Dyldam Parramatta Eels captain Tim Mannah says his side left their run too late, after trying to fight back from a 22-0 deficit at half time against the New Zealand Warriors.
Speaking after the game, Mannah said he always knew the side could score tries, but didn’t give themselves enough opportunity.
“I believe in our ability to score points, but I think we let ourselves down in the first 20 minutes,” Mannah said.
“We can’t afford to give teams that kind of a lead; we’ve got to keep ourselves in the contest and see how we go.”
When asked about the penalty count against the Eels, Mannah said they let themselves down.
“We can’t really blame the refs, [out of] the penalties that we gave away today, a lot of them were just not good enough effort in the contact, and looking for an easy way out,” he said.
“There’s a lot of times where the refs make it very quick for us, calling your name as soon as you’re in the contact, and it’s hard to find that balance sometimes about how long to stay in there.”