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Post Game Grades – Round 15 vs Rabbitohs

Parramatta_Eels_logo.svg  Parramatta Eels 24

 South Sydney Rabbitohs 42

The Good:
Look, the second half was brutal but our energy and attack suggests that it’s possible we could soon put it together. That’s not something I could have said with a straight face after our performance against the Warriors, Bulldogs or Raiders games. We were pretty good in patches tonight, which is a pleasant change from post to post dreadful.

The Eels also finished with 81% completion rate, and 5 tries.

The Bad:
I’m sorry, but I can’t avoid immediately naming and shaming our right side defence. Michael and George were certainly their brother’s keeper tonight as Robert Jennings helped himself to a ridiculous 4 tries against his older siblings. Yet the problems on this right side included more than just the incoherent communication of the Jennings boys (and they’re not exactly strangers), but also involved Brad Takarangi and Clint Gutherson failing to execute anything as a collective unit.

In other news, do you remember when Hoffman scored first and then screwed the pooch on the proceeding kick off? Or when he was pushed back in goal with 5 left in the half? Or dropped the ball 15 times? Remember when Corey Norman was ruled to have dropped the ball 3 metres out which led to Robert Jennings’ second try? Or when Bevan took his turn to drop a Reynolds torpedo? I don’t know how it was for you, but personally most of the second half I was praying for amnesia. You could apply the above tweet at pretty much any stage of the latter 60 minutes of tonight’s game. Credit to Souths, at times it felt like the Eels were playing against 13 bulked up magicians out there. However on other occasions we were just plain bad.

Finally, I don’t want to sound bitter and twisted, but Greg Alexander’s gushing commentary was also pretty ridiculous. Is he sleeping with Anthony Seibold or was he just flirting with him?

X-Factor:

It was probably a pretty great night for the Jennings house. Not only was it Michael’s 250th game, all three Jennings brothers played and there were 5 tries scored by people sharing that surname. With that said, I hope they don’t read the grade I gave Michael.

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The MVP:

 

Probably a tie between Robert and Michael Jennings. MVP for the Bunnies, I mean.

1- Bevan French

Fullback, Parramatta Eels

I liked the sneaky grubber from Bevan French, as it seems to add a real threat to his game, and I thought he did a number of good things in cover defence tonight (albeit to no avail).

But oh man. There were also some pretty bad errors from French Fries tonight. The shooting out of the line on Cody Walker for Alex Johnston’s first seemed like a mistake, and it feels weird that in the Rabbitohs 7 line breaks, our fullback only made 1 tackle all game. Can Gutho please be our fullback again now?

2- Josh Hoffman

Left Wing, Parramatta Eels

Not since Harvey Dent has an individual turned from hero to villain as swiftly as Josh Hoffman in the first 10 minutes of tonight’s game. And unlike Dent’s depiction in The Dark Knight, Hoffman went on with it.

At the time, the tweet above was a little harsh but Josh ensured he proved its worth by the end of 80 minutes. Hoffman’s 4 errors were as varied as the four seasons, each change bringing with it an increasing chill to the Eels chances in tonight’s game. Imagine someone actually having a worse game than Hoff …

3- Michael Jennings

Right Centre, Parramatta Eels

Michael Jennings celebrated his 250th game milestone by running into inside defenders, often leaving one brother, George, to try tackle both Greg Inglis and his other brother, Robert. If Josh Hoffman was a natural disaster, Michael was straight up apocalyptic.

4- Jarryd Hayne

Left Centre, Parramatta Eels

In a pretty depressing game for the Eels overall, Jarryd Hayne sneakily built up a pretty impressive work rate. Jarryd’s 13 runs was only bettered by man beast Manu Ma’u’s 14, finishing with a try and 119 running metres.

5- George Jennings

Right Wing, Parramatta Eels

I’m generally a pretty big fan of yours George, but not tonight.

6- Clint Gutherson (c)

Five-Eighth, Parramatta Eels

That 65th minute 7 tackle set certainly took the wind out of our sails, and as I think we proved last season, I just think we are a better team with him in the 1 jersey.

