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Post Game Grades – Round 20 vs South Sydney

Parramatta_Eels_logo.svg  Parramatta Eels 20

 South Sydney Rabbitohs 26

The Good:
Ouch.

Once again, our first half was pretty great, even after we fell behind early. Although we are now morals for the spoon, we still do have plenty of talent in this side, which you’d think puts us in good stead for 2019.

Other than that, however, tonight’s misery is best represented by:

The Bad:
After Manly’s capitulation against the Panthers, I decided to tweet this pre-game:

I must say I feel partly responsible for prodding fate like that.

In other news, although it’s difficult to talk trash after tonight’s loss, this was spotted on the train on the way home:

X-Factor:

 

Before you go and solely blame the refs for tonight’s loss, consider the Eels only missed 2 tackles and allowed only 2 offloads in the first half, before missing 21 tackles (with an additional 9 ineffective) and allowing 7 offloads in the second.

As a plus, despite the final score, I thought it was pretty heroic of the Eels to only concede the one try whilst Corey was in the sin bin. The momentum at that stage was tsunami-esque.

The MVP:
Tim Mannah was excellent tonight, I thought Reed Mahoney played a terrific game when called upon early, but tonight (for the first time ever), I’m giving it to Captain Crunch, Marata Niukore.

Hakuna Marata had his best game in Blue and Gold tonight, with 12 runs, 123 metres, 26 tackles and 3 tackle breaks. He also made several 1% plays like kick chasing smashes and pressuring the Bunnies’ kickers. You the MVP, Marata, you the MVP.

1- Clint Gutherson

Fullback, Parramatta Eels

Seemed the plan was to frequently swap The King with The Champ, with Gutho often finding himself out on the left wing.

Although you’d be mad to suggest he’s back to anywhere near full fitness, Captain Clint is out there busting his gut for every Eels advantage, best showcased by his sprint from 30 metres away to dive on a loose ball, running past 6 Rabbitohs players in the process. Sure his numbers (4 runs for 31 metres, 12 tackles and an error) weren’t great, but he also had a try saving tackle on Dane Gagai before one of the more confusing penalties you’ll ever see. ACLs tend to keep healing well after players return to the paddock, so I’m very much looking forward to a fully fit King in Season 2019.

2- Bevan French

Right Wing, Parramatta Eels

Dolly Parton famously said “If you want the rainbow you gotta put up with the rain“.

This is a helpful quote about our season in general, but not exactly how I want to think about our starting winger. Just the 3 runs, 28 metres, 1 costly error and 1 very costly missed tackle for Bevan tonight; and that’s more rain than it is rainbow.

3- Michael Jennings

Right Centre, Parramatta Eels

Even though the result didn’t go our way in the end, I thought Jet was pretty excellent in the first half. Despite all I’ve said about him in Season 2018, his ability was never in question, and we saw some of his best work tonight.

For the record this tweet was written before his first half try, and just after he bustled Alex Johnston back into his own in goal.

4- Brad Takairangi

Left Centre, Parramatta Eels

From just watching the game, did you have any idea that Taka ran the ball 13 times for 128 metres? Holy moly and good for him. With that said, I was strangely more nervous about our left side defence than our right (stop jumping for the ball Jarryd!) and there were still three or four occasions where I just felt he didn’t show enough urgency in defence, particularly in the final 15 minutes. To be fair, they were likely exhausted after the tidal wave of Bunnies ball.

 

5- Jarryd Hayne

Left Wing, Parramatta Eels

First half Hayne? It’s the remix to ignition, hot and fresh out the kitchen.

I heard one of the Fox commentators refer to Jarryd as our ‘marquee man’, which felt a little bit like repurchasing a one time favourite car after you’ve previously traded it in.

The second half was much more mixed bag from Jazz, and this game was very much over until Alex Johnston’s hand got in the way of his intercept try. Hey, that’s Rugby League, folks. Jarryd finished with 9 runs, 104 metres, 3 tackle breaks and 2 missed tackles and a very pretty four pointer. Whether it was scoring tries or defusing bombs, that first half was pretty special on both sides of the ball.

6- Corey Norman

Five-Eighth, Parramatta Eels

I don’t really blame him for the binning, and the 9-2 penalty count in the second half was interesting to say the least. Corey put in some pretty kicks in the first half, and walked away with 2 try assists (Gutho and generously the last pass for Jet’s do-it-yourself effort) to go with 3 runs for 22 metres, 10 tackles and 2 tackle breaks.

