The Dyldam Parramatta Eels will take on the NZ Warriors at Pirtek Stadium this Saturday 16 May and Blue and Gold Captain, Tim Mannah said his side will be looking for that complete 80 minute performance to get back on track and earn their fourth victory of the season.
The Eels are coming off a loss to the Melbourne Storm and Mannah said that their Round 9 on field performance was disappointing after plenty of hard work on the training paddock in the lead up to the clash.
“It obviously wasn’t very pleasing,” Mannah said of the Eels Round 9 result.
“We have lost another two in a row and its really important for us to get back on track.”
“It was disappointing because I was really hoping that we would get the result but all you can do is get back to work and do everything we can to make sure the result goes our way this week.”
The Eels had entered the half time break with the scores level, 10-10, however, the Blue and Gold went on to fall 10-28.
“The pleasing thing is that we have been in every match this year, but it’s also the disappointing thing,” Mannah said.
“It’s frustrating to know that if we do things a bit differently or a few things don’t happen the way they did, we could come up with a different result.”
When the Eels head out onto Pirtek Stadium for the Round 10 clash, where they will be saluting some of the incredible work the Eels Charity Partners do along as celebrating the Women in League, Mannah says the side needs to be consistent for 80 minutes.
“For us, it's about making sure we have the mentality and the capacity to concentrate for the full 80 minutes and understand that it's not about playing good for a patch here or there,” Mannah said.
“It’s about being consistent for that 80 minutes.”
Despite having a 3-6 record this season, Mannah can see the positives in the team.
Over the past few years, the Blue and Gold have suffered very heavy losses in some games as they struggled to remain competitive every week, and whilst this has not occurred in 2015, Mannah said they Eels need to remain competitive and start coming away with the results.
“It is good that we are limiting those bad losses. A loss hurts bad enough, but when you have one of those heavy losses it definitely rocks you a bit,” Mannah said.
“It's not easier to take [a close loss], but it is getting to a stage where we are competing every week so the next step is to not only be competing but coming out with the result we want, and that’s wins.”
“It’s Round 10 this week and it’s time for us to get some wins under our belt,” Mannah added.
Saturday 16 May is a massive triple-header, with all three grades playing the New Zealand Warriors at home at Parramatta's Pirtek Stadium.
Gates open: 10.30am
NYC kick off: 10.40pm
NSW Cup kick off: 12.40pm
NRL kick off: 3pm