7- Corey Norman

Halfback, Parramatta Eels

I might have been a little harsh on Corey last week (particularly when I watched the replay and was reminded it was he who chased down Kyle Feldt), and once again the Eels looks promising in attack sans Moses. Corey finished with a couple of try assists, a tackle bust, 10 tackles, no misses and a stop start running game (4 for 22 metres). It’s admittedly not perfect rugby league logic, but I figure if I criticise the halves in the games we can’t score tries, I gotta give Corey (and Gutho) some/most of the credit for the 5 we laid on tonight.

8- Daniel Alvaro

Prop, Parramatta Eels

The Italian international quietly had a terrific statistical game with 11 runs for 104 metres alongside 41 tackles (with only one miss).

9- Cameron King

Hooker, Parramatta Eels

In a worrying sign for those more keen on the young bloke, I thought our attack seemed to click better tonight when Kingy was on the park.

Coincidence? Other than the aforementioned untimely error, I actually thought he had a pretty good game.

15- Tim Mannah 

Prop, Parramatta Eels

Another very solid 11 run, 103 metre, 17 tackle and 1 tackle break performance from the old head.

11- Manu Ma’u

Back Row, Parramatta Eels

delicate: ˈadjective

1. easily broken or damaged; fragile.

synonym: Manu Ma’u

 

Tonight Monster Mash had 14 runs, 124 metres, 30 tackles, a tackle break and a general disdain for the opposition players.

12- Brad Takairangi

Back Row, Parramatta Eels

Taka, Brown and Gower’s footwork at the line had the South Sydney defensive line in a fit. Unfortunately his defensive cohesion on the right side left our defensive structures in a similar state of convulsion. Replays will reveal him skipping defensive assignments all night so I’d wager there’s a nasty video session on the way for Taka.

13- Nathan Brown

Lock, Parramatta Eels

Throw away your Fox Sports Lab, Nathan Brown’s impact is best measured using a richter scale.

I’d say he played like he had a chip on his shoulder against his old club, but to be honest he plays with that irritable vigour each and every week. Browny led the Eels in both running metres and tackles at HT, tying Jarryd Hayne for hit ups with 8, and only fell to third due to a late corked forearm. The reason you’ve never heard of that injury before is because it is Cyborg specific, and is less an injury than it is a malfunction.

There was very little not to like about Browny’s game tonight (12 for 125 metres, 4 tackle breaks and 33 tackles), unless you’re the guy at Souths who let him go.

Interchange

10- Peni Terepo

Interchange, Parramatta Eels

Last week I lambasted Peni for giving his haters butter fingered ammunition, but then he goes and spoils it all by saying something stupid like I love you running incredible lines and basically scoring a killer try.

Peni could have fallen over the line (see Jennings, Michael for tips on this skill) with the ball for Bevan’s try after some brilliant footwork and a terrific Corey Norman pass. No errors from The Butcher tonight, 9 runs, 87 metres, 25 tackles and 3 tackle busts for the big fella with the fresh shave.

14- Reed Mahoney

Interchange, Parramatta Eels

Reed’s 44th minute jink went from great play to poor play in about 2 seconds flat as his errant pass to Nathan Brown (who may or may not have clocked off) went to ground. Not as stellar a game as last week (finding himself on report again), but that’s pretty standard affair for a young buck in the NRL.

16- David Gower

Interchange, Parramatta Eels

The Evergreen David Gower made some great charges in our highlight reel first half, with 5 runs, 55 metres, 12 tackles and a tackle break.

17- Marata Niukore

Interchange, Parramatta Eels

Marata runs (4 for 31 metres), he tackles (15 tackles) and he gives love a bad name.

A Thursday night beatdown is not an ideal way to enter the bye week, but at least there were a few glimmers of hope in tonight’s performance; both for the end of 2018 and beyond.

We’ll be here whatever happens.

 

Go you Eels,

Mitch.

 

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How long until Arthur is ousted?

Nathan
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Really think they need to send Michael Jennings back to reserve grade for a bit,not upto 1st grade standard for the last month.Hopefully the Eels don’t release Norman as he is a talent,I don’t care about his off field stuff he is a trier and the players around him seem to have his back unlike Moses.It might be just me but the team looks way more organised with Corey calling the shots since Moses has been injured.Guth also needs to go back to 1 and French to Hoffmann wing.

