Both sides have only mustered 2 wins from the first 6 rounds. The Eels got off to a flyer, winning their opening games in impressive fashion, before going on to lose the next 4 in a row. The Tigers started the year with a win, but were only able to capture their second against the Cowboys last weekend.
LAST TIME OUT
Both sides had large journey’s last week, as the Eels made the trek across the Tasman to play the Warriors, and the Tigers flew up to Townsville for their clash with the Cowboys. It wasn’t a happy trip for Brad Arthur’s men, who went down 22 points to 10 against a well-oiled New Zealand outfit. Parramatta didn’t help themselves though, only completing at 79% for the match, and conceding 9 penalties. The Tigers however had something to cheer about on their way home, as they upset the Cowboys 26 points to 16. Neither team was handling the ball well; both sides finished the match with 73% completion rate. It was the Tigers defence that won them this game, holding off a Cowboys team that held 54% of the ball.
Mitchell Moses is set to leave the Wests Tigers at some point in the near future, to join the Parramatta Eels. He’ll line up in the black and gold on Easter Monday, but will his head be on the right jersey? The playmaker will be playing the same team he may very well be training with later in the week. It’s the battle of Moses and his new club that tells the tale of this game. If he plays like he’s still a Tiger, it could make all the difference.
Neither team is giving me great confidence in tipping them. The Eels have been poor as of late, and if the Tigers had not won last week, I’m not sure I’d ever tip them again. Ivan Cleary seems to be getting the best out of his players, and with the Eels missing key names like Bevan French and Frank Pritchard, the Tigers should get the job done. – Tigers by 2
Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson 2. Semi Radradra 3. Michael Jennings 4. Kirisome Auva’a 5. Josh Hoffman 6. Brad Takairangi 7. Corey Norman 8. Suaia Matagi 9. Kaysa Pritchard 10. Tim Mannah 11. Manu Ma’u 12. Tepai Moeroa 13. Nathan Brown 14. Beau Scott 15. Peni Terepo 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Siosaia Vave 18. David Gower 19. George Jennings 20. Marata Niukore 21. Will Smith
Tigers: 1. James Tedesco 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Jamal Idris 4. Kevin Naiqama 5. Moses Suli 6. Mitchell Moses 7. Jack Littlejohn 8. Aaron Woods 9. Matt McIlwrick 10. Ava Seumanufagai 11. Josh Aloiai 12. Chris Lawrence 13. Elijah Taylor 14. Tim Grant 15. Sauaso Sue 16. Michael Chee-Kam 17. Jacob Liddle 18. Joel Edwards 19. Justin Hunt 20. Jordan Rankin 21. Junior Tatola