STAT ATTACK: ROUND 7
EELS v SEA EAGLES
SUNDAY, 22ND APRIL 2018
KICK OFF: 2pm
No… No Tooheys ads this time. The way we are playing is already sending me to drink as it is.
The thought of saying our season is on the line at this time of year is unfortunately so true even after 6 weeks. But that’s the point, it is only 6 weeks in.
We do need to fix things now and BA has brought in the changes. Is it too late or will this finally kick start our season?
- Played each other 138 times
- Manly lead with 83 wins to Parramatta’s 51
- This is the first meeting between these two sides at ANZ Stadium
- Last 10 games has the Eels leading 6 wins to 4 for Manly
- Last game saw the Sea Eagles stroll away with a 54 points to nil victory at Lottoland
By Quarters (And Golden Point)
|0 – 20||20 – 40||40 – 60||60 – 80||GP|
- *games won in these time periods
Parramatta just need to start strong and smart. Last time they met, Manly had 3 tries in quick succession blowing the Eels out of the water very early. A better start will be beneficial for the Eels confidence, which is surely impacted by the current run of losses.
Well it isn’t a shock to know that the Eels are running bottom of the table in attacking stats.
Run Metres, Line Breaks, Possession and Completion rate sees us in 16th spot for all. Any other attacking stat sees us in the bottom quarter of the ladder. There is nothing in our performances that would have our opponents worried.
Manly on the other hand sit well in their attacking stats. 1st in line breaks and either 5th or higher with their other stacking stats. Manly’s Possession rate sits mid table though their completion rate is also poor with them in 13th spot. If we can control more ball than them, then maybe, just maybe we will get our first win of the year.
We are finally 1st in something. The Eels lead the comp in average tackles per game with 346. NO THIS IS NOT GOOD.
Both teams are equal is missed tackles and ineffective tackles. The missed tackle count per game is 26.8 (Eels) and 26.7 (Manly) and ineffectives are 17.3 for Parra and 16.2 for Manly.
Manly sit in 3rd spot with offloads. They get away 12.2 offloads per game so our efforts to wrap the ball up and shut down their second phase is paramount.
Tightening up our ruck is vital. We are losing pretty much every ruck and teams are just getting a roll on with this. Our markers need to work harder and smarter.
Errors and Discipline:
The Eels make less errors then Manly, 10.5 per game for Parra and 12.3 for Manly. So ball security needs to be there on Sunday. We really need to be miserly with the ball and not give away cheap possession. If we can’t win by scoring more points, then we strangle Manly by restricting them of ball. Our game management needs be a hell of a lot better.
In penalties we sit second last in conceding 10.8 per game and Manly concedes 8.3.
A Final Word
Our second game of the year against the Sea Eagles needs to be a hell of a lot better than our first 5 weeks ago.
We have seen a bit of improvement in games since then, but nothing talks louder than your position on the competition ladder.
I am sick of all this negative talk in the press and social media about our great club. But you will get that when we are playing like we have been. What really gets to me is that these people will have their opinion but don’t back it up with anything.
I for one will never lower my colours. I wear them pretty much every day. I always have something Parramatta on me when I am out and about. I am very proud of this club. Always have, always will.
Have your opinion. That’s what makes this game great. But back it up. Have an answer to what you’re saying. These are times we need to be bonding together to help us through the dark days. Don’t just be there to jump on the band wagon. Be proud of the team you chose to support or go and follow someone else. Remember you chose to follow the Eels. So if you think they aren’t worth following… well then have a look in the mirror.
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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