This Friday night will see the Pirtek Parramatta Eels running on to ANZ Stadium with nothing more but a positive mentality in the upcoming match against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs for Round 20 of the 2013 Telstra Premiership.


Eels Coach Ricky Stuart is pleased with the teams progress within the previous matches, but the time has come for a long awaited victory for the Blue and Gold boys.


Stuart continues to proclaim his pride of the Eels throughout the current season. Despite the final scores, the team is coming together; listening to his instructions and most importantly to each other on the field.


Currently sitting 6th on the NRL ladder, Bulldogs Coach Des Hasler is confident in his team after their Round 18 match against the Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium where they dominated 39-0. With the Bulldogs fresh from a bye in Round 19, the Eels are looking to further strengthen their defence before facing the Bulldogs.


There is a historic rivalry between the Eels and Bulldogs, with only 4 points difference in the final score of their last meeting in Round 2 (20-16) where the Eels were defeated. To add to the excitement of Fridays match, past results show that the two teams have gone to battle against each other a grand total of 133 times. Despite the Bulldogs claiming victory to 71 of these matches, the Eels have won 57 of the 133 played, with 5 draws recorded between the two clubs.


The teams will be playing for the annual Bandaged Bear Cup. This will be the seventh year the teams have faced off for the cup. The Bandaged Bear Cup aims to raise awareness in celebrating the hard work and dedication of the staff and volunteers at The Childrens Hospital at Westmead.


The Blue and Gold Army have spent two weeks waiting patiently for the return of spirited prop Mitchell Allgood to the side. Stuart has placed Allgood on the interchange for the match.


However Parramatta will be lacking in numbers due to injury. The second row will be missing Ben Smith and Kelepi Tanginoa, with centre Jacob Loko still ruled out with a knee injury. Brayden Wiliame has joined the injured list with a knee injury along with centre Cheyse Blair.


Wing Ken Sio has been cleared to return to the field after a hamstring injury however, fullback Jarryd Hayne has not fully recovered from his own hamstring at this stage.


The Eels will be making sure to take advantage of injured Bulldogs front rower David Klemmer on Friday night.

We encourage the Blue and Gold Army to support the boys until the very end of the season. The players cannot express their appreciation enough for the dedication shown by their loyal fans.


Kick-off is at 7:35pm at ANZ Stadium.


Parramatta Eels:

1. Jake Mullaney

2. Ken Sio

3. Ryan Morgan

4. Willie Tonga

5. Semi Radradra

6. Ben Roberts

7. Luke Kelly

8. Tim Mannah

9. Matt Keating

10. Fuifui Moimoi

11. Reni Maitua

12. Daniel Harrison

13. Darcy Lussick


Interchange:

14. Mitch Allgood

15. Peni Terepo

16. Joseph Paulo

17. Junior Paulo


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