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Pirtek Parramatta Eels assistant coach Matt Parish says it's important the Eels get a win in tonight's clash with the Wests Tigers, but says it'll be a tough challenge in front of another desperate side.

Co-captain Jarryd Hayne will return to the side after a lengthy break with a hamstring injury, which Matt says is a welcome addition to the team.

"Jarryd is a mighty boost to the team, he's a world class player," he said.

"He certainly showed what he was worth to NSW during Origin and we know what he's worth to our team."

"And we're certainly glad to have Luke Kelly back in the halves, he was playing very well before he got injured and we certainly missed him last week."

The Wests Tigers will be without captain Robbie Farah who has a broken finger, but Parish says Benji Marshall is likely to come out very strong.

"Benji's been under a lot of criticism about him this week, and you can never underestimate a player like him, and we expect him to come out firing," he said.

"I think their young guys have done a particularly good job for them this year, both wingers run a lot of metres and Simona in the centres has played really well for them."

"And Liam Fulton has been their most consistent player, so they've got strike right across the park."

For the Eels, Parish says he's looking forward to everyone putting in a big effort.

"Our forwards played well last week, I didn't think the score was any indication of the game, and talking to the Manly boys afterwards they thought the same," he said.

"Once again we didn't take the opportunities that presented themselves, so hopefully tonight we'll convert some of those opportunities to points."

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