The query now for the Eels is: how will we get to the subsequent stage?
Arthur has been with the Eels for seven years and, in that point, has encountered his fair proportion of challenges. Assume boardroom dramas, the wage cap scandal, teaching Jarryd Hayne.
What occurred on Saturday, from the second Michael Jennings acquired a knock on his door very first thing within the morning to what transpired at Bankwest Stadium that night time, is his largest take a look at but.
He stated pre-game he had by no means seen a bunch 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 sides higher and Parramatta seemingly had them in all places. Blake Ferguson was out of the sport, Maika Sivo out for the season, Michael Jennings maybe out for all times.
It’s on this surroundings that Haze Dunster was referred to as into the facet. The debutant made a pricey 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 fair proportion of the Steeden, Walker, Damien Cook 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 wherein he scored two tries and arrange one other. The Eels are at their most harmful once they offload the soccer and, with Gutherson operating off his large 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 facet by no means recovered.
This was a recreation with momentum shifts aplenty. There was none larger than when Mitchell Moses tried a regulation kick at objective, the kind he would usually slot together with his eyes closed. When it hit the put up after which fell into South Sydney fingers, Parramatta couldn’t flip the tide one final time.
“Should you’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.