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Arthur, Seibold won't be satisfied with week one exit

Parramatta have rebounded from wooden spooners to finalists but coach Brad Arthur isn't yet satisfied with their progress.

The Eels go into Sunday's elimination playoff against Brisbane at Bankwest Stadium as favourites after securing a fifth-place finish with a thumping victory over Manly last week.

And while the side has already overachieved based on some dire pre-season predictions, Arthur is nowhere near ready for the ride to end.

"We're in a better position than we were last year, we didn't enjoy last year, so obviously the enjoyment is there," Arthur said.

"But we're not content, we're not happy with where we are now. We feel like we can do better and we've created an opportunity for ourselves and we want to make the most of it.

"You don’t always get the chance to play in the finals. It's hard, there's 16 teams and only eight teams can play in the finals.

"It's tough to get there so we need to make sure we're coming tomorrow and putting our best foot forward."

From unknown to Eels' playmaker

The Broncos pipped Parramatta 17-16 in golden point in round 24, with tearaway second-rower David Fifita wreaking havoc that night.

Arthur said all the Eels can do is ensure there are plenty of blue and gold jumpers in the vicinity when Fifita has the ball.

"We've just got to make sure that we get numbers around him [and] we're sticking to our systems," Arthur said.

"We can't over-focus on him because they've got too many good players but we've got to make sure that we're accountable for our tackles on him."

Composure vital for Gutherson in first ever final

With regular starting prop Kane Evans suspended, Arthur confirmed Daniel Alvaro will come into the run-on side while Tepai Moeroa has earned a reprieve on the bench.

Lock Nathan Brown is returning following a two-week ban for a shoulder charge but Arthur hasn't asked the firebrand to tone down his aggression.

"That's what makes him Nathan Brown. I don't want him to change, I just want him to be measured and be smart," Arthur said.

Meanwhile, Brisbane coach Anthony Seibold identified Parramatta halfback Mitchell Moses as the man they must contain to stifle the home team's creativity.

The Eels have scored the most tries from kicks in the competition - mainly through Moses's boot, with the No.7 leading the league for try assists.

"You need to take time away from Mitchell. He's been outstanding this season. I think he's been Parramatta's best player and I think he was rewarded with their Player of the Year from what I understand a week or two ago," Seibold said.

"Taking time away from Mitchell certainly helps but he's got a really effective kicking game, he's right up the charts for try assists, so he's had an outstanding season and he's a quality player … It's going to be a challenge for us."

Broncos forwards won't be bullied

Interestingly, Parramatta top the NRL for offloads in 2019 (12.5 per match), while Brisbane concede the most passes in contact out of every team (11.25).

"We know what their weapons are, it's just about being good enough over 80 minutes to stop them," Seibold said.

Brisbane have dealt with turbulence throughout the year and Seibold lauded his team's character to put that aside and reach the finals in eighth spot.

"I'm really proud of the group for sticking solid. The season could have really unravelled at stages there," he said.

"The guys are really diligent, the staff have been really diligent. Internally we haven't blinked.

"There's some more areas we need to improve as a club, there's some areas we need to improve within the playing group etc. I'm proud of what they've achieved to make the eight.

"We'd like to have finished higher up but I'd imagine everyone other than maybe the Storm sort of says the same. But I'm not satisfied."

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