Eels winger misses 40-20 quick tap
The Eels winger that was at the centre of 'ballboy-gate' says he isn't a fan of the new changes to the controversial 40-20 quick tap because he believes it will slow the game down again.
Last week the NRL announced the tap kick could only be taken once the referees had blown their whistle and defending teams were given reasonable time to get into position.
The mid-season adjustments were brought about after a sequence of events in the Eels-Bulldogs fixture in Round 24 that led to a ballboy passing Parramatta winger Vai Toutai the ball instead of placing it on the sideline following a 40-20 from Chris Sandow.
The second-year pro, who said he was aware of the rules at the time, admitted to getting caught in the heat of the moment.
He also revealed it had taken him a few days to come to grips with wasting what could've been a match-turning play.
"I guess it was just the fact that I was in the zone and in the game. Everything just happened too quick," Toutai told NRL.com.
"It took me a couple of days to get over it, but that's footy. You can't change what happened. It cut me up a bit, but I just brushed it off and looked forward to the Manly game."
The amendments were immediately called into action in Parramatta's win over Manly last weekend, and came off without a hitch. But Toutai believed fans enjoyed the quicker start to play.
"Yeah, they told me about the new rule. I don't think they should've changed it. It kind of slows the game down again. I like it quick. And I think the fans do too," he said.
"But after last week's loss, I'm just happy to get the win. It was a good turnaround for us."
Meanwhile Eels hooker Isaac De Gois says his career has been rejuvenated by the big minutes coach Brad Arthur has entrusted him with since shifting from Cronulla mid-season.
"Obviously it's helped my footy out playing more game time and having Brad, coming here," De Gois said on Monday.
"And obviously Brad giving me what he wants from me and being a senior player... it's been great, a big learning curve for myself. I've still got a lot to learn and I'm really enjoying it.
"Everyone wants to play as long as they can. I was only going to get 30-35 minutes playing at the Sharks. Everyone wants to play, or stay on the field as long as they can. So obviously coming here has done that for me."