Round 17: Eels Post-Match Media Conference

Pirtek Parramatta Eels head coach Ricky Stuart says it was lapses in defence that cost them, following the side's 50-10 loss to Manly Sea Eagles.


"When you're playing against class like Steve Matai and Jamie Lyon, and their young halves, Brett Stewart at the back, you've got to be on for every tackle, every set, every 40 for the whole game," he said.


"You can't have an error in judgement. You can't have a missed tackle, and we had too many of both. "


Despite those, Stuart says there are some positive signs to come.


"In that second half, they dug pretty deep for the first 25 minutes and really had a go, we certainly didn't give in at all, and I was happy with that."


"But the last ten or so, we fell away."


Commenting on the incident that led to Mitch Allgood's sin-binning, Ricky says he's disappointed.


"It's not in the game, you're not allowed to do it. Steve didn't need to be there, and Mitch didn't need to do what he did."


"I've spoken to him and he thought he was going to get hit, so he reacted. It's disappointing and I don't want to condone that type of behaviour."


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