2012 Parramatta Eels season

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2012 Parramatta Eels season
NRL 16th
Play-off result DNQ
2012 record Wins: 6; Draws: 0; Losses: 18
Points scored For: 431; Against: 674
Team information
Coach Stephen Kearney (Rd 1-20), Brad Arthur (Rd 21-26)
Captain
Stadium Parramatta Stadium
High. Attend. 45,863
(vs. St George-Illawarra Dragons, Rd 26)
Top scorers
Tries Ken Sio (13)
Goals Luke Burt (51)
Points Luke Burt (126)
2011 2013 >

The 2012 Parramatta Eels season is the 66th in the club's history. Coached by Stephen Kearney (who was replaced part-way through the season by assistant coach, Brad Arthur) and captained by Nathan Hindmarsh, they competed in the NRL's 2012 Telstra Premiership. The Eels finished the regular season in last place for the first time since 1972, and also failing to make the finals for the 3rd consecutive year.

Summary[edit]

2012 saw the retirement of Eels legends Luke Burt and Nathan Hindmarsh. It would also mark the first time since 1972 that the team would succumb to the dreaded wooden spoon. The Eels struggled all year, securing just their first win of the season in Round 5 against defending premiers Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles before ending a six-game losing streak against the Cronulla Sharks. This horror start to the season, and a win rate of less than 25% over almost two seasons with the club, coach Stephen Kearney was forced to resign and Assistant Coach Brad Arthur would become caretaker. The team responded to this producing 3 wins from 4 games, including competition front-runners Melbourne Storm and Brisbane Broncos to give the fans some hope for the rest of the season. However this was short lived and following a 38-6 thumping to the South Sydney Rabbitohs in Round 25 of the Telstra Premiership were officially unable to avoid the wooden spoon.

Whilst Parramatta’s problems were largely attributed to their relatively poor defence, numerous pundits claimed Parramatta’s problems in 2012 were largely credited to the recurring absences of star fullback Jarryd Hayne. Even whilst producing higher per-match statistics than any other fullback in the game (8 tries, 14 try-assists), Hayne only managed to complete 10 games from the season’s 24, due to both injury and State of Origin duty.

Throughout the season many of the Eels players came under scrutiny and were dropped to the NSW Cup, including high profile recruit Chris Sandow, who at the time was touted as overweight and unfit,[1] and veteran Luke Burt. As a result players Matt Ryan, Jake Mullaney and Nathan Smith were called up to the top squad and have impressed in their roles of Second-Row, Fullback and Hooker respectively, making a suitable replacement for injured stars Jarryd Hayne and Matt Keating.

Towards the end of the season Ricky Stuart was announced as the new coach for the Parramatta Eels from 2013.[2]

Fixtures[edit]

Trial matches[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Score Tries Goals Attendance Report
11 February Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford Loss 20–12 E. Tonga, Toutai Burt 2
17 February Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers Centrebet Stadium, Penrith Loss 26–12 Sio, Sandow Burt 2 18,511

Regular season[edit]

