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Stats That Matta – Round 10, 2021: Eels Defeat Warriors

Sunday 16th May, 2021

Suncorp Stadium

EELS 34 defeated9 WARRIORS 18

Half time: Eels 24 – 6

Attendance: 33,175

Eels Scorers:

Tries: R. Campbell-Gillard x 2, N. Brown, M. Sivo, R. Matterson, J. Arthur

Goals: M. Moses 4 from 5, C . Gutherson 1 from 1


Eels started the last day of the 2021 Magic Round with their own big dose of magical rugby league.

Four early tries saw the Eels shoot out to a 24 nil lead in what could have been a very embarrassing day for the New Zealand side.

But after 20 minutes what happened?

Is this a worrying trend for the Eels to get a great start but not go on with it?

Did we just shut up shop and think this was going to come easy?

Are we again not paying enough respect to the opposition?

Kudos for the Warriors and their fight back, which had a lot of fans and Brad Arthur worried about being run down. But really, should we have let them get that close?

The Warriors actually won the second half 12 – 10.

The Eels had two missed tries, though tries like the Ferguson one we have all seen given plenty of times.

But this trend of not going on with it and not putting the foot to the throat has got to be a bit worrying.

Big shout out to Jakob Arthur on a fine debut. He contributed exactly what he needed to do as he didn’t  over play his hand and injected himself nicely when the opportunity was there. He’s got a cool head and wasn’t overawed by the occasion even under the focus of carrying the coach’s name. Jake looks a very smart footballer indeed. That great running try to pick up his first of what is likely to be many in the NRL was a superb way to cap his debut.

Match Stats

Again, like the Roosters game, the Eels dominated in every major stat.

The Eels held 59% possession, spending 43 and a half minutes in the Warriors half and 18:39 minutes in the Warriors red zone.

The completion rate was a healthy 86% with 36 sets completed from 42. In total the Eels gained 2229 metres and post contact metres were 616.


The Eels made 1503 running metres against the Warriors 1485. These numbers are a bit surprising after the Eels early onslaught.

Junior Paulo and Nathan Brown shared the top run metres with 139 metres each, closely followed by Reagan Campbell-Gillard (137) and Isaiah Papali’i (135).

Gutherson and Ferguson again were our highest running backs with 109 and 105 running metres respectively.

Kicking wise, Mitchell Moses kicked for 397 metres with some big help from Jakob Arthur who kicked for 174 metres. It might seem to be low kicking numbers for Mitch, but it actually did help him with having Jakob assisting. With less responsibility for the kicking, Mitch ran a few more times and had a bit more time to play some eyes up footy. It was good watching Mitch utilise his running game a bit more in this match.

Hit Ups

As shown in this map, we did seem to work a lot into the Warriors danger area. But can this be attributed to our fine start?

Outside of that, the game was played a lot in the middle third of the park. After the Warriors did kick into gear, it was good to see the Eels grind out the win. However, I believe we shouldn’t have really got to that stage after the start we had.

Set Starts

Plenty of set starts all over the park. We did have a bit in the Warriors half that started with points but that dried up for the last three quarters of the game. This might be something that the Eels will work on during the lead up to the Manly game this weekend.


The Eels made 286 tackles with 36 missed and 18 ineffective, giving an efficiency rating of 84%.

With the Eels again not completing over 10% of their tackles, Brad Arthur will be looking to shore up the Eels defence. It would be difficult to excuse it as fatigue as the Eels were dominant in possession.

The return of Reed Mahoney moved him back to the top tackler of the day for the Eels with 41 tackles. He was helped out by Ryan Matterson with 36 tackles, RCG with 23 and Junior and Papali’i with 21 each.


The Eels conceded just two penalties all match and conceded 6 set restarts.

The error count had the Eels with 7 to the Warriors 16.

In a very good stat, the Eels had zero players on report after the high contact edict was issued for the weekend. In fact, it was the only game of the round where no one got sent to the sin bin or sent off.

Final Thoughts

It remains a concern for me that the Eels are unable to put teams to the sword after starting strongly.

