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Post Game Grades – Round 11 vs Panthers

Parramatta_Eels_logo.svg  Parramatta Eels 10

Penrith Panthers 16

The Good:
  • That horrific game is now over.
  • Most of our team is off contract at year’s end.
  • The Eels are a great team to follow if you hate surprises.

The Bad:
Where do I begin? It started on Tuesday with one of the more puzzling team lists in living memory, and ended last night with most of the Eels team slumped over in dismayed frustration as the final siren sounded.

That was maybe the most inept performance from the Parramatta Eels I’ve seen in some time, somehow eclipsing our 64-10 thrashing at the hands of a rampant Melbourne Storm two weeks ago.

Taking the gold medal in the inept olympics was our forward pack; a pack completely outmuscled, out enthused and out played by the maligned Penrith opposites. Our ruck defence was so woeful the Panthers considered the financial benefits of creating a tolled highway through our middle third. Ball in hand, it seemed all night that there were players taking hit ups, none of who you really felt wanted to take charge.

There were Eels players who weren’t bad last night, but no one was any good, either. We had more ball, more sets, more penalties, won more scrums than the Panthers but ultimately ended up with less points on the board.

Ps – Cameron King liked the above tweet; how salty.

Both the players and the coaching staff have plenty to answer for. In short, it is BA’s job to prepare his players to perform at their peak. By demonstration of last night, last week against the Cows and Magic Round against the Storm that is clearly not the case at the moment. In short, from a paying fan’s point of view, it’s unacceptable.

Desire and will are no longer good enough for the Parramatta Eels, execution needs to be there too.

I know he didn’t drop the ball, nor did he miss any tackles last night, but the players are not performing at their peak. It is almost inconceivable that this is effectively the same team that came back to beat the Dragons, that destroyed the Tigers on Easter Monday. BA and his staff better find a way to wake this team out of this horrific slumber, and do it quick smart.

As an aside, if any reader thinks re-signing these players is the answer, or that somehow their individual contract situations are the problem; I wholeheartedly disagree with you. If players are being paid this year, they need to perform this year.

The X-Factor:
This is not about this season, this is about the ongoing message that such performances are never acceptable. We have seen what this team can do, and last night they didn’t do it. Period.

I remember feeling bemused at Ivan Clearly’s inability to pinpoint the root of the problems Penrith were experiencing in an interview this week. In the space of three short weeks, the Eels have seemingly found a way to sink even lower; raising further questions about the mental fragility of a side that should be entrenched in the Top 8, not on the outside looking in.

The Panthers’ form aside; that was a horrific display from the Parramatta Eels, a professional football side who seem out of form and out of ideas. Penrith did not play well, but they were still the better team; that is beyond alarming.

The pressure is piling up, with a few convincing wins the only way to release it. It’s put up or shut up time.

The MVP:

 

Sure, some were not as bad as others, but without a win against the bottom placed team on a 6 game losing streak, I refuse to consider any one of our players’ performances as ‘valuable’. Make no mistake, last night’s performance let us all down; staff and players, but most of all the fans (particularly those in attendance). When you consider the context of the season, but more importantly the week that has been for this club, the players’ collective effort and attitude should never need be questioned. Friend of the Throw, Mary K, said it better than I can.

We’ve been through a lot, this team and I, but last night was the first time in a while I felt embarrassed to be an Eels fan.

 

1- Clint Gutherson (c)

Fullback, Parramatta Eels

Gutho tried hard, and ran 129 metres. His re-signing was definitely not a mistake and we got him for a good price. End.

2- Maika Sivo

Left Wing, Parramatta Eels

Tonight, the big Fijian made his return from a one game hiatus; and I shudder to think what we would have been like if he weren’t there. He wasn’t terrific, but like Hoff below, he wasn’t bad, either.

3- Josh Hoffman

Left Centre, Parramatta Eels

Through the dusty haze of a demolished season, the elegant Josh Hoffman renaissance continues to emerge. His 11 runs for 112 metres were a shining light in an otherwise emotionally darkened landscape.

