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Stats That Matta – Round 23, 2019: Eels defeated by Bulldogs


Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Bankwest Stadium

Crowd: 18,071


(Tries: W. Blake. Goals: M. Moses 1 from 1.)

Defeated by


(Tries: W. Hopoate, N. Meaney. Goals: N. Meaney 2 from 2.)

May I dare say that this was one of my games of the season. The Bulldogs have been bringing teams down to their level and has been working a treat for them over the last few weeks.

It was a good hard, physical game of footy which saw the Eels control most of the match except the scoreboard. I am not debating the Moses penalty try as it was the correct call. You just can’t lead with the feet when trying to stop a try. Again, thank the Storm for that.

In a very physical encounter, it was very encouraging to not see the Eels take a back step to it. There were some hard hits, some great reads and just a couple times we needed the ball to stick, but it just wasn’t the Eels night so let’s not get disheartened about this loss.

Unfortunately, we did see the old Nathan Brown come out in this match. Most of the earlier sets before being binned he was shooting up out of the line to put a big shot on. We all agreed with his Nona on this one.

So lets look at the stats for this game to wrap up Round 23 of the 2019 NRL Telstra Premiership.

Score Flow

Parramatta Eels
H Minute Name Event Score
1 7 W.Blake TRY 4 – 0
1 9 M.Moses CONVERSION 6 – 0
1 38 W.Hopoate TRY 6 – 4
1 39 N.Meaney CONVERSION 6 – 6
2 68 N.Meaney PENALTY TRY 6 – 10

Game Stats

Team Stats

Full Time

49 Possession (%) 51
23/34 (68) Complete/Total Sets (%) 25/35 (71)
40:02 Time – Opposition Half 40:50
14:20 Time – Opposition 20 14:57
2266 Metres Gained 1969
7 Scrum Win 8
1 Goal Line Dropout 4
8 Penalty Conceded 7
0 Forty Twenty 0
Team Stats

1st Half

47 Possession (%) 53
10/16 (63) Complete/Total Sets (%) 13/18 (72)
22:57 Time – Opposition Half 17:08
5:48 Time – Opposition 20 9:58
942 Metres Gained 909
4 Scrum Win 6
0 Goal Line Dropout 1
6 Penalty Conceded 3
0 Forty Twenty 0
Team Stats

2nd Half

52 Possession (%) 48
13/18 (72) Complete/Total Sets (%) 12/17 (71)
17:05 Time – Opposition Half 23:42
8:32 Time – Opposition 20 4:59
1324 Metres Gained 1060
3 Scrum Win 2
1 Goal Line Dropout 3
2 Penalty Conceded 4
0 Forty Twenty 0

As you can see from this, the game was pretty much played between the two 20 metre lines. The Eels tried to pick up the pace in the second half but just couldn’t find the line.

Player Stats


Round 23 vs Canterbury Bulldogs – Player Statistics (Click to open)


Forward Rotation

  Games Avg Mins Last Game This Game
Kane Evans 16 32 51 35
Reed Mahoney 22 72 60 66
Junior Paulo 20 52 57
Shaun Lane 18 79 80 80
Manu Ma’u 16 70 74 80
Nathan Brown 11 58 62 70
David Gower 15 37 24 21
Daniel Alvaro 15 35 41 23
Marata Niukore 21 57 44 28
Tepai Moeroa 19 32 35 13

Not sure what Brad Arthur’s go was with the bench players. Not a huge amount of minutes for the rotating forwards, maybe he thought the starting pack were ok and not being gassed. But lets look at our friendly heat maps to see if there is a correlation


Runs 185 172
Run Metres 1610 1417
Tackles 334 325
Missed Tackles 42 44
Tackle Ineffective 30 28
Effective Tackle Rate 82% 82%
Errors 11 10

Heat Maps

Hit Ups

Well as brought up earlier, the forward rotation had no bearing on our hit up heat map. This is the sort of heat map you would expect from a winning dominant forward pack. Not one that dominated and lost. Probably our best hit up heat map all year.

Set Starts

Not one set start in the Bulldogs 20. Speaks volumes that we could build and maintain pressure on them. We needed to get out of our end more times then not and this stifled our attack. Was a good game plan from the Bulldogs and worked very well even as the Eels are long range specialists this year.


So all in all I was not disappointed with this loss. It was a hard game and was well pleased with how we handled it. Just needed more sticky spray.

I am very confident with our final two matches.

The Broncos are on all sorts with suspensions and injuries and also the Eels do play very well at Suncorp against the Broncos (not the Suncorp v Storm though).

Then to finish off with Manly at Bankwest Stadium on Friday week which could ultimately be the match to decide the top four.

Both these matches are very winnable and will see us in good stead going into finals footy. Dare I say it, be the form side in the top 8.

Yours in Blue and Gold


Stats courtesy of Champion Data.

All these stats and more can be viewed on our match centre at including live game stats.


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One thought on “Stats That Matta – Round 23, 2019: Eels defeated by Bulldogs

  1. DDay

    Interesting analysis as always. I like the positives your analysis highlights – the Eels were good enough to win in most stats bar the scoreboard. And agree I’m cautiously opimistic in the next 2 games.

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