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The Pirtek Parramatta Eels will face a confident St George Illawarra NYC side on Saturday night, with the young Dragons coming off a 46-20 win against the Gold Coast Titans last week at Skilled Park.

The victory is only the fourth of the season for the Dragons - and their only two consecutive wins for the year - but stand-in skipper Charly Runciman has been in brilliant form and the blue and gold will need to work hard to shut down the young try-scorer in the centres.

Meanwhile the Eels Holden Cup team will be without Junior Paulo for the annual Women in League round match, as the young forward prepares to make his debut for the Parramatta Eels NRL side.

Still smarting from a 40-18 loss to the Brisbane Broncos on Saturday night at Parramatta Stadium, the

young Eels team will take confidence from the performances of young winger Halauafu Lavaka, who took home a hat-trick of tries on the night, and the knowledge that they are only a win or two from a position in the top eight.

Coach Andrew Webster has rewarded Diamond Charlie for his solid form in the past few weeks with a starting position in the second row, while Sean Jackson moves to the five-man interchange bench.

St George Illawarra Dragons:

1. Jackson Hastings

2. Kayne Brennan

3. Charly Runciman

4. Hayden Carpenter

5. Yaw Kiti Glymin

6. Drew Hutchinson

7. Jacob Neill

8. Kem Seru

9. Craig Garvey (c)

10. George Lolo

11. Wes Lolo

12. Vincent Stowers

13. Kal Collins


14. Taylor Brown

15. Jack Bird

16. Addin Fonua Blake

17. Brody Rigg

Coach: Justin Holbrook

Parramatta Eels:

1. Mitchell Brasington

2. Halauafu Lavaka

3. John Folau?

4. Connor Broadhurst

5. Takai Moeakiola (c)

6. Mark Daoud

7. Zach Dockar-Clay

8. Pauli Pauli

9. Luke Vescio

10. Daniel Alvaro

11. Fred Junior Mauala

12. Diamond Charlie

13. Joseph Ualesi


14. Chad McGIll

15. Jordan Latham

16. Sam Gorman

17. Sean Jackson

18. Jordan Grant (one to be omitted)

Coach: Andrew Webster
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