4- Blake Ferguson

Right Centre, Parramatta Eels

When was the last time Blake Ferguson was that bad? Sure he has some mistakes in him, but he was pretty close to terrible from the opening whistle, highlighted by the home crowd’s raucous ironic cheer when he finally held onto a pass. I could tell you about his 4 mistakes, or flip it and tell you he had a team-high 17 carries. But despite his effort, at the end of the day, stats don’t matter in this game, Blake was apocalyptically bad last night.

5- George Jennings

Right Wing, Parramatta Eels

By George, Bye George.

6- Will Smith

Five Eighth, Parramatta Eels

Smith put in a good kick for our first (and only) try in the 4th minute. His kicks to the corner was a welcome sight, but at the same time, a couple of untimely errors and 4 missed tackles certainly didn’t help our cause. I don’t mind him continuing at 6, but at the same time I expect Jaeman Salmon to probably find his way back into the 17 next week.

7- Mitchell Moses

Halfback, Parramatta Eels

Sure he dropped a 5th tackle pass, but his defence on Kikau was actually pretty excellent (remarkably only 1 missed tackle). He tried everything he could, but it’s tough to be an effective halfback behind a beaten pack.

There’s often merit in suggesting our struggling attack rests on the shoulders of the team’s halfback, but probably not on a night where the team dropped more ball than a pubescent teen.

Not unlike a plethora of our players last night, Mitch didn’t have a good game by any standards, but he was far from our achilles heel.

8- Tim Mannah

Prop, Parramatta Eels

Again, not a stellar game, but not our greatest concern.

9- Reed Mahoney

Hooker, Parramatta Eels

The missed tackles are adding up (another 5 last night) along with his immense tackle rate (52), and I’m sorry but Reed is not (yet) an 80 minute player. His service is beginning to suffer and it’s only Round 11; there’s plenty of season left.

To be clear, Reed’s as tough as nails, but still too young for 80 minutes IMO. The kid’s got heart, though, and he’ll be our long term hooker.

10- Junior Paulo

Prop, Parramatta Eels

With someone with such a potent running game (an aesthetically pleasing 11 for 111 metres), it’s crazy to think Junior continues to bring a net negative to the Eels in our losses.

11- Shaun Lane

Second Row, Parramatta Eels

My boy tried hard, made some incisive runs (12 for 103) and made 40 tackles. Laney looked absolutely out on his feet for large parts of the second half, but he was nonetheless one of our more effective attacking weapons and didn’t miss a tackle. People will (rightfully) remember the 2 errors, but IMO his game made its name in other parts of the ground last night.

12- Marata Niukore

Second Row, Parramatta Eels

He hasn’t been great in recent weeks, but that was the worst game I’ve ever seen Marata play in an Eels jersey. Last night Niukore ran 7 times for a paltry 48 metres, including that terrifically fierce run into the teeth of the Panthers’ defence on Tackle 5. For comparison purposes, Marata ran 12 times for 133 metres in Round 1 against the same opposition.

I’m sorry, but that disparity is not on; Marata is either injured, exhausted, injured or has regressed.

I’m usually am and still remain a huge fan of Marata, but last night he was straight up dreadful.

13- Manu Ma’u

Lock, Parramatta Eels

The 12 runs show a real a commitment and effort, the 88 metres suggest he was largely ineffective, however.

14- Peni Terepo

Interchange, Parramatta Eels

Peni Terepo’s current form is a straight up dumpster fire.

15- Daniel Alvaro

Interchange, Parramatta Eels

For the third week in a row, Daniel Alvaro deadset played like cabbage.

16- Brad Takairangi

Interchange, Parramatta Eels

Brad Takairangi wasn’t horrible, but played limited minutes. I don’t hate his versatility on the bench, but we more desperately need to figure out a way to spell Reed. Maybe Taka to 6, Smith to 9 for 15 minutes? I’m just spitballing, here. Give me your better ideas in the comments.

17- David Gower

Interchange, Parramatta Eels

David Gower tried really hard, and had some good moments. However, he’s also pretty old.

It’s time to forget last night, soon it will be time to move on – next week, against an Origin depleted Rabbits side.

