Brad Arthur says ‘reserve grade standard’ Eels not good enough after big loss

Parramatta Eels coach Brad Arthur has hinted at changes labelling some of his team’s efforts as “reserve grade standard” in their 42-24 loss to South Sydney at ANZ Stadium.

Rabbitoh Robert Jennings crossed for four tries in the romp crashing his big brother Michael’s 250th NRL game.

The Eels were close enough at half-time but gave up four tries in a twelve minute period to start the second half.

“That period wasn’t great but some of the defensive reads and some of the errors that we made tonight are reserve grade standard,” Arthur said.

“Some errors in big decision making and errors on play one out of red zone really cost us.

“I don’t want to be rude to Souths, the executed their play really well, but we’ve seen that play a thousand times and we’ve defended that play a thousand times at training.

“We weren’t aggressive or we weren’t passive and working out together. We were trying to do both.

“We just weren’t connected together. Our two inside defenders were up, our two outside defenders were back.”

The Eels sit dead last on 6 premiership points.

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