Date: 15th August, 2014
Venue: ANZ Stadium
Parramatta Eels: Jarryd Hayne (c), Semi Radradra, William Hopoate, Ryan Morgan, Vai Toutai, Corey Norman, Chris Sandow, Tim Mannah (c), Isaac De Gois, Fuifui Moimoi, Kenny Edwards, Tepai Moeroa, Joseph Paulo. Interchange: Pauli Pauli, David Gower, Darcy Lussick, Ben Smith
Canterbury Bulldogs: Sam Perrett, Corey Thompson, Josh Morris, Tim Lafai, Mitch Brown, Moses Mbye, Trent Hodkinson, Aiden Tolman, Michael Ennis (c), James Graham, Josh Jackson, Tony Williams, Greg Eastwood. Interchange: Reni Maitua, Dale Finucane, David Klemmer, Lloyd Perrett, Pat O’Hanlon
The Canterbury Bulldogs will be looking to turn their season around when they take on a desperate Parramatta Eels outfit at ANZ Stadium on Friday night.
At the half way point of the season, the Dogs were the form team, their halves feeding tries to the backline as they played behind a dominant forward pack.
They now find themselves in danger of missing the eight entirely, with their opponents this week one of the teams desperate to take their place.
To make things worse for the Canterbury side, they have lost five eight Josh Reynolds for three weeks following his brain snaps against Brisbane last week, in which he kicked Sam Thaiday and tripped Ben Barba.
Reynolds will be replaced by youngster Moses Mbye.
The Eels have been coasting along the past two weeks playing the two bottom placed sides in the competition. The fear for Paramatta is their reliance on Jarryd Hayne, whose individual brilliance saved the side blushes against Canberra last weekend.
While they have been getting the wins, if they are seriously going to push for a finals spot and beyond, the Eels are going to have to offer the Hayne plane far more support.
Now is the time to prove their capabilities, taking on a side that is down on confidence, highlighted by their 41-10 loss to Brisbane. Quite simply, it has become now or never for both sides.
While a loss here may not finish off the Bulldogs chances, it is important they snap out of their slumber, before it is too late to stop the free fall.
Eels by 8.