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NRL match preview: Parramatta Eels vs St George Illawarra Dragons

Date:Saturday, May 17, 2014
Venue:Pirtek Stadium

Eels:1.Jarryd Hayne (c) 2.Semi Radradra 3.Will Hopoate 4.Willie Tonga 5.Ken Sio 6.Corey Norman 7
7.Chris Sandow 8.Tim Mannah (c) 9.Nathan Peats 10.Darcy Lussick 11.David Gower 12.Manu Ma’u
13.Joseph Paulo Interchange:14.Pauli Pauli 15.Peni Terepo 16.Junior Paulo 17.Mitch Allgood

Dragons:1.Josh Dugan 2.Brett Morris 3.Joel Thompson 4.Gerard Beale 5.Jason Nightingale 6.Gareth Widdop 7.Sam Williams 8.Tyson Frizell 9.Mitch Rein 10.Leeson Ah Mau 11.Bronson Harrison
12.Ben Creagh (c) 13.Trent Merrin Interchange: 14.Jack Stockwell 15.Dan Hunt 16.Jack De Belin 17.Will Matthews

The word on everyone’s lips heading into this clash is Benji Marshall. With the Wests Tigers and St George Illawarra Dragons coming to an agreement today, it appears likely Marshall will make his NRL comeback in the red V on Saturday afternoon at Pirtek Stadium.

Marshall aside, this shapes up as another terrific match, with the in-form Eels hosting a desperate Dragons side that have been criticised for their lack of size in the forwards and have won just one of their last six matches.

The Eels back line is headed by The Semi Trailer, Semi Radradra, and Jarryd Hayne who is fast approaching his 2009 form. Up against a representative Dragons back line this will be an entertaining battle.

The Dragons are desperate, but they have been desperate the last couple of weeks and been hammered, so something needs to change. Marshall could be the answer, but his form at the end of his Tigers career wasn’t great so that’s no guarantee.

Dragons by 8.


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