STAT ATTACK PREVIEW: ROUND 3
EELS vs SHARKS
SATURDAY, 24 MARCH 2018
KICK OFF 7.30pm
A new week, a new round, a fresh start.
It seems as though the Eels have started the 2018 season still thinking it’s a trial game period. Well we did really only play one trial game.
So, it’s time to put the past 2 weeks out of the system. Here at TCT, we haven’t swept the result under the table, but like the footballers realise, a new week produces a new challenge.
Our challenge is to continue to look ahead. Our reviews are done and dusted, as harsh as they were.
The players must also be doing the same, You don’t navigate the road ahead by staring into the rear view mirror.
The Eels will be looking to restore the faith with their first win of the season at the first home game of the season. The fans are sure to be offering their support, but ultimately it’s the playing group who have it in their power to make that change.
- Head to Head – the Sharks and the Eels have played each other 83 times
- Cronulla lead 44 wins to Parramatta’s 39 in head to head outings
- At ANZ Stadium, have only played each other once with the Sharks victorious
- Last 10 games has the teams tied at 5 each
- Last game between the Eels and Sharks was Round 4 2017. Sharks secured a 20 points to 6 win.
By Quarters (And Golden Point)
|0 – 20||20 – 40||40 – 60||60 – 80||GP|
*games won in these time periods
The Eels are currently a shadow of their 2017 selves. The Sharks are also experiencing a poor start to the season. Both teams have led at half time and then lost an early season match.
It is impossible to sugar coat things for our attack. We are sitting last or near-last in all major facets of this section of the game. Runs (14th), Run Metres (15th), Metres Gained (16th), Kicks in General Play (15th), Kick Metres (16th), Possession (15th) Completed sets (16th) are all at the bottom of the league at the moment.
Here’s one silver lining – the team coming 16th in Run Metres is the Sharks. We are averaging 20 metres more than the Sharks.
Just like our attack, our defensive stats also sit at the bottom of the league.
It’s pointless stating more than this as we all know that we have been attacking and defending pretty poorly.
The Suncorp Stadium upright has better defensive stats than the Eels.
Discipline and Errors:
Again guess were we are in these stats??
If you’ve spotted the trend then you’re probably spot on with your guess.
Taking all of the stats into account, the Sharks have a slight advantage in both historical results and current season stats.
That’s not really such a high standard to achieve, given the Eels appalling start to the season.
Indeed, the main conclusion that we can draw from the first fortnight of the 2018 competition is that the only way is up for the Eels.
Can we still be a premiership threat?
Of course we can, but in all honesty it must start Saturday night.
Even if we do lose, its important for the boys to put in an 80 min committed effort. That’s all any fan asks for. I can cop a loss with a game like that.
Get out to ANZ Stadium for the Sydney Double Header. The NRL and the clubs (including the Eels) have put on great pricing for tickets and for food. There’s no excuses for not getting out to a great night of footy and cheer the boys home and show we are still right behind them in both the good and bad times.
Yours in Blue and Gold
Stats courtesy of Champion Data. All these stats and more can be viewed on our match centre at http://mc.championdata.com/nrl/ including live game stats.
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