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Dyldam Parramatta Eels Holden Cup captain Ryan Matterson says he’s “gutted” after bowing out in the preliminary finals in the dying seconds to the New Zealand Warriors. 

Speaking after the 29-26 loss, Matterson says the side should be proud of making it this far this season. 

“The boys put in so much effort throughout the year; it was our first year all playing together and in pre-season everyone just gelled together,” he said. 

“You can’t judge our season on just one game, one loss; we lost it at the end, but I’m so proud of the boys and coaching staff and everyone who has had something to do with our side.”

“I’m very honoured and very privileged to play in this team.”

After being down at halftime, Matterson says the team managed to get within reach, but a victory wasn’t to be.

“[Coach] Justin Holbrook said leave nothing in the tank, and all the boys got together and knew we had to give 100 percent because it could have been the last time we play together,” Matterson said. 

“We did our best but couldn’t come up with the win.”

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