Parramatta Eels coach Brad Arthur has slammed his side for showing a lack of respect to the Wests Tigers after slumping to a last-gasp 21-20 defeat on Easter Monday.
Jackson Hastings slotted the match-winning field goal with the last play of the game to hand the Tigers their first win of the season and ease the pressure on coach Michael Maguire.
It was a sloppy performance from the Eels who were made to pay for their poor completion rate (29 of 41 sets) and discipline.
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“Our concentration around the details of the game wasn’t good enough,” Brad Arthur said in his post-match press conference.
“We lacked a fair bit of patience. We were making a few linebreaks but were trying to score off every play.
“When you’re competing that low and are not prepared to build pressure that shows a lack of respect for ourselves and the opposition.”
Arthur said the Eels need an attitude shift heading into their next match against the Knights.
“The games where we play our best footy are the games where we build and are prepared to be patient; roll our sleeves up and kick long, defend well and the attack will come off the back of it.”
“When you’re completing [like we did] that can be a reflection of your attitude towards the style of footy you want to play.”
“We are a better team when we are playing more direct. But it was the last pass or being prepared to take a tackle and get to the end of the set. I think they had one kick return in the first half and that’s not what we are about.”
Eels captain Clint Gutherson reinforced Arthur’s comments.
“We just didn’t complete,” he said. “Didn’t get to our corners where we wanted to and they made us pay.
“It’s disappointing. We beat ourselves. We had our opportunities, but didn’t ice them.
“I think we completed at 55% in the first half. No matter who you play, that’s going to make it hard.”