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Brad Arthur, Parramatta Eels vs South Sydney Rabbitohs, Clint Gutherson, Round 22

Els coach Brad Arthur was frustrated and frustrated by his team’s lack of fitness and intensity in a 26-0 shutout in a game where the baffling inconsistency continued.

The Eels have beaten the Panthers twice and the Tide this season, but have continued to produce dreadful displays that have effectively ended their hopes of a top four finish.

“From the start I thought we had good pace physically in the middle,” Arthur said.

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“He ran 60 yards on the first play. We didn’t go through the middle of the field physically.

“They just rolled over us. Six sets out of tackles turned into 10 or 11 each time.

“We gave them too much of the ball early and that hurt us a lot. Tentative is a good way to put it.

“If you’re not physical, it doesn’t matter who you’re playing, don’t give yourself a chance and we’re sorely lacking.”

Arthur admitted he was frustrated by his team’s lack of consistent performances, but was concerned his team were unwilling to roll with Souths.

“Yeah, it’s not good, but we’re not worried about consistency right now,” Arthur said.

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“I’m worried about the lack of physicality in the middle of the pitch and the fact that we started to steamroll. We gave it a lot of time.

“I don’t know why we didn’t start this way. I’ll have to look into it, but there has to be a real desire and desire to start that way and put your body on the line.

“It was clear that we didn’t have it and we paid the price.”

Els champion Clint Gutterson was disappointed his team couldn’t get going early on with Souths and believes it fell out of reach as the game wore on.

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“We didn’t start the way we wanted and then it snowballed,” Guterson said.

“I thought we fought again and it got out of hand again. Roll us again.

“It’s unfortunate but they are a good team and they have good footy and we didn’t come to play.

Arthur Mitchell has revealed that Moses is a chance to return from a broken finger next week, but has warned that it will not help his side if they spoil what they did against Souths.

“He’s pushing it and he can, but we can’t turn that performance into anything with Mitchell Moses tonight,” Arthur said.

“We were frustrated because we weren’t good in the middle.

“We weren’t physical for any reason and we need to be physical because they are a very good team and if you give them that much time and space with the ball they break down and their shape is very difficult to defend.

“When you’re short on defense, you can’t defend because you’re on the ground and we’re overstuffed. Simple as that.”

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