Date: Friday, May 29th
Venue: Pepper Stadium
Kick-Off: 7:45pm (AEDT)
Last Ten Meetings:
1. May 30th 2014, Penrith Panthers 38 – 12 Parramatta Eels
2. March 29th 2014, Parramatta Eels 32 – 16 Penrith Panthers
3. July 13th 2013, Parramatta Eels 10 – 17 Penrith Panthers
4. April 29th 2013, Penrith Panthers 44 – 12 Parramatta Eels
5. June 23rd 2012, Penrith Panthers 18 – 19 Parramatta Eels
6. March 23rd 2012, Parramatta Eels 6 – 39 Penrith Panthers
7. July 16th 2011, Penrith Panthers 23 – 22 Parramatta Eels
8. March 18th 2011, Parramatta Eels 6 – 20 Penrith Panthers
9. July 17th 2010, Penrith Panthers 28 – 34 Parramatta Eels
10. August 28th 2009, Parramatta Eels 48 – 6 Penrith Panthers
Penrith Panthers 1 Matt Moylan, 2 Josh Mansour, 3 Waqa Blake, 4 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak , 5 David Simmons, 6 Jamie Soward, 7 Peter Wallace, 8 Nigel Plum, 9 James Segeyaro, 10 Sam McKendry, 11 Lewis Brown, 12 Isaah Yeo, 13 Elijah Taylor, Interchange: 14 Bryce Cartwright, 15 Jeremy Latimore, 16 Sika Manu, 17 Reagan Campbell-Gillard, 18 Apisai Koroisau
Parramatta Eels 1 Reece Robinson, 2 Semi Radradra, 3 Will Hopoate, 4 Brad Takairangi, 5 Ryan Morgan, 6 Corey Norman, 7 Chris Sandow, 8 Danny Wicks , 9 Nathan Peats, 10 Tim Mannah , 11 Manu Ma’u, 12 Tepai Moeroa, 13 Anthony Watmough Interchange: 14 Junior Paulo, 15 Joseph Paulo, 16 Daniel Alvaro, 17 Pauli Pauli
With their team in trouble following a salary cap debacle and the club’s governance embroiled in a reshuffle, the Parramatta Eels will be striving for a win on Friday when travelling to Penrith in order to depart from last place on the ladder. Hosting this fixture at their ground near the foot of the mountains, the Penrith Panthers will enter the clash as undisputed favourites as their squad will go relatively unchanged despite the recent Origin clash.
Will Hopoate is the only player from either side to have competed in Wednesday night’s Origin clash and will be in the starting lineup for the Eels on Saturday. Despite relatively unchanged squads from both sides expected the Eels have, however, rearranged their backline after Chris Sandow’s poor performance last week against the South Sydney Rabbitohs at fullback. Ryan Morgan goes to the wing while Chris Sandow will replace Luke Kelly at halfback due to the salary-cap dilemma forcing Kelly to be omitted.
Jamie Soward will play five-eighth for the Panthers as halves-partner Peter Wallace returns to halfback following a knee injury. Josh Mansour will also leave the casualty ward list as he enters the wing for the Panthers after recovering from knee troubles. Injuries to Peter Wallace and Josh Mansour has stumped the Panthers and their offensive play in recent weeks as the side has won by narrow margins. The returns of these key figures in the backline should help the Panthers to a comfortable win at home with fifth-place is on the line.
Panthers by 12.