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Arthur labels finals loss brave

Parramatta Eels coach Brad Arthur has praised his team for staying in their qualifying finals loss to the Storm and fighting.

Here’s what he said following the game.

On brave performance

“Yeah look it was tough, showed plenty of character, it was brave, but just dumb in some key moments, big moments at critical times in the game and you can’t do that against the Melbourne Storm. They iced their moments and their opportunities, but we need to learn from it. The pleasing thing is we didn’t go away, we kept fighting. We had some blokes out of position and that probably hurt us a bit, but credit to those guys who tried their best to do their job and the best they could,” Arthur said.

First half

“We started well and things worked out for us alright. We got to 12 nil and we didn’t have a lot of ball down in good field position and we got a set start down there and turned it over and probably lacked a bit of patience. They’re the moments we have to get right. We finally build a bit of pressure and turned it over too cheaply,” Arthur said.

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Sivo and Ferguson’s injuries

“I think Maika is done for the year. Fergo will have to have scans tomorrow. He’s maybe a chance. It’s (Maika’s injury) a massive blow for the team but we have other blokes who have to stand up. It’s sad for Maika. He has worked hard and it was also his birthday today but it is what it is; that’s footy,” Arthur said.

Do the Eels have what it takes?

“I thought we showed it tonight. Yeah definitely. When they got to 18 points out and we kept fighting. I definitely think we are (in the running) we just have to get those moments right and be smarter,” Arthur said.