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Roosters seek quick redemption: Anasta

11/06/2008 11:43:00 AM Comments (0)

Five-eighth Braith Anasta says the Sydney Roosters can erase the memory of their lowest point of 2008 by gaining revenge over their 2007 nemesis Penrith on Friday.

The Roosters confront the Panthers at Sydney Football Stadium after last Sunday's humiliating 42-0 drubbing from Manly.

It was their biggest loss of the year and cost them a chance to move into the outright competition lead.

But Anasta, who was captain in the Manly mauling, says that pain will be forgotten if they can use the quick turnaround to beat Penrith.

"It's not such a bad thing to have a loss, it gives you a wake up call and brings you back to reality," he said.

"If we turn up on Friday and put in a good performance and win it really eliminates the performance of last week.

"It's important not to dwell on that match too much because we don't want the confidence to go down or to get too down about one bad match after we've had a really good start to the year.

"Basically we're trying to remain as positive as we can.

"Everyone knows we had an off day and all the boys tried hard but it didn't work out and we want to put it behind us and come up with a strong performance against the Panthers."

The Roosters owe the Panthers some retribution too as the round 24 loss here last year, 28-22, ended their dream run from second-last to finals contenders under rookie coach Brad Fittler.

Anasta insists revenge for last year is not the Roosters motivation, but knows the Panthers will be just as keen for victory as they hang desperately onto eighth place on the NRL table.

"It's not really about revenge," Anasta said.

"It shows that they (Penrith) are going to be confident because they won their last game here at a time when we were playing good football.

"It's more a danger sign for us and more so we need to be aware of how dangerous they are because they are a good team."

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