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Glenn Stewart: NRL Finals Week 1, Roosters v Manly, Allianz Stadium, Saturday 14th September, 2013. Photo: Copyright © Renee McKay/Action Photographics

Sea Eagles lock forward Glenn Stewart insists the Sea Eagles have put the disappointment of last year’s grand final defeat behind them ahead of their rematch with the Roosters on Friday night.

“You play so many games and you have such a long preseason, so that’s all gone. We’re just concentrating on ourselves,” Stewart said.

The Sea Eagles travel to Allianz Stadium in a bid to overcome the Premiers for the first time in five starts, having failed in all four attempts last season.

The two sides contested in some of the most brutal matches last season, igniting a rivalry that is set to continue on Friday night.

“There’s a good rivalry between the two clubs. We need to be up for it. Last year is last year, it’s early on and we need to pick our form up,” Stewart said.

The former Australian back-rower conceded revenge is no incentive despite the heartache of losing to the Roosters in the grand final.

"You play a different team every week so you need to make sure you are doing well.” Stewart said.

“There’s no anger. Two points is our biggest motivation. It’s a long year so we’ll take as many as we can get.”

Stewart recognises his side will need to improve against a Roosters outfit full of confidence following their extraordinary win against the Broncos last week.

"The cheap turnover we provided for the Eels, we can’t do that against the Roosters. We were probably lucky that Parramatta were a bit off last week," Stewart said.

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