Norman: We still have to turn up

Dyldam Parramatta Eels five-eighth Corey Norman says the Blue and Gold will still be focused on turning up with plenty of intent this Sunday when the Eels take on the Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval for their Round 24 clash

After coming off a 28-18 defeat to the premiership favourites last weekend, the Sydney Roosters, Norman says the loss was a tough one to take.

The Eels had taken a 14 point lead (4-18) into the sheds at half time, however the Roosters scored 24 unanswered points in the second half to come away with the two points.

“It was a pretty tough loss,” Norman said.

“We were in good stead there and we didn’t end up finishing the game well and they beat us.”

“There are a few games there that we should of won and we beat ourselves so it’s very disappointing but we have to move on from that and worry about Manly this week.” Norman added.

The Blue and Gold focus turns to the Sea Eagles this weekend and Norman says it will be a good chance to impact their opposition’s run to the finals.

The Sea Eagles enter the Round 24 clash in strong form, coming away with the two points in the past four weeks and six of their last seven, however Norman knows the Blue and Gold will be looking to duplicate the result in Round One, where the Eels came away 42-12 victors.

“It would be a good chance to ruin their run into the finals,” Norman said heading into the Sea Eagles clash.

“They are playing some pretty good footy so come Sunday we have to turn up and play well and finish out the game.”

“We gave them a bit of a touch up Round One so I am sure they will be remember that so they will be firing on Sunday as well.”

Heading into the final three weeks of the season, Norman says there is still the need for the Blue and Gold to play with effort and turn up with pride.

“We definitely don’t want to drop off and get teams beating us and flogging us,” Norman said.

“We really want to turn up and have a bit of pride, enjoy each other’s company and get a couple of wins.”

“It’s all about effort on the field. Obviously we are out of the race now but we still have to turn up, with three games to play, so effort is a big one.”

The Eels take on the Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval on Sunday 23 August, kick off at 4pm.