ROUND 19, 2022 NRL TELSTRA PREMIERSHIP
FRIDAY JULY 21, 2022
BRONCOS 36 defeat Eels 14
What can you say???
Performances like this have become a just too often occurrence with this side.
Whether you blame the coach, the players, or both, it’s simply not good enough.
Apparently, camps don’t work. Results like this make them little more than a getaway during the week, and hardly validate the change of routine. Supporters don’t want to hear the “we trained well all week” rhetoric.
Watching press conferences after the game doesn’t really fill me with much confidence either. Any references to poor ref or bunker decisions ignores what was very poor footy from Parramatta (again).
And what the hell was Bailey Simonsson doing on that cross kick for Oates in the opening part of the second half? At least compete for the ball. You are not going to outjump Oates and try and tackle him on the line. He has too much power with the momentum of his leap thrown into the mix. Let’s not start on the second half kick off either. It simply wasn’t NRL standard footy.
Parramatta started great. Both Moses and Brown were running and things were looking promising. An early try to Sivo and the crowd was pumped. So, what happened? So many questions and no answers coming out of the sheds.
The biggest disappointment from this game was that the chance to push for a top 4 spot has probably been squandered big time. If Souths beat the Storm tomorrow night, the Eels will slump to 7th.
In this mixed bag of a season, it probably won’t surprise if this side beats Penrith next week. But make no mistake, were that to happen it would probably be followed up by another insipid performance and again the fans will be asking the same questions.
The Key Numbers
The Eels had 48% of possession and completed at 78% (29 from 37 sets).
Time wise, the Eels were in the Broncos half for 43 and a half minutes with 18 minutes and 12 seconds of that spent in the Broncos 20 metre zone.
The Eels gained 1997 metres as opposed to the Broncos 2047 metres. Within these metres, Parramatta made 1394 running metres (478 post contact).
Two of the back line ran for over 100 metres. Gutherson with 145 run metres and Waqa Blake with 130 run metres. Will Penisini was just shy with 98 run metres.
Our forwards tried to lay some ground work but nothing came of it. RCG led the forwards with 140 run metres, followed by Shaun Lane (139rm), the returning Ryan Matterson (127) and Isaiah Papali’i (109).
This is heat map that usually shows a side in fine form posting a dominant win.
So what can we tell from this? There are more questions than answers. Our forwards are working but are our backs are to blame? Where were our halves? Who was our primary decision maker?
Decent enough set starts in Broncos territory but nothing to show for it. Worrying signs across the board that’s for sure.
In defence the Eels made 351 tackles, missed 28 and had 17 ineffective tackles. This gives a Tackle Efficiency rating this week of 88.6%. The other perspective is that 11.7% of attempted tackles were either missed or ineffective.
Reed Mahoney again topped our tackle count with 45 but this was countered by 5 missed tackles and 3 ineffectives. Shaun Lane and Isaiah Papali’i made 36 tackles apiece.
Parramatta were much better in displine this week, only conceding 2 penalties and 3 set restarts, though Will Penisini had to spend 10 minutes in the naughty corner.
The Error stat was significant as the Eels made 16 errors to Broncos 8.
Strange Stat Of The Week
This isn’t as quirky as it is mind boggling.
This is the Eels Kick Map from the game. This seems like it should be set up for great results from the kicks.
However, how many line drop outs were forced?? Zero. None. Donuts. From memory it generated one six again. Needless to say, the Eels kickers achieved very little in this match.
Stat Player of the Week
The sad reality is that this result was completely predictable based on the track record of this season.
Based on that we can expect a big performance against the Panthers followed by garbage against Manly at 4Pines.
Everyone can cop a loss if your team plays well and is beaten by the better side. But when the Eels get beaten, it’s a flogging and it’s seriously hurting our for and against.
Parra’s defence against the Bronco’s was poor to say the least. But all credit to the Broncos who put on a master class. All 17 players played their role to a tee.
I rate our bench and its use the worst in the competition. Jake Arthur comes on with 4 minutes to go. Makatoa plays 10 minutes and doesn’t do much, Niukore who is one of our best forwards in attack and defence sees 24 minutes. Kaufusi to his credit has been playing really well off the bench. I can’t fault him there.
There either needs to be an extra forward or a hooker to give Reed a spell earlier in the game. Or if BA persists with Jake, use him earlier.
I’ll drop a bombshell here. Gutherson needs to be replaced as captain. There I said it. Give the (c) to Moses. I think that would improve Mitchell’s game and would take a lot of heat off Gutherson who can just play his natural game.
Moses plays with his heart on his sleeve and can lift this side by actions and words. And have you noticed when the Eels go to a captain’s challenge? It’s off Moses telling Gutherson to check it.
Our wingers are the slowest in the competition. Sivo coming back off his knee injury is still finding his feet and is a little stand offish to go full tilt. Bailey Simonsson needs a stint in reserves. His defence and attacking ability isn’t cutting it.
Maybe that’s a reason the Eels play like they do at times. It doesn’t matter how poor they play, they know BA won’t replace them. He sticks solid. Whats the definition of insanity……………..
This has to change.
See you next Friday night after the game in Jacks Bar & Grill for the podcast and our meet TCT evening.
Yours in Blue and Gold