NRL 2017: Parramatta target clashes with rivals Canterbury, Melbourne as critical to favourable finals run

PARRAMATTA have identified their upcoming two-week block against Canterbury and Melbourne as crucial to finally ending the NRL’s current longest finals drought.

Not since riding the coat-tails of Jarryd Hayne’s memorable run of form to their 2009 fairytale decider have the Eels gotten a whiff of September action.

No other team has been out of the finals for as long as the Eels. But after moving into eighth spot on the back of last week’s bye, Parramatta are now just four wins away from reaching the traditional 28-point mark of making the finals.

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It is the highest the Eels have been at this stage of the season since coach Brad Arthur’s first campaign in charge in 2014, when they spectacularly bombed their last two games to miss the eight.

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