2024 NRL: Round 15 Preview, Eels Vs Roosters

Check out the match preview and prediction for the round 15 clash between the Eels and Roosters.



Parramatta Eels Vs Sydney Roosters
Venue: CommBank Stadium, Parramatta
Date: Saturday 15th June, 7:30pm


Eels: 1. Clinton Gutherson, 2. Maika Sivo, 3. Viliami Penisini, 4. Sean Russell, 5. Blaize Talagi, 6. Dylan Brown, 7. Mitchell Moses, 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard, 9. Brendan Hands, 10. Junior Paulo, 11. Kelma Tuilagi, 12. Bryce Cartwright, 13. J’maine Hopgood, 14. Daejarn Asi, 15. Shaun Lane, 16. Joe Ofahengaue, 17. Makahesi Makatoa, 18. Wiremu Greig, 19. Morgan Harper, 20. Joey Lussick, 21. Ryan Matterson, 22. Luca Moretti

Roosters: 1. James Tedesco, 2. Daniel Tupou, 3. Fetalaiga Pauga, 4. Joseph Manu, 5. Dominic Young, 6. Luke Keary, 7. Sam Walker, 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 9. Connor Watson, 10. Lindsay Collins, 11. Angus Crichton, 12. Victor Radley, 13. Naufahu Whyte, 14. Sandon Smith, 15. Spencer Leniu, 16. Nat Butcher, 17. Terrell May, 18. Michael Jennings, 19. Sitili Tupouniua, 20. Zach Dockar-Clay, 21. Ethan King, 22. Siua Wong

Referee: Chris Butler

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Two sides that have performed below expectations, the Eels and Roosters, meet this Saturday night at CommBank. The Eels need to start stringing together wins to be any hope of making a late run to the finals, while the Roosters need to put away the games they’re expected to win to live up to the top four hopes most expect of them.

The Roosters last played in Round 13 in a disappointing loss to the Cowboys. It was their sixth loss of the season and against a side that they were expected to beat. It’s not all terrible for the Roosters, who sit in sixth position, however, Trent Robinson would know they could and should be higher up, if they begin playing to their potential. On the whole, their side, particularly the back-line, is as good as any in the competition on their day.

The Roosters are just about at full strength, with their Origin contingent all suiting up. Brandon Smith has been dropped for disciplinary issues, with Connor Watson returning from a throat injury to take his spot.

The Eels continued being consistent in being inconsistent. After a strong win against the ladder leaders in the Sharks, they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory after capitulating late to a resurgent Bulldogs side. With every match being of the utmost importance in salvaging their season, the Eels can’t afford to throw away games they’ve given themselves a chance to win, which has been the case on multiple occasions this year.

Maika Sivo returns to the wing after missing last week’s match. J’maine Hopgood has been named but may not play due to a nerve problem in his back. Daejarn Asi is named at 14 this week after filling in at centre last round.

The Roosters, freshly rested, will want to hit the ground running as we approach the back end of the season. This is an opportunity to surge towards a spot in the top four against an inconsistent team that hasn’t been able to find much form. Meanwhile, the Eels will see an opportunity to spring an upset, as they did against the Sharks two weeks ago. For them, every match counts, and they will need to play with a do-or-die attitude.

Head-to-head stats can be found at Number Crunch Stats.


Check out all the NRL Predictions here.

Roosters by 12 points.

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