The Panthers are showing what to do when you start a game strongly. They just make their opponents pay for every mistake and take advantage of every opportunity. This is what the Eels need to bring into their game, especially against a red hot Manly side.

This week will again raise the question as to whether the Eels are genuine contenders or not. They have put in strong games against both the NRL powerhouses in the Storm and Roosters and came up trumps in those games, and Manly might be another test.

Equally, Manly have been inspired by Tommy Turbo of late, but the Eels are likely to provide a greater test than some of their recent opponents. The only top side they have faced since Trbojevic’s return is the Panthers, and the Panthers really weren’t troubled by them.

It should be a cracker on Sunday and I’m looking forward to a sold out Bankwest Stadium greeting our the arch rivals.

Come on Blue and Gold Army. Lets get the boys home in what should be one of the games of the year.

Stats Player of the Week

Who else but the Big Wrecking Moustache Reagan Campbell-Gillard.

Reg’s tale of the tape

  • 18 runs
  • 137 running metres
  • 48 Post Contact Metres
  • 1 Line Break
  • 2 Tackle Breaks

RCG Heat Map

A fine, dare I say ‘Magical’ performance from RCG.


Yours in Blue and Gold


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Colin Hussey

Those slack periods are a big concern. While we have two key players out through suspension, its no reason for not keeping the pressure on, its still early in the season but there needs to be a line upwards to keep out the opposition teams. It may be ok now to drop off but unless its culled out of the play we may once again fall short in the end of year matches.


You had two new players introduced to the same side of the field. I was expecting a hiccup or two, so the win and performance actually had extra merit in my opinion.

Colin Hussey

I understand where you are coming from with the 2 new players sixties, but not sure that 1 of them is a newbie to the team. That said, he was feeling it in the 2nd half in particular, hopefully he will pick up as he gets more match conditioning.


New to this year, which given his time out, I expected some rustiness, not just individually but also combinations.

John Eel

They can not continue to make these rookie errors. It is time that they began to nail these opportunities.

Manly will test them if they give them a sniff.

I am tipping the Eels to turn up. Eels by 13+

Colin Hussey

John, the eels have to play a very disciplined role against the gulls, along with no drop off times. That has to be hammered into the tea, otherwise they could go down badly, me I tip a win but no more than 13


The key player might be Waqa. We need him to produce his best, attack and especially defence.

John Eel

We need Waqa to stand up. As you say in both attack and defence.

The defence has been better this year on the right flank. Was this due to Niukore playing at centre or because Dylan has been playing inside.

Maybe a bit of both however it would have been good to see Dylan inside Waqa to see what the outcome would be

Waqa is a better player than he showed last season. He needs to aim up.


The run metres were much the same when we had extra possession. The Warriors were chewing up more ground than us for the middle third of the game, it just looked like we didn’t want to infringe on the 10 mtrs after a spate of 6Agains. The 24 blot lead may have also caused an intensity drop. ‘Let’s just play safe’.


The Eels looked a bit fatigued at times after the early onslaught. I realise that they had a heap of possession and normally this shouldn’t be the case, but geez…that was one hell of a physical game against the Roosters last week.
I reckon there was a bit of a physical hang over to be fair, plus the travel.


Might be a good call Grunta. I come back to my recent observations. As fans we used to be either surprised or very pleased with any wins. Now we expect to win and get disappointed if it’s not a good enough win.

Colin Hussey

The travel, along with the change in the climate conditions, which would have been warmer than in NSW, may well have told on the players. It was certainly a physical game.

John Eel

The Eels did the good work early in the game. This paid off at the back end of the game.

The Warriors faded in their run at the Eels. They were gassed at the end of the game.

I watched the game again on Monday night and when the pressure is off and you know that you’re team has won. You look at the game with a different perspective.

They lost their shape the Warriors and had nothing left. This is the outcome that BA is looking for with the power game.


Well noted John.

John Eel

Maybe not a stats matta. But sitting here watching the Cowboys Knights game, was Jason Taumalolo good value for the Cowboys at $10 million for 10 years.

I say good value for JT, not good for Cowboys

Colin Hussey

Certainly think he is past his best, and not the impact player he was either. He’s got 4 more $1m payments to go following this year.

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