Hayne: We Support Ricky 100%
Friday 19 April 2013 1:30 PM
Parramatta Eels fullback Jarryd Hayne says Coach Ricky Stuart has the full team's support after his fiery comments in his post-match media conference on Sunday night.
Following his team's last-minute 28-22 loss to the Gold Coast Titans at Skilled Park, Stuart was upset with the referees' awarding of seven penalties in succession against the blue and gold in the second half.
VIDEO: Watch Ricky Stuart's round six media conference from Skilled Park
Speaking at the launch of the new University of New England Future Campus in Parramatta, Hayne said that while the team still has room for improvement, the heavy penalty count also had an effect on the final scoreline.
"I think we're a bit disappointed we let the game slip; the good teams don't do that," Hayne said.
"But [the penalty count] didn't help. Ricky was on the money with what he said, and we support Ricky 100%."
With Rep Round fixtures taking place in Canberra, Coffs Harbour and Penrith this weekend, the Eels' next match is still ten days away, against the Penrith Panthers on Monday, April 29.
Head Coach Ricky Stuart started preparation for the round seven encounter early with a short, sharp burst of training for the Eels squad.
"It's been a light week and it's been a good week," Hayne said.
"The boys have ripped in [since the loss] and now we get a couple of days off to relax and get away a bit."
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