Parramatta five-eighth Mitchell Moses has taken aim at accusations the side has been milking penalties for crusher tackles by declaring the media should try being in that position to see how it feels.
Eels winger Maika Sivo came under fire for remaining on the ground after he was tackled by Cooper Johns in their 14-0 victory – Johns later cleared by the match review committee of any wrongdoing on Friday.
Moses was reluctant to discuss the wash-up from Thursday night's win over the Storm after opposition coach Craig Bellamy said he disagreed with Brad Arthur's comments that his players don't stay down to receive penalties.
"I didn't see anything, listen to the media or what you guys say so I can't really comment on it," Moses said on Monday.
"But I guess any time you have a bloke who is 110-120 kilos sitting on the back of your neck … I dunno, maybe you guys should have a try and see how it feels.
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"That's my look on that. Everyone's open to their opinion and we can only control what we can control in our group and worry about what we can do."
Eels prop Kane Evans had a similar outlook when asked about the situation but went further to suggest the Storm were just "salty" they lost the round 15 fixture.
He added the NRL's decision to increase the points penalty for base charges would also "affect" more teams than others in the future.
"Teams are going to be salty when they lose," Evans said.
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"At the end of the day, it's who wins a game of footy. If teams are going to complain about people milking, then they're just saying it because they never won.
"We're not big on giving away crusher penalties [but] it's definitely a rule change that's going to affect some sides but we're all right and have handled it well.
"It doesn't affect us and we're going to play like we play, continue to do what we do, and get on with it."
Evans will depart the Eels to take up a three-year contract with the Warriors from next season in a move that was motivated by financial security and opportunity.
The 28-year-old has found career-best form under Arthur this season but is stuck behind elite props Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Junior Paulo in the starting side.
"I'm grateful to the Warriors and hopefully I can finish the year off by winning the comp," Evans said.
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"I was talking to a few clubs and the Warriors had the best deal on the table for me and obviously the opportunity there to try and get a starting spot.
"Without going through all the things I've gone through at Parra and the club went through, especially in 2018, it wouldn't have made us the good players we are."
The Storm and Eels won't clash again this season until a possible showdown in the finals.