Round 23: NRL Match Preview

Fresh from a triumphant final game on home soil, the Pirtek Parramatta Eels are chasing back-to-back wins against the Brisbane Broncos this Friday at Suncorp Stadium. The boys will be looking out in the crowd especially for the select number of fans in the Blue and Gold Army in Queensland.


The last time the two sides met in Round 9 at Parramatta Stadium, the Eels were the stronger side; however with the Broncos sitting at 11th position on the NRL ladder, the Eels will need to fight hard to secure their second win in a row.


Both teams are battling for goals; the Broncos need to win their final four matches to make the top eight and the Eels need to chase away the prospect of winning the wooden spoon for a second year in a row.


Eels Coach Ricky Stuart commented after their victory against the West Tigers, saying he was proud of the team, but they did not play well. The Eels have been training hard this week, hoping to iron the creases that have cost them games in the previous rounds.


Stuart has announced an unchanged side for the upcoming match, with the inclusion of Brayden Wiliame and Daniel Harrison on the extended interchange.


The long awaited return of Jarryd Hayne to the field has pleased both the players and members of the Blue and Gold Army. It was revealed in the post-match press conference that Hayne had specifically asked Stuart to place him in five-eighth position to utilise Jake Mullaney as fullback in the match against the West Tigers.


Co-captain Reni Maitua was impressed by Haynes initiative.


That just shows the class of Jarryd, he knows when to give the ball to the right people at the right time. Hopefully they can string that combination again this Friday and get another win he said.


Both the Eels and the Broncos will be looking to take advantage of missing injured players from the other team. This week the Broncos are without back Dale Copley, props David Hala and Mitchell Dodds, Alex Glenn from the second row and start centre Justin Hodges.


New Eels crowd favourite wing Semi Radradra is expected to miss four weeks with an ankle injury, along with winger Cheyse Blair, centres Jacob Loko and Willie Tonga, and second rowers Kelepi Tanginoa and Ben Smith.


Round 23 of the Telstra Premiership will see the NRL supporting the Close the Gap campaign. The main initiative of the program is to promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health within the Australian society and close the metaphorical gap detected in the community.


We wish the boys the best of luck!


Kick-off is at 7:35pm.


Pirtek Parramatta Eels

1. Jake Mullaney

2. Ken Sio

3. Ryan Morgan

4. Ben Roberts

5. Vai Toutai

6. Jarryd Hayne (c)

7. Luke Kelly

8. Tim Mannah (c)

9. Matt Keating

10. Fuifui Moimoi

11. Reni Maitua

12. Mitch Allgood

13. Darcy Lussick


Interchange:

14. Joseph Paulo

15. Peni Terepo

16. Pat O'Hanlon

17. Junior Paulo

18. Brayden Wiliame

19. Daniel Harrison


Brisbane Broncos

1. Josh Hoffman

2. Corey Oates

3. Jack Reed

4. David Stagg

5. Jordan Kahu

6. Scott Prince

7. Ben Hunt

8. Ben Hannant

9. Andrew McCullough

10. Josh McGuire

11. Sam Thaiday

12. Matt Gillett

13. Corey Parker


Interchange:

14. Peter Wallace

15. Dunamis Lui

16. Lama Tasi

17. Nick Slyney

18. Scott Anderson

19. Jarrod Wallace


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