Arthur reacts as Eels ‘embarrassed’ by Manly
GUTTED Parramatta coach Brad Arthur hurled the ultimate insult at his humiliated side, declaring: "We just did not have a go."
In 39-degree conditions, Manly totally embarrassed Parramatta 54-0 to register their biggest win over their fierce rivals in 71 years, eclipsing a 64-12 win at Parramatta Stadium in 1988.
The nine-tries-to-nil drubbing was the softest performance by an Eels team in years. Parramatta were insipid, weak and pathetic. An embarrassment to the likes of Sterling, Kenny, Cronin, Price, Thornett, Hambly, Ella, Hindmarsh, Hambly and Grothe.
Manly players, meanwhile, left the field at both half-time and full-time to standing ovations. The Eels started the way they finished last week, after they gave up a 14-0 lead in their 24-14 opening-round loss to Penrith.
The blue-and-gold defensive wall was non-existent as the Eels let in five tries in the opening 40 minutes.
"We just did not have a go," Arthur said.
"We just did not play.
"We're very embarrassed by that performance. We were blown off the park. We weren't playing the same game. There was only one team playing today. We need to show more respect for ourselves. And show more respect for our club and our fans."
Arthur gave his players an almighty spray at training this week but said a repeat dose wouldn't be needed after yesterday's result.
"They need to feel the hurt. But me going in there and carrying on like a pork chop isn't going to help anyone," he said.
"We are all hurting, we're embarrassed. They (Parramatta fans) have every right to be disappointed. We have to make sure it doesn't happen again."
According to Fox Sports Lab, no team has ever conceded 50 points in a season and gone on to win the premiership.
Asked was his side soft, Arthur said: "That's fair. We can only go on the actions and the evidence and the evidence wasn't great.
"I was surprised, I didn't see it coming. Not this week, last week, next week, any week.
"Sometimes you might get a sense that they were a bit dusty in the warm-up or a training session wasn't great. But that doesn't entitle us to play the way we did today. We have to make sure we do something about it. You don't play like that if you've come ready to play."
Parramatta face fellow winless club Cronulla on Saturday in a battle to avoid starting the season 0-3.
"We didn't see it coming," Eels skipper Tim Mannah said.
"We just have to (speak) some tough truths this week and be a lot better next week.
"This is embarrassing given the talent we have in the team."
The frustration showed for Parramatta in the 60th minute when halfback Mitch Moses was sin-binned for backchatting referee Matt Cecchin.
Manly led 12-0 after only eight minutes and 30-0 at half-time.
The tries just kept coming - each four-pointer another dagger in the heart for Parramatta.
Sea Eagles skipper Daly Cherry Evans was brilliant and kicked eight goals for a personal tally of 22 points.
As much as they were delighted with the 54 points, Manly were just as satisfied with keeping Parramatta scoreless.