NRL match preview: Parramatta Eels vs Wests Tigers

Date:Monday, April 21st 2014
Venue:ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Eels: 1.Jarryd Hayne (c) 2.Semi Radradra 3.Will Hopoate 4.Willie Tonga 5.Ken Sio 6.Corey Norman 7.Chris Sandow 8.Tim Mannah (c) 9.Nathan Peats 10.Fuifui Moimoi 11.Kenny Edwards 12.Manu Ma’u 13.Joseph Paulo.Interchange: 14.Darcy Lussick 15.Mitch Allgood 16.David Gower 17.Pauli Pauli

Tigers: 1.Kurtis Rowe 2.David Nofoaluma 3.Tim Simona 4.Chris Lawrence 5.Pat Richards 6.Braith Anasta 7.Luke Brooks 8.Aaron Woods 9.Joel Luani 10.Keith Galloway 11.Liam Fulton 12.Bodene Thompson 13.Adam Blair.Interchange: 14.Martin Taupau 15.Ava Seumanufagai 16.James Gavet 17.Sitaleki Akauola 18.Blake Austin

The battle of the west takes place at ANZ Stadium on Easter Monday afternoon as the ever-improving Parramatta Eels host the Wests Tigers.The home side are coming off a fantastic 14-12 win over the Sydney Roosters, just weeks after falling 56-4 to the same team. The Tigers overcame the North Queensland Cowboys 16-4 in a dour game played in front of less than 7000 fans at Campbelltown Sports Stadium in round six, a match that saw skipper Robbie Farah dislocate his elbow, an injury that will keep him on the sidelines for several weeks.

The Eels welcome back hard man Darcy Lussick from a 5-game suspension, while the Tigers have named rookie Joel Luani to replace Farah at hooker. Braith Anasta returns from suspension at five eighth, pushing Blake Austin back to a 5-man bench.

The Eels are in great form and the loss of Farah is huge; he is the main play maker at the Tigers and much will rest on the young shoulders of half back Luke Brooks. The Eels, on the back of Hayne and a rejuvenated Chris Sandow seem to hold no fears going into matches and should prove too strong for the Tigers.

Eels by 12.

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