See you then, sports fans.

Go you Eels,

Mitch.

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Photos courtesy of the Parramatta Eels. Stats courtesy of the legends over at Champion Data.

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Michael Formosa

Totally agree with these rating. Lucky you waited before putting this post up as the delay has taken away some of the sting from my comments. I have been a massive BA supporter in the past but I give him a big F as well. Team selection was shocking. No use complaining about guys like G Jennings, Alvaro and Terepo when we all that saw that last week (all year for Alvaro and Terepo) and they still get picked. This year started so well when we had a great mix of new recruits and young guys in the team. Then… Read more »

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Anonymous

Agree with all grades and comments. If BA picks George Jennings, Peni Terepo, or Will Smith again he needs to be shot. Same goes with picking Blake Ferguson out of position. Everyone knew George Jennings would be shit and that it was ridiculous to move Ferguson form his wing position….well everyone except Brad. Alvaro, Taka and Niukore could do with a stint at Wenty too. Disgraceful

MAX
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MAX

What an absolute disappointment the effort of our senior players put in last night was, with so much to play for!!!

To be honest I am at a loss for words, other than to reiterate my points of last week, why have we signed Brad Arthur for another two years.

For me as a dedicated supporter and long term member, all I ask for is for us to be competitive each week and at least satisfied with the effort.

I just cant see any improvement coming our way!

The rev aka Snedden
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The rev aka Snedden

Max maybe because the club didn’t bother looking outside the box n thought this is the best we can do so let’s give him 2 more yrs.

Offside
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Offside

Unfortunately its only going to get worse we have 2 more years with this coaching staff and if the past 6 are anything to go by we are going to continue to go nowhere

Trapped in the 1970's
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Trapped in the 1970's

It would have been a long days march to find anyone who would have come up with Terepo in for Mahoney against Melbourne and yet some of this weeks team selections were just as bewildering. What the hell is happening? Early year success was based on big meters from the back three, sure that was targeted against Melbourne but now that positive has been dismantled with the effect we saw last night. Penrith are not Melbourne. I too am a BA supporter but his presser last night made my stomach turn. There was nothing positive to get out it at… Read more »

Shelley
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Shelley

I am a bit cranky and tired this afternoon, thanks for the laugh. I have to disagree with some grades. Players have to participate in the match to be considered as players. Some deserved a N/A. A game is not a spectator sport for competitors and some of our players could have come and sat in the stands with us because they did not compete. Give me a young, enthusiastic raw player who will make mistakes and learn over an experienced, old and mistake riddled player who can not do the basics. I love BA but he got the team… Read more »

MAX
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MAX

Shelley, I think you will find that Ray Stone is being shopped to UK teams for release before June 30!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

What? Why? I thought his defensive energy was really missing last night.

Nick
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Nick

Another master stroke from ba there is a bunch of guys with ray stones frame killing it at the moment victor Ridley and Cameron Murray. He gives the guy one game against the tigers and he went well but suddenly ba thinks he isn’t going to cut it. Yet he week after week picks taka, George Jennings etc I’d much rather stone be given a chance then have to watch taka pass it without looking to no one every week . Terrible decision by the club to resign ba before June. I’m sure they won’t want to pay him out… Read more »

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

There is a player again that this club cannot give a go, he has had no chances in playing NRL yet his jnr form was better than some of the bigger ones, now he’s being shopped to SL, who will take his place at the eels that can be guaranteed to be any better.?

The rev aka Snedden
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The rev aka Snedden

I read that also max you can tell Brad has his favourites. If stoney goes then that will do me his young n ready to have a go. Unlike some of our top grade players.

