Arthur cranks up NRL heat on Eels

By , 25/04/2020 19:36

Corey Norman (right), says it’s been a tough training week after the Eels’ collapse to Penrith.Parramatta coach Brad Arthur has cranked up the heat on his NRL side – and it was far more damaging than the roasting they copped from Penrith in their opening game of the season.

Eels players have revealed how Arthur tortured them with a gruelling video session this week after they were burned by a late-game collapse against the Panthers.

“We just compromised on our effort areas last Sunday,” five-eighth Corey Norman said.

“We had a good, hard look at them and it was very disappointing. It was a tough video to watch but we had a week to fix that up and we had a big session (on Thursday), so it’s good.

“He made sure we watched all of it as well. It was pretty hard to watch sometimes, some of the efforts we came up with, especially in that second half.

“He wasn’t too mad, (but) you could see the disappointment in us coming in. Brad’s always an intense person and I think for that session, that’s what we needed.”

Prop Kane Evans compared Arthur’s match reviews to former coach Trent Robinson at the Sydney Roosters, who is renowned for his thorough video analysis.

“Robbo’s got some solid video sessions, he’s scary too. All coaches are scary but,” Evans said.

“It was pretty solid from (Brad), but the way he handled it was awesome. He had individual videos with us before we went into the team one and we knew what was coming.”

The Eels are likely face similar conditions against Manly on Sunday, with temperatures set to soar as high as 38 degrees at Lottoland.

But Norman said there was a simple way to ensure the heat isn’t a factor against an Eagles outfit that are also desperate to avoid starting the season with consecutive defeats.

“We’ve got to hold the ball, not let them keep attacking our line, turning over the footy in our half, and then we might have a bit of energy for attack,” Norman said.

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