Dyldam Parramatta Eels head coach Brad Arthur says the Blue and Gold’s 60-14 win over the Wests Tigers in their first trial has shown glimpses of positive things to come in 2014.
The Eels scored ten tries to the Tigers' three at Anzac Oval, in front of a big crowd of Alice Springs supporters.
“We’re not too concerned about the scoreline, what’s important is that we completed 38 sets of of 42,” Arthur said.
“Our discipline wasn’t great, we gave away some silly penalties, but that’s something we can improve.”
Arthur says he’s not going to get carried away with the result, with plenty of improvements needed after the boys’ first run for the year.
“We’ve got plenty to work on - if we can maintain completions and tidy up our execution [that’s good], but defensively we’ve got a lot of work to do,” he said.
With the trial specifically a chance for young players to stand up and be counted, Arthur says he was particularly impressed with their efforts.
“There was some really good efforts from some of our younger kids, but I also thought our back five, Ken Sio, Vai Toutai, Semi Radradra, John Folau, they did a great job and it’s a good confidence booster for them.”
Brad couldn’t speak more highly of the week spent in the Northern Territory, the first of four years in partnership with the NT Government.
“It’s been a great week, it’s been really good for us to come together as a club and bond, and the boys have been really professional in the way they’ve approached the week, and have given back plenty to the community too.”