Norman no quick fix for Eels: Arthur


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    The return of Corey Norman can’t come soon enough for Parramatta after Friday night’s shock 26-14 NRL loss to the injury-ravaged Gold Coast.

    But Eels coach Brad Arthur said Norman was no quick fix to the problems that sabotaged their undefeated season start.

    Parramatta sorely missed the injured Norman (hamstring) in a disorganised, error-riddled loss that looks set to create more headaches for Arthur.

    Hooker Kaysa Pritchard limped off with a second half ankle complaint while backrowers Tepai Moeroa and Manu Ma’u are expected to attract the match review committee’s attention for hits on Titans halfback Ash Taylor.

    Arthur will welcome back Norman for next round’s home clash against defending champions Cronulla.

    However, he said Norman’s presence wouldn’t correct what went wrong against the Titans.

    “No. Boys dropping the ball at the play the ball or getting their timing wrong on their run have nothing to do with Corey,” he said.

    “They are just simple errors and NRL players have to get it right.”

    To add injury to insult, Pritchard looks set for a stint on the sidelines.

    “It is swollen up pretty bad,” Arthur said in relation to his ankle.

    Parramatta’s depth at hooker will be tested with veteran Isaac De Gois (concussion) out indefinitely and Cameron King (sternum) injured in NSW Cup.

    Arthur will also sweat on the MRC’s findings after Moeroa and Ma’u both delivered big hits on Titans halfback Taylor late after kicks.

    Ma’u’s second half contact on Taylor threatened to spark a brawl.

    Parramatta looked like last round’s ladder leaders when they jumped to a 12-0 lead after 15 minutes through tries to pivot Clint Gutherson and Norman’s replacement Jeff Robson.

    But they then proceeded to shoot themselves in the foot against a desperate Titans.

    “We knew they were going to throw everything at us – we had to have the attitude ‘expect the unexpected’,” Arthur said.

    “They gave us a lesson in completing and playing a nice disciplined game.”

    Winger Semi Radradra summed up Parramatta’s reversal of fortunes – last round’s four-try hero twice dropped the ball metres out from his own line to put the Eels under the pump.

    “Our attitude probably could have been a lot better,” Eels captain Tim Mannah said.

    “The simple errors showed our heads weren’t where they should be. It hurts. I really see that as a lost opportunity but it’s round three. We are not going to panic too much.

    “We have the premiers next week so we just have to make sure we turn up with a better attitude.”

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    • March 18th 2017 @ 7:21am
      Silvertail47 said | March 18th 2017 @ 7:21am | ! Report

      Like last year Brad will adjust his side and they will respond , Semi , normally doesn’t spill the ball like that ,maybe something else is on his mind ?

      • Roar Guru

        March 18th 2017 @ 8:04am
        M.O.C. said | March 18th 2017 @ 8:04am | ! Report

        Didn’t seem like there was anything on any parramatta players minds. I think Norman was sitting on the sidelines with their only brain. I can’t believe how they fell into such disorganised rabble after such a good start. Considering how good he is in attack, Brad Takiarangi could do with some defensive coaching, that right side was very good in attack but clueless in defence.

    • March 18th 2017 @ 8:32am
      Silvertail47 said | March 18th 2017 @ 8:32am | ! Report

      Norman is massive to Parra , he is constantly guiding them across the field , definitely missing his energy

    • Roar Guru

      March 18th 2017 @ 9:11am
      The Barry said | March 18th 2017 @ 9:11am | ! Report

      Since the start of last season the Titans are 10W 9L and 1D without Jarryd Hayne and are 2W 6L with him in the team.

      Losses aren’t Haynes fault but possibly suggestive the Titans aren’t utilising him well.

      • Roar Guru

        March 18th 2017 @ 9:37am
        M.O.C. said | March 18th 2017 @ 9:37am | ! Report

        I think that when he is in the team the lesser experienced players might go into their shells a bit – not necessarily Haynes’ fault. When he is not there they all seem to step up and play more as a “team”.

        • Roar Guru

          March 18th 2017 @ 10:02am
          The Barry said | March 18th 2017 @ 10:02am | ! Report

          Yeah that’s how I see it.

    • Roar Rookie

      March 18th 2017 @ 10:01am
      steveng said | March 18th 2017 @ 10:01am | ! Report

      Parra looked lost last night, no guidance, but, not many things went their way (that includes the refereeing decisions) there was a time there that the Titans had 15 straight plays with some very doggie decisions by the refs. But overall they didn’t deserve to win and they lack luster attitude, dropping the ball with nothing plays cost them dearly. Yeah, Ash Taylor had a good game (but that was expected) and all the Titans just lifted when the Eels just went further and further down and off their game. A very disappointing game from the Eels as i thought that they had more this year compared to last.

    • March 18th 2017 @ 11:32am
      Silvertail47 said | March 18th 2017 @ 11:32am | ! Report

      Parra looked like Manly , difference being we have a full complement,

    • March 18th 2017 @ 5:41pm
      baz said | March 18th 2017 @ 5:41pm | ! Report

      They played crap i watched the game this morning as was out.

      The mistakes were basic by us and we normally don’t make those mistakes.

      We have had 3 weeks away from home so to be 2-1 is a good start with 3 away games out of the way.

      Although we don’t do well at ANZ maybe it being our home ground will make that better.

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