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Stat Attack: Eels dominate Telstra Tracker despite defeat

They may have fallen short against Melbourne, but Parramatta dominated the Telstra Tracker in week one of the finals with Waqa Blake and Clint Gutherson topping the speed and high-speed effort categories.

Blake's defence has been under the microscope leading into Saturday's sudden-death clash with South Sydney, but the centre is a proven attacking weapon and clocked an impressive speed of 36.1km/h in the 36-24 loss to the Storm.

The 25-year-old beat Knights centre Bradman Best (35.5km/h), Melbourne fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen (35km/h), Sharks custodian Will Kennedy (34.6) and Raiders halfback George Williams (34.5).

Eels captain Gutherson, meanwhile, has been a staple of the weekly top five for high-speed efforts (bursts of 20km/h or more) and his total of 41 was four off the season record which he jointly owns.

The tireless No.1 edged out Raiders dynamo Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (39 high-speed efforts), Parramatta teammate Dylan Brown (34), Canberra skipper Jarrod Croker (34) and Papenhuyzen (34).

Elsewhere, Roosters halves Luke Keary and Kyle Flanagan and Sharks five-eighth Connor Tracey tied for the most distance covered on 9.8km.

Cronulla halfback Chad Townsend (9.4) and Gutherson (9.3) came next.

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