News | Rugby League
26 Apr 2018 2:32
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
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > Sports > Rugby League

    Nervous Parramatta face burden of history

    Parramatta's nervous attack is stuck between a rock and a hard place as they desperately strive to overcome 19 years of NRL history to turn their season around.

    - article from www.rugbyleague.co.nz

    Parramatta's attack asked plenty of questions of opposition defences in 2017, but this season they are asking more questions of themselves as they look to overturn 19 years of NRL history.

    The Eels sunk to their fifth straight loss to the start the season in Sunday's defeat to Penrith, meaning they are now aiming to become the first team since Brisbane in 1999 to fight back from a 0-5 start to make the finals.

    At the heart of the Eels' issues on Sunday was their attack.

    While their defence leaked points over the opening month of the competition, the Eels had 37 play-the-balls inside the Panthers' 20-metre zone but could covert just one into a try - and even that was from a kick.

    Coach Brad Arthur admits he believes his team's inability to fire a shot is largely because last year's finalists are nervous and worried in attack after their lacklustre start to the season.

    "At times like this you're a bit nervous," he said.

    "Do we make the pass or don't we? Do we offload the footy or don't we? We just need to relax a little and make those plays and back ourselves a bit more. But it's easier said than done.

    "I'm not going to be critical of that part of it. They chance their hand and turn the ball over and we're none from five with completion and putting ourselves under pressure.

    "When you're chasing victory the last thing you want to do is turn the ball over. So I can understand where the players are at. We've just got to chase it a bit more and back ourselves a bit more."

    Most frustrating for Arthur will have been the fact so many of their 12 incomplete sets came in good attacking opportunities.

    On one occasion winger Josh Hoffman dropped a pass with the line wide open. Twice outside backs ran out of room and were forced into touch just short of the line.

    "When you're confident and put those plays on they stick," Arthur said.

    "When you're playing well it will stick. But we've just got to stay in the fight. It will turn but it's become pretty desperate now."


    NZN




    © 2018 NZN, NZCity


     Other Rugby League News
     25 Apr: Melbourne show Warriors who's NRL boss
     25 Apr: Sims to take hard-hitting ways to Origin
     25 Apr: Hunt masterclass in Dragons' Anzac NRL win
     25 Apr: NRL round-eight preview panel
     25 Apr: Holmes still covets Cronulla fullback spot
     25 Apr: Cogger ready to step up for Knights
     24 Apr: NRL round-eight preview panel
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    Squire unlikely for French Tests More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    NZ shares mixed ahead of Anzac Day holiday More...



     Today's News

    Rugby League:
    Melbourne show Warriors who's NRL boss 23:06

    Rugby League:
    Sims to take hard-hitting ways to Origin 22:26

    Rugby League:
    Hunt masterclass in Dragons' Anzac NRL win 22:06

    Entertainment:
    Avicii’s family have thanked his fans for their “loving words” after his death last week 21:53

    Entertainment:
    Paris Jackson has hit out at claims she is heading for a "serious meltdown” 21:23

    Entertainment:
    Thandie Newton claims she “wasn’t hot enough” to be involved in the Time’s Up movement 20:53

    International:
    Korea talks: What does China have to gain or lose from a potentially reunified Korean Peninsula? 20:26

    Entertainment:
    Dwayne Johnson has welcomed his third child into the world 20:23

    Entertainment:
    Kim Kardashian West sometimes feels “overwhelmed” by her fame 19:53

    Netball:
    Netball NZ refuses to let the Sunshine Girls take the Taini Jamison Trophy back to Jamaica 19:46


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2018 New Zealand City Ltd