To further push the point, no one reflects “it was a game of two halves” like the cheekier of our two halves. Here’s a stat to think about: Corey passed the ball 40 times in the first 40 minutes, compared to just 7 in his sin bin affected second half. Normy also kicked the ball 9 times in the first, and just 2 in the second; whilst also giving away both of his penalties in the second stanza. Yikes.

7- Mitch Moses

Halfback, Parramatta Eels

The Prophet seems to be forming some great combinations with Tepai Moeroa on that right edge, but that late bomb out on the full was the moment we sorely did not need. Mitch was otherwise feeling it from the boot tonight, slotting 4 from 4; including a couple from the sideline. It was however a bit of a shame the club managed to get the date wrong on his 100th game jersey.

Shout out to Jason Carter (@JKC1972) on Twitter for the pic.

8- Daniel Alvaro

Prop, Parramatta Eels

Credit to the hypercarnivorous polar bear for making his way back on field after a dreadful looking head knock with Sam Burgess. The Polar Express finished with 12 runs, 112 metres, 23 tackles, a tackle break and no doubt a very sore jaw.

Ps – Can anyone confirm whether Dan picked up a late knee injury? Let’s hope not.

9- Kaysa Pritchard

Hooker, Parramatta Eels

I do feel for him, but surely his body is telling him something about his playing style needs to change. Hope he’s back on his feet soon.

10- Siosaia Vave 

Prop, Parramatta Eels

The Big Fella came back early from his sideline stint thanks to the aforementioned blunt force trauma injury to Daniel Alvaro’s jaw and finished with 8 runs for 70 metres, 2 tackle breaks and 20 tackles. Viva la … forget it.

11- Marata Niukore

Back Row, Parramatta Eels

You hear that?

CRUNCH.

12- Tepai Moeroa

Back Row, Parramatta Eels

I thought Tep played a strong game, and finally the stats agree with me. His 9 runs for 97 metres, 31 tackles and 1 tackle break certainly place this performance on the sweeter side of the ledger.

13- Nathan Brown

Lock, Parramatta Eels

Nathan Brown just quietly went about his business tonight, slowly dimming the life expectancies of several key members of the Rabbitohs pack. The Cyborg had 15 runs, 147 metres, 32 tackles and 3 tackle breaks, missing only the solitary tackle in defence.

Interchange

14- Reed Mahoney

Interchange, Parramatta Eels

When Kaysa went down with an injury (*drink*), it was once again Reed’s turn to deliver for the Eels.

Despite the end score, deliver he did; with 34 tackles, timely scoots from dummy half and wonderfully crisp service from each and every ruck. With the failing bodies of King and Kaysa, the Eels have struck gold by uncovering cold, hard Cash Mahoney.

Well said, ParraPodcast.

15- Tim Mannah (c)

Interchange, Parramatta Eels

The Big Easy could have easily been tonight’s MVP, getting through a ridiculous 157 metres from only 14 carries, 20 tackles and 3 tackle breaks. Apparently a year into his retirement, Tim Mannah is like a fine wine; sought after by lonely housewives.

16- David Gower

Interchange, Parramatta Eels

In a performance about as interesting as this comment, David Gower made 15 tackles and ran for 15 metres total. I still love him like a brother and hope he lives forever.

17- Peni Terepo

Interchange, Parramatta Eels

The Butcher changed the game for the Eels in the first half tonight, and I’m glad he’s sticking around. His 15 runs, 103 metres and 18 tackles typified why forward pack variety is of vital importance in the modern game. He also provided a terrific offload for Jarryd’s four pointer.

He did happen to sneak a couple of errors into an otherwise solid outing, however.

Hey, if you don’t like my Grades, just tell me in person or comment below. There’s no need to get my mother involved.

 

Next week we take on the might of the Gold Coast Titans.

Whatever happens, we’ll be here.

 

Go you Eels,

Mitch.

 

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Gem KM
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Gem KM

Sighhhhh. I’m so tired of this feeling and I can’t wait for these last 5 games to be over.

For the most part we were the better team. Our second half got a little sloppy but it wasn’t as bad as some fade aways we’ve had in the past.

We made a few errors but man we could not buy a penalty to save ourselves. Really disappointing.

Majority of our forwards were outstanding. Bevan is so so disappointing right now, it hurts to say.

I guess we just go again next week and see what happens.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Bevan hasnt got it mate , just plain lazy ,jared found plenty of work from his wing but bev managed 2 runs for13 m 1 penalty 1 error and ofrm 2 bomb defusions not mention ineffective defence , that im afraid how his stats read every week , not nrl qualiity ,time to go ,wont make side next season .

