September 2022

The Mystery of Parramatta’s Bench

Brad Arthur's use of the Parramatta Eels' bench has been a curious study all season, and the NRL finals aren't providing any further clarity.

The Parramatta Eels have, surprisingly, been one of the most consistent sides since 2019. They are the only side to remain in the top eight since round one of that season.

It’s one of those stats that’s both impressive and irrelevant given the way they have finished all of those seasons.

Throughout his tenure at the Eels, Brad Arthur has always sought to make inroads early with his starting forward pack and use that dominance to allow his backline to do its thing.

Brad Arthur's use of the Parramatta Eels' bench has been a curious study all season, and the NRL finals aren't providing any further clarity . . .

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