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Eels put thrashing behind them

David Beniuk 14/04/2011 11:18:19 AM Comments (0)

Parramatta coach Stephen Kearney says his side has addressed and moved on from last weekend's 38-0 humiliation by NRL pace-setters Melbourne.

The Eels face a short turnaround for Friday night's clash with arch rivals Canterbury and only returned to the training paddock on match eve as they look to get their spluttering season going again.

Kearney said the light week hadn't stopped his players dealing with the embarrassment of the big loss.

"It was important to address the performance and what we needed to certainly improve on for this week," Kearney told reporters on Thursday.

"Against a side like we faced last week you take your eye off the ball for one second, one tackle out of a set of six, and they make you pay the ultimate price for it.

"It was just a matter of making sure that we're more consistent with our effort right through the whole 80 minutes."

The Eels have two wins from five starts this season, while the Bulldogs started with three straight victories before crashing to the Storm and equal ladder leaders St George Illawarra.

Parramatta will give up their home ground advantage by hosting the match at Canterbury's base, ANZ Stadium.

"(The Parramatta players are) aware that we have to move on quickly coming up against a traditional rival this week, and (the Bulldogs are) hurting after their last two performances also so it should make for a good contest," Kearney said.

Eels prop Tim Mannah said the rivalry with the Dogs would bring out the best in Parramatta.

"We're from a proud club and we've got a group of boys here who don't take big losses very lightly," he said.

"We've learnt from our mistakes, we've put that behind us and we're just looking forward to Friday night."

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