EELS – 14 (Tries: K. Pritchard, M. Moses. Goals: M. Moses 2 from 2, Gutherson 1 from 1)
BULLDOGS – 8 (Tries: K. Holland. Goals: R. Martin 2 from 2)
@ ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Well it wasn’t pretty but the long-suffering Eels Army will take the win.
This was a game that didn’t each any heights, and well it wasn’t really expected to anyway, but the closeness of the score kept everyone interested.
We didn’t have many stand outs for the Eels this week bar Nathan Brown and Tepai Moeroa. Both played exceptionally well. Our halves were fairly quiet and Hayne didn’t repeat last week’s brilliant performance.
I thought our service out of dummy half was a lot better this week with Kaysa and Reed there but too much one out stuff from the Eels was making them quite predictable and quite boring. Perhaps this was to be expected after the completion rate we witnessed against the Knights.
But in saying all that it was a great feeling to get a win on the board.
Full Time Stats
|30/37 (81)||Complete/Total Sets (%)||31/37 (84)|
|40:39||Time – Opposition Half||39:50|
|17:24||Time – Opposition 20||16:49|
|1||Goal Line Dropout||2|
A lot better completion rate this week from the Eels compared to last weeks 62%. Something no doubt was worked on in training over the week.
1st Half Stats
|15/20 (75)||Complete/Total Sets (%)||16/17 (94)|
|25:01||Time – Opposition Half||15:04|
|10:21||Time – Opposition 20||8:50|
|1||Goal Line Dropout||1|
We just can’t score points. We had an extra 10 minutes in the Dogs half and didn’t apply any pressure, we only forced one drop out, and just nothing there in attack from the Eels. Conversely, we weren’t threatened by a Dogs attack which couldn’t keep up the second phase play of the first ten minutes.
2nd Half Stats
|15/17 (88)||Complete/Total Sets (%)||15/20 (75)|
|15:38||Time – Opposition Half||24:46|
|7:03||Time – Opposition 20||7:59|
|0||Goal Line Dropout||1|
Our defence won this game for us. Time in opposition half swung massively to the Dogs and they haven’t been renowned for their attack this year. Still we must give kudos to the Eels defence.
Same old heat map for the Eels. Doing the hard yards in our own territory but pretty much nothing in the oppositions half. This has been the same of the Eels all year.
Let’s compare this to the Storm’s heat map from last week. See below.
This is a regular map for the Storm over so many years. Not just this game or this year. Our heat maps looked like this last year. Not sure what has happened to make it so different this year.
We had some decent starts in the Dogs half but just couldn’t do anything with the ball. Either one out plays, crabbing across the field or just giving up cheap possession with unforced errors. That’s the story of the 2018 Eels.
It was great to get the win last night don’t get me wrong. I am just as frustrated as anyone with how we have played this year. If it wasn’t for long range efforts then we are barely bothering the score board attendant.
I can’t really remember last time we scored off a great set piece. Probably back to the Manly flogging in Round 7.
To not get the wooden spoon we need to win games off our defence as our scoring options are very limited.
Our for and against will not help us get off the bottom of the table so it will come down to wins and losses.
It pains me to say it but, along with the Dogs and Cowboys, our play this year is very deserving of where we sit on the table.
And on that note, I honestly can’t believe that the Cowboys aren’t getting more heat put on them when you look at their roster compared to ours and the Bulldogs. I suppose that when you’re the darlings of the NRL it doesn’t get brought up. But that’s another conversation for another time.
So as we finally have a good weekend with an Eels win lets bask in it for the week and hope we put on a great display against the Rabbitohs like we did just a couple weeks ago.
Yours in Blue and Gold.
Stats courtesy of Champion Data.
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