After a barnstorming start to the Holden Cup season against the New Zealand Warriors in round one the Pirtek Parramatta Eels have come back down to earth with a thud in recent weeks. Two comprehensive defeats to the Canterbury Bulldogs and Wests Tigers sees the Eels sitting in ninth place on the NYC ladder.


Coach Andrew Webster has cracked the whip in team selections this week with regular five-eighth Mitchell Brasington shifting to fullback, giving Sam Gorman the opportunity to shine in the halves alongside Zach Dockar-Clay. The forwards have also been given a shake up with Luke Vescio, Frazer Masinamua, Jordan Latham all dropped to the bench.


Kaysa Pritchard will captain the side after being given the nod at hooker, with Diamond Charlie and Junior Paulo joining him in the new-look starting pack.


Easter Monday's clash against the Sydney Roosters gives the side a chance to atone, with the Roosters sitting just one place above them on the table after starting the season with two wins and one loss from their opening three games.


Eels:

1. Mitchell Brasington

2. James Tuitahi

3. John Folau

4. Connor Broadhurst

5. Takai Moeakiola

6. Sam Gorman

7. Zach Dockar-Clay

8. Pauli Pauli

9. Kaysa Pritchard (c)

10. Junior Paulo

11. Diamond Charlie

12. Fred Junior Mauala

13. Joseph Ualesi.

Interchange:

14. Luke Vescio

15. Frazer Masinamua

16. Jordan Latham

17. Tepai Moeroa

18. Jordan Grant.


Roosters:

1. Dallas Wells

2. Nene Macdonald

3. Brendan Elliot

4. Taane Milne

5. Jack Goodsell

6. Samisoni Langi

7. Tyler Cornish

8. Shaquille Blair

9. Alex Thomas

10. Jokatama Dokonivalu

11. Jack Noble

12. Rhyse Martin

13. John Asiata.

Interchange:

14. Bradley Deitz

15. Brandon Tago

16. Tuiala Togitasi

17. Guy Power.


Referee: Clayton Sharpe; Touch Judges: Chris Sutton & Jason Higgins.


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