Two Rival heavyweights meet on at Saturday night at Bankwest Stadium looking to put defeats behind them if the Parramatta Eels take on the Canberra Raiders.
The Eels have been the form team of the competition and endured Their first defeat last weekend after falling to a 24-10 defeat in the hands of a very impressive Sydney Roosters side. The Blue and Gold were remarkable despite the 14-point margin with their line being put under huge pressure during the first half and just conceding the one first half try.
The Eels Could hit the lead against the Roosters to get a brief Period prior to the defending premiers were able to hit back and race away with their expertise and course prevailing. Parramatta will need to ensure their performance is on tune this weekend as with a defeat that they could slip all of the way to seventh.
Parramatta coach Brad Arthur will be forced to changes with Nathan
Mixing their form because the season resumption, the Canberra Raiders Were comprehensively outplayed Sunday after their 14-6 defeat in the hands of Manly at Campbelltown last Sunday. The Raiders were never able to get into the game trailing 12-0 and even though they arrived within a single converted try, they could not get beyond the Sea Eagles.
The Green Machine began the season resumption with an impressive Win over Melbourne, the Raiders have mixed their form with a defeat against Newcastle and a comeback triumph over the Wests Tigers. The Raiders have struggled to score points at the first half on the previous three weeks and will need to improve on that to maintain Parramatta quiet.
Exactly the same 17 that took the field against the Raiders which gives his side some consistency in trying to get their season back on course to show they can match it with the best teams.
Last meeting: Round 15 2019 – Eels 22 Raiders 16
Notched up attempt 150 last weekend and does not reveal any signs of slowing down anytime soon. Impressive through the season, Jennings was dangerous and might have the ability to show his skill and smarts up against his opposing Canberra backs. He still possesses remarkable speed but his centre partnership with Maika Sivo is the most dangerous.
A big registering for the Raiders, coming from the Storm in the pre-season, Curtis Scott Has needed a 2020 to forget with off-season drama at the beginning of the year adding to a bad start to his Canberra career. The 22-year-old hasn’t been the spark which the Raiders would have been searching for since losing Joey Leilua to the Tigers. Scott’s performances have seen Raiders fans calling for him to be lost and more poor performances might see Ricky Stuart’s patience quickly diminish.
The favourite: The Parramatta Eels are put in As favourites, with their performances being very impressive and the Fact they are one of hardly any teams which are really allowed to Play at their own place.
1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Ryan Matterson 15. Marata Niukore 14. Ray Stone 16. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Brad Takairangi 19. Daniel Alvaro
1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Jordan Rapana 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Curtis Scott 5. Nick Cotric 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Iosia Soliola 17. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Corey Horsburgh 14. Siliva Havili 15. Emre Guler 16. Ryan Sutton 18. Bailey Simonsson
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