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Arthur: We had a plan and stuck to it
Post Match Press Conference: Brad Arthur, Round 2

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The Parramatta Eels have come away with a 46-6 victory over the Gold Coast Titans in Round Two of the NRL Telstra Premiership.

After crossing for two tries in the first half, taking  just an 8 point lead after the opening forty, the Blue & Gold went on to score five tries in a second half blitz to secure a dominant victory over the Titans.

Arthur said that his side had a plan to work over the Titans, and the side stuck to the plan before the dividends began to show late in the game.

“I thought for the second half, I said to assistant coach David Kidwell that they were here to play and a fair bit of whack about them in defence,” Arthur said.

“I think that we just played really disciplined and stuck to what we thought would work for us, our plan, pump the middle and try and get tackle counts up and I was really impressed that we managed to not get over excited and stick to what we said we thought might work for us.”

“We had a plan and we wanted to stick and persist with it, but it doesn’t always work out like that, but it worked for us tonight.” He added.

Match Highlights: Titans v Eels

Arthur spoke positively of his side’s performance, highlighting the improvement with the ball in hand compared to last week’s victory.

“Momentum is hard to stop for any team and the easiest way to give momentum back is a lack of discipline, but we didn’t lack discipline so we were able to keep our momentum through our possession.” Arthur said of tonight’s performance.

“I thought we were good last week and I thought we played tough, and I thought the opposition were really good last week,” he added.

“We knew we needed to be a bit better with the execution with the ball but that is going to come with a bit of time on the field but also spending some time with the ball.”

“Today we controlled possession, and were clunky at times, but we found ways to improve our attack. But in saying that, we had no nine and no fullback for the second half.”

Eels hooker Reed Mahoney scored a try in the first half, his second try in consecutive games, left the field with an ankle injury at the back end of the first half and Arthur had an update on the young rake.

“We will have to go get scans and x-rays, but he was pretty upset the poor kid. I am not 100% sure, but I don’t think his ankle looks good,” Arthur said.

“He was good in the first half, and probably one of our better players last week too so it’s a shame for him,” he added.

“He is a tough kid and will work hard, and one thing I know about Reedy, he will continue to work hard and give himself every opportunity to get back as soon as he can.”

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