STAT ATTACK REVIEW: ROUND 8
EELS – 24 (Tries: B. French, M. Jennings, B. Takairangi, M. Ma’u. Goals: M. Moses 4 from 5)
TIGERS – 22 (Tries: C. Thompson, M. Eisenhuth, B. Marshall. Goals: E. Marsters 5 from 5)
Sometimes a game like this is a lot better than the game we played last week. A tight, gritty affair and a game like this shows the mind set. Brad Arthur and the Eels coaching staff would have been extremely pleased with today’s performance. Four times the Tigers had the lead in the game and in a brilliant performance the Eels kept fighting back to ultimately hold the lead when it mattered most.
Full Time Stats
|32/41 (78)||Complete/Total Sets (%)||27/36 (75)|
|43:21||Time – Opposition Half||37:54|
|19:20||Time – Opposition 20||14:21|
|1||Goal Line Dropout||1|
The numbers do show a very tight contest. Both sides had quality time in each other’s red zone and tries flowed.
With completions at and above 75% both coaches would have been satisfied. Of course the dry conditions were ideal and lent themselves to high rates, so anything less would have been disappointing.
1st Half Stats
|16/19 (84)||Complete/Total Sets (%)||12/17 (71)|
|19:28||Time – Opposition Half||21:32|
|12:58||Time – Opposition 20||5:15|
|0||Goal Line Dropout||1|
The Eels had ample time in the Tigers 20 during the first stanza, but the Tigers defence held firm. A neat kick for Bevan French to out jump David Nofoaluma for the Eels first and a sublime offload flick from Mitchell Moses to Michael Jennings to crash over were the only rewards. Nonetheless, the high completion rate helps to create defensive workloads, which build throughout a game.
2nd Half Stats
|16/22 (73)||Complete/Total Sets (%)||15/19 (79)|
|23:53||Time – Opposition Half||16:22|
|6:22||Time – Opposition 20||9:06|
|1||Goal Line Dropout||0|
Not a great start to the second half for the Eels. The opening set saw a drop ball and put the Eels under pressure early. It took a little time for the Eels to regain momentum after the break.
As the numbers show, the second half was played in the middle of the park with not much time in each others red zone. A great aspect of this half was the Eels only conceding one penalty in this half. Usually it’s the other way around.
This was a solid attacking display from the Eels today. Resolute defence from the Tigers stopped the Eels from crossing more times than we did. The Tigers scramble is one of the best in the competition and that appeared again today to stop any more Eels points.
George Jennings led the match with 166 running metres and once again Tim Mannah powered through massive metres with 160 running metres.
The Eels were able to get 5 offloads away while the Tigers offloaded 12 times.
Last week one of our regulars asked for tackle stats. So I thought I would put both in. Here are the runs (R) and run metres (RM) first up.
Eels – 1396m from 164 runs (8.5m per run) – 4 Line Breaks
Tigers – 1358m from 147 runs (9.2m per run) – 6 Line Breaks
Daniel Alvaro once again powered through a heap of defensive work. Polar topped the Eels tackle count with 46 including zero missed and 3 ineffective tackles. Great defensive work from Polar.
The only disappointment with our defence today were two very simple soft tries. Both Thompson’s and Eisenhuth’s tries came from lazy defence which I would suspect Brad Arthur would have blown up deluxe over. This very poor reading in the defensive line let in two very easy tries for the Tigers.
And as mentioned earlier, the 12 offloads the Tigers got away would be a bit concerning for Brad Arthur and his assistants.
|#||Name||TACKLES||MISSED TACKELS||INEFFECTIVE TACKLES|
Eels – 323
Tigers – 342
Missed Tackles/Ineffective Tackles:
Eels – 20 missed / 14 ineffective
Tigers – 32 missed / 10 ineffective
Eels – 90.5%
Tigers – 89.1%
Penalties and Errors:
Eels – 5
Tigers – 9
Eels – 10
Tigers – 10
This was a well disciplined game from the Eels, especially with whistle happy Matt Cecchin in charge.
This shows that discipline can win games. Not giving away cheap metres and getting exhausted by relentless defence and not loosing your composure, keeping your heads and not getting frustrated helps massively in these tight contests.
As mentioned previously, the game was played mainly between the two 20 metre lines. Both sets of forwards worked hard to gain ascendency in the middle of the pitch. As you can see here, both sides Hit Up heat maps are virtually identical. The above one being the Eels, below, the Tigers.
The Tigers game plan for all their matches has been to kick it long and into the corners of their opposition. Today was nothing different from their season long game plan. The Tigers did make life tough for the Eels with the majority of the set restarts for the Eels coming deep within the Eels territory.
A Final Word:
This was a great win for the Eels. The last two games have seen the Eels at both ends of the rugby league spectrum. Last week saw a rampant attacking Eels, this week saw a gritty and patient Eels. Both these styles would be very pleasing to Brad Arthur.
Another stat that shouldn’t be missed is that we finished with 15 players today. Will Smith wasn’t used at all and Tony Williams was replaced at half time with what looks to be a season ending ACL injury. This is very bad luck for T-Rex as he had begun to resurrect his career over the last couple weeks.
We also witnessed another superb performance from Kaysa Pritchard – a well deserved man of the match. Last week I emph assisted that he should do less defence to improve his attack, but this week he seemed to have found a good balance between the two. He needs to keep up this individual game management.
So could this be the run the Eels need to produce to show that we are a well deserved premiership contender? Even though we still sit at the bottom of the table, we are just 2 wins out of the 8 with some very winnable games coming up.
We have the Sharks, Bulldogs, Warriors and Broncos in the next month. All these teams are vulnerable at the moment due to injuries and form so this would be a great time for the Eels to pounce and be just in the 8 come the end of May.
But lets not get to ahead of ourselves.
Yours in Blue and Gold.
Stats courtesy of Champion Data.
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