Cowboys confident they can handle slippery Eel


COWBOYS coach Paul Green says, like most people, he was impressed with Parramatta star Jarryd Hayne's State of Origin clinic for New South Wales in game one.

But not enough to doubt the capacity of his team's defence to shut down the playmaker (pictured) in

tonight's match against the Eels in Sydney.

"He can do just about everything - run, pass, kick - you don't know what is going to come at you. He's big and he's physical. He certainly ticks all the boxes," Green said.

"But I thought we did a really good job on him last time (in round eight), and I thought we contained a few of their big guys who are good at making metres through the middle like Tim Mannah."

Green said he thought the Eels would really miss the aggression and spark provided by hooker Nathan Peats, whose season is over following a serious knee injury last weekend.

"He's a big loss. He plays his guts out through the middle for them, particularly in defence and he also gives them great direction coming out of dummy half," the rookie coach said.

Green said he was disappointed with a few decisions by the video referees last week against the Storm, and hoped the Cowboys got a better deal tonight in what he said would be a "hostile environment".

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