Parramatta veteran Tim Mannah has warned teammates not to get caught up in the Bankwest Stadium hype with the Eels coming off their "poorest" performance of the season.
The Eels have a huge week planned ahead of hosting the Easter Monday clash against the Wests Tigers at the newly-built venue, starting with Monday's visit to the Westmead children's hospital and Ronald McDonald House.
They'll hold an open training session for fans under lights on Wednesday before a further two training sessions in the eight-day turnaround.
But their 19-0 shutout loss to the Raiders on Sunday left a bittersweet feeling among the playing group after four solid performances in the opening month of the competition.
"There's been a big build-up which we're not over but a lot of talk about the stadium," Mannah said on Monday.
"But after yesterday's performance our main priority now is preparing for a game of footy. As exciting as everything is about the stadium we've still got two points to get."
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The Eels completed at 54 percent in the loss to the Raiders while they failed to register a point for the first time since their 54-0 defeat to the Sea Eagles in 2018.
"It was probably our poorest performance of the year and a wake-up call," Mannah said.
"We allowed their defence to be so good by giving them so much energy. They didn't have to do too much defence and when they did do it they were energetic.
"It’s a snowball effect and a lot of that came from us making too many errors and giving them the opportunity to be fresh."
The first clash at Bankwest Stadium has already sold out with 30,000 fans expected from both heavily backed clubs.
Parramatta's overall start to the year has helped the occasion.
"The fans have always been amazing whether we're going good or terribly, they've always been passionate and turned up," Mannah said.
"I think there's a lot more excitement in the air and a few wins and the new stadium helps that. Everyone's excited for a new era."
The Wests Tigers enjoy an 11-day turnaround following five and six-day swings between games over the past fortnight.
Mannah expects the additional rest is another danger sign the Eels will need to monitor.
"They've been outstanding, they usually start the year strongly but they've just got that grit and determination about them this year," he said.
"Obviously Michael Maguire has been influential for them and they look the real deal."
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Meanwhile, Eels winger Blake Ferguson is waiting on results to determine whether he suffered a broken rib in Sunday night's loss.
Ferguson went for scans on a rib injury on Monday with more information to be known when the squad is announced at 4.00pm on Tuesday.
His bent nose, which he displayed to social media on Sunday night, is expected to be adjusted in the coming days.
"I don't think it was in a great state beforehand anyway," Mannah joked.
"It's always bent crooked so he exaggerates it a bit more now and it looks worse.
"He was in the horrors last night and on the way home in a bit of pain but we're hoping for a best case scenario for results."