Left edge reaps most points for the Eels

Semi Radradra of the Eels scores a try during the round 16 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Pirtek Stadium on June 27. Photo by Mark Metcalfe
Semi Radradra of the Eels scores a try during the round 16 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Pirtek Stadium on June 27. Photo by Mark Metcalfe

THE Parramatta Eels are doing their best Beyonce Knowles impersonation in 2015, embodying her Irreplaceable lyrics: to the left, to the left.

NRL.com statistics reveal the Eels' left-edge attack is the most potent in the competition with 31 tries down that third of the field before last week's game against St George Illawarra.

They also average the most shifts (12.5) to the left-hand side of any other team.

The Eels' quartet of Corey Norman, Manu Ma'u, Brad Takairangi and Semi Radradra are the left-hand men who have become the blue and gold's main attacking force.

Chris Sandow and Corey Norman of the Eels celebrate a try by team mate Semi Radradra during the round 16 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Pirtek Stadium on June 27. Photo by Mark Metcalfe

Chris Sandow and Corey Norman of the Eels celebrate a try by team mate Semi Radradra during the round 16 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Pirtek Stadium on June 27. Photo by Mark Metcalfe

In an ominous sign Eels centre Brad Takairangi said the group was only going to get better.

"We have had a lot injuries and once we build our combinations we will only get better," he said. "Our whole left edge is pretty close on and off the field and that shows on the field."

But nrl.com stats also show the Eels have the worst completion rate (72 per cent) and on average concede the most tries (4.3).

After round 15 here is a snapshot of the Eels' best and worst statistics:

  • 8.8 dominant tackles per game (first)
  • 133 dummy half metres (second)
  • Nine incomplete sets per game (14th)
  • 28 missed tackles per game (15th)
  • Five handling errors per game (16th)
  • Chris Sandow has kicked three 40/20s (first)
  • Average conceded tries 4.3 (16th)

This week the Eels will be looking for some revenge against the Wests Tigers who beat them earlier the season in a tough struggle on Easter Monday.

They will also have to overcome two statistics that are heavily against them.

The blue and golds have only one win from past 18 visits at ANZ Stadium.

They also have lost nine of their last 12 games to the Wests Tigers.

The good news is that Manu Ma'u will return from his two-game suspension.

The Eels take on the Wests Tigers in round 17 at ANZ Stadium in Monday night football this week. Kick-off is 7pm. Tickets: nrl.com.

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