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Dyldam Parramatta Eels Head Coach Brad Arthur has praised his side’s discipline after a tough 22-12 victory over the Gold Coast Titans at Darwin’s TIO Stadium. 

The Eels came from 8-0 down to claw back a win in front of a vocal 7,722-strong Territory crowd. 

“It was a tough performance, and I thought our discipline was fantastic with the ball for 75 minutes,” Arthur said. 

“Our completion was up around 90-95% there for a long period, but our last four sets we turned the ball over which made it tough on us.”

With Kenny Edwards joining Corey Norman in the halves for the first time, Arthur said their combination settled over the game. 

“We were a bit frantic early in the piece attacking the tryline, but when [Kenny] got the ball and ran, that’s what he’s really good at and we played a lot straighter and direct and things started to work for us,” Arthur said. 

Arthur said the Eels have enjoyed another successful week in Darwin, bringing rugby league to the Territory and walking away with the two points. 

“It’s been great, we might have to come back here a bit more, we’ve had three trips here for three wins,” he said. 

“The crowd was good tonight and we’ve had great support, and it’s good for the boys to get away and spend some time together, especially off the back of some tough weeks, so I’m very proud of them tonight.”

Forward Rory O’Brien made his club debut for the Eels, with Arthur complimenting his first game in Blue and Gold. 

“He came out there when we had to do a fair bit of tryline defence so he got tested and put under the pump early in his debut for us, and he did a really [good job defensively].”

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