NRL match preview: Canterbury Bulldogs v Parramatta Eels

Date: Sunday June 15
Venue: ANZ Stadium
Kick-off: 3pm


Bulldogs: Sam Perrett, Mitch Brown, Josh Jackson, Timoteo Lafai, Krisnan Inu, Reni Maitua, Damien Cook, Sam Kasiano, Michael Ennis, James Graham, Greg Eastwood, Tony Williams, Dale Finucane. Interchange: Pat O’Hanlon, Tim Browne, David Klemmer, Corey Thompson, Lloyd Perrett

Eels: Ken Sio, Semi Radradra, Ryan Morgan, Willie Tonga, Vai Toutai, Corey Norman, Chris Sandow, Tim Mannah (c), Isaac De Gois, Junior Paulo, Kenny Edwards, Manu Ma’u, Joseph Paulo. Interchange: David Gower, Lee Mossop, Peni Terepo, Pauli Pauli


Canterbury are missing New South Wales Origin halves Trent Hodgkinson and Josh Reynolds as they face Parramatta at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.  Damien Cook comes into the side to replace Hodgkinson, having only appeared twice at National Rugby League level for St George-Illawarra.  Reni Maitua shifts to five-eighth to replace Reynolds.  Josh Jackson will start in the centres for Chase Stanley who’s out with a knee injury.  Pat O’Hanlon and Lloyd Perrett are included on an extended bench with Aiden Tolman ruled out.  The Bulldogs are decimated for this game but I do like Jackson playing in the centres and if they can dominate in the forwards, they might just get the points.  Williams, Eastwood, Graham, Ennis and Kasiano look stronger on paper then their counterparts.

Parramatta got away with a narrow win against North Queensland last weekend but will be without Jarryd Hayne.  The last time Hayne didn’t play it was Penrith who took full advantage as the Parramatta struggled with confidence.  Ken Sio will play at the back, with Vai Toutai earning a call-up on the wing.  Ryan Morgan replaces Will Hopoate in the centres through Origin duty.  The cruel season ending injury to Nathan Peats gives former Shark Isaac De Gois an opportunity to play a full eighty minutes with his new club.  Parramatta have the points in them to win this game with Radradra, Sio and Tonga in the side.  Chris Sandow and Corey Norman should be able to have enough skill to create opportunities against the weakened Dogs.


Eels by 14

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