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Dyldam Parramatta Eels five-eighth Corey Norman says Round 2’s loss to the Sydney Roosters isn’t an accurate depiction of where the playing group is for the season - but admits they have plenty to work on for this Sunday against Manly. 

“It was disappointing, especially the way they put the points on us,” Norman said. 

“Obviously they’re a good side, they won it last year; but I think we just went away from what we did the week before and all pre-season, which was a bit frustrating.”

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Norman is confident the Eels can return to their successful form of the first round against the New Zealand Warriors, when they travel to Brookvale Oval to take on a confident Sea Eagles outfit. 

“It’s early days, I don’t think it’s a fair indication of where we’re at,” he said. 

“We’re a lot better than that, and we know that - but it’s also a good reality check because we’ve got a bit of work to do a well.”

On another note, Corey commented on the sad early retirement of his former teammate, injured Brisbane Bronco Jharal Yow Yeh.

“I only just found out, one of the boys just said it in the sheds; I feel so sorry for him - he’s a good mate of mine, and obviously has had to make that decision,” Norman said. 

“He was working hard and two years out of the game is a long time trying to get that ankle right, but he obviously feels he’s not going to get back to where he was and that’s sad for him and the game of NRL.”

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