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Need to let him go to play fullback the only problem is I don’t know who’s take him as a full time fullback.

Parramatta Tragic
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Parramatta Tragic

I would not be surprised if the shoulder he injured weeks ago is a lot worse than thought and he is being nursed along until the end of the year. You’re hamstrung in every aspect of the game with a bung shoulder. If he’s not playing injured then it’s just not good enough but I suspect the former

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Its the latter .

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Really proud of the boys tonight! Shows they can match it with the big guns but lack of confidence shows when trying to close out games. Could’ve quite easily packed it in for rest of the season. Hope BA is there next season!

Paul
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Paul

I think this is a fair grading. A few points that i thought I could add to the conversation – Our middle is possibly the worst in the comp. To let a team go the full length of the field on every set is disgraceful. And to add to this we didn’t make a single dominant tackle all night. Every single play the ball for them was a quick play the ball. I haven’t looked at the stats but someone in our middle must have a large missed tackle/ineffective tackle tally. – One of the oldest sayings in the book… Read more »

BDon
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BDon

Point 1: 2 Burgess hit ups, 3 passes wide to Sutton, super quick play the ball, Cook runs. They did it 6/7 times in second half with all the ball and had eaten up 50 metres by 4th tackle. But just about all of their red zone plays came off the back of penalties/errors. 2: Burgess conned the ref with Peni knock on. Moses kick out on full another big moment. Hayne no-try, only a finger tip in it. 3:The way the 2nd half went, Souths were able to fire at will, we hung in the best we could, but… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Totally agree

rayt
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rayt

I wasn’t able to watch game, but listened to the ABC radio broadcast & agree that sounds like a good quick summary of 2nd half. Referees seemed to make a few questionable decisions against both teams (according to commentators)

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I must have watched wrong game

Big Pete
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Big Pete

Mitch, very fair review. I enjoyed the first half and felt we showed some confidence as a team, at last. My highlights was Clint’s 30 mtr dash across the try line to collect that loose ball and Jarred’s continuing return to form. I must also mention Tim M great contribution off the bench. I love it when they try as a team. Bring on the 2019 season

West Coast Eel
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West Coast Eel

The good – There’s only 5 games left.
The bad – The refereeing. Yeah, we were below our best in the 2nd half, but Cmon…..
Really gutted for the team tonight. Thought they deserved to win.
The spoon….. who cares! I just hope they can win a few more games before the years out.
PS I think Mahoney is a goodun’

Sack Brad Athur
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Sack Brad Athur

I do not understand this statement.
“Although we are now morals for the spoon, we still do have plenty of talent in this side, which you’d think puts us in good stead for 2019.”

Same team and coach replicates 2018. Arthur has picked a poor roster and game plan. You can start with our no go forward and predictable attacking structures.

We either overhaul the team (which we cannot afford) or coaching staff. Arthur has to go.

There is talk of Cameron Ciraldo being linked to the club. Give it a go . What is there to lose…. a wooden spoon?

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

Its well and good to call for the coaches sacking, but has it worked in the past? & by how much? He is contracted for next year, and so far 3 fair signings to add to the team, there will be new faces, and I believe the review into the club should take us forward into the future. I for one am prepared to wait and see what happens and what the review finds and then we can asses the future with reality beside us. I have seen too many W spoon awards for the club in my time but… Read more »

Milo
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Milo

Agreed Col, i gather these people who want BA sacked were the same ones singing his praise in 2016 during cap debacle and also last season.
Fair weather fans i call them. Yes our attack has looked stifled and one dimensional but I back BA to get us on track.
Cameron Ciraldo? Everyone has been linked to the team and it all seems like more myth and dribble.

Michael Formosa
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Michael Formosa

Great performance by the Parra and should have won them the game. In the end they lost because the refs were so scared of Sam Burgess! I’ve never seen anything like it before where a player held another player down and yelled at the ref non stop until he got the decision he wanted. That was the first of many bizarre decisions to follow. Can anyone tell me what that last penalty was for?

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

Burgess is the new Cameron Smith, and a worthy Winging Pom of the highest order. He also is getting a good go from the refs and MRC with his high shots, wrap around the neck/chin with his arm

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

Michael, I’m with you…I had no idea what that penalty was for. I watched that bit of the replay several times after getting home from the game and still don’t know.

