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This Monday will see the Pirtek Parramatta Eels greeting the St George Illawarra Dragons with nothing more than a positive mentality, in a bid to prove themselves to the Blue and Gold Army for one final time for 2013 at Parramatta Stadium.

After last weeks disappointing loss to the Melbourne Storm, the Eels are undeniably hungry for another win so close to the end of their season.

Remembering what it feels like to win on home soil, the boys are looking to leave the stadium triumphant, not only for their own satisfaction, but for their devoted Blue and Gold Army.

The last time the two sides met in the 2013 season, the Eels came off second best to the Dragons (32-12), however with the late change of venue; the boys are grateful to be given one final chance to face off against St George on their home grounds.

Despite the Eels low placing on the NRL ladder, the Dragons are currently sitting at 15th position, just ahead of the Eels.

There have been 25 games played between the two sides, with the Dragons winning 12 of those clashes, and the Eels closely behind with 11 wins.

Regardless of the Dragons winning 6 of their last encounters with the Blue and Gold, they have lost their past 5 matches of the season while the Eels have managed to lock in a victory against the West Tigers, who proved to be too strong for the Dragons last week.

Dragons Coach Steve Price has picked his side for the upcoming clash, which may seem slightly unsettled, due to the large number of injured players; starting with Matt Cooper, Kyle Stanley, Gerald Beale and Taioalo Vaivai from the centre.

Hooker Cameron King is also ruled out, along with props Dan Hunt and Trent Merrin, halfback Harry Siejka and fullback Josh Dugan.

Coach Ricky Stuart named the Eels side with star player Jarryd Hayne returning to field having recovered from his knee injury.

The return of Hayne is expected to bring the team together, as Jarryds leadership and natural intuition in a game is an incontestable asset to the Eels.

Despite Jarryd Hayne returning to the field, the Eels are still missing centre/winger Cheyse Blair, centres Jacob Loko and Willie Tonga, and second rowers Kelepi Tanginoa and Ben Smith.

Kick-off is at 7.05pm at Parramatta Stadium.

We wish the boys the best of luck!

Click here to buy tickets and cheer on the boys as part of the Blue and Gold Army!

Pirtek Parramatta Eels:

1. Jarryd Hayne (c)

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. Joseph Paulo

15. Peni Terepo

16. Pat O'Hanlon

17. Junior Paulo

St George Illawarra Dragons:

1. Jason Nightingale

2. Brett Morris

3. Chase Stanley

4. Charly Runciman

5. Daniel Vidot

6. Adam Quinlan

7. Nathan Fien

8. Jack Stockwell

9. Mitch Rein

10. Ben Creagh

11. Tyson Frizell

12. Leeson Ah Mau

13. Jack de Belin


14. Matt Prior

15. Michael Weyman

16. Bronson Harrison

17. Josh Drinkwater
Acknowledgement of Country

Parramatta Eels respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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