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Parramatta Eels forward Daniel Alvaro says the Eels are looking forward to this week ‘s clash as they prepare to take on the Premiers.

The Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks have a big and experienced forward pack, and Alvaro says he is looking forward to lifting to the occasion and testing himself against a quality opposition.

“It’s really disappointing last week, nobody was happy with it at all.” Alvaro said.

“Last week’s slip, I don’t know if it’s a bad sign for Cronulla. We are just worried about us. We will get what we need to get right, fix up what we need to fix up, and we will rip in.”

“We try and lift for every game. It’s always good to play against quality opposition, and especially after last year, I can’t wait to play them,” Alvaro added.

The Eels are coming off a Round Three defeat to the Gold Coast Titans and Alvaro said the game was one that slipped away.

“It was pretty clear, we just made too many errors and just gave away way too much field position.” Alvaro said.

“It was really disappointing for us because we started so well and to let an opportunity like that slip to get three in a row.”

“We know what we did wrong and we are looking forward to this week.”

“We knew going into the game it would be tough, but we just let it slip which has been burning us,” he added.

The Eels will be playing their first home game of the season this weekend, at their new home ground of ANZ Stadium, and Alvaro said the Blue & Gold were looking forward to turning it into a real fortress over the next few years.

“It will be great to play at Pirtek Stadium but we will be right at home at ANZ Stadium,” Alvaro said.

“I know the boys are excited and we really want to get off to a good start there and make it our home for the next few years.”

The Eels kick off against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at ANZ Stadium on Saturday 25 March for their first home game of the season. The clash is for the annual Johnny Mannah Cup and will kick off at 7pm.

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