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Blue & Gold Head Coach Brad Arthur told reporters the Melbourne Storm was the better team after a 20-4 defeat to Storm at AAMI Park on Friday night.
“They were just too good for us,” Arthur said.
“We created some opportunities we didn’t take, and we can’t do that against… close to the best side in the competition.”
Despite the result, Arthur liked the energy they brought to the game.
“I thought the boys tried really hard tonight.
“We just needed to probably calm down and be a bit more patient at the tryline.”
Clint Gutherson agreed, and on reflection would have played the match differently if they had their time over.
“I think we just played it wrong,” Gutherson said.
“We tried to score off every play as Brad said. All we had to do was get a couple of repeat sets.
“As a good team does, they just locked us out. So it’s pretty disappointing.”
Arthur thought the team did not approach this game complacent following a 40-4 win against the St. George Illawarra Dragons last week.
“We’ve got plenty to do (to become the football team we want to be), and even after last week we knew we still had plenty to do,” Arthur said.
He also had some good news about Nathan Brown, play was stopped in the second half for the trainer to attend to Brown clutching at his knee.
“I think Nathan Brown hyperextended his knee, but I think he’s OK.”
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