AN­GRY ARTHUR

COACH WALKS OUT ON MEDIA AS EELS TAKE SIEGE MEN­TAL­ITY

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE - CHRIS GARRY GO COWBOYS

PAR­RA­MATTA have taken siege men­tal­i­ties to the next level, with Brad Arthur walk­ing away from his own press con­fer­ence ahead of tonight’s clash with North Queens­land.

Arthur made the un­usual de­ci­sion to hold his manda­tory pre- game press con­fer­ence in Townsville rather than Syd­ney yesterday and was asked sev­eral ques­tions about the salary cap and Chris Sandow fi­as­cos.

Af­ter giv­ing short an­swers for two- and- a- half min­utes, Ar- thur said “thank you” and left as re­porters stood be­mused.

Arthur ( pic­tured) was po­lite to jour­nal­ists but clearly didn’t want to an­swer their ques­tions. Who can blame him? It has been a rot­ten sea­son for Par­ra­matta, who are pay­ing for the sins of those who came be­fore them. They face sec­ond- placed North Queens­land tonight, a team that came back from a 24- point deficit last month to beat them at Par­ra­matta’s home ground 36- 30.

Arthur was clearly tak­ing a leaf from Des Hasler’s play- book with his media an­tics yesterday.

Hasler is the only other coach to hold a press con­fer­ence in Townsville be­fore tak­ing on the Cowboys this sea­son.

The siege men­tal­ity al­most worked for Cronulla last year.

The Sharks ar­rived in Round 25 with­out eight play­ers and on their third coach in nine months.

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