The rev aka Snedden
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The rev aka Snedden

Well said Shelley

Longfin Eel
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Longfin Eel

Have to agree with those ratings. I thought Gutho needed to inject himself into the attack a bit more though. The only time he made a great run was diving over the tryline after the whistle had blown. If Clint wants to be the premier Eels player, he needs to lead from the front. He also needs to rally the troops and call the shots when the game plan needs to change direction. We looked leaderless out there last night and nobody was willing to step up and claim the match. Terepo and Alvaro need to have a spell in… Read more »

Adam
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Adam

We are a dumb footballing team. We make dumb decisions under pressure. This has been the case for years but has been as evident as ever over the past 3 weeks. Exhibit A: Persisting with one-out hit-ups in greasy conditions. Players were having to slow down to catch the passes and were getting smashed by an aggressive Panthers defence up in their fact. It was a game for backs running out of dummy half which would have totally negated Penrith’s game plan and saved our forwards fuel. Fans pointed to this on social media, and commentators mentioned it in running… Read more »

Terry
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Terry

Toughest pre season ever….
BA needs to be sacked!!! He’s incompetent, at best a assistant coach.

BDon
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BDon

First half..between the 10th and 39th minute, we made an error EVERY time we entered Panthers half, we got a restart on very last set but the bell went. Second half..the same happened constantly, Junior dropped it as he crossed the halfway, like some demon spirit was lurking in the Panthers territory. The demon then moved into our own territory. The Panthers line speed freaked us out, I think we got 2 10mtr penalties when we had no problem crossing the advantage line but none when they waltzed into our side of the ruck. The second refs tend to watch… Read more »

Salty Pete
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Salty Pete

I am going to defer to those more knowledgable than me, but I would like to point out a couple of things. Jayden and Blake Brailey are excellent players. Even so, Cronulla doesnt expect 80 mins from either one. Like everyone else, I love Reed, but it is too much for him. It also seems to me that with the ejection of Kaufusi and Salmon, the team lost part of its energy. I agree completely with Shelly. As with her, I assumed BA was spelling them, but they are named for Wenty? So now, they are likely to be called… Read more »

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Anonymous

To hear the coaches opinion that “the players avoided the collision” highlights the problem. Channel 9s commentary team were scathing in their comments re our continual head down bum up approach. Penrith compressed their line and charged towards Eels players before the ball was even received. Everything was so predictable. Yet, BA announces to the world that we didnt do enough of hitting it up. Ive not been a fan of our coaching style for a number of years but apart from an “I told you so” I have little else to offer. Our players are good enough. Our problem… Read more »

Adam
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Adam

It wasn’t the night for engaging in a gladiatorial collision contest. Penrith were murdering us with their line speed and all we had to do was run from dummy half (like they did to us) to totally negate that tactic. Given we’ll play plenty more night matches where dew will play a problem with ball handling, let’s hope Brad and the coaching staff smarten up.

Longfin Eel
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Longfin Eel

They haven’t so far, and this is the way Parra played all season last year as well. It’s not rocket science and every other team gets it. Why do we persist in ridiculous one out tactics that clearly don’t work? Looks like Bankwest could be pretty empty for the remainder of the year. Third game in and it was only half full. Why would you pay money to watch that?

JonBoy
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JonBoy

I’m still to cranky to express myself!

Thereal_hn
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Thereal_hn

We have massive problems. We have no intent in defense no line speed.. I did notice towards the end of the game mannah on his own charging out of the defensive line trying to spark something which in it self was a sad sight. Time for BA to have a Bellamy type blow up and put these guys on notice. For guys who are trying to play for contracts they appear to be happy to be unemployed next season. Fergo back to Wing with Salmon at Centre until jenk is back. French could come in at 5/8 Smith to the… Read more »

Seth hardie
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Seth hardie

I was a keen advocate for BA to be hired as head coach.His passion for Parra and apparent success at Storm and Manly was out there for all to see, sadly it has not worked out. In all sports worldwide head coaching is results driven. These people are well paid and failure in most situations is not accepted.It will be interesting if results don’t improve dramatically how our management handle this.

Offside
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Offside

They will do nothing our management cares avout membership sales not results

One Putt Pete
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One Putt Pete

Agree with the gradings but feel the Price of Egypt was entitled to more like a B. Our forwards were just spectators last night. I expect them to be able to tear into the Panthers every time. Round 1 we achieved that but last night all were last back on side, after the play the ball, and showed very little stamina or desire to win.
As a seat holder at our magnificent stadium I want to see my team play like we did against the Tigers each week. Please no more surrender like last night.