The 2012 Telstra Premiership season draw for Parramatta is as follows[3][4]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Score Tries Goals Attendance Report
2 March Round 1 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta Loss 6–18 Sandow Burt 1/1 11,339 [5] [6]
12 March Round 2 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta Loss 20–36 Sio, Blair, Sandow (2) Sandow 2/4 12,102 [5] [7]
18 March Round 3 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville Loss 42–6 O'Hanlon Sandow 1/1 8,239 [5] [8]
23 March Round 4 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta Loss 6–39 Maitua Sandow 1/1 13,788 [5] [9]
31 March Round 5 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta Win 29–20 Hayne (2), Keating, Sio Sandow 6/6 & FG: 1/1 13,518[10] [11]
8 April Round 6 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights Hunter Stadium, Newcastle Loss 14–6 T. Mannah Sandow 1/1 24,158 [12]
15 April Round 7 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Toyota Stadium, Woolooware Loss 24–18 Hayne (2), Blair Sandow 3/3 14,327 [13] [14]
29 April Round 8 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta Loss 30–31 Blair, Hayne, Ryan, Sio, W. Tonga Burt 5/5 19,654 [15] [16]
4 May Round 9 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park Loss 12–46 Morgan, Sio Burt 2/2 28,214 [17] [18]
13 May Round 10 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Canberra Stadium, Canberra Loss 40–34 Morgan (2), Sio (2), Blair, Sandow Burt 5/6 9,210 [19] [20]
18-21 May Round 11 Bye
26 May Round 12 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah Loss 14–12 McGuire, Ryan Burt 2/2 12,756 [21] [22]
4 June Round 13 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta Win 29–20 Burt (2), Hayne (2), Morgan Burt 4/5; Sandow FG: 1/1 10,009 [23] [24]
8-11 June Round 14 Bye
16 June Round 15 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park Loss 6–24 Maitua Burt 1/1 14,212 [25] [26]
23 June Round 16 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers Centrebet Stadium, Penrith [27] Win 19–18 Burt, Hayne, Morgan Burt 3/3; Sandow FG: 1/1 15,275 [28] [29]
30 June Round 17 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta Loss 12–20 M. Keating, Sio Burt 2/2 12,022
8 July Round 18 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Brookvale Oval, Brookvale [30] Loss 40–24 Sio (2), Burt, Mullaney Burt 4/4 16,065
13 July Round 19 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park [31] Loss 12–32 Morgan, Sio Burt 2/2 31,102
21 July Round 20 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta Win 16–10 Hindmarsh, Sio, B. Smith Burt 2/3 9,029
30 July Round 21 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane [32] Win 22–42 Sandow (2), Burt, Moimoi, Poore, Sio, N. Smith Burt 7/7 22,626
6 August Round 22 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Campbelltown Sports Stadium, Campbelltown Loss 51–26 Mullaney (2), Roberts, Sio, Tautai Burt 3/5 14,822
11 August Round 23 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta Win 36–22 Morgan (2), Sandow (2), Blair, Hindmarsh Burt 6/7 12,193
19 August Round 24 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans Skilled Park, Gold Coast Loss 24–16 Burt, Lasalo, Sandow Burt 2/3 14,159
26 August Round 25 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park [33] Loss 6–38 Burt Burt 1/1 24,121
2 September Round 26 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park Loss 8–29 Morgan Burt 1/1, Hindmarsh 1/1 45,863

Ladder[edit]

National Rugby League[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 18 0 6 2 568 369 +199 40
2 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm (P) 24 17 0 7 2 579 361 +218 38
3 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 16 0 8 2 559 438 +121 36
4 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 24 16 0 8 2 497 403 +94 36
5 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 24 15 0 9 2 597 445 +152 34
6 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 24 13 0 11 2 545 536 +9 30
7 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 24 12 1 11 2 445 441 +4 29
8 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 24 12 0 12 2 481 447 +34 28
9 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons 24 11 0 13 2 405 438 -33 26
10 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 11 0 13 2 506 551 -45 26
11 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 24 10 0 14 2 449 477 -28 24
12 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 24 10 0 14 2 448 488 -40 24
13 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 24 8 1 15 2 462 626 -164 21
14 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 24 8 0 16 2 497 609 -112 20
15 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 24 8 0 16 2 409 575 -166 20
16 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 24 6 0 18 2 431 674 -243 16

National Youth Competition[edit]

Pos Team P W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 4 3 0 1 0 134 56 +78 6
2 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 4 3 0 1 0 144 70 +74 6
3 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks 4 3 0 1 0 138 88 +50 6
4 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 4 3 0 1 0 114 78 +36 6
5 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 4 3 0 1 0 105 82 +23 6
6 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 4 3 0 1 0 105 82 +23 6
7 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 4 2 0 2 0 116 104 +12 4
8 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs 4 2 0 2 0 92 91 +1 4
9 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 4 2 0 2 0 122 128 -6 4
10 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 4 2 0 2 0 102 112 -10 4
11 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 4 2 0 2 0 96 114 -18 4
12 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 4 2 0 2 0 90 108 -18 4
13 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 4 1 0 3 0 88 114 -26 2
14 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons 4 1 0 3 0 72 128 -56 2
15 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 4 0 0 4 0 82 131 -49 0
16 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 4 0 0 4 0 72 184 -112 0


