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    Parramatta Eels players hit back at culture concerns ahead of clash with Warriors


    SCOTT BAILEY

    Last updated 19:06, May 15 2018

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    Parramatta playmaker Mitchell Moses denies there are any culture problems at the struggling NRL club.


    Parramatta players accept it's fair to question their on-field form but insist their off-field culture is fine despite admissions from club hierarchy it may need to be looked at.

    The Eels, among the premiership front-runners in 2018 before a ball was kicked – have slumped to eight losses from their opening 10 games to leave their season all but over.

    Their on-field pain was compounded by more bad news off the field in the past week, after it was revealed back-rower Kenny Edwards had failed to tell the club he'd been charged with driving on a suspended licence last month.

    Edwards' case appeared before Fairfield Local Court on Tuesday, and the troubled 28-year-old has been given time off by the club and was not named for Friday's clash with the Warriors.

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    Revelations of Edwards' behaviour and delay in telling the club prompted Eels chairman Max Donnelly to admit to News Corp Australia the culture of the club has to be questioned.

    But Eels five-eighth Mitchell Moses said there were no culture problems at Parramatta while admitting the only way to prove that was with a sudden turnaround in form.

    "I think a sign of a good culture is a real good team that works for each other on the field and off the field as well," Moses said.

    "It's not just things that happen on the field, it's how you handle things off the field as well.

    "In the situation we're in at the moment it gets past all that yelling and screaming. It hurts.

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    Parramatta Eels forward David Gower is under no illusions as to why his team sit bottom on the NRL ladder.


    "The boys are putting in every week. It's not like we're throwing in the towel and saying 'here we go, here's two easy points'. It's down to the last minute of every game we've been in."

    The problem is with the Eels' results.

    Equal-fourth on the line of premiership betting at the start of the year, Parramatta are now closer to favourites for the wooden spoon and must win 10 of their last 14 to remain in mathematical contention.

    They have the worst attack in the competition, and are still without injured stars Jarryd Hayne and Nathan Brown until rounds 12 and 13 respectively.

    "We understand where we're at: We're last," forward David Gower said.

    "There's no sugar-coating or hiding that. We need to improve. And that's our focus."

    But Gower also dismissed a culture issue.

    "If we had beat the Sharks – we almost got them late – and if we won on the weekend we've won four in a row and all of a sudden these questions are nowhere near being asked by anyone," Gower said.

    - AAP

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