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The Pirtek Parramatta Eels will be after a much improved defensive effort when they meet the Wests Tigers in tomorrow night's Holden Cup clash at Leichhardt Oval.

After an emphatic first round win over the Warriors, the wheels fell off against the Bulldogs last week, despite a strong opening 20 minutes. It doesn't get any easier in round three when they play last year's NYC premiers.

The side has been disrupted somewhat with Kelepi Tanginoa and Vai Toutai both earning call ups to the NRL squad and such is their talent, they have held onto those spots for a second week in a row.

On the plus side is the return of Frazer Masinamua from illness, which will add plenty of muscle and skill to the Eels forward pack, but much of the responsibility will again fall onto the shoulders of the halves combination of Zach Dockar-Clay and Mitchell Brasington.

The Tigers have also made a one and one start to the season and will be hurting after a losing to Penrith on Sunday at Campbelltown. Curtis Sironen is an interesting selection on an extended bench for the home side as he returns from a shoulder reconstruction.


1. Isaiah Mosese

2. James Tuitahi

3. John Folau

4. Connor Broadhurst

5. Takai Moeakiola

6. Mitchell Brasington

7. Zach Dockar-Clay

8. Pauli Pauli

9. Luke Vescio (c)

10. Frazer Masinamua

11. Joseph Ualesi

12. Fred Junior Mauala

13. Jordan Latham.


14. Chad McGill

15. Junior Paulo

16. Diamond Charlie

17. Tepai Moeroa

18. Jordan Grant.


1. Kurtis Rowe

2. Delouise Hoeter

3. Nathan Milone

4. Leva Li

5. David Nofoaluma

6. Matt Mulcahy

7. Luke Brooks

8. Nathan Brown

9. Nofoa Leapai

10. Shane Lalogafau

11. Kyle Lovett (c)

12. Salesi Funaki

13. Brenden Santi


15. Andy Figatusa

16. Jake Dooner

17. Manaia Cherrington

18. Curtis Sironen

19. Daniel Rakvin

20. Manaia Rudolph.

Referee: Ziggy Prezlaski-Adamski; Touch Judges: Chris Sutton and Peter Crombie-Brown.

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