admin 28th July 2018

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But Parramatta had few answers as Souths continued to surge at their line in the second half.

They had all the ball and a 9-2 penalty count. Parramatta had their share of penalties in the first 40.

Norman was given 10 minutes in the sin-bin at a vital sage in the second half for laying over Angus Crichton. There had been a few warnings from the whistleblowers leading up to it.

Norman still thought he was hard done by. So would most of the Eels fans.

“I don’t know the full story but I had no idea why I got sent off [to sin bin],” Norman said.

“The attention to detail hurt us in that second half. We kept giving them the ball and they’re a good team and they can finish you.”

It was this time last year that Parramatta were in the middle of a golden run to the finals where they won nine of their 10 last games.

They sit last with Manly, North Queensland and Canterbury one win ahead of them.

Their final five matches will be made a little tougher given they will be again without hooker Kaysa Pritchard, who dislocated his shoulder in the opening exchanges.

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The little hooker has had zero luck with injuries all year and won’t pull on the blue and gold again this campaign.

Pesky Reed Mahoney did a good job filling in for the remainder of the match in just his fourth NRL appearance.

Coach Brad Arthur said his team tried hard, like they have in most games this year, and even showed good composure when the points didn’t come in the first few attacking sets.

“We hung in there, our first try was off a kick, but it doesn’t matter how you score them, and they’re worth the same,” Arthur said.

“We kept fighting and got the rewards at the end of that half.

“The results just haven’t been there. We were beaten by two points, then two points … the Dragons and Souths are in the top four, we’ve shown we can be competitive, we just need to find a way to close out games or win those games.”

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