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If you take away the Jennings brothers, French and Hoffman the rest of the was mostly great but unfortunately those 4 were bloody awful! I love Bevan French but every break the opposition make will be a try because his defense is non existent.
The team looks better with Norman at halfback, I’ll leave him there and put Mitch at 5/8. It settles Moses down while getting Norman involved more but I doubt BA will do that.

Avenger
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Avenger

Bevan French is not a fullback. We either put him back to the wing or we offload him. I also hope Michael Jennings does not take the option and stay with us. He has regressed badly in 2018. His decision making in defence was diabolical.

Hayne deserves another year with us. I’d actually give him another 2 years and put him back to fullback where he belongs.

The pressure will intensify on our coach. Sorry, BA but I think your time has come. I cannot this lasting and a call should be made ASAP in relation to a successor.

Cappy
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Cappy

The footy show and courier mail reporting Bennett has been approached to coach the 2019 season after so many denials from Bernie Gurr.
Whether Bennett comes to parra or not it looks like Bernie has thrown Arthur under the bus and we will have a new coach from November 2018.
Arthur has had 5 years and our defence has not improved one bit. Time for a change while we have plenty of roster spots left.

Avenger
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Avenger

Seems like the ‘forensic investigation” has had some preliminary findings.

Hearndo
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Hearndo

Cappy, i disagree in your point that our defence has not improved one bit with Arthur. Over his tenure (bar some games this year) he’s instilled a defensive attitude that had not been seen around Parramatta for years. Remember the “brick wall defence” Parra were being aplauded for throughout 2016, despite the obvious off-field situation of the time. We finished in the top four last year, wouldn’t that indicate a serious improvement across the park compared to the wooden spoons of previous coaches?

John Eel
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John Eel

Max has stated that BA is here for 2019. He has also stated that he is not paying out $1Milm for him to sit on the sideline next year. Take it as done he will be with the Eels 2019 Furthermore and most critically with what he has done for our club in crisis he deserves to see out his contract. Last year he overachieved in making top 4, you do not lose that ability overnight. People will say that he has been here too long, that is again rubbish, Bellamey has been at the Storm 15 years I look… Read more »

Clive
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Clive

Well that was diabolical! When someone with M Jennings experience is making the defensive errors he made tonight I really think a couple of questions need to be asked. Firstly was he on the take and had a bet on the other team or secondly is he trying to sabotage the coach. He was pathetic tonight. The sad thing is that the majority of the team played pretty well and it was only the two Jennings boys and Hoffman that gifted Souths the win. French made some terrible mistakes but he’s usually a very safe player so you can overlook… Read more »

Offside
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Offside

As bad as George and Michael were this has been brewing for weeks kidwells up and in style doesn’t suite them i said it before since the sharks game ive seen alot of worrying signs on that right side

Shelley
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Shelley

I support BA and that won’t change. However the thing that I admire about BA might just bring about his downfall. His loyalty and stubbornness . Souths attacked us tonight and scored tries the way the Dogs, Tigers, Warriors, Knights, Broncos and Sharks did- right through Michael Jennings. He has gone from being a decisive strong defender to an indecisive defender who tackles air. He gets stuck in between leaving his winger posted and his half inside him too much room to cover. Thankfully Moses did not play so he can not be the whipping boy to blame tonight for… Read more »

The Captain
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The Captain

Unfortunately professional elite sport has no room for loyalty at the top level. This transition seems to be where BA has failed to adapt and doesn’t appear to have any “bad cops” around to offset his “good cop” personality. It’s lovely to say that effort is there week in week out, but at this many losses in, effort isn’t enough. A sports team needs effort and wins. The amount of time it seems to take BA to adapt to the game and make changes (due to form or the teams we’re playing or conditions or the scoreboard etc) has moved… Read more »

Real HN
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Real HN

I feel bad for BA.. This team basically played their hearts out in a shit situation in 2016 and is pretty much identical to the team in 2017 which made top 4 but now we looking at another spoon and some hard facts need to be realised that our roster just isn’t gna cut it which is a shame but looks like another clean out is needed and yet another rebuild…. Don’t know if BA can save his job post 2018 but I’d give him another season but don’t see or hear anything around the eels recruitment strategy besides jnr… Read more »

