STATS THAT MATTA
EELS 18 (Tries: M. Sivo x 2, B Ferguson Goals: M. Moses 3 from 3)
ROOSTERS 32 (Tries: J. Tedesco x 2, M. Aubusson, V. Radley, S. Taukeiaho. Goals: L. Mitchell 6 from 7)
Friday, March 29 2019
Never mind the score line. The Eels put in a powerful performance to send shock waves through the NRL competition. In probably the game of the season thus far, the lead changed five times until the gallant Eels just ran out of steam and the Roosters were able to put on three quick tries to seal their win.
In no way can the Eels hang their heads low. Anybody who says that the Eels didn’t put in, doesn’t know their rugby league. For a team that more than likely would have been down 32 – 0 at half time last season, the Eels have come a long way in a very short period of time.
For mine there were only a couple of things that did let us down. Twice we scored and twice we lost the ball in the opening return set. It’s dead set blasphemy in rugby league to not complete after putting on points. The Blake Ferguson one definitely left us on the back foot for which we didn’t recover.
The Victor Radley try was a shame as our ‘A’ defenders fell asleep and the young ‘Billy Slater’ took full advantage. No doubt BA and his team would have worked on this at training this week. That last 15 minutes with the Roosters pumping our line was just relentless. We did fare well with all that pressure, but something had to give. This is a game we truly can learn off and I believe we will.
One thing I was absolutely filthy at was the Jake Friend injury.
After injuring his shoulder, Friend was walking off. The Eels were hammering the Roosters line and the Roosters were at sixes and sevens. Friend walked about 10 metres or so with the trainer then all of a sudden he falls to the ground. The ref stops play and there goes the Eels momentum and the Roosters can now have time to set their defensive line.
It appeared that the trainer advised him to do this as word would have come down from Robinson himself. It’s the win at all cost mentality that comes from the Roosters. But if it was the other way round, I bet Robinson would have been blowing up deluxe and on the phone to Todd and the ref’s bosses right after the game.
Lets now look at the Stats that Matta.
|1||5||B.Ferguson||TRY||4 – 0|
|1||7||M.Moses||CONVERSION||6 – 0|
|1||9||J.Tedesco||TRY||6 – 4|
|1||10||L.Mitchell||CONVERSION MISS||6 – 4|
|1||17||L.Mitchell||PENALTY GOAL||6 – 6|
|1||30||L.Mitchell||PENALTY GOAL||6 – 8|
|2||48||M.Sivo||TRY||10 – 8|
|2||50||M.Moses||CONVERSION||12 – 8|
|2||52||M.Aubusson||TRY||12 – 12|
|2||52||L.Mitchell||CONVERSION||12 – 14|
|2||58||M.Sivo||TRY||16 – 14|
|2||59||M.Moses||CONVERSION||18 – 14|
|2||61||V.Radley||TRY||18 – 18|
|2||62||L.Mitchell||CONVERSION||18 – 20|
|2||68||S.Taukeiaho||TRY||18 – 24|
|2||69||L.Mitchell||CONVERSION||18 – 26|
|2||72||J.Tedesco||TRY||18 – 30|
|2||74||L.Mitchell||CONVERSION||18 – 32|
|28/37 (76)||Complete/Total Sets (%)||28/37 (76)|
|37:48||Time – Opposition Half||42:37|
|14:18||Time – Opposition 20||17:05|
|1||Goal Line Dropout||3|
|16/22 (73)||Complete/Total Sets (%)||14/20 (70)|
|23:22||Time – Opposition Half||17:00|
|6:58||Time – Opposition 20||8:47|
|0||Goal Line Dropout||1|
|12/15 (80)||Complete/Total Sets (%)||13/16 (81)|
|14:26||Time – Opposition Half||25:37|
|7:20||Time – Opposition 20||8:18|
|1||Goal Line Dropout||2|
That weight of possession in the second half, especially the final 20 minutes, finally put the game to bed for the Roosters. Teams with around that 60% possession rate in the second half are in the box seat.
Could the Eels have prevented that?
There were only three incomplete sets by Parra in the second half, but the errors made were momentum changing. There are errors and there are ERRORS. We know what type ours were.
|Effective Tackle Rate||90%||86%|
Some very good field position to start our sets. We did apply a lot of pressure to the Roosters. Though this was failed to to be seen by ‘experts’, it was this pressure that kept challenging the Roosters on the field and on the scoreboard.
We needed a bit more grunt work in the Roosters side of the field. Perhaps more credit needs to go to the Roosters in limiting our ability to bend their line more than we did.
But all in all a great effort form the Eels.
As stated in my opening, we did play very well and everyone should be proud of our effort.
Weight of possession and vital errors just saw us fade in the end with all that defending.
As we play our last home game at ANZ Stadium against the Sharks, the Blue and Gold Army should be buoyed by the fact that we are in with a very strong chance of beating the Sharks.
For mine, the Sharks aren’t in fantastic form. And the loss of Matt Moylan and a potentially needled up (every pun intended) Paul Gallen, will put a bit more pressure on the Sharks.
If we come out with the same attitude we did against the Roosters, and lift our intensity as we did against the Panthers and Bulldogs, I can see a very strong win for the Eels.
Yours in Blue and Gold
Stats courtesy of Champion Data.
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