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The Tip Sheet – Round 18 Review

 

You might not think it looking at the scoreboard of 20-2 but the Parramatta Eels rediscovered their hunger in their loss to the Penrith Panthers last night. Besieged by injuries and a monumentally lop-sided possession rate the Eels hunkered down and went to war with the high flying Panthers.

Forty20 and Sixties reflect on the Herculean defensive effort, which resembled their efforts from the first half of the season. The boys are effusive in their praise of a number players – including Will Smith who made his season debut in as tough a set of conditions as you could ask of anyone.

Naturally there were negatives to discuss as well and Sixties and Forty have a bone to pick a piece with the wingers and a couple of forwards among some other things.

The boys wrap it all up with another guest feature as they continue their investigation into the under-appreciated speciality jobs within the NRL.

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Gianni Giusti

Great listen boys.It looks like Stoney may have picked up a hand injury .Extremely happy with the effort and loved what i saw of the team in a tight huddle post match with Browny doing the talk.Things are getting real business end of the season and i see signs of our boys starting to build into this.

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sixties

I took plenty of positive out of that too mate. Thanks for listening.

Prometheus

We put little pressure on opposing kickers giving them free rein to position their kicks. Why don’t certain under performers get time on the sideline ?

sixties

I can only suggest that it’s a question of options. Nobody is getting the chance to show what they can do in lower grades.

Prometheus

The worrying aspect is we were completely dominated and we had no tactic, strategy or skill to alter the course of the game.

sixties

We were ordinary in our little time in their quarter in the first half, but apart from that we just didn’t get possession and when we did, it was so deep in our territory. It was like an endless stream of repeat possessions from the Riff in a variety of ways. I couldn’t call it off the TV coverage, and we all know it’s a different tale when you’re at the ground, but my mail is that there was a reason that Penrith were in our faces all night. What I will say is that you need to be good… Read more »

Prometheus

“Your Mail”, God Sixties don’t tell us the NRL has hired the bloke on the Grassy Knoll and we can’t trust anything ever again !

BDon

Tks men. We had a great deep kick off, 2 strong tackles inside their 10, then bang!!! 6 Again, Shaun Lane, a debatable one but he just should have made sure of a clean release. That was the turning point, in the first minute.
The problem I have is that whilst Lane fumbled the release, if you time the release, it wasn’t a prolonged one, then the Panthers should have been pinged in most sets via their pile ons, wrestle,and staggered peel offs. The time held is no different, it was just a nitpicking call,

sixties

100% mate. That was my issue too. From the moment of that first one, it signalled how it would go down. And when you look at it from then in, one team was displaying incredible line speed, the other caught on the back foot, but which one was getting the calls against them. One was blatantly, blatantly, locking in the arms of the tacklers, yet earning calls for it. And still there was no difference in average play the ball speed!

Brett Allen

Absolute rubbish. Our defence was poor all night. We gave ourselves no chance because our midfield defence was awful. Panthers pulled through tackles far too easily all night. So yeah, we defended our own line stoutly, but that was as much a function of the conditions and the fact that the Panthers bombed at least 3 tries.
We’re deluded if we think we are a great defensive team, because we’re just not.
After 7 years of being an ardent BA supporter I’ve officially had enough, his time is up IMO.
It’s time

sixties

Absolute rubbish reply. There was no difference between the two teams in tackle efficiency despite the overwhelming possession rate. And tries weren’t bombed they were stopped by a defence that didn’t give up. But go ahead and be unsatisfied with having a finals team. Give up on the season in round 18. Seriously!

Zero58

Give it to them sixties.
Considering penriff had 14 men out there Parra was magnificent in defence and defeat. Sutton had a shocker of a game.
Parra really really tried hard.
Tidal supporters are never happy.
They won’t beat us next time.

sixties

I want to play the Riff in the finals. Hopefully with a different ref and with a couple of extra players. It’s bad enough when there is no respect for our team from commentators. It’s worse when it comes from our own supporters.

