The Pirtek Parramatta Eels will be looking to go one better than last week's strong performance against the North Queensland Cowboys when they take on the Brisbane Broncos at Parramatta Stadium this Saturday May 11.


The Eels will take optimism and confidence from their vastly improved performance and attitude, despite going down to the Cowboys 14-10.


"We were really good, I thought. I was really proud of their effort. I thought we were the better team to be quite honest," Eels head coach Ricky Stuart said.


Stuart has named an unchanged side from Round 8, adding impressive Wenty Magpies NSW Cup centre Api Pewhairangi to a 5-man interchange. Last week's debutants Kaysa Pritchard and Peni Terepo remain in the side after very strong showings against the Cowboys.




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The Broncos side will also be back to near-full fitness, with Justin Hodges (groin), Josh McGuire (ankle) and David Stagg (knee) all named in an extended 19-man squad after spending last week on the sidelines with injuries.


The Eels will undoubtedly be looking to be spurred on by the home crowd advantage, with Parramatta Stadium the location of both their wins so far this season - but the Brisbane outfit has seen success on the road in 2013 with three of their four wins all away from Suncorp Stadium.


The Broncos are coming off the back of a 26-12 loss to a red-hot South Sydney Rabbitohs outfit, while the Eels are out to snap a three game losing streak. After spending two days at an intensive training camp in Kiama this week, Eels hooker Matt Keating is positive about Saturday night's match.


"We didn't get the two points against the Cowboys last week but our attitude towards the game and our effort was top notch," he said.


"If we can take another step forward then who knows what's around the corner."


Broncos coach Anthony Griffin will wait until fitness tests on game day to decide his final team line-up, with Stuart also given until then to determine the make-up of his bench.


Parramatta Eels


1. Jarryd Hayne (c)

2. Ken Sio

3. Ryan Morgan

4. Jacob Loko

5. Vai Toutai

6. Luke Kelly

7. Chris Sandow

8. Fuifui Moimoi

9. Matt Keating

10. Tim Mannah

11. Reni Maitua (c)

12. Kelepi Tanginoa

13. Peni Terepo


Extended Interchange:

14. Kaysa Pritchard

15. Darcy Lussick

16. Joseph Paulo

17. Mitch Allgood

18. Api Pewhairangi


Brisbane Broncos


1. Corey Norman

2. Josh Hoffman

3. Jack Reed

4. Justin Hodges

5. Jordan Kahu

6. Scott Prince

7. Peter Wallace

8. Ben Hannant

9. Andrew McCullough

10. Sam Thaiday (c)

11. Alex Glenn

12. Matt Gillett

13. Corey Parker


Interchange

14. Ben Hunt

15. Scott Anderson

16. David Hala

17. Jarrod Wallace

18. Josh McGuire

19. David Stagg


Referees: Ashley Klein, Gavin Reynolds, Video Referees: Bernard Sutton, Reece Williams