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Dyldam Parramatta Eels hooker Isaac De Gois says a loss in New Zealand in Round 18 has the Eels counting down the days until they hit the field to take on the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

The Blue and Gold will be back in front of their home crowd at Parramatta’s Pirtek Stadium and De Gois says the Blue and Gold Army is always a huge boost for the side.

“No one likes losing a game but losing a game like that it hurts even more,” De Gois said.

“If you asked any of the boys if they could play the next day they’d all put their hand up. We’re lucky enough we play Friday night, which is a short turnaround, so we’re looking forward to getting out there to try and turn it around at home.”

“With home ground advantage, [we want to] get our fans out there and give them something to cheer about.”

Friday’s match sees the Eels up against an imposing South Sydney pack, while the Parramatta back line shuffles slightly with the return of Jarryd Hayne.

“Everyone knows by watching Jarryd what he can do,” De Gois said.

“He’s just that naturally talented, freakish kind of player. His leadership off the field is huge for us:

we’re a young team and Jarryd being Jarryd he knows what to say to the boys to get them pumped.”

“It’s really good to have him back in the side.”

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