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Eels not scarred by Roosters mauling

Parramatta's last visit to Allianz Stadium to face the Sydney Roosters ended in a 50-0 defeat but Jarryd Hayne says the Eels' new-look defence won't let that happen when the sides meet again on Saturday.
Eels not scarred by Roosters mauling
by AAP

By Ian McCullough

SYDNEY, March 14 AAP - Parramatta's last visit to Allianz Stadium to face the Sydney Roosters ended in a 50-0 defeat but Jarryd Hayne says the Eels' new-look defence won't let that happen when the sides meet again on Saturday.

That 2013 round four clash was the point of the season where things really started to unravel for the Eels under Ricky Stuart as the Roosters ran in nine tries and his side capitulated on their way to a second successive wooden spoon.

Like last year, Parramatta got the season off to a winning start on Sunday by comfortably beating the Warriors.

A performance that showed real attacking intent but more importantly to Hayne, a huge improvement in defence.

"The attitude towards defence has changed, the aggression and coming up against the Warriors, to outmuscle a physical team like them was big for us, we haven't done that against teams for a long time," Hayne said on Friday.

"Starting well and what we did being in the grind for a bit - and to pull away and get the win was good."

The representative star said there are no lingering scars from last year's slaughtering by the Roosters with only 10 players who played in that game named in an extended 19-man squad.

"We have a new coach and a lot of new players so it's not really an issue," Hayne said.

"They proved to be the benchmark last season and it is up to us to go with them on Saturday and I really think we will."

Kaysa Pritchard, younger brother of Canterbury forward Frank Pritchard, comes in at hooker for the Eels with Nathan Peats serving a one-match suspension as punishment for an incident off-the-field before he joined the club from South Sydney in October.

The Roosters looked a shadow of the side that were so impressive in 2013 during their opening round defeat to South Sydney last Thursday and will be without star back-rower Sonny Bill Williams who's serving the first of a three-match ban for his shoulder charge on George Burgess.

Five-eighth James Maloney admitted the Roosters were second-best to a fired-up Souths side and said the reigning premiers are fully aware teams will be desperate to claim them as a scalp.

"It will be no different this week with Parra, they are going to be right into us," the NSW playmaker said.

"They are going to want to continue their winning run, but we are going to have to get used to that every week from teams lifting themselves against us."


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