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Dyldam Parramatta Eels forward Joseph Paulo says the Blue and Gold have dived straight into preparing for a crucial game against the South Sydney Rabbitohs on Friday night.

After a 48-0 loss to the in-form New Zealand Warriors over the weekend, the Eels wasted no time in addressing a disappointing performance.

“We got to deal with it straight up, we’ve already done video all day and yesterday, and even after the game against the Warriors,” Paulo said.

“It’s not acceptable on our behalf, and we’re looking for ways to improve and obviously put a good performance this Friday night.”

“Every game now is so important to us, especially where we are [on the ladder].”

“Having the fans there this week, if we can get their support and create that atmosphere, there’s nothing like playing at home.”

Friday night’s match up with the South Sydney Rabbitohs sees fullback Jarryd Hayne return to the side, and Paulo says while Hayne’s leadership is a benefit to the Blue and Gold, it’s not an excuse.

“He adds so much: his leadership, his experience,” Paulo said.

“But we played without him against the Bulldogs and they’re a top 4 team, and we showed up and did everything we could.”

“We know even if Jarryd’s not there, we can play, but it just wasn’t good enough on the weekend, and we need to improve.”

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