Parramatta Eels will host the Sydney Roosters at Pirtek Stadium in Friday night football. Both Eels and Roosters will be coming off a loss to teams in top 5 on the ladder and will be looking to bounce back.
Both teams will be without crucial players due to origin commitments; Parramatta Eels: Michael Jennings (NSW) and Sydney Roosters: Aidan Guerra (QLD) & Blake Ferguson (NSW).
LAST TIME OUT
Parramatta Eels gave up a brilliant fight last week playing the top side the Cronulla Sharks. Only 10 points the difference between the sides as youngster Bevan French stood up scoring a hat-trick for his side, running the most metres for his side of 154 metres & making a line break. Corey Norman also had a great game setting his side up for the tries with his kicks. They will be looking to continue their good form to maintain their spot in top 5 on the ladder.
Sydney Roosters also had a close game last week, as they only were a try short of winning. Daniel Tupou managed to score in the 76th minute but the Roosters were unable to score in the dying minutes of the game. This made it their 12th loss of the year and they will be looking to end that drought against the Eels.
Both sides were rested the week before last due to having a bye (round 16) hence why both teams gave up a good fight after a week of rest.
The key battle will be between the centres, Eels Clinton Gutherson and Roosters Daly Copley. Both of these centres make good impacts for their sides and will be looking to assist their team to a win. Copley and Gutherson are both talented centres and are always willing to utilise their strength and speed when it’s required. The player who puts 110% into the game will probably assist their side to victory. An engaging and interesting battle for the fans to watch unfold as they power through the line in hope to help their side cross the try line.
Parramatta Eels have been impressing throughout the season with all the controversy and will be able to have a big impact in front of a home crowd, Eels by 10.
Parramatta Eels 1. Michael Gordon 2. Semi Radradra 3. Clinton Gutherson 4. Brad Takairangi 5. Bevan French 6. Corey Norman 7. Jeff Robson 8. Danny Wicks. 9. Isaac De Gois 10. Tim Mannah 11. Manu Ma’u 12. Tepai Moeroa 13. Beau Scott Interchange: 14. Kenny Edwards 15. Peni Terepo 16. David Gower 17. Daniel Alvaro 18. Rory O’Brien
Coach: Brad Arthur
Sydney Roosters: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Dale Copley 4. Shaun Kenny- Dowell 5. Joseph Manu 6. Jackson Hastings 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Jared Waerea- Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Dylan Napa 11. Sio Suia Taukeiaho 12. Mitchell Aubusson 13. Isaac Liu Interchange: 14. Sam Moa 15. Kane Evans 16. Connor Watson 17. Chris Smith 18. Ryan Matterson
Coach: Trent Robinson