Trouser Eel
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Trouser Eel

A lot of moaning about how poorly our right side defence was, which is justified. Jenko has lost his mojo but I think it can be found. Unfortunately I hear Jenko is a little too professional in that he treats his football like it’s his job, and not a passionate pursuit like BA does. To balance the criticism I have to say the forwards, who have been much maligned, did an awesome job stopping the Burgess boys and racking up metres of their own. I foresee Daniel Alvaro getting our player of the year award for his consistent high effort… Read more »

Milo
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Milo

Trouser IMO Alvaro has pretty much played a lone hand consistently all season. Brown has done well when he has played.
I am not going to comment further as its too depressing…..

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

TE, I was actually disappointed that Alvaro only got a one year extension, he should have been given 3 or a minimum of 2. The right side defence has been a nightmare for the eels for years now, the last time it seemed ok was when MJ was moved there to support French, but its not, or did not work last night, so was George following big brothers call and going inside to protect hime?

MAX
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MAX

Just really poor execution in both defense and attack. whilst a committed Eel supporter, that really was very ugly. Sadly Wenty is no better, we have nothing coming through! When do we look at the football structure, like “retention and recruitment”!!! Because there is a lot of young talent that we have invested in that has not come through, most of them are now at Manly and Sean Keppie is next to go, not to mention Josh Curran now at the Roosters, whom will debut this season.

A disillusioned Western Suburbs MAX

sixties
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Max, I’m looking at writing a column on our relationship with Wenty. There is genuine talent coming through outside of Keppie and Josh Curran. Josh Curran was given insane money by the Roosters. No club in their right mind would have matched it for a kid. Keppie is a loss.
My issue is that the talent is sitting in the 20s and not in the Wenty team. Kaufusi has been elevated but others should be regulars too.

MAX
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MAX

That would be a worthwhile column, you should ensure that you interview the president for Wenty’s senior league, whom has a genuine dislike for the Parra system because his son couldn’t get a start at Parra, but is now well regarded at the Panthers, and a good player he is too.

Big Derek
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Big Derek

Sixties, sertainly Curran was offered what they said was crazy money by the Roosters, a bigger question is why do they consistently identify this sort of talent and get them into their system so much better than we do. From sources we have always tried to sign our own talent on the cheap, often offering below value for players we are trying to retain. Certainly there are exceptions, but as a club we need to do much better at retaining our own players. Sure, finances come into it, but we have done a poor job even in the recent past… Read more »

parrathruandthru
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parrathruandthru

He was identified Derek that’s why he was playing HM at 14. You know what they are reportedly paying him, would you have paid that money for a player who hadn’t even played SG Ball?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I know what his father was saying around Hills Bulls after he signed with the Rorters, again my question is we see these kids sign for so called overs to clubs with consdiderably better rosters than ours. It happens too frequently, and like you, me and others that follow jumior pathways maybe it’s a question of how we don’t compete to retain talented players. By the way , he’s playing ISP these days, seems to someway justify his remuneration and pathways progress. Like players from our juniors going through at Manly, do we limit our juniors in some respect, not… Read more »

The rev aka Snedden
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The rev aka Snedden

We’re is keppie off to sixties ?

sixties
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Manly.

The rev aka Snedden
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The rev aka Snedden

Ty my son.

sixties
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The Eels forwards gave it their all last night. They set up the first half and yet three soft tries via backline errors gifted the Rabbits a first half lead. Its never been my go to direct blame at individual players, the coaches can do that, but the Rabbitohs game plan achieved great success from two points – kick to Hoffman, run to Jennings. For both players, it became a nightmare and the longer the match went, the worse their confidence became. I noted that George J and Hoffman swapped sides but the damage had been done. BA noted that… Read more »

Trapped in the 1970's
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Trapped in the 1970's

I realise that other teams have done similar, but with Gentle at Souths they had a fair knowledge of our defensive patterns.

