Parramatta Eels coach Brad Arthur has praised his side for their performance during their huge 51-6 win over Wests Tigers at Bankwest Stadium.
Read on to see what he said during the post match press conference.
On the Eels huge win
“I didn’t see that score line coming. I was actually pretty nervous, I wasn’t much fun at home today. We haven’t made a habit of performing on the big stage when there is a lot of pressure. The way it (the game started) wasn’t great you know, losing Daniel (Alvaro) and one or two disallowed tries but we just stuck to our guns and hopefully it is a step forward for us. It was nice to get that result but it’s important that we don’t think we are going to just turn up and win everytime. I just think we are evolving as a group, the young blokes take everything in their stride and have a real mentality around playing their role and what’s best for the team,” Arthur said.
Nerves before game
“There was just a lot of excitement around the stadium and the expectations that we needed to win, which it should be that, that expectation. We have got a lot of young blokes Stoney has played a couple of games, Oregon has played a couple of games so we had 1400 games of experience between us today which is not a lot,” Arthur said.
On Blake Ferguson missing the game
“Josh Hoffman was very good for us today. He came in for the Bulldogs game into the centres when Michael Jennings was out and did a really good job for us. I think the boys are relishing in the opportunity when they get the chance. The back five made up for the lack of Blake Ferguson,” Arthur said.
On player contract talks
“They’re footballers and that’s the situation and they just have to perform well for their teammates. It’s not about the individuals it’s about playing well for each other and we weren’t great at it last year. The attitude shift is positive for us. Everyone is fighting for their future but it’s more than that. We were really disappointing last year. We let a lot of people down and probably none more so than ourselves. That’s the hunger and the drive there at the moment. The boys don’t like walking off the field being disappointed and letting people down,” Arthur said.
On Clint Gutherson’s performance
“I said during the game it’s just great having a fullback who is everywhere and his fitness levels are not by fluke but through hard work. I’ve always stated about Gutho, first in last to leave, diligent in everything and can handle an honest conversation. If you walk into the sheds before a game you wouldn’t think he was focused but he is one of those blokes who can just flick the switch when it’s time to play and I know coming to every game what we are going to get from Clint Gutherson, every single week.
On his own contract with the Eels
“Oh look I’ve made no secret of the fact that I love this club, I want to stay so we just have to keep playing well. It’s what it is, I have to earn my contract, but it’s not about me, it’s not about Gutho. It’s about the team, but we have just got to play well. We are not going to play like that all the time, but as long as they have got the effort and the intent. I thought our forwards were outstanding the way they carried the ball today,” Arthur said.
Mitchell Moses’ performance
“Yeah Mitch was good that (kicking) is a big part of his game and he is sticking to the plan and giving us every opportunity and he is playing what’s best for the team and he has that personal brilliance around his game.,” Arthur said.