BDon
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BDon

The 2nd half square up was a joke. Norman got pinged for flopping when replay clearly showed he was always in the tackle and completed it in one continuous effort. There was absolutely no flop. What are you supposed to do a metre from the line? Just stop your tackle? No early held call that made it slow release. Was called flop not second effort. Really poor call and no feel for the situation. In the first half, Souths did what confident teams do, just kept their line speed tempo going in own 20, probably 2 metres offside every ruck… Read more »

Glenn
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Glenn

All I’ll say is I’m fucking sick of the refs deciding the result of the matches!!!

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

I did not see the game or hear it, who were the refs?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Honestly Kane should be on the bench instead of Gower. Need to see if Kane can prove himself before the year ends.

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

Wenty I believe had a win again yesterday.

Big Derek
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Big Derek

Grading system are pretty much spot on, but Frenci is surely an F again this week. Hardly any noticeable contributions, that last attempt to come in and close down the attack, gets to the player and falls off after making contact to let in another try. Awful. As for the refs, whilst feeling a little sorry for them giving the leadership from Toddy and Sutton. To adjudicate the game with what looked like fear after copping a spray from Surgess on 50/50 calls was so obvious. My wife who is no technical viewer, but has a feel for the game… Read more »

Jimmy Corbo
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Jimmy Corbo

Another game, same old Parra, we beat ourselves again. We are very frustrating to watch, so good at times, yet at others make the most basic of errors. I don’t mind getting beat by a better side but to continually lose games of our own volition just gives you the shits. Plenty will jump up and down and blame the refs but we need to look at ourselves first. 20-4 in front then Peni drops the ball first set after points, they score. French makes a pathetic attempt to catch a bomb, they score. Moses kicks out on the full,… Read more »

Milo
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Milo

Some fair points Jimmy

Michael Formosa
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Michael Formosa

Peni didn’t drop it Sam just intimidated the ref into making that an incorrect call. Everything else I 100% agree with.

Poppa
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Poppa

Spot on Derek, it was blatant, no saying it was corrupt or conspiracy orientated but a blatant square up of a proportion that they seem to have got away with.
If there is anyone on the referees review board brave enough, it needs to be held out as an example of how not to have a game refereed.

Milo
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Milo

We were at the game and it wasnt pretty; and tbh i will start with our attack – the good thing in first half was we were patient and we had a glut of ball; some options at times were good and some avg. Some one out running is not working and yet when Brown plays two passes wide we put doubt into opposition. Taka i think cost us a try to Hayne early on when he did not give the ball. Some defence on the edges and wing was questionable and again i come back to not being able… Read more »

BDon
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BDon

Milo, I’ve thought all year that trying too hard to be on the right side of penalty counts makes you quicker to release the tackled opponent and slows your line speed. One of those confidence things when you’re not going well. Watch all the top sides line speed on own line, there is usually an edge forward and always a centre offside most plays, even in the early season crackdown they kept on testing the refs. Coaches know if you get away with it, it’s a big advantage.

John Eel
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John Eel

BDon I really noticed that last week against the Dogs. Good analysis and as you say basically caused by the lack of confidence our team is feeling this year

Milo
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Milo

You are possible right BDon re: getting off the tackled player fast; Souths had 2-3 physically bigger players than us and used them v well; 2 passes wide for some running or second phase. Parra worked a lot with the refs during pre-season and maybe they have worked too hard on this.
There is more that can be mentioned but i will refrain…..

Shelley
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Shelley

I can handle mistakes, bad reads, bad decision making as long as there is collective effort, desire and passion. Reason being you can surround effort, desire and passion with a few smart recruitment pieces and turn an average side into a very good side but a team that has little effort or desire is hard to fix without blowing it up. Blowing a team up is hard with the salary cap. The boys tried all night and are playing better. It’s not enough long term but an improvement on many games I have watched at ANZ this year and it… Read more »

The rev aka Snedden.
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The rev aka Snedden.

Call me mad or what ever but I’m seeing good signs for next year. Hayne – Looks trimmer n fitter n in good form. Should better with a injury free offseason. Tepai – after his 3 game on the side lines has found some form. Peni – apart from the restart after pen kick his been bending the line n running hard. M. Jennings – look what a week in Wenty does. Maybe just maybe 2019 brad will have a sharper n leaner back line with a monster pack. Like I have always said Hayne n MJ need clean n… Read more »

MattL
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MattL

I know it’s really disappointing (again), but a couple of decisions go the other way & we beat one of the premiership favourites. Just saying.