GERRINGONG'S Rueben Garrick was front and centre of things during the controversial ending to Saturday's NRL match between his Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and Parramatta Eels.
The winger produced a fantastic effort at the death to score what he thought was the match-winning try.
However, his celebrations were short-lived, as referee Ben Cummins called the pass from Tom Trbojevic to Garrick forward - handing the Eels a 19-16 win at Bankwest Stadium.
"As disappointing as it was, it [the decision] is one of those things you can't do much about," Garrick said.
"It was a split-second decision and us players, just like referees, make errors in the heat of the battle.
"We watched it [the incident] a couple of times after the game before putting it to bed there.
"All we can do is put it behind us and move on - there's no point dwelling on it.
"At the end of the day, we put ourselves in that position [behind on the scoreboard] and we had plenty of other opportunities for us to win the game.
"We know we put in a solid performance and gave ourselves a chance to win but were just unlucky to not come away with the two points.
"Being able to stick it to a team like Parramatta, who I believe will be there at the pointy end of the season, is very encouraging for our squad.
"I'm confident we can bounce back, learn from the loss and put in a strong performance, despite the short turnaround, against the Broncos this Thursday."
The Sea Eagles, who sit in eighth position on the ladder, will host the 10th-place Broncos - a side who has conceded 93 points the past two rounds.
"I have no doubt the Broncos will be fired up after their tough loss to the Roosters on Thursday," the Kiama High School alumnus said.
"You've always got to be wary of teams fresh off a big loss.
"We're expecting a vastly improved Broncos side this week, especially with a handful of big name players returning to the line-up, which will no doubt bolster their side.
"There are no easy games in the NRL - we learnt that the hard way against the Titans last year.
"You have to keep your wits about you every single match and you need to perform every week - the beauty of this competition is just how tight it is.
"We've looked at some tape of them [the Broncos], to ensure we are as ready as we can be for Thursday."
"I believe I've played really strong the past two rounds," the Group Seven product, who admits he can't wait until fans are allowed to return to the matches, said.
"I worked hard during the off-season on my backfield carries and running the ball with intent to find a quick play-the-ball, which can help get our sets off to a positive start.
"That work has enabled me to improve in those aspects through the past few rounds.
"With the boot, although I missed two from the sidelines, I thought I really bounced back with my kicks against Parramatta, after a slow start against the Bulldogs - I felt I was hitting the ball well.
"As pleased as I am with the first two rounds since returning, I know there's always room for improvement.
"The main focus is staying consistent each week and continuing to do the work."