THE Eels have thundered into the NRL top four with a stunning 52-34 defeat of the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday night.
Parramatta's demolition of one of the competition favourites and the manner in which they did it, was more than enough to give blue and gold fans belief that anything is possible in 2017.
Winger Semi Radradra was devastating for the Eels, scoring a hat-trick inside 20 minutes and adding a fourth five minutes into the second half, an extraordinary 98m effort to complete his second four-try haul of the season.
Eels coach Brad Arthur knows there is still plenty of improvements to make, with particular note of the side's defence.
"The start was good but that's about all I am happy with," Arthur said after the clash.
"Our discipline wasn't anywhere near good enough.
"You can't have 34 points scored against you and think you are going to play good football deep into the finals.
"There were some moments there in the game that we didn't get right and we need to get on top of it."
Arthur said that while he thought the Eels played well during the first half, and started "okay" in the second, the Broncos were allowed back into the game.
"If we want to be playing deep into the finals, that sort of performance won't get the job done," he said.
Eels co-captain Tim Mannah echoed Arthur's thoughts.
"I think they [the players] are more disappointed than Brad to be honest," Mannah said.
The Eels clash with the Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium on Friday night.