Canberra coach Ricky Stuart will give his players the beginning of the week off to recharge their batteries ahead of the NRL's finals as they recover from a gruelling schedule.
The third-placed Raiders have played teams ranked first, second and fourth on the ladder in the past three weeks, in as tough of a run as any side has experienced this year.
They have also had trips to Auckland and Melbourne in the past month, and are back in Sydney on Sunday in a crucial game against Cronulla as they aim to wrap up a top-four spot.
Stuart refused to let the tough run be an excuse for Sunday's 18-14 loss to Manly, but had already planned for the players to have Monday and Tuesday off.
"The score is a let down, but the way we played we were still full of energy and in the game in the back end," Stuart said.
"Yet I thought we were well off to the standards we have been setting.
"But you have to give Manly credit, they created that. There are so many games this year we could have won but there are so many teams who could say the same thing."
Canberra's performance against Manly was one of their scrappiest of the year.
They completed at just 73 per cent - their third lowest mark of 2019 - and also gave away 11 penalties.
It leaves them on 30 points and only ahead of Manly and South Sydney on for-and-against, while Parramatta are only two points back in sixth but also with an inferior points differential.
"We're still in the fight," Stuart said.
"We've got to go and hear about it and see it now and we've got to make a decision if we want to improve on it.
"They've got a little bit of time over the next day and a half. We've had a big month of footy and we're really working hard on balancing that prep for them physically and mentally.
"They'll get back into it and I can assure you they will learn from that (Manly loss)."
Australian Associated Press