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With Friday’s match against the Rabbitohs gearing up to be a blockbuster, we address what went wrong against the Eels last week and look ahead to this week’s game.

The game was a tough battle between two traditional rivals, which saw only six points scored in the first half.

Unfortunately the Eels ran away with a 20-6 win, delivering us with our first loss of the season.

Coach Des Hasler was short and sweet after the match.

“I thought the Eels competed a bit better than us," said Hasler.

Josh Morris put the loss down to the Eels being the stronger team on the day.

“I feel that Parramatta were better in all facets. They showed a lot more energy. We missed too many tackles and in the end that hurt us," said Morris.

Chase Stanley returned to the field after missing round two with an injury.

He was disappointed with the loss on home turf and believes it was lack of energy that saw the game slip away.

“I just think that they out enthused us,” he said.

However, looking ahead to this week’s clash, Chase is hoping to produce a better result than round three.

“It’s going to be a good game, we just want to try improve on last week’s game and worry about ourselves during the week and things we need to fix up," said Stanley.

The Good Friday match between the Bulldogs and Rabbitohs has always been an anticipated one and this year there is no exception.

After last year’s controversial finish and the aftermath that followed, Sam Perrett believes it was a learning experience for everyone involved.

“Last year obviously was a bit of a heartbreaker for us. I’d like to say that we’ve learnt and become older and wiser from it,” Perrett said.

Josh is looking forward to the clash against the 2014 premiers.

“I think probably the past five years we’ve had intensity in most games that we’ve played against Souths. There is a genuine rivalry there," added Morris.

He is also hoping for the quality of the game to be the only talk over the Easter weekend.

“last year we all know what happened and it will be good to just keep to football and let that do the talking.”

Acknowledgement of Country

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs respect and honour the Darug and Eora nations, who are the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.