Hard hitters: Panthers defenders battle the Eels. Picture: Gene RamirezWhat were your thoughts at full-time against the Eels? Right on full-time I was filthy because we conceded a try in the last minute but I calmed down after that and was happy with the performance. Parra fielded the best side they could because it was pretty much their grand final. I knew they’d throw everything at us and they did but we grinded out a real good win.
What was your feedback to the boys as they led 8-6 at half-time? It looked like Parra wanted it a bit more. They ran harder and tackled harder and usually sides that do that win the match. We just needed to lift another cog so I asked them to give a bit more and when they did, the result told.
What pleased you most about the Panthers’ display? We controlled the ball fairly well. We conceded one try then right up to 79th minute held them scoreless.
And what disappointed you the most? Finishing strong is our motto this year and we just didn’t. Conceding a late try . . . if you do that against the good sides in the semi-finals, they’ll make you pay. For and against is so important and we need to make sure we defend every point we can.
Which individual players stood out for you? Daniel Foster was good at six. His position is No.9 so he’s been playing out of position but he’s been fantastic. Also, Sam Hollis. I was going to give him a week off but ended up having to play him because Zion Ahu came down sick. I’m glad I didn’t rest him because we probably wouldn’t have got the same result without him.
The side battle the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ on Sunday. What’s most dangerous about that team?
They led against Brisbane last week and got beat 34-32 so I imagine they’re hurting a fair bit and want to bounce back well. But overall, when you’re leading the comp, we’re now the hunted, not the hunters. Sides want to knock us off and the Rabbitohs are fighting for survival.
What are you looking to see from your boys? I want to put together an 80-minute performance because we still haven’t.
How did you rate under-20s star Harry Siejka’s first grade performance last weekend?
I think he’s getting better. It’s a big ask to play NRL, he’s still a kid. He needs to take control, not be a passenger and lift to that level. He’s slowly getting there and I think he can.
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