EELS – 20 (Tries: C. Gutherson, J. Hayne, M. Jennings. Goals: M. Moses 4 from 4)
RABBITOHS – 26 (Tries: D. Gagai (2), C. Graham (2), R. Jennings. Goals: A. Reynolds 3 from 5)
@ ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Well what a life we have as Parra fans hey??? I will try to take emotion out of this and try to analyse it by the numbers.
Coming up with ideas for what to write in this post, I was thinking, “What happened in the second half? Was it poor completions? Was it errors? Was it poor game management? What really happened?”
So having a look at the numbers, the biggest influence on the game, for both teams, not just Parra, was the penalty counts. Souths were hammered in the first half which gave Parra the upper hand, then the penalty count swung to Souths who got the upper hand for the second half the game.
For both sides, there were some of the fastest penalties ever given this year. It just seemed that the tackle wasn’t even completed and the ref would blow a penalty. But the old square ups happened and unfortunately we just couldn’t hold on.
But in saying that, we were very poor in attack yet again, especially in the first half when we did get a boat load of penalties. We got in the Souths red zone and just looked like a team who really had no idea what to do. Sideways running, seen far too often this year, was the prominent feature of our attack.
Here are the numbers for the game. Make of them what you will.
FULL TIME STATS
|29/36 (81)||Complete/Total Sets (%)||31/36 (86)|
|40:53||Time – Opposition Half||39:25|
|18:23||Time – Opposition 20||17:57|
|4||Goal Line Dropout||0|
1ST HALF STATS
|9/12 (75)||Complete/Total Sets (%)||22/24 (92)|
|20:15||Time – Opposition Half||20:00|
|3:43||Time – Opposition 20||13:40|
|4||Goal Line Dropout||0|
2ND HALF STATS
|20/24 (83)||Complete/Total Sets (%)||9/12 (75)|
|20:38||Time – Opposition Half||19:25|
|14:40||Time – Opposition 20||4:17|
|0||Goal Line Dropout||0|
What a massive swing in halves for both sides. The halves just mirror each other and I’ve never seen anything like it really. So before you blame the refs etc, take a look at both halves. We had massive possession in the first half then Rabbits had it in the second. Its just Souths were able to utilise their time with the ball better than what we did in the first half.
Yes some of the penalties were mind boggling, but we still should have held them out to come up with the win.
Looks a lot better this week than well most of the year. We were able to match the Bunnies for most of the game but unfortunately it just got away from us. Unfortunately we haven’t been able to consistently match the leading teams this year.
Again another graphic which is a lot better than previous weeks. Good starts in the opposition territory which were unfortunately nullified by our lack of attack.
More heartbreak for us Eels fans. After a terrific start we just faded out. Still, there must be kudos given to the boys. There was a lot of energy and enthusiasm in this game from everyone which was brilliant to see.
Unfortunately this is 2018 and definitely not the year of the Eel. With the Cowboys and Bulldogs picking up wins, our grasp on the dreaded wooden spoon just got tighter.
Our run home reads like a horror movie. Titans, Dragons, Storm, Cowboys (Thurston’s last game at 1330Smiles) and finishing with the Roosters.
It just doesn’t look good at all. Maybe a win against the Titans will be our last for this year. Lets hope not. Lets cheer the boys home and finish the year with our heads held high.
Yours in Blue and Gold.
Stats courtesy of Champion Data.
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