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Parramatta Eels coach Brad Arthur says his pride in his side hasn’t changed following their semi final loss to the Melbourne Storm.
Here’s what he had to say in the post match press conference.
Arthur on the loss
“Disappointed. Just spoke to the boys now. Before the game, myself, everyone involved, just proud of the boys and nothing has changed. We just didn’t get it right tonight. Our start was ordinary. The second half, we dropped some opportunities but we had plenty of fire and that just shows how we can move forward,” Arthur said.
On what went wrong
“We did some dumb things. There were some moments there we just didn’t’ get right, which we have been really good at the last two months. I’m not sure what it is but we made a couple of decisions in defence and we were passive on the edges and we haven’t done that in twelve weeks, we were full of aggression and we did that in the second half,” Arthur said.
On how far the team has come
“Oh look, it’s a good improvement but we are disappointed because we feel like we put ourselves in a good position but we just weren’t ready for that tonight. Overall, like I said, I was proud of the group and everyone involved before tonight and nothing has changed right now. Hopefully the enjoyment of winning some games and playing at the stadium; they’ve been tighter and more together and there’s enough motivation for them to want to get that experience next year,” Arthur said.
On the Storm’s form
“They came first at the end of the season for a reason. They have got the legs after playing tonight to go four games in a row and they’re a very very good football team and they showed it tonight,” Arthur said.
On moving forward as a team
“We are positive about moving forward but from inside of me is probably not a great word now. I’m disappointed but I’m extremely proud and we have something there to build on but we just need to have that want and desire. A lot of the good times we had this year will be a driving force” Arthur said.