Squad[edit]

Parramatta Eels
NRL Premiership Squad Coaching staff

Head coach

Assistant coach


Legend:
  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured

Updated: 27 March 2012
Source(s): Player profiles, [34] Coaching staff, [35]
Injury update, [36] Rugby League Project [5]

Transfers[edit]

In:

Nat. Pos. Name From
Samoa SO Ben Roberts Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs
Australia HK Nathan Smith Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs
New Zealand PR Taulima Tautai Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sutherland Sharks
Australia PR Jon Mannah Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sutherland Sharks
Tonga CE Esikeli Tonga Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans
Australia CE Willie Tonga North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
United States LF Joseph Paulo Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers
New Zealand SR Daniel Penese St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons
Australia SH Chris Sandow South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs
Australia WG Cheyse Blair Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters
Australia FB Jake Mullaney Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers

Out

Nat. Pos. Name To
Tonga PR Manase Manuokafoa Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
Australia SH Jeff Robson Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sutherland Sharks
Australia SO Daniel Mortimer Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters
Australia WG Daniel Tupou Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters
Tonga WG Etu Uaisele Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers
Australia CE Joel Reddy Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers
Australia FB Tom Humble Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers
New Zealand PR Pele Peletelese Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Burleigh Bears

Retirees

Note: Former Manly player and NSW representative, William Hopoate will join the Eels in 2014 after completing a two-year religious mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[37]

Player statistics[edit]

Player statistics as of 26 August 2012.[5]

Name App T G FG Pts
Allgood, MitchellMitchell Allgood 17 0 0 0 0
Blair, CheyseCheyse Blair 20 5 0 0 20
Burt, LukeLuke Burt 18 6 51 0 126
Hayne, JarrydJarryd Hayne 12 8 0 0 32
Hindmarsh, NathanNathan Hindmarsh 21 2 0 0 8
Horo, JustinJustin Horo 4 0 0 0 0
Keating, MatthewMatthew Keating 15 2 0 0 8
Kelly, LukeLuke Kelly 4 0 0 0 0
Lasalo, TanielaTaniela Lasalo 10 1 0 0 4
McGuire, CaseyCasey McGuire 11 1 0 0 0
Maitua, ReniReni Maitua 19 2 0 0 8
Mannah, TimTim Mannah 22 1 0 0 4
Moimoi, FuifuiFuifui Moimoi 21 1 0 0 4
Morgan, RyanRyan Morgan 17 8 0 0 32
Mullaney, JakeJake Mullaney 5 3 0 0 12
O'Hanlon, PatPat O'Hanlon 2 1 0 0 4
Paulo, JosephJoseph Paulo 21 0 0 0 0
Poore, JustinJustin Poore 21 1 0 0 4
Roberts, BenBen Roberts 17 1 0 0 4
Ryan, MattMatt Ryan 17 2 0 0 8
Sandow, ChrisChris Sandow 21 9 14 3 67
Sio, KenKen Sio 22 13 0 0 52
Smith, BenBen Smith 8 1 0 0 4
Smith, NathanNathan Smith 7 1 0 0 4
Tautai, TaulimaTaulima Tautai 9 1 0 0 4
Tonga, EsikeliEsikeli Tonga 3 0 0 0 0
Tonga, WillieWillie Tonga 12 1 0 0 4

Milestones[edit]

  • Round 4 — Four losses marked the Eels' worst season opening since 1991
  • Round 5 — The Eels broke their losing streak in to 2011 Premiers, the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

Part-way through the season it was announced that head coach Stephen Kearney would depart the club, with his assistant Brad Arthur taking over for the remainder of 2012. About a week later Ricky Stuart was announced as the Eels' head coach for the 2013 NRL season.

Jersey and Sponsors[edit]

Parramatta retain Pirtek Fluid Systems as major sponsor in 2012. The team is often referred to as the Pirtek Eels. Apparel sponsors for 2012 are Law Partners Compensation Lawyers, the University of New England, and Capital Corporation. [38]

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