Round 7: NYC Holden Cup Match Preview

The Pirtek Parramatta Eels will have their work cut out for them on Monday afternoon against traditional rivals Penrith at Centrebet Stadium.


Nobody has been able to halt the Panthers juggernaut in the NYC this season with the Penrith lads sitting pretty on top of the Holden Cup competition ladder, courtesy of six wins from their opening six games.


Despite the imposing nature of the Penrith outfit the young Eels also have plenty going for them this season. Fresh from a confidence building 32-10 away win over Gold Coast and a heart stopping draw against Cronulla the blue and golds are confident they can hold their own against the Panthers.


Parramatta props Pauli Pauli and Junior Paulo were ultra impressive against the Titans, clocking up plenty of metres, offloading and providing try assists. Defensively Kaysa Pritchard and Diamond Charlie were also terrific, stopping everything that moved. Coach Andrew Webster will be hoping for a repeat performance against the large Penrith pack.


If the Eels can retain their focus and concentration for the full 80 minutes, as well as keeping a watchful eye on the Panthers' skillful and speedy outside backs, an upset win is definitely on the cards. A victory would also see the Parra boys move back into the top eight.


Eels:

1. Mitchell Brasington

2. James Tuitahi

3. John Folau

4. Takai Moeakiola

5. Sam Manuleleua

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. Jordan Latham

16. Chad McGill

17. Jordan Grant

18. Tepai Moeora


Panthers:

1.Dallin Watene-Zelezniak

2. Waqa Blake

3. Nick Walker

4. Iszah Yeo

5. Jarred Wilson

6.Nikko Roberts

7. Sam Scarlett

8. Pat Hollis

9. Kierran Moseley

10. Reagan Campbell- Gillard

11. Bryce Cartwright

12. Iain Riccardi

13. Andy Saunders

Interchange:

14. Chris Smith

15. Mitch Clark

16. Josh Tangitau

17. Brendan Attwood

18. Tekina Vailea


Referee: Chris Sutton; Touch Judges: Reece Williams and Daniel Olford