STATS THAT MATTA
(Tries: M. Jennings x 2, M. Niukore, B. Takairangi. Goals: M. Moses 4 from 4)
(Tries: S. Feki x 2. Goals: K. Flanagan 2 from 2)
Saturday, April 6 2019
Eels v Sharks clashes have never really featured in any “games of the season” list and this past Saturday night was no exception.
From the Eels perspective it was a well deserved victory, but a couple of softish tries had 2018 trying to rear its ugly head once again. Just like that scene in “Alien” where the alien burst out the guys stomach, you could see the bump of 2018 trying to break through.
But this is 2019, and the 2019 team have learnt from past performances and unlike last season, maintained their composure.
The old adage of “but the Sharks had plenty of injuries” came out, and nobody’s ignorant of that. Nonetheless, the Eels also had plenty of talent sitting on the bench and it should be acknowledged that the team hasn’t missed a beat.
Blake Ferguson definitely holds the mantle of Buy of the Year thus far and with his performances in the last month, he has quickly become an Eels fan favourite. He has smarts on the field when you see him have one foot out and touch the ball to make the kick out, but his defensive reads came into question on Saturday. No doubt this will be addressed by the coaching staff so that his defensive play matches the attacking weapons in his arsenal.
That said, we don’t want a team that rises or falls with the performances of one player.
So lets look at the Stats that Matta.
|1||7||M.Niukore||TRY||4 – 0|
|1||8||M.Moses||CONVERSION||6 – 0|
|1||26||S.Feki||TRY||6 – 4|
|1||28||K.Flanagan||CONVERSION||6 – 6|
|1||38||B.Takairangi||TRY||10 – 6|
|1||39||M.Moses||CONVERSION||12 – 6|
|2||43||S.Feki||TRY||12 – 10|
|2||44||K.Flanagan||CONVERSION||12 – 12|
|2||52||M.Jennings||TRY||16 – 12|
|2||52||M.Moses||CONVERSION||18 – 12|
|2||71||M.Jennings||TRY||22 – 12|
|2||72||M.Moses||CONVERSION||24 – 12|
|33/40 (83)||Complete/Total Sets (%)||30/34 (88)|
|39:08||Time – Opposition Half||42:08|
|15:26||Time – Opposition 20||14:46|
|3||Goal Line Dropout||1|
|20/24 (83)||Complete/Total Sets (%)||13/15 (87)|
|26:14||Time – Opposition Half||14:22|
|9:34||Time – Opposition 20||7:37|
|0||Goal Line Dropout||1|
|13/16 (81)||Complete/Total Sets (%)||17/19 (89)|
|12:54||Time – Opposition Half||27:46|
|5:52||Time – Opposition 20||7:09|
|3||Goal Line Dropout||0|
The Eels first half was close to perfect. No penalties conceded in the first half which is showing a great turn around from last year. Currently the Eels sit first in least penalties conceded. A stat no doubt Brad Arthur would be proud with.
The Possession swung significantly in the second half. Impressively, the Eels steely defence and great game management from Mitchell Moses nullified any pressure the Sharks could build.
I was asked to do a bit of a comparison In “Minutes Played” for the forwards and interchange players. There may be weekly variation on how the player is used against a particular team, or due to previous performances.
Probably the easiest way I can show this is in three stages.
- Average Minutes per game
- Last weeks minutes
- This weeks minutes
We can speculate the reasons for variations. Perhaps a statistic like this might highlight a trend, expose a specific game plan, illustrate how a game unfolded, or even how a young forward is being transitioned into first grade or how an older player is being managed.
The significant differences this week were with Daniel Alvaro and Tim Mannah playing fewer minutes than the previous week and indeed fewer than their season average. Kane Evans also played significantly less minutes than last week, but those minutes were similar to his season average. Another change saw Reed Mahoney complete a full 80 minutes.
|Effective Tackle Rate||86%||90%|
Parra had some decent set starts in the Sharks half but not as many as previous rounds. A couple of sets started on the Sharks tryline should have amounted into more points.
I’d like to see that red area more inside the Sharks half thereby putting extra pressure on the Sharks defence. It’s good that we are getting out of our zones well, but especially our power men in our forwards and wingers need to get more involved in the opposition half to get us on the front foot.
So we farewelled our temporary home ground in ANZ Stadium in style, finally defeating one of our bogey sides in the Sharks. Getting that W in the results column is always sweet but it’s especially nice against the Shire people.
Now our biggest challenge looms as we go to a ground we haven’t won at for 13 years.
Our last win in the Nations Capital was July 1 2006 and with both teams in great form, this game should be a cracker.
The Raiders are a rocks and diamonds team. They produced the diamonds against the Cowboys last week in Townsville so this week should hopefully be the rocks.
It would be great to see the Eels keep picking up the two points and going into our first game at Bankwest on fire.
Yours in Blue and Gold
Stats courtesy of Champion Data.
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