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Stat Attack Review – Round 9: Sharks defeat Eels

EELS – 20 (Tries: B. French, D. Gower, M. Jennings, M. Moses. Goals: M. Moses 2 from 4)

Defeated by

SHARKS – 22 (Tries: S. Feki (2), C. Townsend, E. Lee. Goals: 3 from 5)

Southern Cross Group Stadium

Crowd: 12,073

Did we deserve to win? No. Normally I don’t mind being nostalgic but the majority of this game was akin to revisiting our first 6 weeks of season 2018. No pressure, no attack, and ill discipline at the wrong times. You cant win a game by just playing six minutes of footy.

Once again, the Eels scored the same amount of tries as their opposition but a couple of missed kicks proved costly.

That said, Mitchell’s final miss wasn’t the cause cost of the loss. The previous 79mins lost that game. Throw in a defining penalty given away by Suaia Matagi right under the posts and it all added up to the Eels returning to their bad ways.

Full Times Stats

56 Possession (%) 44
28/36 (78) Complete/Total Sets (%) 23/35 (66)
44:09 Time – Opposition Half 37:18
20:18 Time – Opposition 20 14:43
2294 Metres Gained 1940
4 Scrum Win 4
0 Goal Line Dropout 4
9 Penalty Conceded 6
0 Forty Twenty 0

The poor completion rate was a major factor again for the Eels. You really need to complete at 75% or more to give yourself a good opportunity to win a game. It’s the only way to build genuine pressure. The Eels have to hold onto that ball and play with patience. They have to play simple footy to get a good foot hold on the game. Something we didn’t do until it was till late in this game.

1st Half Stats

56 Possession (%) 44
14/18 (78) Complete/Total Sets (%) 13/18 (72)
19:19 Time – Opposition Half 20:53
12:40 Time – Opposition 20 5:50
1197 Metres Gained 914
2 Scrum Win 2
0 Goal Line Dropout 1
6 Penalty Conceded 3
0 Forty Twenty 0

Obviously the Sharks set up their win in the first half. A good completion rate and getting the majority of the ball in this half gave the Sharks good territory. A decent chunk of their time in our half was in our red zone. We could only manage a miserly quarter of the time we had in Sharks territory in their red zone. This wasn’t good enough.

2nd Half Stats

56 Possession (%) 44
14/18 (78) Complete/Total Sets (%) 10/17 (59)
24:50 Time – Opposition Half 16:25
7:38 Time – Opposition 20 8:53
1098 Metres Gained 1026
2 Scrum Win 2
0 Goal Line Dropout 3
3 Penalty Conceded 3
0 Forty Twenty 0


I guess there are some positives to take out of the second half. We won 16 – 6, our time in the Sharks red zone was better against the time we had in the Sharks territory. But the completion rate was very poor. It was ridiculous to win the half with such a poor completion rate.


This could be a copy and paste job from early rounds. Barring our last 6 mins we were terrible in attack. Nothing really too much to report there if you watched the game. Again, don’t let the final score fool you. In the end the Sharks looked gassed and really didn’t commit to defence, they were trying not to let Parramatta score and were retreating in those last final minutes rather then attacking with their defence.

# Name Runs Run Metres
1 Clint Gutherson 15 169
2 Bevan French 6 61
3 Michael Jennings 8 83
4 Brad Taikarangi 9 77
5 George Jennings 18 176
6 Corey Norman 7 64
7 Mitchell Moses 3 25
8 Daniel Alvaro 9 76
9 Kaysa Pritchard 2 26
10 Suaia Matagi 6 68
11 Manu Ma’u 14 137
12 Tepai Moeroa 13 118
13 Peni Terepo 9 82
14 Will Smith 2 19
15 Kenny Edwards 8 82
16 David Gower 8 90
17 Tim Mannah 11 115

Run Metres:

Eels – 1467m from 148 runs (9.91m per run) – 3 Line Breaks

Sharks – 1576m from 165 runs (9.55m per run) – 4 Line Breaks


The Eels gave their opponents too many extra sets. The Sharks had an extra 14 sets to attack our line. Our right side was exposed more times than not in this game as Cronulla hammered this side, especially in the first half. Poor defensive reads from both Jennings brothers saw the Sharks score 2 tries and they were really unlucky not to score more on this side to be honest. Something the Eels coaches need to sure up as quick as possible.

Early in the match, the Eels middle was a bit vulnerable, but that tightened up as the game went on and really I think the Sharks just hammered their attack down our right side as it was producing results.

Our line speed was pretty poor and we didn’t win many rucks either which is crucial.

Daniel Alvaro was superb in defence with 48 tackles and only 1 miss and 2 ineffective tackles. Not sure if Daniel picked up an injury but he was rarely seen in the second half.

# Name Missed Tackles Ineffective Tackles
1 Clint Gutherson 1 1
2 Bevan French 0 1
3 Michael Jennings 2 1
4 Brad Taikarangi 1 1
5 George Jennings 0 0
6 Corey Norman 1 0
7 Mitchell Moses 5 2
8 Daniel Alvaro 1 2
9 Kaysa Pritchard 0 0
10 Suaia Matagi 2 0
11 Manu Ma’u 2 3
12 Tepai Moeroa 0 3
13 Peni Terepo 2 3
14 Will Smith 0 1
15 Kenny Edwards 2 0
16 David Gower 0 3
17 Tim Mannah 1 2


Eels – 392

Sharks – 306

Missed Tackles/Ineffective Tackles:

Eels – 20 missed / 23 ineffective

Sharks – 25 missed / 26 ineffective

Effective Contact:

Eels – 90.1%

Sharks – 85.7%

Penalties and Errors:

Penalties Conceded:

Eels – 6

Sharks – 9


Eels – 13

Sharks – 8

The Eels penalty count was pretty good, but it’s where we are giving the penalties that kills us. It’s either a piggy back penalty to get the Sharks out of their own territory or penalties well within kicking range to score points against us.

Heat Maps:

Hit Ups

The Eels played much of their game between the 10 metres lines. Our forwards just couldn’t get any decent territory and this showed in our attack. Working hard to get out of our own territory would have been a Sharks game plan and slowing the play the ball down was effective from the Sharks as well.

Set Starts

The Sharks had us playing from deep within our territory and used it to great effect. The Eels only had 1 set restart in the Sharks 20 metre area. This was a game where we did not build any pressure at all.

Really this game isn’t all doom and gloom as parts of this game showed we can attack. Yes, the majority of the game reminded us of how we started the season, but in the end, we didn’t really give up. Even though our attack was poor, you still had a feeling that the effort was there and that the game could have turned at any moment. More patience was needed at times. The players need to remember that you don’t need to score off every play.

Yours in Blue and Gold.


Stats courtesy of Champion Data.

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It would seem that our 7 surpassed the 9’s with missed tackles, says a lot really


Different subject , dean pay 25000; talk the game up as long as todd agrees , this administration should have its hq in moscow , sick of nrl commision and sick of rugby league itself , talk up the game ,you fix up the game todd !!!!!!

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Colmac, hope you did not mind as I have used the stats regarding Kaysa in the missed tackle line only, also Runs and metres gained, also the overall missed tackles and ineffective ones for the team, on 1eeyed.