Dyldam Parramatta Eels outside back Brad Takairangi says the side must learn from last week’s loss to the South Sydney Rabbitohs, saying it was their defence that let them down.

Leading 20-6 halfway through the second half, Takairangi says the game was there to be won, before it slipped through their hands.

“It was obviously a disappointing loss there on Friday night,” Takairangi said.

“There game was there for us to win and our defence let us down in the end so we are disappointed but looking forward to the game against Melbourne this week.”

With plenty of off-field distractions in the build up, Takairangi says it was no excuse for letting the two points slip away.

“It was a bit of a distraction, losing Peats really late in the week probably didn’t help but it was no excuse,” Takairangi said.

“We had the game at 20-6 and the game was ours to take and it wasn’t good enough.”

And with a long turn around between clashes, Takairangi says the Blue and Gold will benefit from removing all the emotions from the clash, and focusing on their preparataion to come away with the two points against the Storm.

“It is probably a good thing that the emotion will be taken out of it this week. We can get back to the drawing board,” Takairangi said.

“The Storm had a really good win this week so we have to be really good if we are going to get the two points this week.”

“BA does a really good job at keeping us away from all the media stuff. All we have to worry about is playing footy and training well.”

The Eels take on the Melbourne Storm at Pirtek Stadium on Monday 23 May. Click here to purchase tickets to the clash.