STATS THAT MATTA
(Tries: J. Papalii, E. Whitehead, J. Wighton. Goals: J. Croker 3 from 4. Field Goal: S. Williams 1 from 1.)
Sunday, April 14 2019
Let’s begin with the obvious. Our attack just wasn’t there. We had no composure, and without sustaining any pressure we offered nothing. The last month seemed so long ago.
But it’s not all gloom. The one ray of light to take from the game was that the Eels defence was awesome and there is no denying that. A crash and burrow over try by Papalli after repeated sets, a lucky ricochet kick for Whitehead and a cross field kick for Wighton were the sum total scoring methods from the glut of possession enjoyed by the Raiders. In reality, only one try emanated from broken defence.
An aspect of our play which baffled me was why we didn’t use our left side more often once Ferguson went off. Even if Ferguson stayed on we need to use both sides of the field. Two strike weapons on our left just weren’t used. Both Jennings and Sivo had to come to the right side just to make some carries.
Jennings looked good with ball in hand and Sivo looked damaging with his runs and capacity to get an offload away. But for whatever reason we just didn’t utilise them. Marata was out on his feet trying his best with Gower and Takairangi on either side of him.
With that out of the way, let’s look (or not) at the Stats that (don’t really) Matta.
|1||27||J.Papalii||TRY||4 – 0|
|1||28||J.Croker||CONVERSION||6 – 0|
|1||37||J.Croker||PENALTY GOAL||8 – 0|
|2||48||E.Whitehead||TRY||12 – 0|
|2||50||J.Croker||CONVERSION MISS||12 – 0|
|2||61||J.Wighton||TRY||16 – 0|
|2||62||J.Croker||CONVERSION||18 – 0|
|2||75||S.Williams||FIELD GOAL||19 – 0|
|29/41 (71)||Complete/Total Sets (%)||18/34 (53)|
|47:18||Time – Opposition Half||32:50|
|21:35||Time – Opposition 20||8:56|
|1||Goal Line Dropout||4|
|16/22 (73)||Complete/Total Sets (%)||7/14 (50)|
|31:11||Time – Opposition Half||8:53|
|15:19||Time – Opposition 20||2:18|
|0||Goal Line Dropout||3|
|13/19 (68)||Complete/Total Sets (%)||11/20 (55)|
|16:07||Time – Opposition Half||23:57|
|6:16||Time – Opposition 20||6:38|
|1||Goal Line Dropout||1|
Just by looking at the Possession and Completed stats can tell you how this game unfolded. We were starved of possession from the get go, and we have to examine our errors for that. You can’t mount any attack or put pressure on when you can’t hold the ball.
|Games||Avg Mins||Last Week||This Week|
Alvaro and Terepo were both up on their minutes played compared to last week. Polar’s increase was not unexpected given his limited minutes last week and his season average. Terepo’s minutes appear to be increasing. Given the late high tackle on Mahoney, his reduced minutes can be easily accounted for. Tim Mannah’s 28 minutes was a significant drop on his season average.
|Effective Tackle Rate||88%||88%|
This is telling. The Eels didnt start a single set in Canberra’s red zone. No pressure applied. No points scored.
This is an interesting heat map. There was a distinct lack of engagement through the middle as the Eels tried to apply pressure on the Raiders edges and nothing worked. We couldn’t bend the line back and the Raiders edge defenders were having a training run at some stages. Were we prepared to do the hard grind and win the middle before we shifted the ball? We just couldn’t get any momentum going.
The statistics and heat maps really speak for themselves, so there’s little point in providing any further analysis. Round over. Move on.
So we now look forward to returning home and opening up the new Parramatta (BankWest) Stadium in style.
A sold out Bankwest Stadium will have the Blue and Gold Army buzzing with excitement.
There’s excitement at the sell out, and a buzz over the prospect that this will be an awesome game. The Tigers will be up after their last second victory against Brisbane and the Eels will be looking to bounce back hard after such a poor performance against the Raiders. I think everyone in the NRL is looking forward to this encounter.
I missed the open day on Sunday, but I am very much looking forward to the open training session on Wednesday night and super excited for next Monday.
Yours in Blue and Gold
Stats courtesy of Champion Data.
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