Jake Arthur had a difficult game against his old club and his father, Brad Arthur, who is the coach of the Eels. The Sea Eagles were at a disadvantage with very limited possession, as Parramatta dominated the game with almost 70 percent of possession and 11 sets inside Manly’s red zone. The anticipation surrounding the Arthur family clash added an interesting narrative to the encounter. Brad Arthur was content with his team being “boring” and focusing on completing sets and making tackles, especially with Junior Paulo and Mitchell Moses away on Origin duty. Jake Arthur filled in at the No.7 jersey in Daly Cherry-Evans‘ absence but struggled to make an impact apart from being booed by the fans on his first touch.
Even though Manly were missing Cherry-Evans and Tom Trbojevic, they couldn’t muster much fight against Parramatta. Manly’s hopes were high after their convincing win against the Dolphins, but they were unable to recover from giving up two tries while Kaeo Weekes was sin-binned early in the game. Sea Eagles coach Anthony Seibold expressed frustration with the team’s performance, stating they take one step forward and then a couple of steps back. He pinpointed the early sin-binning as a turning point in the game and acknowledged the tough night his team had.
Manly struggled to capitalize on the opportunities they had with ball in hand. Despite the weight of possession and field position favoring Parramatta, the Eels failed to convert several chances into points. There was a particularly forgettable moment when Josh Schuster made a poor kick early in the tackle count, resulting in Jason Saab being unable to reach it and Maika Sivo getting possession. Additionally, Tof Sipley’s late hit on Daejarn Asi led to a penalty. Seibold acknowledged the team’s shortcomings in that passage of play and stressed their need to improve their discipline.
Manly’s next challenge will be facing Melbourne, which won’t be an easy task for them. Meanwhile, Parramatta benefited from the leadership of Clint Gutherson, who was his usual energetic self and heavily involved in the game. However, it is disappointing that Gutherson has only played three Origin games despite his outstanding performances. Despite Brad Arthur‘s emphasis on being “boring,” winger Maika Sivo attempted a chip kick that led to a late try by front-rower Makahesi Makatoa. Sivo himself was denied a couple of tries during the match.
In regards to facing his son, Brad Arthur expressed satisfaction with Jake settling in at Manly and becoming his own person. Gutherson humorously mentioned that he was too tired to tackle Jake, saying he was sore after just one tackle.