Date: Friday May 30
Venue: SportingBet Stadium
Panthers: Matt Moylan, Josh Mansour, Dean Whare, Jamal Idris, David Simmons, Jamie Soward, Peter Wallace, Sam McKendry, James Segeyaro, Brent Kite, Sika Manu, Elijah Taylor, Adam Docker. Interchange: Tim Grant, Jeremy Latimore, Tyrone Peachey, Lewis Brown, Matt Robinson
Eels: Jarryd Hayne (c), Semi Radradra, Will Hopoate, Ryan Morgan, Ken Sio, Corey Norman, Chris Sandow, Tim Mannah (c), Nathan Peats, Darcy Lussick, David Gower, Manu Mau, Joseph Paulo. Interchange: Pauli Pauli, Peni Terepo, Junior Paulo, Mitch Allgood, Lee Mossop
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The battle of western Sydney kick’s off round twelve of the National Rugby League when Penrith host Parramatta at SportingBet Stadium on Friday night.
With both teams placed third and fourth on the table, this could be one of the most anticipated game between both sides since Nathan Hindmarsh’s 300 game milestone night where a Luke Walsh field goal won the game for Penrith 23-22. Earlier in the season Parramatta were too good for a stunned Penrith 32-16 as Chris Sandow made his long awaited return to the top grade.
Parramatta are one win from three on the road this season. They will be hoping Jarryd Hayne is fit enough to play following State of Origin duties. English import Lee Mossop has been named on an extended bench and quite possibly could make his NRL debut. The only other change being Ryan Morgan returning to the side, with Willie Tonga the man making way. Parramatta are looking for their third straight win after brushing past Cronulla and St George-Illawarra in their last two outings. They will be launching all out attack with Semi Radradra and Will Hopoate forming a nice partnership out wide. Nathan Peats has been inspirational at hooker in leading a good forward pack and was considered an outside chance of a Blues jumper.
Penrith are four wins from five games at home and will be hard to beat. Penrith will have no players backing up from Origin. Ex-Warriors Elijah Taylor and Lewis Brown return from injury for this clash. This means that Matt Robinson and rookie Isaah Yeo drop out of the side. Penrith have been impressive in their last two outings. A good win in Newcastle was followed up by a gutsy win in Canberra where they kept out the home side in the final minutes of the game to record victory. Penrith too will be looking out wide through Josh Mansour and Matt Moylan at the back to break to Eels apart. Mansour expected make an announcement about his future following this weekend’s match as Canberra appear likely to have his signature.
This game will go down to the wire but the home side defensively should be able to shut out this game.