Dyldam Parramatta Eels captain Kieran Foran says the Cowboys made them pay for their mistakes, in North Queensland’s 32-16 win at 1300SMILES Stadium.
After clawing their way back into the contest, Foran says too many errors and a poor completion rate proved costly - especially combined with Corey Norman’s sin-binning.
“We felt like we were coming over the top of them, we were very positive at half-time and knew if we hung in there, the game would turn,” Foran said.
“And again our effort was great tonight, and that’s what got us back into the game and we really felt we could come away with the win.”
“It’s a big call to send someone off, but that’s just the way it goes.”
Addressing Norman’s sin-bin directly, Foran said it’s a tough call but part of the game.
“I couldn’t really see too much from where I was - I was on the other side of the field - but like Brad said, there hasn’t been too many of them this year,” he said.
“It’s a massive call at that stage of the game to send a key player off for ten minutes, but in saying that we didn’t make it easy on ourselves and coughed up too much ball, and cough too much ball against a good side like the Cowboys, they’re going to make you pay for it.”
Foran said their completion rate let them down, specifically in the second half when it dropped form 80 percent to around 50 percent.
“It’s something Brad [Arthur] spoke to us about after the game,” he said.
“We made eight errors in the second half and they were all coming out of our own half, and you just can’t do it at this level.”
“The opposition’s going to make you pay for it and that’s what the Cowboys did.”