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The Tip Sheet – 2022 Ep 77: The Morning After, Eels (Quite Literally) Drop The Ball Against Penrith

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Sixties and Forty20 convene the morning after Parramatta’s 27-8 loss to the Penrith Panthers in Week 1 of the finals. The non-quite instant reaction edition of The Tip Sheet focuses on where the Eels got it wrong and the opportunities they missed.

The Blue & Gold were in it right up until the final quarter of play but a slew of errors – including a horror night from Waqa Blake – hamstrung their chances against the reigning premiers. Throw in a quiet night from three-quarters of your playmaking corp and a scintillating performance from Nathan Cleary and you arrive at the end result.

Still, the boys debrief the entirety of the game as well as what lies ahead for the Eels in Week 2 of the finals. A sudden death fixture against either the Storm or Raiders at CommBank Stadium is on the horizon and both Sixies and Forty20 still have plenty of confidence in the team.

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20 thoughts on “The Tip Sheet – 2022 Ep 77: The Morning After, Eels (Quite Literally) Drop The Ball Against Penrith

  1. Chris K

    For 50 minutes we were proper in it.

    The worst of it for me is Moses – hope he he is doing well.

    If we are not lucky enough to have him next week, I am resigned to a finals exit.

    Couple of things for mine:

    • Cleary put in a performance for the ages … that was up there with Andrew Johns at his best
    • Not dirty on Waqa – feel sorry for the bloke; can’t think of any player who would like to sit under those bombs. Mentioned elsewhere, but the pressure on Cleary as kicker allowing him time to set these up, is where the likely issue was – but again, wow what a night for Cleary
    • If we had a few other players with the commitment Mitch did in stopping Kikau, he may not have had to put himself in front of that wrecking ball so many times, and he might have stayed lucky
    • Might have been warranted (saw no replays), but those two six agains in the set of Penrith’s second try hurt
    • All the media bs surrounding Jake Arthur has probably put too much pressure in the kid’s head and on his shoulders, and he shanked his performance last night probably in no small part because of it – missed tackle on the Cleary bust, and out on the full. Hope he continues to develop, but he is playing under scrutiny and is not ready for this type of stage yet. Give me a Will Smith on the bench any day of the week
    • Dropped ball – error compounded after error
    • Penrith had a rested team of superstars and we played them at home, and again …. Cleary

    If Moses is fit, not the end of the world – we carry on, and if we go long enough to meet Penrith in the Grand Final, we win the one that counts.

    1. !0 Year Member

      We are all disappointed Mike. They were too good. Our poor defence over the season might cost us. I would still have BA any day and be competitive than languish at the bottom of the table

        1. Chris K

          We lost against the best team in the comp, full-strength, rested with the premier playmaker in the match playing the game of his life.

          Moses going off was unfortunate.

          Not failure yet. Giving up at this point is failure.

  2. Spark

    I thought the team was fantastic but just ran out of steam after halftime.
    Cleary was fantastic.
    Ennis was right, we didn’t put enough pressure on Cleary.
    Waqa – yep it wasn’t good but hell it would be a nightmare to catch those bombs.
    BA – Maka needs more than 10 mins !
    JA – (can we criticise him without everyone losing their shit ?) Nathan Cleary ran around him… just think about that… a tired Nathan Cleary ran around a fresh JA ! if he is our 2nd best half at the club we are in trouble. I won’t go into the errors.
    Dylan Brown- if you want to be an elite player , you can’t go missing. Disappointing.
    RCG and Junz were great as was Reed.
    The riff are just an amazing side and deserve all the accolades they get. Especially when you consider some of the players that they have in their reserves that would (or should) walk into our team.

    1. MickB

      I did think the same thing about Cleary running around JA, at first glance it looked pretty poor. But I was too busy throwing my toys out of the pram after that to watch the replay.

      We needed more in attack from the spine I agree, but on Dyl going missing, Munster had a pretty ordinary game against us last week and he’s regularly talked about as being the best in the competition.

