The only way is up for Blacktown Workers, who travel to Bankwest Stadium on Sunday to take on top-four side Parramatta with all the action on NSWRL’s Live Stream TV.
The venue hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for opposition teams in The Knock-On Effect NSW Cup. The Eels are 3-0 in 2021 as part of their perfect 5-0 home game record at Bankwest Stadium - as they welcome the Sea Eagles at 1.35pm on Sunday.
But for Blacktown, they would just love a win as they sit on the bottom of The Knock-On Effect NSW Cup ladder with a 2-5 record after 10 rounds (two byes, round 2 postponed due to weather).
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However, their last outing in Round Nine brought a 30-18 victory over the Rabbitohs so they are seeking back-to-back wins for the first time this year.
Blacktown have one of the most successful kickers in The Knock-On Effect NSW Cup in their halfback and skipper, Brad Keighran, brother of Roosters NRL kicker Adam Keighran.
He has kept the Blacktown scoreboard ticking over by missing only three goals from the 24 attempts across seven games played.
However, the Sea Eagles still leak too many points. They score an average 18 per game but concede 34 per match.
For Parramatta, the Knights have the bye so will move level on 14 points with the Eels, if there is an upset. But the Eels will retain third spot on differential regardless.
They have a 5-3 win-loss record and the third best defensive record in The Knock-On Effect NSW Cup.
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But a little inconsistency appears to be creeping in. They were 2-2 for the past four games before the Round 10 bye. The Eels lost 30-22 to the Raiders, beat the Rabbitohs 38-20, then lost 34-26 to Mounties before a whopping 39-0 win over the Bears.
Winger Sean Russell is a mainstay for points though, with seven tries for the season so far – third-highest in NSW Cup.