Jarryd Hayne says the Eels learnt plenty from their 56-4 round two loss to the Roosters and are determined to show it on Saturday when the sides meet again.
Captain Jarryd Hayne says Parramatta learnt plenty from their round two thrashing by the Sydney Roosters and it will show when the two sides clash again on Saturday.
Just four weeks after the premiers humbled the Eels 56-4 the teams meet again in round six of the NRL at Pirtek Stadium.
Since that loss Parramatta have shown they are no longer the easybeats of the past three seasons under new coach Brad Arthur.
They suffered a last minute defeat to Manly in round three before enjoying wins over Penrith and Brisbane to move into the top eight and ahead of the Roosters on the premiership ladder.
Hayne says the rematch is a chance for the Eels to prove they have improved.
“It is a four week break, a bit unique for us (but) the way we have been it is playing a great test for us, the best test we could have at this time,” Hayne said at training on Friday.
“With the way we lost, ever since then we have bounced back and stuck to our guns and hopefully we can continue that on Saturday night.
“We have got some confidence since then.
“Being a young team you can come in and out of games, you don’t realise the effect that inconsistency has until you play someone like the Roosters, you have a good first half and the second half goes out the window.
“We are still young and we are still learning. To play the Roosters again, we can really see where we are at and see how far we have come.”
Since the win over Parramatta, the Roosters have beaten Brisbane and suffered dour defensive defeats to Manly and Canterbury in wet conditions.
They welcome back their forward leader Jared Waerea-Hargreaves after a one-week shoulder charge ban for a hit on Sea Eagles back-rower Glenn Stewart.
“Their forward pack is one of the best in the competition and we are going to be in for it tomorrow night,” Hayne said.