POST MATCH | Brad Arthur
The Parramatta Eels have come away with a 52-34 victory over the Brisbane Broncos at Suncrop Stadium tonight in Round 25 of the NRL Telstra Premiership but Blue & Gold Head Coach Brad Arthur knows there is still plenty of imporvements to make after that performance, with particular note of the side's defence.
"The start was good but that's about all I am happy with," Arthur said to the media after the clash.
"Our discipline wasn't anywhere near good enough. You can't have 34 points scored against you and think you are going to play good football deep into the Finals. There were some moments there in the game that we didnt get right and we need to get on top of it."
"I thought the first half was good and we probably started okay in the second half, there was a period there with a couple of seven tackle sets that allowed them back into the game, but at the end of the game there we needed to control it and the two tries were soft and we shouldn't of put them into that position to score." Arthur added.
"We can say we are disappointed about the game, we are very excited that we won the game, but it's Round 25 and if we want to be playing deep into the Finals, that sort of performance won't get the job done."
Eels co-captain Tim Mannah echoed Arthur's thoughts.
"I think they [the players] are more disappointed than Brad to be honest," Mannah said.
"After they scored that last try on fulltime, the chat behind the try line was a lot of disappointment. There is definitely a lot of lessons we can get out of tonight's game, we will learn them, and move forward to next week."