Big Derek
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Big Derek

Some over generous grades there, but how the heck did the coach move from picking young players to put enthusiasm and line speed in defence, was it a panic as he trusts the experienced players. So in a nutshell he believes journeymen like Gennings, Terepo,Smith, even Mannah and Alvaro,are going to change the clubs fortunes. What’s even more apparent is that the coach g staff under BA remain despite no improvement in any player over the past 3 years, they haven’t instilled a pattern in either defence or attack that suits the players under their control. Our wrestle in the… Read more »

JK Eel
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JK Eel

I’m not angry, I’m sad. 47 years of 100% loyalty, last night was the worst I have seen. Some of the most basic skills embarrassing absent, complete lack of thinking, no talk, no direction, no calmness, no leadership, no actual football. Are they doing any skills work at training (catch, pass left, pass right, step before line etc). One out runs with the ball tucked and no one following is just a complete waste of energy. Trying to catch a football with straight arms is just plain madness (most people work out the elbows have a role to play by… Read more »

TolEelts
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Agree with your grades especially for the ‘old’ Gowie. I reckon Fergo is too over confident of his ‘talents’ as a Centre. BA should have not agreed to the switch. He should have thought of the Team and not of Fergo’s wish to play Origin. But that is not the only reason why we lost. Our players needs to have more football IQ. Plus need more urgency in their defense line, in the ruck and on diving to the ball. Again, hope the coaching staff and the players can resolve their issues. It had been 3 consecutive games that they… Read more »

Chris
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Chris

Generally, in my opinion Coaches get to much credit when they win and too much of a bagging when they lose. It’s the players that deserve most of the positive and negative commentary. On this occasion though…. the way the team has played the last two weeks has been disgraceful and the coach has to take a lot of the blame. Selection seems to have no strategy and it’s harder to get dropped than it was playing cricket for Australia in the 2000’s!!! He should have started Kaufusi not dumped him to wenty. Find out how good he is. Perfect… Read more »

West Coast Eel
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West Coast Eel

I love BA and remember all he did for the club in 2016, BUT the changes he made to the side were unacceptable. As soon as I saw the team I had fears. Why would you play the best winger in the comp out of position? Surely Oregon didn’t deserve the axe. Ray stone should’ve been in there somewhere too. George Jennings……. Nope! Alvaro needs a spell. Bloody hell I was pissed off last night. And I still am. I’m not in the mood to watch any footy this week. On to next week, I guess. An undermanned souths….. they… Read more »

Jerome
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Jerome

Where is Matt Mcillwrick? They are killing Mahoney by making him play 80 minutes every week. We need to sub him off for a breather at some point.

After last night George, Alvaro and Terepo can do with a run at Wenty. I would happily drop a couple more if we had someone to replace them with. Marata is on his last chance

Jonno
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Technically in both defence and attack we are deficient. We fail to see flat footed defenders in attack and fail to put our opponents on their backs in the ruck, we also for the vast majority of tackles fail to land on our knees to enable a quick play the ball. It would seem these basic elements arnt being taught or are too hard to grasp for our team. Its these 1%s that are killing us in many circumstances. We are rudderless as we have no leaders. On last nights performance I thought David Gower and Sean Lane were our… Read more »

Longfin Eel
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Longfin Eel

Agree Jone re Lane. I wouldn’t mind seeing him captain next year.

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

what’s the problem for the rest of this year?

Anthony
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Anthony

That last tweet about Fisher-Harris sums it up perfectly!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

We really lacked a leader on the field last night. Not sure what is going on with Gutherson, but he isn’t showing any leadership – in fact pay should be deducted and shared amongst the 16 k brave souls who turned up to witness that crap the team served up. Some tough love required, either you want to be a first grade team or throw in the towel and play for Wendy. As you might tell, I am still angry.

