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Ricky Stuart, head coach of the Pirtek Parramatta Eels could not hide his disappointment in the results of the tonights match against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, with the final score resting at 40-6 in favour of Manly.

It was a tough spirited game, it had spirited nature. They were just too good, he said.

Stuart acknowledged that the prime focus of Parramattas loss circulated mainly around the individual errors of the players. However he did not let that dishearten the boys consistent hard work this season.

The boys are busting their guts. Our efforts were there, it was just some individual errors that compounded into the whole weight of the session going Manlys way, said Stuart.

We cant afford to do that with the type of team they have.

Co-captain Tim Mannah shared a similar view to Stuart, in regards to tonights game against the Sea Eagles being of a tough nature.

Like Ricky said the effort was there. I thought a few of the boys played really well tonight," he said.

"Its just unfortunate that we had lapses of concentration. We tried really hard, we did really well."

When asked how he lifts the boys spirits week after week, Mannah answered;

Well thats what we do, were rugby league players. Obviously this is a really tough time for the team. Our job is to play rugby league and weve got to do it the best that we can."

Were lucky that our coaching staff are motivating us and keeping us up to the task at hand. Sometimes it is tough, but he had a great squad and everyones attitude has been great the past few weeks."

Ricky wrapped up the conference by sharing the news that injured fullback Jarryd Hayne will hopefully return to the squad next week. Hayne is undergoing some tests in the upcoming days and is expected to be back on the field for either Round 22 or 23 of this season.
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