Nathan
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Nathan

Problem is BA has been pretty much saying the same thing for the last few weeks about Jennings but not doing anything about it,should have really been put in the bin and one stage AGAIN for pulling douie off the ball.I realised he is at the coal face and some players need to keep playing for them to get back in form but he is just not interested at all and doesn’t want to come in and do the tough stuff to try and help out.I was at the knights game and watch him and he was embarrassing,standing back out… Read more »

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

My take on the game is that there were players on the field that really have no right to be in first grade, it saddens me when we have internationals who are playing at 3rd grade standards, MJ, if he does not take up his option to stay will surprise me as I could not see another club signing him based on his efforts this year. His brother George did some good things except when he followed MJ in field, George has done ok this year and the better of the two brothers IMHO. Re French, How many other #1’s… Read more »

Nathan
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Nathan

Agree with all Colin except Hastings,I would even try and get Farah for the remainder of the year,give abit of direction around the ruck and show that we need to throw some $ at a decent attacking Hooker,depending on how he goes could last another year,even looking at the UK as the raiders picked up a fairly decent one didn’t they.

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

Nathan Along with Poppa I have said more than once getting Farah here would benefit the club, play for this year and perhaps next, as he could mentor our 9’s, reports coming out today have Farah going back to the Tigers. I do not believe and this is based on what I saw of Mahoney last night that he is up to being the primary 9 at this point of time in his career. I was not that impressed with King, and his dropping of the ball from DH late in the match was terrible, hitting his ankle with the… Read more »

Longfin Eel
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Longfin Eel

This season has highlighted some issues at the club that have been simmering for decades. Parra are perennial under-performers, yet the club has been unable to make the changes required to rectify this. This season reminds me of the early 90s, and we were fortunate that the Super League debacle offered a way out of that mess. There are so many things wrong at all levels of the club and to think this will be sorted by replacing a coach is very naive. The upcoming review needs to happen ASAP and must be all encompassing. The board also needs to… Read more »

Realistic Eel
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Realistic Eel

Wayne Bennett SOS!!!! Why do we need Bennett? Because since 1947 we have been an inept basket case of a club except for a few brief periods when we were led by ‘extremely’ strong individuals: Early 60s: Thornett 75 to 80s: Fearnley & Gibson Mid 90s to Mid 00s: Brian Smith Hence, Bennett is the only character strong enough to change the culture of this club & fix this pathetic mess. The board has never been able to do it, inexperienced coaches like BA can’t do it, we need a STRONG individual because that’s what our history shows. Bernie should… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Totally disagree, are you saying that Bennett changed the culture at Newcastle! He couldn’t get out of the place quick enough when Tinkler’s money run out. No longer flitting down from Brisbane in Tinkler’s private jet, he was absolutely a broken man when he had to fly economy. Ask any Newcastle fan about Bennett, I can tell you that most of it is unprintable.

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

Totally agree Anon

Milo
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Milo

Realistic, lets be fair Smith did notably well in first 5 yrs or so but the last few besides 05 were avg too and he also inherited the S League yrs with some decent players. Bennett did well with a one city team for a long time and good on him. He struggled with Newcastle and again there are reasons about why / why not. I am not calling for BA and the like but am for some serious people to support the footy club in terms of recruitment and transformation into NRL etc. and of course coaching at juniors… Read more »

Clive
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Clive

I find it incredible that this so called review will most likely be performed by a bloke who just got sacked. Have a look at how far Souths have improved since Maguire left and we are going to use the dope for a review. It’s like a bad dream.

Longfin Eel
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Longfin Eel

Yeah I don’t know that Maguire has the experience to do a thorough review. We probably need someone like Bennett or Sheens who has seen over many years how things should and should not be done. A review is only as good as the effort you are willing to put in, and if you want to hear only the good stuff, then it is not worth the paper it is written on.

BDon
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BDon

Would be interesting to have possession stats for minute 20 to 60, the Bunnies seemed to be coming at us for that whole period, and also stoked up their line speed(not a whinge, just a fact..we copped the first line speed penalty in 2nd half after sets where Souths first man up and kick harassers were allowed plenty of fudging). Hard to comprehend but 42 points suggests your forwards didn’t go well, but our pack toiled in that 20-60 period against an in form pack and sheer weight of possession. While we got carved up out wide, the South’s forwards… Read more »

Longfin Eel
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Longfin Eel

I actually missed that period of the game as I had to step out. I could not believe what I was seeing for the back quarter of the game. The difference to the start of the game was very stark. The first part of the game Parra had their heads up high and were playing with confidence. When I returned for the back end of the game the players had their heads down and looked like wooden spooners. I think a lot of this is mental, but what to do to change the attitude?