  3. Shaun

    I do think that you were right on the money in that some players did their best to not lose the game rather than try to win it. You could see Parra gaining ascendancy and then a mistake changed momentum, especially that first one when Penrith scored down a player. In the end 14 points came as a result of errors (including Reed’s ridiculous strip right on front of the goals). And yes, The Chin did play a blinder.

    Destiny is still in Parra’s hands and they don’t need to fix too much. But BA and the team are at a crossroads. How everyone responds (starting with the team selection especially the bench) is going to be critical to reaching week 3.

    1. Milo

      Fair comment Shaun; i was disappointed in the onfield leaders when MM went off; we needed to settle it and play footy in their red zone, and cut the bloody errors. It was v disappointing and to me we gave them the last 20 mins.
      Junior looked Gassed

  4. BDon

    Tks men, agree that wasn’t all a shipwreck.You can see there’s something to build on, the game didn’t turn on lack of attitude or effort. Penrith’s constant tempo and energy just gobbles up freebies, throw in a kicking masterclass and it’s a tough gig. Randoms – Crichton took a dive and sucked in the bunker, there was no force into his legs, it was a grab. I also thought that Luaui intentionally contacted Waqa’s arm/shoulder and impeded him without playing at the ball prior to first try, and also did Luaui feather touch the ball before picking it up. Gutho threw that pass a foot inside the 40 and Sivo caught it a foot over, he shaped his hands square, I’ve seen many worse allowed. The Crichton strip on Mahoney, the marker play was anything goes.

    1. Milo

      BDon, Luaui has become a bit of a tool tbh and he seems to milk a lot; this is where for me we need an enforcer there to line him up.

  5. Pete

    Great discussion guys.
    Before I comment on Parra. I just wanted to say the Panthers played probably their best game all year. They found a New gear and put the foot to the floor. Clearly was plotting this revenge while suspended. His best game since Origin.
    Now to Parra, just wanted to say how disappointed by the result. But more disappointed by the errors we put on. Just terrible for this time of year.
    But all is not lost.
    Eels v Raiders is our last chance.
    We need to find a new gear and floor it!
    Go Eels!!

  6. Milo

    We needed cool heads out there in the second half and tbh we did not have it. I was quite disappointed in some senior players in that they didnt seem to play how we should play.
    We did not really pressure Cleary’s kicks and tbh we allowed him this space….it was not good enough in that respect.
    I thought until Moses went off we had a 50/50 chance. I was miffed about some players not coming off / some off.
    We will need a v strong bench next week and know where Canberra are going to play. I am quite nervous tbh as Canberra will be going all out to belt us early…..we do owe Ricky don’t we? I hope someone tells the players this…

  7. Mike

    You know sixties and 4o always try their best to defend Jake for the obvious reasons, but they always say that Jake is deservedly in the 17 to cover Moses and there’s nobody else in the squad who has the ability to cover the halves

    There in lies the problem, everyone knows that Jake is nowhere near good enough, is slow, doesn’t have the lateral cover, yet BA didn’t find it necessary to find another option or at least keep another utility like will Smith who’s done the job previously.
    It seems like Brad has gone out of his way to make sure Jake gets first nabs.
    I don’t like it, and it was obvious we went backwards very quickly when Jake came on. Will Smith was much better.

  8. Clive

    Much has been said about kick pressure. One of the first things to go once fatigue sets in is line speed and the second is kick pressure.

    The coach knowingly goes into a game against a team renowned for fitness and line speed with basically a two man bench. It’s no mystery why our line speed and kick pressure suck.

    As for Waqa I actually wrote on here after the Storm game that Cleary will terrorise Waqa on Friday night. He let balls bounce against Melbourne and it was no surprise he had a shocker against Penrith.

    I defended Brad for years but if they get beat by the Raiders this weekend he needs to be sacked. Get on the phone to Shane Flanagan who at least has proven he can win big games.

    The Sharks roster when they won the comp is no where near as good as ours at the moment.

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