ROUND 24, 2022 NRL TELSTRA PREMIERSHIP
THURSDAY AUGUST 25, 2022
EELS 53 defeated BRONCOS 6
Back to back big wins for our Parramatta Eels. It’s far more enjoyable writing up the positives than putting the heat on the team after some of their lacklustre efforts.
To be fair, Parra has been building at the right time of the year, and the performance against the Broncos was as close as they’ve got to an 80 minute effort.
The pack rolled forward, whilst the halves played tremendously well off them and ran the show. The backs then got their slice of the spoils, hitting their straps in some silky smooth plays.
Everything just seemed to click and it showed on the scoreboard.
One thing I did take out of this game was our patience with the ball is getting better.
So do the numbers match the game? Lets have a look.
The Key Numbers
With 58% of possession the Eels just strangled the Broncos out of the game. A 76% completion rate (37 completed from 49 sets) still isn’t ideal, but when sets were completed full toll was taken on the Broncos.
Time wise, the Eels were in the Broncos half for just over 49 minutes with 25 and a quarter minutes spent in the Broncos red zone.
Parra clocked up 2427 total metres, nearly 1000 metres more than the Broncos. Within that, the Eels ran for 1952 metres which included 680 post contact metres.
Here’s another telling point. Nine Eels players ran more than 100 metres. You can add in another five players who ran over 90 metres. Quite simply, the Eels ran riot.
RCG was team best with 177 metres followed closely by Clint Gutherson with a monster tally of 173 running metres. Maika Sivo is becoming more confident and contributed 162 run metres whilst Ryan Matterson tallied up 158 metres off the bench.
The heat map speaks for itself. There’s been none better this year.
There are set starts all over the park. The heat area is from the Broncos frequent kick offs. Apart from that, there is no shortage of starts in the Broncos side of the field which is exactly what you want.
However, there were a number of second-half set restarts in the Broncos 20 metre zone when they kept knocking the ball down in attempting to spoil Parra’s attack. After they got their hands to a couple of passes, I believe that the Eels halves should have played a little bit deeper and used the ball before the line.
Defence and Discipline
Parra completed 255 tackles, missing 17 and having 9 ineffective. This produced a tackle efficiency of 90.7%. Reed Mahoney led the Eels tackle count with 32, followed by Isaiah Papali’i (27) and Ryan Matterson (25).
Two big stats to have emerged from the last two games is the Eels tackle count. As you recall, Parra made just 280 tackles against the Dogs. Against the Broncos, it was even less with the Eels only having to make 255 tackles.
Too much defending drains your tank and you have nothing left for your attack. These low defensive numbers could have been the catalyst for the Eels improved attack.
From a team discipline perspective, Parra gave away 5 penalties, along with just one set restart for ruck infringement and one set restart for being inside the 10.
Total Errors came in at 14.
Strange Stat of The Week
This stat is probably more impressive than strange. The Eels broke a grand total of 50 tackles with Shaun Lane coming up with 10 tackle breaks on his own.
Stats Player of the Year
It is impossible to go past Shaun Lane. So let’s just bask in his stats against the Broncos.
Runs – 14
Run Metres – 153
Post Contact Metres – 70
Offloads – 4
Line Breaks – 2
Line Break Assists – 1
Try Assists – 1
Tackle Breaks – 10
The Final Thought
The final thought today is all about looking forward.
And the message is simple and direct.
Get to Commbank Stadium on Thursday. Be the loudest you’ve been all year and paint the precinct Blue and Gold as we cheer the boys into 4th spot.
Yours in Blue and Gold