Evans speaks out

Parramatta Eels’ recruit Kane Evans had heard about Brad Arthur’s famed sprays that can verbally lash the blue and gold until they’re black and blue, he just figured it would take more than 80 minutes for him to cop one first hand.

With the mercury set to hit 36 degrees for Sunday’s crunch clash with the Manly Sea Eagles, Arthur cranked up the heat on his side during their video review session on Wednesday.

Arthur tore strips off his squad in a brutal analysis of their 24-point fade out against Penrith Panthers in round one, which leaves Parramatta staring down an 0-2 record unless their fortunes change at Lottoland.

For his part, Evans has vowed to address his preparation this week after overthinking his club debut.

After a subdued stint from the bench against the Panthers, the Fijian international said he and Arthur had identified his pre-game “head noise” as his biggest detriment, and vowed to take a more relaxed approach against a Sea Eagles pack powered by Marty Taupau and Jake Trbojevic.

“I think I overcomplicated it myself,” Evans said.

“My preparation physically was all good but mentally I was just overthinking it and thinking of stuff I didn’t have to do.

“Going into the game, I was thinking of what I was doing when I should have just been in the moment. It’s a good lesson to learn early in the year.”