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PREVIEW: Wests TIgers vs Parramatta Eels

Jesus may have risen again on Sunday but the Tigers will be attempting to do the same on Easter Monday as they seek a win after their embarrassing loss in round 3.


The Eels are in red hot form since losing in round 1 and they are liking to continue to improve. They lost to the Broncos; however, they were missing Foran and Norman was injured for half of the game. Since then they have defeated two of the strongest teams in the competition, the Cowboys and the Bulldogs. They will only get better as their new combinations develop and they also welcome back Manu Ma’u. The Tigers should be worried as this team looks as dangerous as they were in their 2009 grand final run when they defeated the Tigers in one of the best games of the NRL era.

Despite a strong start to the season, the Tigers showed they are vulnerable last week when they lost to the Titans. They have also had some movement in their squad since the glory days of round 1 and 2. Both starting second rowers, Sironen and Lawrence, will miss the game. Robbie Farah’s return should be a huge boost for the team, assuming that he is actually recovered from injury. Dene Halatau struggled in attack when he was playing hooker. The return of Farah will allow Halatau to cover Lawrence in the second row; however, the Tigers will still miss their 80 minute man.


Nofoaluma + Naiqama vs Radradra + Jennings

These two edge combos have arguably been the hottest in the NRL so far this year. Nofzilla has been light on his feet and Naiqama has been treating the try line as if it was a revolving door. Radradra has been one of the best players in the NRL so far this year, period. Jennings had a slow start but looks more comfortable at his new club every week. Hopefully we see brilliance from both sides in this match up.


Tim Simona and Jordan Rankin have a bit quiet when it comes to scoring tries so far this year but they will be facing one of the easier opponents so I would expect the Tigers to score on that side of the field. The Tigers will be helped by the return of Farah but the loss of Sironen and Lawrence, who hasn’t missed a minute so far this year, will put too large a hole in the Tiger’s pack to compete against the Eels forwards who have been much more impressive in 2016. I would expect the Eels to run rampant through the middle and win convincingly.

Eels win by 12.

Wests Tigers
1 James Tedesco
2 David Nofoaluma
3 Tim Simona
4 Kevin Naiqama
5 Jordan Rankin
6 Mitchell Moses
7 Luke Brooks
8 Aaron Woods (c)
9 Robbie Farah
10 Tim Grant
11 Kyle Lovett
12 Dene Halatau
13 Sauaso Sue
14 Joshua Aloiai
15 Ava Seumanufagai
16 Jack Buchanan
17 Manaia Cherrington

1 Michael Gordon
2 Semi Radradra
3 Michael Jennings
4 Brad Takairangi
5 Clint Gutherson
6 Corey Norman
7 Kieran Foran (c)
8 Junior Paulo
9 Isaac De Gois
10 Tim Mannah (c)
11 Manu Ma’u
12 Beau Scott
13 Tepai Moeroa
14 Kaysa Pritchard
15 Peni Terepo
16 Danny Wicks
17 Ken Edwards
18 David Gower

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