Date:Friday, July 18, 2014
Venue:Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta.
Eels:1.Jarryd Hayne (c) 2.Semi Radradra 3.Ryan Morgan 4.Willie Tonga
5.Vai Toutai 6.Corey Norman 7.Chris Sandow 8.Junior Paulo 9.Issac De Gois 10.Fuifui Moimoi 11.Kenny Edwards 12.Tepai Moeroa 13.David Gower Interchange: 14.Joseph Paulo 15.Peni Terepo 16.Pauli Pauli 17.Mitch Allgood 18.Ben Smith
Rabbitohs: 1.Greg Inglis 2.Alex Johnston 3.Dylan Walker 4.Kirisome Auva’a 5.Lote Tuqiri 6.John Sutton (c) 7.Adam Reynolds 8.George Burgess 9.Issac Luke 10.Dave Tyrrell 11.Kyle Turner 12.Sam Burgess
13.Ben Lowe Interchange: 14.Luke Keary 15.Joe Picker 16.Jason Clark 17.Thomas Burgess 18.Joel Reddy 19.Luke Burgess 20.Apisai Koroisau
The Parramatta Eels welcome back superstar Jarryd Hayne for Friday night’s big match against the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Pirtek Stadium.
Both sides have been in ordinary form of late; the Eels are coming off a 48-0 hiding at the hands of the New Zealand Warriors in Auckland, while the Rabbitoh’s 14-10 loss to the Titans a fortnight ago would not have pleased head coach Michael Maguire.
Hayne’s return sees Chris Sandow revert to his usual halfback position while for the Rabbitohs John Sutton goes back to five eighth and young gun Luke Keary will come off the bench.
After their early season heroics, the Eels have hit a wall, and are in a logjam of teams on 20 points, possibly playing for the only finals place left. The Rabbitohs’ 9 win, 7 loss, record speaks volumes about their performances this year. They are doing enough to win most of their games but aren’t impressing anyone.
On paper, the Rabbitohs have a superior side, but the Eels are a desperate team and a win here puts pressure on the other 4 teams on 20 points so they will be a tough prospect and I’m tipping them to win in a tight contest.
Eels by 6.