Arthur: We Need More Discipline

Dyldam Parramatta Eels Head Coach Brad Arthur has called for more discipline from his side, after going down to the Warriors 29-16 at Mount Smart Stadium. 

After a brave comeback from a 22-0 half-time score, Arthur says the side let themselves down. 

“We removed ourselves from being a chance 20 minutes in, 22-nil after 20 minutes,” Arthur said. 

“Of the first 13 sets [the Warriors] had 11, we had two, so we didn’t learn our lesson from last week.”

“When you don’t have the ball, it’s hard to keep fronting up, and your energy gets zapped, and it’s hard to carry and dominate the play the balls, and they’re fresh defensively.”

“So it’s a vicious circle, but we have no-one to blame but ourselves.” 

Arthur says he was happy with his side getting back into the contest with tries to Reece Robinson, Brad Takairangi and David Gower in the second half.

“I thought in the second half when we completed and went set-for-set, we showed what we should have been doing in the first half,” he said. 

Arthur was asked about Nathan Peats, who returned to the field after passing a concussion test. 

“I was told he was good to go back out; I’ve got my head in the game, and my medical staff who I trust tell me he’s fine to go back out and finish he game, and he did,” he said. 

Watch the highlights from the game here.