STATS THAT MATTA
(Tries: M. Sivo x 2, J. Hoffman, M. Jennings. Goals: M. Moses 3 from 4.)
(Tries: B. Xerri x 2, A. Fifita, J. Dugan, C. Townsend, K. Flanagan, A. Gray. Goals: K. Flanagan 7 from 8.)
Saturday, June 8 2019
Things just didn’t go well for the Eels in the Shire on Saturday night. Gutherson knocked out in the opening stages, a knock on not called then a try, some vital refereeing calls and the Eels not playing any football.
Those first couple of things are out of our control, but not turning up and putting in another poor performance is just not on. This Eels team is literally bi-polar. Extreme highs one week, and demoralising lows the next. When the opposition captain actually comes out to say, “we only let points in because we were bored” and calls your forwards soft, surely such an insult drives your team to fire up? If it can’t, who knows what will!
We were lucky to get within 20 points of the Sharks. Our away form is at an alarming stage because we just don’t turn up and you can confidently predict that with most away games. The opposition teams would be looking at the draw and thinking about when they get to play Parra as it’s a guaranteed way to work into some form. Look at the Knights and Panthers since they have beaten us.
Is this post opener just written out of frustration? Damn right it is.
And probably no one is more frustrated than coach Brad Arthur.
|1||3||B.Xerri||TRY||4 – 0|
|1||4||K.Flanagan||CONVERSION||6 – 0|
|1||15||K.Flanagan||PENALTY GOAL||8 – 0|
|1||24||A.Fifita||TRY||12 – 0|
|1||25||K.Flanagan||CONVERSION||14 – 0|
|1||27||M.Sivo||TRY||14 – 4|
|1||28||M.Moses||CONVERSION||14 – 6|
|1||39||J.Dugan||TRY||18 – 6|
|1||40||K.Flanagan||CONVERSION||20 – 6|
|2||43||C.Townsend||TRY||24 – 6|
|2||45||K.Flanagan||CONVERSION||26 – 6|
|2||56||K.Flanagan||TRY||30 – 6|
|2||58||K.Flanagan||CONVERSION||32 – 6|
|2||59||B.Xerri||TRY||36 – 6|
|2||61||K.Flanagan||CONVERSION||38 – 6|
|2||66||M.Sivo||TRY||38 – 10|
|2||67||M.Moses||CONVERSION MISS||38 – 10|
|2||73||J.Hoffman||TRY||38 – 14|
|2||74||M.Moses||CONVERSION||38 – 16|
|2||75||M.Jennings||TRY||38 – 20|
|2||75||M.Moses||CONVERSION||38 – 22|
|2||79||A.Gray||TRY||42 – 22|
|2||80||K.Flanagan||CONVERSION MISS||42 – 22|
|22/36 (61)||Complete/Total Sets (%)||29/36 (81)|
|43:34||Time – Opposition Half||37:53|
|17:29||Time – Opposition 20||11:08|
|1||Goal Line Dropout||1|
|13/20 (65)||Complete/Total Sets (%)||16/17 (94)|
|27:15||Time – Opposition Half||13:19|
|7:28||Time – Opposition 20||5:49|
|0||Goal Line Dropout||1|
|9/16 (56)||Complete/Total Sets (%)||13/19 (68)|
|16:19||Time – Opposition Half||24:34|
|10:01||Time – Opposition 20||5:19|
|1||Goal Line Dropout||0|
These game stats suggest that the match was a tight knit affair that went down to the wire. Obviously, it was far from that.
The overall completion rates from the Eels were really solid, with the 94% first half rate suggesting that the Eels would have been well on top. You could make a case that the Eels were hard done by with decisions and injury in the first period.
But as Eels fans, we know that overall good stats don’t always equate to good footy. Stats are supposed to tell a story. But sometimes the final numbers just don’t add up.
|Games||Avg Mins||Last Week||This Week|
The most obvious change in rotation occurred with David Gower. After being moved to 5/8 after only two minutes, this was as close to an 80 minute performance as Gowie would ever play. The return of Nathan Brown featured an unexpected 45 minutes. There wasn’t the intention to play so many minutes, but he’ll be good for that run.
|Effective Tackle Rate||85.5%||83%|
We did have some decent territory to start our attack but nothing came of it. We got into the Sharks 20m zone but there was no polish in the attack. No questions were being put towards the Sharks online defence. Just side ways running, a lack of ideas and no forward penetration to put the Sharks online defence on the back foot.
This map show’s exactly what I just said in the above map. The red area shows the majority of where the Eels were doing hit ups from. Where is the forward hit ups in the Sharks 20? We had plenty of set starts in that area but no forward leadership. Just disappointing to say the least.
As we lock away Round 13 2019 of the Telstra Premiership, we can again say ‘What’s the Matta Parramatta’. Another frustrating away game with a hell of a lot more questions than answers.
Before I sign off, I would like to thank Timmy Mannah for his service at our club. It is a shame his time at Parra has ended this way, but what has transpired is between him and the club and ultimately should stay that way, but as we know the league media will delve into this to try to find out what happened.
It would have been great to see him finish a one club player, but with the NRL how it is, unfortunately it won’t come about for our ‘former’ captain.
He has copped plenty of flack in the last few seasons, but he always gave his all and was very proud to pull on the Blue and Gold every time without question.
I thank you for your service Tim to our great club and wish you all the success at your new club.
Yours in Blue and Gold
Stats courtesy of Champion Data.
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