Glenn
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Glenn

Another abysmal performance. I stopped watching in the second half when we dropped the ball 5 times in what seemed like 5 minutes, only to flick to the channel looking for something to watch, unfortunately, to see a pass thrown over the sideline. Why oh why did the board sign BA? Very poor decision for a very poor team with a very poor to inept coaching staff. We deserve better than this crap for another 2 years. About time BA fell on his sword.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I agree with Smith on the bench to relieve Mahoney for 15-20mins . What did Salmon do to get dropped? I thought he combined well with Moses when we beat Dragons 2 weeks ago. Desperately need Nathan Brown back to add starch to the forwards. Mannah, Gower, Alvaro…try hard but little impact. Hopefully Dylan Brown will be back in a few weeks to take huge pressure off Moses.Ferguson is a winger….the centre experiment is over. BA has tinkered with this team since the Dragons win due to injuries but none of the changes have been effective which speaks volumes about… Read more »

Greg Okladnikov
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Greg Okladnikov

My thoughts: 1. How long have we had the same attacking and defensive coaches for…….and for what result….doesn”t look like a lot 2. Who would have thought an 18 yr old kid in his first year could be so important in actually running and controlling the game 3. Why does Moses run across field so much, and rarely do what Andrew Johns says – run at the line and take it on? Once he goes sideways, the whole attack goes sideways 4. Taka on the bench is a waste of a rotation 5. The players off contract…..maybe its worth letting… Read more »

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

1: Kidwell came to the club last year around mid season, not sure about the attacking coach though could be Mick Potter. 2: If you are talking about Dylan Brown, agree and way things are going, its down hill primarily since his injury and he would be the 7 into the future once he gets his body right. 3: Might be the way he is most familiar with, and possibly thinks it adds to his running metres stats. 4: Taka, had abilities, the emphasis is on Had, but he occasionally does well in jump contesting of the high balls. 5:… Read more »

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!0 Year Member

Point 3, this is our problem. We have a chief play maker whom wants $1million a year, but unless the red carpet is rolled out, he has no idea. Players missing tackles, letting a forward score a try with three players on him, players dropping balls. This is all normal and part of any game, we do it more that we should. Our chief play maker (CPM) cannot read a game and has no idea when the red carpet has not been rolled out what to do. The only time he looked good was when he ran at the line… Read more »

Jonboy
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Jonboy

Has everyone finished ranting? Yes we played poorly. Yes we showed no ability to be patient with the ball when we held it. Yes our discipline was terrible and yes, without a doubt, the team we love lost the game as opposed to Penrith winning it. However, I have now watched the game again today and I am not understanding a lot of what everyone is saying. Our middle defence wasn’t “that” bad. Our ruck play was x 100% better than the previous 2 games. Have a good look at number of times an eel is last off the ground… Read more »

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

Jonboy good post, and a lot of what you say is correct, however I for one cannot sit down and watch what was displayed on Thursday night, in the short while I watched of the game, there were some fair bits of good play but gee they were well overshadowed by child like performances that a young kid playing their first game of RL would be doing. As for player retentions, we have 14 players under contract for next year, of the team selected for Wenty on Sunday, there are 9 players that are in our contracted list that is… Read more »

The rev aka Snedden
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The rev aka Snedden

Sorry jonboy but let’s look at the last 3\4 yrs ok.with Brad Arthur in charge.
Picks the same players week in n week out. If there not inform he drops them to the bench n not to Reggie’s.
Has only just started bringing in fresh Young Blood. Doesn’t want to use or re-sign these young up n commers. Except niukore. Plays player’s out of position. Ferguson in the centre’s big mistake n the game vs storm peni at hooker. Want’s to shop stone to pommy team’s why who knows.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I agree with you’re comments regarding Reed. ” Reed’s as tough as nails, but still too young for 80 minutes IMO. The kid’s got heart, though” But in saying that his stats the last few weeks are indicating he needs to adjust his defence. & missed tackles, This week it was 7 missed and 2 ineffective with worse stats last week. I was informed opposition teams are targeting him as his try line defence is very ordinary. Reed has allot of heart and i admire his work rate, But he tackles way to much around the legs allowing the opposition… Read more »

The rev aka Snedden
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The rev aka Snedden

