Eels’ Radradra urged to get off the wing

The Semi-trailer has been parked far too long for his owner’s liking.

So now Parramatta star Semi Radradra has been told to get off his wing in a bid to get the wheels cranking again.

“If he sits out there and waits for it, it’s not always going to get to him,” coach Brad Arthur said.

“The game’s very fast this year, so there’s some opportunities for the outside backs once the sting gets taken out of the game from the opposition forwards. There’s chances for him to come and get the ball.”

Despite Parramatta soaring high in third spot on the NRL ladder heading into their round seven clash with Manly, their Fijian flyer has been relatively quiet.

His numbers of two tries, four line-breaks, 18 tackle breaks and eight offloads actually make for strong reading, but Eels coach Brad Arthur reckons the two-time Dally M Winger of the Year can do better.

“Every team is pretty smart with their plan against Semi to try and limit the opportunities that he gets,” Arthur said.

“It’s the same when you play against Greg Inglis – you don’t want to kick the ball to him.”

Radradra also has competition for the ball this year.

With new recruits Michael Jennings, Michael Gordon and Kieran Foran arriving over the summer as shiny attacking targets, the 23-year-old Radradra is no longer the sole option in the red zone.

“Maybe we’ve tended to rely on Semi a little bit and we don’t need to as much,” Arthur said.

So if the 23-year-old wants the ball, he’s been told to go get it.

“He’s not a happy man when he doesn’t get the footy, so he’s finding ways to get it,” Arthur said.

“He’s finding ways now to get into the game without the ball being kicked to him all the time. It’d be great if we could get him some open space. Hopefully he can get a few tries.”

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