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Leave left to me: Moses welcomes extra pressure after switch

Parramatta halfback Mitchell Moses said his switch to the left side in 2021 has more to do with taking the heat off Dylan Brown than it does becoming more of a threat in attack.

Eels coach Brad Arthur made the switch at the start of the pre-season with Ryan Matterson joining Moses on the left in a move that has meant Brown and Shaun Lane shifted to the right.

Moses produced the match-winning kick for Maika Sivo to score in the 16-12 win over the Storm last week but said on Monday it was Brown who he hopes becomes the main beneficiary.

"Having Dyl on the right side takes a bit of pressure off him and puts more pressure on me on the left side as a right-foot kicker," Moses said.

"I said to Brad put all the pressure on me and take it off Dylan. It just came about to put make our kicking game more of a threat.

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"He's only early in his career, he'll get better and better.  As a young kid, you need to be eased in as much as possible. He's played however many games now so it makes sense to put it on me.

"I think he kicked really well on the weekend. It's worked really well putting all the pressure on me.

"We feel pretty comfortable with our switch. As a half you are playing on both sides of the field anyway, the only real difference is in defence."

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Along with the rest of his Eels teammates, Moses is hoping for the best outcome surrounding the health of Matterson this week after the back-rower suffered a concussion in last week's game.

In Matterson's advantage is the side has a nine-day turnaround before their clash with Cronulla.

"Matto is here today but he's just following all the protocols," Moses said.

"He's had a fair few head knocks in the past. He's been sweet, he's come in all happy and cheering.

"We need him on the field to play our best. We'll just have to see how he goes."

The Eels were forced to switch their training session to a synthetic pitch on Monday morning due to torrential rain sweeping through Sydney over the past four days.

With warmer and dry weather expected for the clash against the Sharks on Saturday, Moses is expecting a different type of game to last week's conditions at Bankwest Stadium.

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"Our biggest challenge is restarting," Moses said when pressed on beating last year's premiers.

"That week is over, we forgot about it after the game, we did the video just then.

"Our full focus is on Cronulla and we have to start the way we did against Melbourne."

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