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Arthur labels Eels win tough, gritty and dumb

Parramatta Eels head coach Brad Arthur shared his thoughts after our Round 13 win over the Sharks.

Here’s what he had to say.

Scraping home with the win

“We’ve got no experience in those sort of conditions. It was tough, it was gritty, it was dumb but you know we only needed to come here and get the two points so however it happened, it didn’t really matter. Look, we’ve got plenty to work on,” Arthur said.

What can the Eels work on?

“There were plenty of moments we didn’t quite get right, but with the conditions, I’m not going to sit here and be over critical. They hung on; they kept defending their try line. We put ourselves under pressure, but the want and desire was there from both teams,” Arthur said.

Dylan Brown’s performance

“Yeah he was good. Some of our players were very good, but Dylan played really well. He played to the conditions probably the best in our team so it’s not bad for a young bloke who has played, what, 30 games,” Arthur said.

On Mitch Moses’ kicking

“Yeah he came up with three good goal kicks in those conditions. Last week, or a couple of weeks ago he fell over at Bankwest Stadium. In those conditions, he came up with three really good goal kicks and that’s his job,” Arthur said.

How critical the ugly wins are

“There is plenty of want and desire there. It’s not always going to be pretty and we aren’t always going to execute our plan to the best but we are winning all different ways and finding a way to win, so that’s important and at the end of the day that keeps us in that top four hunt,” Arthur said.

How the Eels decided to push the scrum

“Junz came up with that call so it was a crucial time. That’s Junior for you. We have a call for it (the play) and I didn’t think of it at the time but he got it with the boys so it was good,” Arthur said.

Nathan Brown’s performance

“Yeah he was phenomenal. Probably could have left him out there but I thought he might get tired at the back end and I needed some leadership there at the end so we took him off for a bit and put him back out there to finish the game off,” Arthur said.

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