News | Rugby League
21 Mar 2018 14:22
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > Sports > Rugby League

    Eels didn't handle NRL title talk: Arthur

    Parramatta struggled to handle the sudden weight of premiership talk that came with their six-game winning streak, coach Brad Arthur has admitted.

    - article from

    Parramatta coach Brad Arthur admits his men struggled to handle the sudden weight of premiership talk during their shock loss to Newcastle.

    The Eels blew their shot at a top-four berth and had their six-game winning stream snapped by a more enthusiastic and committed Knights team at ANZ Stadium, losing 29-10.

    A win would have lifted the Eels into the top four for the first time since March, only heightening expectations which have grown over their winning run.

    The Eels could now end the round in seventh spot.

    "Obviously we didn't handle (the hype) really well because we can only go by the results and our actions and our actions weren't great," Arthur said.

    "They came here with a lot more energy and they just did everything better."

    Arthur conceded his team were beaten in all the effort areas by the Knights, and suggested his side were also brought undone by complacency.

    He urged his team to quickly move on before next week's clash against Gold Coast in what looms as Jarryd Hayne's first clash against his former club.

    "It's not great, but we've got to move past it," Arthur said of the loss.

    "All the things we done really well the last period of our games - we were out-beaten tonight, out-enthused, we didn't kick well.

    "All those key words, composure, discipline, patience, we didn't have any of it. All the simple things in our game that we've been on top of, we didn't.

    "Maybe we were looking for a soft win, maybe we thought we could come here and get a soft win. They just worked harder than us."

    Knights coach Nathan Brown believed the Eels' forward pack held the key to whether they can contend for a title this season.

    "I'm a big Corey Norman fan. I just think any team that's got Corey Norman in it and your forward pack's doing a good job, can beat anyone," Brown said.

    "I think he's a sensational player and one of the competition's premier players in my opinion. If he's there and their pack are doing really well they'll give themselves a chance.

    "But that's the key, their forwards are definitely tough and they come at you and try to get on top of you. Any time Parra's pack's doing well, they'll give themselves a chance."


    © 2018 NZN, NZCity

     Other Rugby League News
     21 Mar: Racism is 'appalling', says Inglis
     21 Mar: Brisbane No.7 ready to face NRL idol
     21 Mar: Wests Tigers deny deliberate NRL penalties
     20 Mar: Cowboys not lost without Morgan: Green
     20 Mar: Benji unsure of role in Tigers' NRL halves
     19 Mar: NRL's duty to help reform players: Auva'a
     19 Mar: NRL may announce two Immortals: Greenberg
     Top Stories

    ABs Sevens gun for Games gold More...

    Fonterra posts $348m loss More...

     Today's News

    Minka Kelly's heart has "broken into a million pieces" following the death of her dog 14:15

    Stephen Hawking's ashes to be interred near graves of Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin 14:15

    Rugby League:
    Racism is 'appalling', says Inglis 14:05

    Matt Willis took his wife Emma Willis back to the bridge in Venice, Italy, where he proposed to celebrate their 11th wedding anniversary 13:45

    Fonterra posts $348m loss 13:45

    Living & Travel:
    Thanks to red meat, 20 per cent of Americans eat half their country's food-related emissions 13:35

    Driverless cars and the 5 ethical questions on risk, safety and trust we still need to answer 13:25

    ABs Sevens gun for Games gold 13:25

    Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth want a "last-minute wedding" 13:15

    Humanity Star expected to crash on Friday 13:15

     News Search

    Power Search

    © 2018 New Zealand City Ltd