SYDNEY - Parramatta coach Brad Arthur has credited a no-holds-barred discussion with his players after last month's 50-point humbling by the Sydney Roosters as the reason behind their remarkable turnaround.
After opening the season with a big win over the Warriors, Arthur's side were smashed 56-4 in round two by the Roosters — a performance that suggested little had changed at the club since Ricky Stuart's departure to Canberra.
Fast forward to round six and the Eels find themselves sitting at 4-2 for the season on the back of three straight wins for the first time since 2010 after Saturday's thoroughly deserved 14-12 win over the Roosters.
In addition to the two competition points, the Eels made just two errors for the whole game and kept the premiers scoreless in the second half - something that seemed unthinkable when they let in 40 points in as many minutes four weeks ago.
"We were nice and honest after the Roosters game and said we don't want that effort ever again," Arthur said.
"There was disappointment and it hurt the players and when I saw it I knew we'd bounced back.
"Tonight we weren't great but our effort was there and we defended our tryline with great composure."
Arthur said the Eels' error count was proof his side are beginning to turn things around.
"Probably the fact we made two errors was the most pleasing, we were 16 from 17 (completed sets) in the first half and 18 from 19 in the second half," he said.
"The only error we made in the second half was when we bombed a try under the posts."
Jarryd Hayne was once again inspirational for his side and in addition to producing a cut-out pass to find Ken Sio for a try in the first half, he held up Sonny Bill Williams just short of the line two minutes from fulltime.