POST MATCH | Brad Arthur
The Parramatta Eels suffered a 22-10 defeat to the New Zealand Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium in Round Six of the NRL Telstra Premiership.
Hear from Blue & Gold Head Coach Brad Arthur who spoke after the clash.
"A period of 10 minutes was the difference where we didn't probably didnt handle the pressure too well at the back end of that first half. Out of the last 12-13 sets, we only had two or three sets, and possession is a big thing in rugby league." Arthur said.
"We have to learn to be able to stop momentum, fight out way out of it and defend a set without giving away a penalty or giving away back to back sets."
"The effort was great, I sat on the sidelines in the second half. The intensity was there from both teams, the effort was there. We came back well with a couple of unlucky breaks with not getting a try, and maybe if we scored, we find a bit more energy but that's where we have to be better." Arthur added.
"We have to be able to put up with that, regroup and go back and start again."
Arthur said the Kieran Foran factor had no impact on the side's preparation.
"He is a good player, but everytime we come up against different teams there are quality players that bring different skill sets to their team. We can't be focused too much on an individual," Arthur said.
"He played well and I thought he controlled the game."
The Eels were forced to reshuffle their back line with Bevan French ruled out with injury.
"After your main session, right at the last minute of training, Bevan gets injured and we go into Captain's Run, but we trained all pre-season to be able to cope with times like this and that is defintely not an excuse."