Big Derek
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Big Derek

Going over the game again , it’s really hard to stomach the result. I couldn’t get the live as I was at a junior league training session, let me tell you the standard of coaching isn’t great as teams that have won in the 10s/11s are still using the same structure in the older age groups and wonder they aren’t winning. Feels like there has been no change to any of our structure which just magnifies our issues As. I have said before, these performances have more than losing games as a trigger point, more importantly it impacts in a… Read more »

Avenger
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Avenger

If Bennett is available we take him, simple as that. I don’t accept this too old crap. We have Donald Trump leading the free world at 70 plus yet a coach of a similar age cannot lead a league team? Give me a break!!

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

Its not his age thing, he is no NSWelsham and only has eyes for the Brisbane or QLD arena. He got the saints a premiership but after that?

jonboy
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jonboy

There’s been plenty to day about the BS, I mean RS (right side) defence from last night and rightly so, but we have been playing with a compressed line all year to try and make up for a soft middle, now opposition teams just go wide and have been getting around us all year. Yes, MJ has been horrible in defence but he isnt the Lone Ranger either. I’m not a fan of the BA hate but as many of us are starting to acknowledge its a big money JOB and anyone not achieving results in their JOB is going… Read more »

Unicorn Locer
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Unicorn Locer

There are only 16 people in the world who get to be a head coach of an NRL team, there is no way whatsoever Brad Arthur is one of the best 16 coaches in the world. The bloke may be a passionate Eels man, but so am I, and so are many fans on here, that doesn’t mean that I’m the right man for the Eels coaching job, it doesn’t mean you are, and it doesn’t mean Arthur is either. Yes he’s a good bloke, but he’s also a mediocre rugby league coach. His loyalty and his stubbornness worked at… Read more »

sixties
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I’ll give you my tip. If your idea is to come here to label TCT with a name that is used elsewhere, or to mock people’s opinions, then I’d rather you don’t post here. By all means post your opinion about the footy, but don’t come here ridiculing the opinions of others. I’m leaving your post here with my reply. This isn’t hammering your opinion, it’s hammering your attitude to others in this post.

The rev aka Snedden
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The rev aka Snedden

Well said sixties my son. If this person only has a eels loss to worry about then they need to take a good hard look at them selfs. Maybe they should spend a day with a person who has cancer n see how much they suffer. Come tell me how much you suffer unicorn spend a day with me n we can watch my mother who has lung cancer wake up most morning vomiting blood n then going to bed not know if she is going to wake up the next day. May god bless you unicorn n I pray… Read more »

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

Rev, totally true. My prayers for you and your mother.

I know how you feel with both my parents suffering the way they did, farewelling my dad as the ambo’s took him away, and my mum at RNS saying to me she’s had enough. Miss the both of them these many years on.

The rev aka Snedden
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The rev aka Snedden

Thanks brother hussey god bless u

Anonymous
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Anonymous

ignorance and rudeness are not required anywhere, especially on a supporters’ site. Supposedly we are all following the same team, but anyone who disagrees with a small but vocal group of supporters, well suddenly you are a Unicorn! By crikies I know what I would rather be, and I know who I would prefer to share my time talking to, mmm intelligent, considerate people or !!!!!l

The Captain
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The Captain

Dead right Sixties. Some people have way too much time on their hands.

Mel
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Mel

Please go back to the other site!

