Slow start not a
surprise to Smith

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Parramatta coach Brian Smith says he has seen enough in the Eels opening three NRL games to suggest a win over a red-hot North Queensland side is achievable tonight.

The Eels have had two wins and a loss to start the season, with their only success being against bottom of the table New Zealand Warriors in Hamilton in round two. Smith says his side has displayed some patches of good form in all three games, but needs to put it together for 80 minutes if they are to beat the undefeated Cowboys.

The Eels are surprise favourites with bookmakers heading into the Parramatta Stadium match.

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