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Hit and run charter mission on cards for Eels

The Parramatta Eels are set for another hit and run mission on the Gold Coast with Brad Arthur's men set to fly into Coolangatta on Sunday morning before facing the Titans later in the afternoon.

It's not unknown for the Eels, who did the same thing last season in a bid to help combat a difficult away 2-7 away record and were successful to run out 36-12 winners.

Whether the Eels would've followed through and requested the same pre-game scheduling is another story with the coronavirus pandemic virtually taking the decision out of their hands.  

It's understood all teams flying domestically could be chartered for fly-in-fly-out scenarios on match days where necessary to keep stays in cities as brief as possible.

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The 5.15pm local time-slot gives the Eels enough time to get back into Sydney before airport curfew on Sunday night.

"It's a little bit different, we did it last year when we played the Gold Coast so it won't be too different, maybe just not playing in front of a crowd," Eels halfback Mitchell Moses said.

"I think it will feel a bit different, sometimes when you're in games and on top fans can get you through the last bit. It gives us a chance to focus on ourselves and we'll see how that goes."

Melbourne Storm skipper Cameron Smith and North Queensland counterpart Michael Morgan have called for the NRL season to be suspended in recent days but Moses remains eager for teams to play on.

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"I think we all want to play but everyone's different, the team in Melbourne travels a lot and are open to the virus more," Moses said.

"They're in large groups around airports, I think that's where Cameron Smith is coming from which is understandable and Michael Morgan as well."

Eels back-rower Ryan Matterson conceded jetting in on game day would be a new experience. He said the whole situation around coronavirus had brought its challenges.

"It's difficult, different and awkward for everyone in the world really, we're not the only ones going through it," Matterson said.

"It's hard because we're a contact sport, we're shaking hands and tackling. It's hard to stop that stuff.

"The season only just kicked off and we want to keep it rolling."

As for the lack of crowd atmosphere, the 25-year-old offered some perspective.

"Every game you're playing for two points, back in my under 20s days there were about 100 people in the crowd, if that, so we've all been there," Matterson said.

"There's no one in the stands but you've got something to prove."

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