reap the rewards with external players wanting in.

        We are doing well with the current available squad. We are were we should be  considered the fuck ups of the past.

        Gurr O'niell and max are definitely heading in the right direction now.

    • "They’ll get pulled with their pants down. That’s all I can say."

      Well you can't ask for much more, is this before during or after.......lets all hope it's a happy ending!

      • I've got a stiffy. 

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