Dyldam Parramatta Eels centre Will Hopoate says the Blue and Gold have moved past the controversy surrounding the Round 23 Bulldogs match and focus facing the Sea Eagles this Friday night.
"Obviously we were hoping to get a quick tap but it’s all done and dusted now," Hopoate said.
"I don’t think it was the ball boys fault at all. Just a kid enjoying what he’s doing, being amongst the game and so it was just an unfortunate circumstance."
"There’s no point in going on about it. It would’ve been nice to have gone away with the win but it wasn’t to be."
The Eels will now face the competition leaders, the Sea Eagles, at Pirtek Stadium on Friday night. Hopoate knows that it will take strong preparation this week heading into the game to match the intensity the Sea Eagles will bring.
"I think every game starts to count [now], especially us struggling to make the eight." Hopoate said.
"They’re a great team with so many great players and so if we don’t come with an ‘A+’ effort we’re most likely going to get dusted."
"We’re going to have to train hard this week, prepare well and hopefully Friday night, come away with the win."
The Dyldam Parramatta Eels kick off against the Sea Eagles at 7.45pm on Friday, August 22, in the Eels' final home game of the 2014 season. Click to buy your tickets and be there to cheer the Blue and Gold on our run to the finals!