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Stuart gets stuck into lazy Eels

One lacklustre training session could prove to be the point which defines Parramatta's NRL season.
Stuart gets stuck into lazy Eels
by AAP

By Joe Barton

SYDNEY, May 21 AAP - One lacklustre training session could prove to be the point which defines Parramatta's NRL season.

That is the hope of co-captain Jarryd Hayne who views their Tuesday session, and the dressing down they received from coach Ricky Stuart, as a major positive.

In the wake of Saturday's 32-12 loss to St George Illawarra, the Eels had their first field session of the week on Tuesday and didn't jump out of the blocks in the way Stuart had hoped following such an embarrassing defeat.

"We started a bit slow and Stick (Stuart) got into us," he said.

"Everyone amped up - it's where we need to be every week.

"... It's always someone is waiting for someone else to do something.

"Today was a good turning point. Everyone is getting on board and realising how important their role is."

Ahead of Sunday's clash with Gold Coast, which will be played in Mudgee, in central-western NSW, Stuart has been reminding his team of one thing which they need to get right to turn their season around.

"Attitude," Hayne said.

"We came out against the Dragons and definitely just got rolled.

"Almost embarrassed as well. It's been about attitude this week."

Players on Monday were subjected to a brutal video review of their loss to the Dragons and Hayne admitted no one escaped unpunished.

"We did a bit of highlights on the way we were defending. Sticky and all of us weren't impressed," he said.

"There's definitely areas to improve on.

"We've shown in the past what we can do. It's about week in, week out doing it."

Fellow Eels skipper Reni Maitua said the club's inconsistent form could be put down to having an inexperienced squad - but said it was the responsibility of senior players to help them through the tough periods.

"It's all about preparation and attitude," he said.

"When we're up, we're up. And when we're down, we're down.

"We obviously didn't have a good start against the Dragons and everything snowballed from there.

"We've got a very young side. We can expect them to be up every week but the senior players do have to play a role in that.

"We've got an opportunity to turn it around on Sunday."


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