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Eels look to Hayne too often: Hindmarsh

By Steve Jancetic 27/06/2010 11:53:51 AM Comments (0)

He's the man Parramatta players and fans look to for some magic, but veteran backrower Nathan Hindmarsh concedes the Eels may be relying too much on superstar fullback Jarryd Hayne.

As the Eels dropped their second straight game, and fourth from their last five, with a 10-6 defeat to Brisbane on Saturday night, Hindmarsh admitted the side was guilty of looking too often for Hayne to do it all on his own.

Not that you could blame Hindmarsh and co for expecting the NSW and Test star to conjure up wins on his own after Hayne almost single-handedly carried Parramatta to within minutes of a premiership in 2009.

Hayne admitted after the loss to the Broncos that he felt compelled to try and grab the game by the scruff of the neck.

"Well he does I think, we look to him to do it," Hindmarsh said.

"Great players can do it, maybe we're relying a bit too much on Haynesy but we still look to him to do something.

"We're just missing something. When we're playing well, when breaks are made we have people running off them and tonight we just didn't ... that's what we're missing so far.

"The blokes are trying - we're missing one little element and it's hard to get sometimes."

In three of their last four games, the Eels' points totals have been zero, four and six in losses to St George Illawarra, Newcastle and the Broncos respectively.

If admitting you have a problem is the first step in remedying the situation, then the Eels are at least some way down the path to finding the solution to their attacking woes.

"We've worked very hard on our attack - we are in games but we are tiring ourselves out by not scoring points," coach Daniel Anderson said.

"Our average points per game (conceded) is unbelievable but we need to take the pressure valve off us by getting over the white line every now and again."

While the Eels are in a much better position than they were last year before their dramatic charge to the finals, they still need to string together a run of wins if they are to make the finals.

They will need to win at least six of their last 10 matches to clinch a spot in the top eight, a tough ask considering six of those matches will be against sides higher than them on the ladder, including back to back trips to Gold Coast and Brisbane.

Asked if his side was in a better position than they were before their late run last year, Anderson said: "We're certainly not playing well enough because we're not scoring points, that's quite obvious.

"We're not naive to think that it's going to replicate, I think we are a little more circumspect of what we need to do but we're not out of it.

"The competition is highly congested this year with Melbourne not accruing any points, so we're not a long way off the pace, but we need to play better."

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