Pirtek Parramatta Eels co-captain Reni Maitua spoke to the media today, following our game against the Manly Sea Eagles last night.


He answered questions about Mitch Allgood's grade three striking charge, where he said it was an unexpected incident.


"It's an unfortunate situation and you don't want to see that on television, but we back Mitch - he's one of our teammates and we love him."


"It is a bit out of character for Mitch, I actually live with him and he's a nice kid."


"We all look up to him even though he's quite young; it's an unfortunate situation but we'll move on from it."


"He's apologetic about what happened, it's not a good look for the game, but those things happen on the field."


"Tempers flare, it's an emotional game and I think it's an example of his desire and want and how much he wants to win for this team; unfortunately it went a bit sour."


Maitua says there were signs of potential from the team last night, but inconsistencies ruined them against the Sea Eagles.


"There was definitely a patch at the start of the second half that showed our desire and want, and then we let in some soft tries and went back to some old habits," he said.


"It's about getting rid of those old habits and creating a culture where we can play for 80 minutes, and that's something we're not doing and we need to get it right."


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