Offside
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Offside

Apart from deliberately trying to stir the pot i agree with what your saying the black and white of BAs time is not good enough Nd all things come to a end and for parramatta and BA that time is now

Cappy
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Cappy

Can I ask why with so much salary cap room for 2019 why are there no signing news? Is Arthur even in charge anymore? I would go Justin Holbrook fantastic young coach with plenty of experience and has coached everywhere learning his trade. He is the next young coach that really could make a impact in the NRL. Lets be realistic its only June and the pressure on brad is intense are we even planning for 2019? Where is the direction we are headed either fully guarantee Brad will be here next year and let him recruit new players or… Read more »

Rowdy
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Rowdy

Cappy. I would like to address your Q’s if I may. Firstly the coach is in charge of coaching and has a considerable input into who we sign for next year. So say Bernie and Max since the loss to Souths. That should also answer your last request to guarantee BA tenure next year too as it was stated by the same CEO and Chairman of the Board this week and since the speculation re Bennett. In regards to Justin Holbrook he is certainly a fanatastic young coach whom we know more about than most. Do your research as hard… Read more »

Cappy
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Cappy

Your saying JH is ten years behind B.A. c’mon Rowdy, Arthur let go Paulo because he didn’t want to pay overs now he brings him back on massive overs. Even Sterlo said the same thing regarding the money.
If brad is coach next year then good luck to him but he will likely not get another contract so either way we are looking for a new coach in 2018 or 2019. The wooden spoon is ours for season 2018.
Anyway im sure our defence will improve V the dragons we just need a bit more effort.

BDon
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BDon

Might have this wrong, but I think Paulo’s negotiation coincided with someone finally doing a spreadsheet on our roster/cap, and our offer was blown away by Canberra. The Peats episode followed, we had zilch, in fact less than zilch.

Rowdy
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Rowdy

Cappy. I would like to address your Q’s if I may. Firstly the coach is in charge of coaching and has a considerable input into who we sign for next year. So say Bernie and Max since the loss to Souths. That should also answer your last request to guarantee BA tenure next year too as it was stated by the same CEO and Chairman of the Board this week and since the speculation re Bennett. In regards to Justin Holbrook he is certainly a fanatastic young coach whom we know more about than most. Do your research as hard…… Read more »

Rowdy
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Rowdy

Cappy. I would like to address your Q’s if I may. Firstly the coach is in charge of coaching and has a considerable input into who we sign for next year. So say Bernie and Max since the loss to Souths. That should also answer your last request to guarantee BA tenure next year too as it was stated by the same CEO and Chairman of the Board this week and since the speculation re Bennett. In regards to Justin Holbrook he is certainly a fanatastic young coach whom we know more about than most. Do your research as hard…… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Ill tell you all this. If things are not sorted ASAP we will loose our brightest future stars. We have alot of good juniors coming through and if BA doesnt give them an opportunity then we will loose them just like we have lost others. Clubs will offer overs and it will be to hard to resist. On top of that if the players dont see BA willing to give them an opportunity they will leave. There has to be a pathway and it seems other clubs are doing it except us. I promise this we will loose 5/6 of… Read more »

sixties
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Mahoney has only just hit first grade. Stone and Salmon are yet to hit NRL. I think they’ll be good first graders, but we won’t really know until they hit the top grade. Are people calling them “saviours”? I think you’re stretching it for dramatic effect. Obviously your opinion is that they won’t measure up to first grade. So you don’t rate them but you’re suggesting that there are others who are better that aren’t getting or won’t get a shot from BA. I agree that the roster needs a massive overhaul. I agree that there are potentially very good… Read more »

The rev aka Snedden
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The rev aka Snedden

Good marks Mitch except George Jennings as we all know a winger should stay on his wing. But George should also come in when Michael comes in. In what started out as a good 20/25 minutes turned into a nightmare. Brad Arthur was right in saying there was a game to be won if we wanted it. We just didn’t take it. I’m not going to sit here and hammer Hoffman …gee those bombs Renolds was putting up most wingers what have had trouble catching those. But I will hammer 2 players Hoffman n mau straight after scoring dropping (watching)… Read more »

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

Pondering over our season, I wonder about it and why we are in the situation we are in now. All I see in many areas is the almost totality of negativity towards the club, players but more especially the coach. To some it does not matter what is said to try and support the coach in particular the rebuffs come and say he’s had 5 years and he has the squad he wants and many other similar points. Few want to think of anything of the past few years and how the team was pre BA, and the simple fact… Read more »

Ray
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Ray

So Col, are you suggesting we should get rid of some of the non performing maggots, pour boiling water over them ? LOL I thought we had a reasonable chance of winning after watching the first half but it all disintegrated from the start of the second half. I think part of our problems is we have players who genuinely want to be there to play for the club and for that matter BA as well. Then we have players who are mainly there for the easy money, those who are getting a few hundred thousand odd a season, beats… Read more »

