Shute Shield 2015: Parramatta Season Review

by Paul Cook - A creditable 7th place finish in 2014 looked to have established a solid platform for progress at Parramatta under head coach Gerrard Fasavalu. But the loss of several key contributors to that campaign in the off-season, left the Two Blues putting their faith in a batch of relatively untried and untested youngsters. The side took time to gel as a result and struggled through the first half of the season, with only a win over bottom side Penrith to show for their troubles as points in particular proved hard to come by. The second half of the year saw plenty of improvement, with only a last-minute penalty try to Sydney University depriving them of a famous victory at Uni Oval No.1. But despite losing five of their 18 games by less than 5pts, and racking up an impressive 15 bonus points in the process, a disappointing draw at home to Penrith provided their only other weekend without defeat, and they ended the year in 11th place. A mid-season review of the coaching stru
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