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NRL match preview: Sydney Roosters v Parramatta Eels

Date: Saturday March 15, 2014
Kick-off: 7:30pm (Sydney)

Teams

Roosters: 1 Anthony Minichiello (c) 2 Daniel Tupou 3 Michael Jennings 4 Shaun Kenny-Dowall 5 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 6 James Maloney 7 Mitchell Pearce 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9 Jake Friend 10 Sam Moa 11 Boyd Cordner 12 Mitchell Aubusson 13 Frank-Paul Nuuausala Interchange 14 Daniel Mortimer 15 Aidan Guerra 16 Remi Casty 17 Kane Evans 18 Dylan Napa 19 Siosiua Taukeiaho

Eels: 1 Jarryd Hayne (c) 2 Semi Radradra 3 Will Hopoate 4 Willie Tonga 5 Vai Toutai 6 Corey Norman 7 Luke Kelly 8 Tim Mannah (c) 9 Kaysa Pritchard 10 Fuifui Moimoi 11 Ben Smith 12 Manu Ma’u 13 Kenny Edwards Interchange 14 Joseph Paulo 15 Kelepi Tanginoa 16 Peni Terepo 17 Darcy Lussick 18 Mitch Allgood 19 David Gower.

Preview

Sydney Roosters will be looking on Saturday to bounce back as they host the Parramatta Eels at Allianz Stadium.

Their heavy defeat by South Sydney was compounded by the National Rugby League match review committee that banished Sonny-Bill Williams to the sidelines after a shoulder charge.

Parramatta got the perfect start under new coach Brad Arthur, disposing of the New Zealand Warriors last Sunday in a game where Jarryd Hayne was dangerous, and both Vai Toutai and Semi Radradra scored hat-tricks.

Expect the hunger to be back in the Roosters this week.  Attacking weaponry over the park.  Michael Jennings will be the one to watch as he matches up against experienced Willie Tonga.  Radradra will face up against Roger Tuivasa-Sheck in another key match-up out wide.

Without SBW, the Roosters have the forward pack and attacking prowess to trouble the Eels.  But this is a new Parramatta, under new management and putting their troubled past behind them.  The Eels will be no pushover at the start of 2014.

Prediction

Sydney Roosters to post first points of the season not before the Eels to put in a genuine effort.

Check out 26rounds.com for a full Sydney Roosters preview of this match

Editor of nothingbutleague since site inception in 2013. Massive Penrith Panthers fan (Member 13120). Email: mattpnbl@outlook.com

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