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

The point with the boiling water was to kill the maggots, I do not nor tried to say that its a way with any player or person that is underperforming, live maggots always breed and until you get rid of them all they will always be a problems…. My primary point is that there are players in the side that are very much underperforming and when it happens at crucial times in the game with a dumb but dare I suggest deliberate play that will advantage the opposition, and they should be given the option to leave, and let another… Read more »

BDon
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BDon

We’ve had a front office debacle since 2010. Andersen, Kearney and Stuart all became ‘bad’ coaches under the spell of our admin gurus, Brad Arthur would need to be better than Jack Gibson to have broken that spell. And while i’m playing the JG card, he got it totally right when he suggested that it all starts (or finishes) with the front office. Sure, BA’s results board isn’t that great, but the crap going on above and around him guaranteed him those results.He deserves a shot at the better world that Donnelly/Gurr will deliver, they just couldn’t deliver a world… Read more »

Shane
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Shane

It’s a shame to see our good juniors leaving and believe something has to be done to fix this, what I am not sure but we need a better path ways for our juniors. I thought we played really well in 30 minutes of the first half than the wheels seemed to fall off. Norman is a good 7, just needs to be more consistent and as for Moses I think he should be moved on, to me he has no footy IQ and runs around and sideways too much not knowing what to do so how are the rest… Read more »

Offside
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Offside

To hit home the point i was talking to a young player from another club who is looking at finding a club i asked him if hed spoke with Parra he has but neither he or his manager think its a good path way club at his age. This young fella still has another year to play 20s

Mr Perpetual Commotion
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Mr Perpetual Commotion

If he’s looking to find a new club at nineteen years of age he must not be all that highly regarded, otherwise his existing club would be seeking to keep him. What’s your point? Parramatta has no trouble attracting juniors. It’s what happens once they hit the senior grades that has become the point of contention for many.

Offside
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Offside

Its not about weather the kid can play More about how juniors and managers see the club in terms of player development and pathways.

sixties
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Offside, the issue, prior to the current group of juniors, was actually the calibre of talent produced by our system. Read the list in this post http://thecumberlandthrow.com/2018/04/13/the-spotlight-misinformation-and-the-blame-game/
Now tell me who came back to bite us as lost talent.
There are far more future first graders in our current programs, so the issue is making sure that we transition the best ones. We can’t keep them all, and they aren’t quite ready yet. It’s going to happen over the next 18 months.

Longfin Eel
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Longfin Eel

Over the past couple of years, most of the back end of the top 30 (or whatever it was before that) players have been seasoned fringe first graders. I wonder if we would be much better placed to have a policy that at least some of these positions are filled by young players almost ready to be called up to first grade. This year there happened to be some empty spots, but I don’t know that this was by design. Yes you would take a gamble that you don’t need them as injury cover until at least mid year, but… Read more »

The emporer
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The emporer

So his own club dont rate him ??

Offside
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Offside

No the player in question plays in a position where it would be better to go to another club to see a path way much like jamon salmon did last year to us.

I just found the statement interesting. I’ve bashed BA alot and i feel rightly so one thing that BA has been criticized for is his junior development and pathways now you cannot just blame BA for this but as a club with the catchment area we have to not be producing talent is a worry.

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

There’s a lot of dams, major rivers that have huge catchment areas and are more often than not only partially full/empty rather than full for most of the time.

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

What was offside saying Mitch? Relating to a team that’s in a drought of wins but we have a big catchment area that appears to not be supplying what’s needed.

MAX
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MAX

Offside, our junior pathway has been flawed since Peter Nolan left the club. Too many People Been in there for way too long, with no fresh ideas! I was told on the weekend that we missed out on Jesse Ramien before he signed with the Sharks because we offered him peanuts!

sixties
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it shouldn’t have happened. The person concerned is no longer at Parra.

The emporer
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The emporer

Name the good juniors left or leaving ??

Michael Formosa
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Michael Formosa

110 comments …. it’s safe to say even the most loyal Parra fans has had enough of this shit. Looking forward to the week off!