Arthur: Wasn't good enough
Dyldam Parramatta Eels Head Coach Brad Arthur and Club Captain Tim Mannah says the Eels second half performance against the Brisbane Broncos was not up to standards, labelling their performance simply not good enough.
Speaking after the Eels loss, Arthur says the second half of football from the side was the worst half of footy they have played all year.
"Second half wasn't good enough, it was our worst half of footy we have played. We didn't start well with a couple of silly errors out of red zone but some of the tries we let in were soft and not what we are supposed to do," Arthur said.
"We needed to do a better job on their halves."
"I thought we played really well in the first half. 30 seconds to go and we came up with a soft effort down the short side that hurt us," Arthur added.
"Defence just wasn't good enough. We made a few errors in the second half, put ourselves under pressure but that doesn't matter, you still have to make those tackles."
Blue and Gold Club Captain Tim Mannah echoed the Head Coach's statements.
"That second half wasn't us. We went away from a lot of things that make us who we are and the things we have worked really hard to be known for," Mannah said.
"That second half, it was really disappointing that we let outselves down and went away from our standards."
"There are a lot of things tonight where we went away from the small parts of our job we are proud of, and we didn't do a good job on their halves tonight and it showed." Mannah added.
"It was our attitude in defence. Our defence wasn't up to scratch in the second half and there was defintely parts of our game that showed that and things in our game we need to fix up moving into next week."
Young Bevan French played portions of the game at fullback, swapping with 200-gamer Michael Gordon, and Arthur said it was a luxury to have to give the talented youngster time in the number one jersey.
"It is an opportunity now to give him some football there, and let him learn his trade there and drip it into him in bits and pieces and that will give him time in the pre-season to work on himself physically, get a bit bigger and stronger and handle the demands week in and week out," Arthur said.
"We have the luxury there at the moment that we can put him there for 15 minutes, then back to the wing, and look after him."