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Pirtek Parramatta Eels assistant coach Matt Parish is back to preview tonight's match against the Manly Sea Eagles at Parramatta Stadium, one of the strongest rivalries in the NRL.


Matt says it'll be good to play them on home turf, especially after a disappointing result a few weeks ago at Brookvale.


"We're looking forward to a lot of support from the crowd, and we've played well here at Parramatta this year, so I don't see a reason why we won't do that again," he said.


Parish says the side is looking forward to a chance to redeem themselves after a few results that haven't gone their way.


"The last couple of weeks we've created a lot of opportunities to scores tires, and we just haven't executed them," he said.


"We need to start a lot better than we have been, we've been giving away too many points too early, so we need to start a lot better than we have been."


Parish says the Manly team is a very strong, and will be a tough challenge for new Eels halves combination Ben Roberts and Api Pewhairangi.


"[Foran and Cherry-Evans] are arguably the best halves combination in the competition, but Ben has been in good for lately and Api is back up from injury and played well last week, so we're looking forward to getting them on the field together."


"In my opinion, Manly's got the best back-line in the competition - Brett Stewart is a prolific try scorer, and they've got two experienced wingers and two great young halves, so we've got a job to do particularly on the fringes, but we're confident we can do it tonight."


Click here to see our interview with Tim Mannah leading into tonight's game.
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