2015 NRL Match Preview: Parramatta Eels vs Wests Tigers

Date: Monday April 6 2015

Venue: ANZ Stadium

Kick-Off: 3pm (local)

Eels: 1 Will Hopoate 2 Bureta Faraimo 3 Ryan Morgan 4 John Folau 5 Reece Robinson 6 Corey Norman 7 Chris Sandow 8 Darcy Lussick 9 Nathan Peats 10 Tim Mannah (c) 11 Manu Ma’u 12 Tepai Moeroa 13 Anthony Watmough. Interchange: 14 Isaac De Goi 15 Joseph Paulo 16 David Gower 17 Danny Wicks 18 Peni Terepo.

Tigers: 1. James Tedesco 2. Kevin Naiqama 3. Tim Simona 4. Chris Lawrence 5. Pat Richards 6. Mitchell Moses 7. Luke Brooks 8. Aaron Woods 9. Robbie Farah 10.Keith Galloway 11.Curtis Sironen 12. Kyle Lovett 13. Martin Taupau. Interchange: 14. Dene Halatau 15. Ava Seumanufagai 16. Jack Buchanan 17. Sauaso Sue 18. Brenden Santi


Parramatta will be looking for back to back National Rugby League wins when they host Wests Tigers on Easter Monday at ANZ Stadium.

Brad Arthur’s men defied the odds last week to knock off defending Premiers South Sydney without the services of star winger Semi Radradra.  The Fijian is expected back around mid-May.  Chris Sandow received plenty of praise in victory.  His battle with Luke Brooks at halfback is one of the key match-up’s in this game.  Reece Robinson’s skill was on display in grabbing a double.  He is fast becoming one of the most valuable wingers in the competition and this week is matched up against the more than handy Kevin Naiqama.  This is where the game could be decided.

In a forced change John Folau moves into the centres for injured Brad Taikarangi.  This means Bureta Faraimo is promoted from Wentworthville Magpies to make his third appearance for the club.  Tepai Moeroa returns to the back row, with David Gower back to the bench.  Peni Terepo selected as the eighteenth man.

The Wests Tigers blew an eighteen point lead to go down 25-24 against grand finalists Canterbury last weekend.  This coming off a loss to South Sydney where they were more than competitive for a good part of the game before the class of Greg Inglis and bravery of Dylan Walker got the Bunnies home.  With the return of Aaron Woods there are no major injury concerns at the Tigers.

It might have been inexperience that cost the Tigers last week.  Pat Richards, Dene Halatau and Woods all missing from the narrow loss.  The trio are back for the Eels clash with Brendan Santi named the eighteenth man.  James Tedesco has been in excellent form with four tries from four games and will be key to the Tigers chances.  One player the Tigers will be hoping can step up is Curtis Sironen.  With twenty-one year old has fourty-two matches under his belt, Sironen was quiet last week in the side’s loss.  A much improved performance will be needed this week if the Tigers are to win.


With the return of Woods, Richards and Halatau the Tigers are capable of providing another early season NRL upset.  Tigers by 4.

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