The query now for the Eels is: how will we get to the following stage?
Arthur has been with the Eels for seven years and, in that point, has encountered his justifiable share of challenges. Assume boardroom dramas, the wage cap scandal, teaching Jarryd Hayne.
What occurred on Saturday, from the second Michael Jennings received a knock on his door very first thing within the morning to what transpired at Bankwest Stadium that evening, is his greatest check but.
He stated pre-game he had by no means seen a gaggle of Eels males extra centered on the duty forward. They gave loads of cheek, even main by 10 factors at half-time, however couldn’t go on with it.
The gamers the Eels have been lacking was as a lot a problem because the gamers they got here up in opposition to. Cody Walker has been the shape participant of the competitors from the second he led the Rabbitohs to a 36-Zero win in opposition to the Eels six weeks in the past.
No man can exploit a weak spot on the perimeters higher and Parramatta seemingly had them in every single place. Blake Ferguson was out of the sport, Maika Sivo out for the season, Michael Jennings maybe out for all times.
It’s on this atmosphere that Haze Dunster was known as into the aspect. The debutant made a expensive mistake early, a dropped ball that resulted in a Souths strive from the following scrum.
Welcome to first grade. Fortunately it was a uncommon blemish.
Even the defence of the much-maligned Waqa Blake held agency for probably the most half. However when Souths had greater than their justifiable share of the Steeden, Walker, Damien Prepare dinner and Adam Reynolds couldn’t be stopped.
The sport would have been over a lot earlier if not for Clint Gutherson. ‘The King’ completely modified the momentum in a shocking five-minute interval during which he scored two tries and arrange one other. The Eels are at their most harmful after they offload the soccer and, with Gutherson operating off his huge forwards, alternatives arose and have been transformed.
It’s a travesty that he fumbled the ball to reward Bailey Sironen a strive, a blow from which his aspect by no means recovered.
This was a sport with momentum shifts aplenty. There was none larger than when Mitchell Moses tried a regulation kick at aim, the kind he would usually slot together with his eyes closed. When it hit the submit after which fell into South Sydney palms, Parramatta couldn’t flip the tide one final time.
“For those who’re going to put on the No.7, you may’t miss these moments,” stated Moses’ halves coach, Andrew Johns, in commentary for 9.
It’s such moments that Johns, Arthur and Moses will search to eradicate because the membership’s premiership drought stretches right into a 35th season.
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Adrian Proszenko is the Chief Rugby League Reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald.