By STEVE MASCORD
PARRAMATTA may not have found the secret to victory during a camp hosted by club icon Mick Cronin last week – but according to captain Nathan Hindmarsh they discovered a quality the Eels had forgtotten: concentration.
Stephen Kearney’s men returned from the bye refreshed at the weekend and almost sprung an upset before being pipped 14-12 on the bell by St George Illawarra.
“We’ve all been guilt of lapses in concentration and that’s what’s been costing us games all year,” Hindmarsh tells RLW.
“I think (against the Dragons), we were all there. It was just one of those tries, that they got. We all stayed up on the ball and they just had us in the end
“It’s just the fact that when things don’t go your way, you’ve got to work hard. Nobody else is going to be there to do it except for yourself.”
Centre Ryan Morgan backed his captain. “For 77 minutes we looked really good,” he said. “We were competing hard, working together.
“There was really good talk … everyone was switched on. That’s what we spoke about during the week: the talk when we are fatigued, staying switched on, and we did that really well.”
But Hindmarsh said there was one bad aspect to the St George Illawarra game.
Our defence improved but our attack went back to the old panic,” he said. “We had opportunities but we panicked a bit. The last couple of weeks, we’ve been nice and calm in getting to the areas we needed to get to.”
Filed for: RUGBY LEAGUE WEEK