Eels Stat to Fix: End of year scoring slump

 

The Eels entered 2020 among the premiership favourites with talk of ending a 34-year title drought simmering away.

 

The hype increased when Parramatta found themselves in second place - one point behind ladder-leading Penrith - after 10 rounds.

 

But while Brad Arthur's team were an attacking juggernaut in the first half of the campaign, scoring 39 tries in 10 games (fifth most), their ability to find the stripe nosedived as the year wore on.

 

 

The blue-and-golds managed just 28 tries in the final 10 regular-season matches - only out-performing wooden spooners Brisbane (24).

 

To their credit, Parramatta won seven of the aforementioned fixtures despite not being at their best. However, they went try-less in two losses (38-0 v Rabbitohs in round 16, 20-2 v Panthers in round 18).

 

 

It's worth noting key halfback Mitchell Moses was hampered by a calf injury and five-eighth Dylan Brown missed the final four rounds with an ankle problem.

 

The Eels, who finished the regular season a commendable third, went out in straight sets in the finals but recaptured their attacking mojo with four tries against both Melbourne and South Sydney.

 

In the aftermath of their semi-final loss to the Rabbitohs, Arthur rejected claims Parramatta had peaked too early.

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  • I think injuries had an integral part of the Eels slump in the 2nd half of the year and it affected their overall confidence. 

    • I hope Lane was 'injured'.

      Most of the injuries were from going too hard, too soon. If they had confidence in their ability, coaches included, they'd make like the Roosters and be confident in their early losses and leave mid to late season fuel in the premiership chasing tank.

      Ive said it before and I'll say it again, we are being out coached by the best in the game. Look who coached the opposition teams in both finals last year.

  • Politzer coming for the team at NRL HQ for that masterpiece... the stat the eels need to improve on is  ... to score more points! Great insight.. 

    Agree Grunta, can’t play the style of footy asked of our forwards all year. Also need some variation from belting it up the middle into a set pack. 

     

  • Most of the injuries were from going too hard, too soon.

    Give the man a Cigar.

    Watch the top teams over the past 20 years, come out and make a statement, conserve themselves throught mid season and remake their statement coming into the finals.

    30 points will normally guarantee top 4 finish, that means you can afford to comfortably lose around 8 or nine games and be there for the Big Dance in October. 32 points is winning 16, losing 10. Persepctive.

    Always play to win but don't panic if a game every now and then goes against you.

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