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Arthur says Stone will step into Mahoney’s shoes if he’s not fit to play

Parramatta Eels head coach Brad Arthur addressed the media following his side’s 24-18 win over the Warriors.

Here’s what he had to say about the game.

Thoughts on performance

“I thought we were pretty good early and then we bombed a couple of tries over the line; we need to execute those. We then put ourselves under pressure on our own try line. Their first try, I don’t know if there’s much more we could have done to stop that. That was a fair football try and the second try off the kick off, just wasn’t good enough. We just needed to go out there in the second half and keep the ball in play and go set for set,” Arthur said.

Post Match: Brad Arthur, Round 17

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Are the Eels premiership contenders?

“We have three more games, but you couldn’t say that on our performance right now. The good thing is, we have a real tough opposition next week to challenge ourselves on and we’re up for the challenge,” Arthur said.

How important was the win?

“They’ve won four of their last five and have been playing some fair football and they have been playing for each other so I was happy we could get the two points. It’s extremely important in the context we’re in right now. There’s some stuff there we need to get better at and tidy some things up,” Arthur said.

How is Reed Mahoney?

“He needs to have scans. They’re not sure (what’s wrong), he couldn’t pass left to right. So we will just have to wait and see,” Arthur said.

Who would be Reed Mahoney’s replacement?

“I would go Stoney (Ray Stone), yeah he’s done a good job. He’s trained there, he’s done a fair bit of work there and it’s probably fortunate those two weeks we took Reed off and gave him some game time and just got to keep it nice and simple,” Arthur said.

Ferguson breaks try drought

“I’m happy for him. Especially when he dropped that one over the line,” Arthur said.

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