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With only three matches left in the season for the Pirtek Parramatta Eels, the boys are determined to finish the year with a few more victories under their belts.

Coach Ricky Stuart has named his side, with only a few minor changes from Round 23. The boys are not letting the fact that the Storm are currently sitting third on the NRL ladder dampen their spirits in any way.

Remembering what it feels like to lock in a win after defeating West Tigers in Round 22, the Eels are setting out to prove themselves to the devoted Blue and Gold Army, after last weeks lost to the Brisbane Broncos, they are still fighting to the 80th minute of each game.

This will be the first time the two teams have met in the 2013 Telstra Premiership season, with fans from both teams recalling the clash in 2012 which left Parramatta on top (16-10) against the soon-to-be crowned NRL Premiers.

In a similar situation to last year, the Eels do not pose as much of a threat to the Storm; however the Blue and Gold are in the positive mind frame that anything could happen. Between the two clubs, there have been a recorded 25 matches played, with the Storm winning 14 while the Eels trail closely behind on 11.

Eels star player Jarryd Hayne is unfortunately ruled out for 1-2 weeks with a knee injury, allowing Stuart to move Ben Roberts to the five-eight position. The Blue and Gold Army will be pleased with the return of crowd favourite Semi Radradra onto the wing with Vai Toutai shifting to the centre.

Club captain Tim Mannah says the Eels are looking good for the upcoming match;

Its disappointing that Jarryds going to be out. I thought he really added a lot to our side when he played the last couple of weeks.

Despite losing Jarryd Hayne, upcoming Eels star Semi Radradras return to the wing is expected to turn a few heads in the crowd.

Anyone who has seen Semi in action knows how dangerous he can be. Hes got so much potential and hes only going to get better the more he plays, so Im glad hes getting more games under his belt Mannah said.

The Eels are preparing to take advantage of injured Storm players Matt Duffie from the wing and Gareth Widdop as the fullback/five-eighth. However, they will be feeling the strain of Jarryd Haynes absence from his new found position as five-eighth, along with centre/wing Cheyse Blair, centres Jacob Loko and Willie Tonga, and second rowers Kelepi Tanginoa and Ben Smith.

Kick-off is at 3.00pm.

Pirtek Parramatta Eels:

1. Jake Mullaney

2. Ken Sio

3. Ryan Morgan

4. Vai Toutai

5. Semi Radradra

6. Ben Roberts

7. Luke Kelly

8. Tim Mannah (c)

9. Matt Keating

10. Fuifui Moimoi

11. Reni Maitua

12. Mitch Allgood

13. Darcy Lussick


14. Junior Paulo

15. Joseph Paulo

16. Peni Terepo

17. Pat O'Hanlon

18. Daniel Harrison

Melbourne Storm:

1. Billy Slater

2. Sisa Waqa

3. Will Chambers

4. Maurice Blair

5. Justin ONeill

6. Brett Finch

7. Cooper Cronk

8. Jesse Bromwich

9. Cameron Smith

10. Bryan Norrie

11. Kevin Proctor

12. Ryan Hoffman

13. Ryan Hinchcliffe


14. Jason Ryles

15. Tohu Harris

16. Jordan McLean

17. Kenneath Bromwich

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