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NRL match preview: Parramatta Eels vs Penrith Panthers

Date: Saturday, March 29 2014
Kick-off: 5:30pm (Sydney time)



1 Jarryd Hayne (c) 2 Semi Radradra 3 Will Hopoate 4 Willie Tonga 5 Ken Sio 6 Corey Norman 7 Chris Sandow 8 Tim Mannah (c) 9 Nathan Peats 10 Fuifui Moimoi 11 Kenny Edwards 12 Manu Ma’u 13 Joseph Paulo Interchange 14 Kelepi Tanginoa 15 Peni Terepo 16 Mitch Allgood 17 David Gower


1 Matt Moylan 2 Kevin Naiqama 3 Dean Whare 4 Jamal Idris 5 David Simmons 6 Jamie Soward 7 Peter Wallace 8 Nigel Plum 9 Kevin Kingston (c) 10 Sam McKendry 11 Lewis Brown 12 Elijah Taylor 13 Adam Docker Interchange 14 James Segeyaro 15 Jeremy Latimore 16 Tyrone Peachey 17 Tim Grant


After winning on the siren last week, Penrith will be looking for improvement in their game as they face Parramatta in the local derby on Saturday.  On the other hand the Eels will be buoyed by their performance against Manly despite going down in the final moments at Brookvale.

Penrith will be looking to play this one through the forwards with their in-form pack led by Docker and Nigel Plum.   For the Eels Kenny Edwards and Manu Ma’u are relatively inexperienced at National Rugby League level, and Nathan Peats is still settling into the hooking role. The Panthers looking for quick play the balls and dominate the ruck.  Something they struggled with against Des Hasler’s Bulldogs last weekend.  Penrith’s cause will be assisted by x-factor bench players James Segeyaro and Tyrone Peachey,  capable of ripping the game apart and in their team’s favour.

The most fascinating battle of the game should be out wide and where Parramatta will be hoping to dominate.  Semi Radradra is one difficult customer who will be up against the experienced David Simmons and Jamal Idris.  Ken Sio faces Kevin Naiqama and both have shown in their career that finding the line has not been a problem.  One would expect Jarryd Hayne will come under close scrutiny from Penrith in this match as they try to restrict his impact on the game.

Eels fans will be keen to see how Sandow fits into this side after a troubled career with the club.  This could be one small step on the way back to resurrecting his career.  He joins Corey Norman in the halves where they go head to head against Peter Wallace and Jamie Soward.  The halves could well determine how the game is won.

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