Mitch that was hard to sit thru really hard. On takarangi I think he needs time in wenty along side gennings n Alvaro n Smith. I think that salmon will be back in to play 5\8 he has to also learn when to kick n when to run or pass. Hoffman n Gower were our 2 better players. Was it me or do we lack good Line speed off a kick 🤔 Seems to me that our defence was waiting for them to come to us instead of us meeting them at the Line. Your ratings are very fair Mitch.… Read more »

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

Brother Snedden, another night of sleep after the horrors of Thursday night, I am finally starting to think a bit more clearly and perhaps I’ve hit the point of accepting that there is a real aspect of the movie “Never ending Story” where the hero had to find and defeat the curse of the creeping Nothing which was consuming the world in the story. The young boy riding on the back of a great hairy white dog of some design, sort of reflects a bit of what the current form of eels are chasing – and have found that being… Read more »

The rev aka Snedden
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The rev aka Snedden

Brother Hussey I know about the nothing to me that Dog is called fowlcore n that dog is Brad Arthur. His doing nothing to improve the team. To me he keeps his favourite player’s n doesn’t seem to trust the Young kid’s coming thru. For yrs know his had the same players n the lot of them produced nothing. Untill we learn to win games in a row instead of wlwlwlwl this club and player’s n coaching staff will produce nothing. What scares me is that the players coming through will think it’s ok to wlwlwlwl. And it’s a repeat… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Do the Eels win a single game before the club spears Arthur, despite having just signed him to a new contract?

The rev aka Snedden
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The rev aka Snedden

Mitch just a simple few questions for you. It’s not directed at you in no shape of form ok. Did the club look at other coaching options. Like Toovey , Anthony Griffen Jason Taylor, even Cameron ciraoldo from Penrith Panthers. , Demetriou or even some pommy coach. I’m asking because surely the club must of thought same players n coach for almost the same time n still not making any Improvements. With this side I think bellamy n Robinson would be able to get us into the semi’s every year. I’m at a loss. Why didn’t the boys lift for… Read more »

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Bad Arthur

I don’t think the club had any intention of signing another coach. From what I understand the players are very loyal to BA because he acts in their best interest. Good example of this is fergo (arguably the best winger in the game) asking for a go at centres so he could push for the vacant NSW blues centre spot. BA obliged. Disaster ensued. I also believe his resigning was a big factor in gutho resigning. In fact I’m not sure Guth would’ve re signed at all if BA hadn’t of as well. Being loyal to your players and having… Read more »

Fathead
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Fathead

I reckon the team has finally cracked you !!!! You are not alone – we are all in very dark place.

Ohno
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Ohno

I agree with your scores reflecting that Gower was our best forward. How concerning is that !

Anonymous
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In the old days, players used to get hooked if they were playing bad. The Panthers coach did it to 2 of his own last week – both of whom have represented Australia. I’m no coach, but i would be wielding that hook without prejudice. I’d rather our team lose because we had too many debutants having a go, than for some of these established players continually getting a run and under-performing. It’s an indictment on our team when our best forward came off the bench and is about 60 years old – I love you Gowie.

Kaul Pent
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Kaul Pent

Imagine if this football team did the 1% right Fight to win the ruck Quick play the balls Earning the right to play expansive football Mahoney is an 80 minutes player. They only way he will become a better 80 minute player is to play 80 minutes. Wouldn’t be so fatigued if parra held the ball more then they dropped it. Would be great to see his attacking flair, very unfortunate that the play the balls are slower then grandmas crossing the road and he never has a chance. Bench selection last two weeks has been horrendous. Where’s the young… Read more »

Milo
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Milo

Cannot disagree with this Mitch. My question is who comes in and who has a spell in Reggie’s? I for one cannot fathom Kaufusi and Salmon being dropped and others with more experience and earning more money are kept. I do not follow this. To me the season is about gone as i feel our mental capacity is v low….and i dam well hope the retention group has some serious plans for 2020 and beyond. We need to reinstall the mongrel defence we had in 2016 / 17 and someone mentioned last week the wrestle guy we had…… I wont… Read more »