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The Tip Sheet is back…after some technical difficulties involving a missing power cable. Regardless, Sixties and Forty20 are able to finally breakdown a frustrating loss to the Gold Coast Titans at the conclusion of Magic Round.
Despite dominating the ground game, the Blue & Gold were on the wrong end of a string of big moments in Round 10 including the sinbinning of their captain Clinton Gutherson and the eventual interception he would later throw. The boys are left to lament the growing pile of coin-toss results that are going against Parramatta and what they need from their best players in order to snap the funk.
I am mainly lamenting Mitch having a quiet one – hope a Sports psychologist is working with and can cut through his tendency to go into his shell when his confidence is down.
Case in point vs GC in missing difficult conversions he has kicked in recent weeks, was he was not so effective in attack versus the world beater he has been recently.
Given how incredible Dylan Brown was, I can only imagine our attacking potential last week if Mitch was anywhere near his recent form.
I think it been said a number of times that his first kick is indicative of not just how he’ll kick in the match but also how he’ll play
great show fellas…a lifeline out here in the west
10 years under Arthur. Same old same old. We win games on individual talent, not on being well drilled & consistent. Our defence is a shambles. Moses just runs sideways all the time & wants $1.2m. Dylan Brown should be modelling his game on Foran,. instead he runs & steps often without any shape around him. Our general shape in attack is embarrassing compared to other teams, we struggle to create numbers as easily as other teams create on us. Even the years we made the top 4 & GF, we still had so many flaws. We won the lotto… Read more »
Sorry but you are so off the mark here Chief.
What a surprise you defend the coach!
Tks men. Frustrating game that one.The Gutho intercepted pass..I thought he had run out of room to throw that, Dunster was right on the stripe, the geometry looked too tight. Whilst we were rolling through the middle strongly, either Tino or a wide shift seemed to get the Titans back upfield, we couldn’t quite pin them down and create high pressure, plus their scramble was keeping them in the game. This is not an excuse, but penalties blown against us looked like things you see 50 times in a game. And Campbell, got his upper body weight moving across and… Read more »
The Eels were penalised by 7 to 3, and yes they could barely get a penalty. There were some tough calls against us, but I was just as baffled by the calls that we weren’t getting too.
You could tell watching that game we were the far stronger team, Titians had a lot of things go their way. Sin binning, 7- 3 penalty count which helped them massively especially when we were all over them in the second half, an intercept try and their last try came from a offload that only happened because Moses knocked himself out in the tackle. After all that the difference was goal kicking. Good luck to them for getting the job done but wow they had a lot of luck.
We can be much better, indeed must play much better, but yes, it was one of those games that things fell the Titans way.
Delayed – I thought perhaps you boys had finally decided to give it up !! Good to see you are still going strong. Look, I and many others have said it before… if the side is giving up 40 odd miss tackles every game, you know it’s not a serious contender. We have the attack but we just miss too many tackles. We are all arm grabs and ineffective one on ones. Until we address our lack of defence we are going nowhere. At a time where every club has heavily invested in speed on the flanks as their number… Read more »
I agree with a lot of this but parra has shown they are slow to react to trends. They will probably get some speedy and workhorse outside backs in 2025 and then realise the game has a new trend has started. So frustrating to watch the lack of mental/tactical agility in coaching and team make up.
Geez we’ve done well in recent years Ron if we lack so much in the coaching.
You might have noticed the Ball players elevated to Flegg this week. That will be just the start. I agree about the need for pace. It must be a recruitment priority for 2024 (if not for our open roster spots this year).
I did see the elevation but they may have to be fast tracked.
We also need to make some decisions regarding some of the fringe players.
Whilst it’s great to have pathways for some of these kids, if they haven’t shown anything, it’s time to move on. Sam Loizou is a case in point.
No excuses. But No QLD team lost in magic round. Coincidence…? But those leg up penalties 4/1 in first half. 3/2 second half. Our defence and technique is a real issue and it hasn’t improved. We will never win a comp until we fix our defence! We lack a workhorse. Some good stats with the ball and we left a few points out there. But that counts for nothing when a team can score 5 tries against us. Paulo has lost his umph! He’s not Origin standard. Is he saving himself for it? He looks overweight!! Sivo too slow out… Read more »
Davey – I was a bit surprised but the teams that add mid season signings are usually adding someone they want to use in NRL not NSW Cup so I reckon all players expect a top grade selection from such players.
Yes, but would have expected him on the bench first. Cartwright was unlucky as was Matto and Ogden. A winning team doesn’t usually get changed by BA.
Greig was also not used enough…
I’d like to see Ogden instead of Maka this week.
Totally agree with your comment here Pete. Doesn’t seem right for those guys when their performance the previous week surpass the performances Davey gave earlier in the year and especially on Sunday. Mid year buy could just be to fill the bottom 30 tier as not everyone parra wants are available. Davey provides no spark or even consistency at the least
True, if it was Angus Crichton or Liam Martin or Cam Murray or someone who started in other teams then yes. Our recruitment is such that we cannot sign anyone that other clubs want.
We have holes in our roster and holes in our defence.
You would think. But then you would expect Nathan brown to get an NRL call up for Roosters
My problem is, since we lost a big prop like RCG, shouldn’t we add a big prop to the bench? I think that’s why it worked so well the game before. We had a big body in Ogden to make up for it. Matto should start and stay on the edge and play 80 mins (or even majority of the game) not be moved to make way for Davey. The experiment to have Davey mark Fifita failed when Matto could have done the job just fine
Agree, Ogden needs to be there and has shown he can do it. Matto Lane and Hopgood should all be 80 minutes. But (Hopgood isn’t quite ready for 80 minutes – He should be).
No grades this week?
It’s on the way. Gol was in Brisbane.
Frustrating game, frustrating season. I think 60s nailed it with our key players not clicking at the same time and generally being pretty patchy on performance, combined with outside backs issues has been the thing killing us.
Junior and Brown (until this week) haven’t been hungry enough with involvement, and Hodgson needs to come off the bench if he’s going to play, rather than starting.
Does anyone know why the Gutho sin binning for the tackled player without the ball did not lead to a penalty try?
I was wondering that myself. Should have been awarded.
I thought at the time it might be on the cards, but if the Titans player had bent down and scooped up the ball, Gutho was right on his back,so the scoring of a try would not have been a certainty. A circular argument I know, but not unreasonable.
If they awarded a penalty try he wouldn’t have been binned. It’s one or the other to the extent that if it is deemed a professional foul they will either award a penalty try or if they can’t justify a penalty try they will send the player to the bin. They won’t do both.