Zero58

I like the comment next one down. Give Lane a rest and start either Kaufusi or Davey. Lane makes too many mistakes when tired He is playing well but looks tired. BA has to open up our options. Let the opposition start guessing Whilst our defence is in reasonably good order it is time our attack started firing. But, it wont if a lack of patience prevails. We are in the top four and we did not get there with rubbish football. We got there because we were better than the other teams. It is exciting to win by a… Read more »

sixties

Well said mate, and Andy Davey wouldn’t let anyone down.

Rowdy

Being a sincere Bible believing Christian. My thoughts about the dribble you just put in print was to check my thoughts and remember we are instructed by scripture “Do not even call someone racca racca when you don’t like what they say/write or do”
Suffice to say “I will hold the racca racca” and just say. Idiotic comment, Brett. Do yourself a favour and reread sixties reply. I will add though, it appeared that the Riff were at least 2 to 3mtrs offside at the ruck which made their line speed look better than it was.

sixties

That’s my mail Rowdy

Brett Allen

I did, and he didn’t address any point I made, instead he got defensive. Our midfield was as soft as a marshmallow. Their middles just pulled through tackles with ease, our first contact was soft at best, numerous times they simply shrugged off tacklers. They marched down field with very little resistance. Granted they struggled to break down our goal line defence, but it is pretty well established now that the hardest place to attack from is inside the opposition 20, even with the huge weight of possession in their favour, expectation night. But because we were always coming off… Read more »

sixties

Of course I have. That’s quite a simple answer.
And by the way, Parra had only 25 minutes in possession against the Riff, which says a lot about how the match was played.
But mate, feel free to be as negative as you want about about Parra. You support them in the way you want. I won’t change your mind no matter what I say. If you can’t be happy with another finals season, so be it.

Brett Allen

I am happy with it 60’s, but what I’m not happy with is the fact we’re no longer improving, and we are still a long way behind the Top 3. So, what specifically has BA done to address these ongoing issues in training ? What is our Plan B when Plan A has been scouted so well ? In training is Mitch still starting 20m from the ruck and then going further sideways ? Because that’s working so well for us. I’m not being negative, as I said at the very beginning I’ve been ardent supporter of BA since day… Read more »

Trapped in the 1970’s

Interesting to hear your thoughts so soon after the game. There are just too many ‘why was that’ and ‘why wasn’t that’ involved in the 6 again calls. The policing of the ruck just wasn’t the same for both sides and Penrith seemed to get the rub of the green all night with knock backs and 6 again calls for passes contacting a defenders hand etc. I didn’t expect a win and I am not that disappointed given effort and commitment shown by most. Evans was poor just like in his first game for the club at the same ground.… Read more »

sixties

it was one of those games where so many little moments fell their way. Sometimes that happens. Like you i was disappointed in Kane’s performance.

Adam

Thanks for these debriefs TCT. I love ref bashing as much as the next person but the refereeing wasnt the determining factor in the result last night. I’m pretty sure the 6 agains went strongly our way last time we played Penrith. We should have received 4-5 more calls on Friday but they were winning the collisions coming out of their own end so I didn’t have too many problems with most of their calls (but the first one was terrible in my opinion). Kane Evans gave away 2-3 dumb ones in a 5 minute period before halftime that probably… Read more »

sixties

Really appreciate the quality of your reply Adam. You’ve offered valid criticism with recognition of what the Eels can do. Keep it coming mate.

Fathead

Ok. I get that we probably got a carve up by the referee but why and what are we doing about it ? If the Storm received that, would they receive it again after a Bellamy carve up ? If he feels that way BA sometimes has to stand up for the team otherwise we are going to be raped again and again… it’s just human nature for the refs to placate a scary coach and punish a timid one.

sixties

Ha, ha. BA’s not a timid coach. He just won’t give it to the refs in a presser. They go through the appropriate channels and I for one am glad he chooses that path. Others are a disgrace at pressers.

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