Maitua: "We can upset the Knights"

Pirtek Parramatta Eels co-captain Reni Maitua says the Blue and Golds have what it takes to cause an upset over the Newcastle Knights in their final game of the 2013 season.


With the Knights needing to win to earn a spot in the finals, Maitua says the boys are looking forward to it.


"We've got nothing to lose and they've got everything to lose, so we're going up there with an attitude that we certainly want to win," he said.


"They're going to be tough at home, like you said they're playing for a spot in the semifinals, and they've obviously going to be favourites, but anything can happen on the day."


Reni admits it'll be tough to run out for the last time wearing a Parramatta jersey, before moving on at the end of the season.


"The reaction was very supportive [last week] and a few of the boys came and gave me a hug - but it was good to get that last home game [at Parramatta]," he said.


"I think the last 10 games I've tried to enjoy my footy as much as I can, obviously it's been tough but it's coming to an end."


"I haven't thought about it too much early in the week, but it'll be quite an emotional thing to run out for the last time."


Maitua was asked about the recent speculation surrounding coach Ricky Stuart, something he says isn't affecting the playing group.


"The feeling among the boys is sweet, we're all getting along well, we turn up to training," he said.


"What happens above is isn't too much of our concern, there's been some stuff about Ricky but he always turns up to training like any other day, so the feeling amongst the boys is still positive and we're just looking to finish the season with a high."


"Ricky will make his own decision, he set a goal here and he's been great among the players, but obviously rugby league is a business and at the end of the day you have to look after yourself."


"We're supportive of whatever Ricky decides to do, but ultimately its up to him."


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