Well what a diabolical season that was. After so much anticipation following a top 4 finish in 2017, Parramatta played out a very poor 2018 with no rhyme nor reason as to why things went wrong.
But what about where things went wrong?
Do the numbers tell us anything that we haven’t already seen out on the field?
This post provides the opportunity to review some team statistics and, importantly, some individual returns. All Eels fans have opinions about the side’s overall performances, along with which players we feel were letting the team down. Are we justified to have such strong opinions?
The tables presented might just support the stance taken by some fans, or they might disprove the strong beliefs of others. As you check them out, reflect on your opinions and how accurate you were.
Here’s the stats that matter for the Eels 2018 season:
Finish – 16th
Points for – 374 (16th)
Points against – 550 (13th)
Wins – 6
Losses – 18
Players Used – 31 (16th)
Tries – 66 (14th)
Goals – 55 (16th)
Run Metres – 33,694m (11th)
Line Breaks – 68 (16th)
Offloads – 195 (12th)
Tackles – 8239 (2nd)
Missed Tackles – 563 (9th)
Errors – 237 (9th)
Penalties Conceded – 200 (7th)
Interestingly, the Eels finished middle of the table in discipline (conceded penalties), errors, and missed tackles, The goal kicking problems were exemplified in the team finishing last for goals despite finishing 14th with tries.
Surprisingly, the Eels didn’t finish last with running metres. With the much discussed inability of the forwards to make metres, a bottom two finish seemed certain.
It was no surprise for the Eels to finish second for tackles made. Some matches seemed like a nothing more than an exercise in dealing out tackle practice.
The average completion rates for the season for all teams sits between 74% and 78%. The concern for the Eels was not their season average, but rather where the poor completion rates contributed to the losses.
Parramatta commenced the season with six straight losses. Five of those six losses featured a completion rate below their season average. Against Penrith (67%), Manly (69), Tigers (72), Penrith again (68) and the Raiders (74), the completion rates contributed significantly to the losses.
The Eels used more players than any other club. Season ending injuries and long terms in the casualty ward were the order of the day. Going so deep into the roster gives opportunities but it doesn’t help team cohesion.
Will the team benefit from the young players getting their start in such an injury riddled year? Time will tell.
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A genuine concern was the try assists and line break assists produced by Mitch Moses. A return of 10 and 6 respectively was not what any team would want from their half. These figures look even worse when compared to Norman returning 14 and 13 and even positional nomad Clint Gutherson produced 8 and 11 from only 19 games.
On a positive note, the form of Jarryd Hayne could be measured in his line breaks. In only 15 games, Hayne produced the second highest number of tackle breaks (49), with Michael Jennings registering one more break after playing in all 24 matches!
As far as forwards are concerned, Terepo is the quiet achiever with 46 breaks in 20 games. He certainly provided a return on investment when it came to his contract extension.
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The points scored speaks for itself. When your top points scorer barely registers 100 points, and the top try scorer only just hits double figures, your attack is in a bad place. The reality is that these numbers scream wooden spoon.
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Is it any surprise that the wingers have the worst efficiency numbers? Their total tackles is amongst the lowest each week, and the successful attacking raids in the quarter often hit the wings, so you’d expect this. The poorest efficiency fell to Bevan French (76%) and it must be acknowledged that he struggled to hit and stick in significant moments this year.
Nathan Brown (95%), Tim Mannah, Beau Scott and Daniel Alvaro (all 94%) topped the efficiency list, the type of return that you should see from middle forwards. There were encouraging stats (93%) from debutants Niukore and Salmon, indicating that these blokes weren’t overawed by their elevation into first grade.
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It’s impossible to avoid the error counts that certain players returned. Moses, Jennings and French received some of the highest criticism from supporters and they feature as the leaders in the team’s error count. Both Moses and Jennings compounded their errors by being heavily penalised and also recording trips to the sin bin.
Should all of these players feature in the top grade next year, it’s vital that their discipline improves. When the number of close losses is taken into account, the discipline of individuals is crucial.
It’s not been an easy year to report on so many Eels losses. There’s not much variation in how you can present poor statistical returns. Hopefully 2019 provides the opportunity to analyse far more victories than defeats.
In Parramatta Eels habebat anno, ut obliviscatur, so we need next year to be a year to remember.
Yours in Blue and Gold.
Colmac (with Sixties)
Stats courtesy of Champion Data.
All these stats and more can be viewed on our match centre at http://mc.championdata.com/nrl/ including live game stats.