Round 26: NYC Game Preview

The Pirtek Parramatta Eels Holden Cup side will take on the Newcastle Knights this Sunday, playing for pride in Round 26 of the 2013 season.


Sitting in 13th and 14th position on the ladder on equal points, the winner could climb to as high as 11th to finish the season on a positive note.


The Blue and Golds are looking to continue the good form from last week's second half effort against the Dragons, coming from 22-0 down to equalise and end in a 22-22 draw.


The home side will be coming off four consecutive losses and undoubtedly looking to end their season on a positive note, but Andrew Webster is looking to improve the baby Eels side's record on the road.


It is almost a full-strength Eels NYC side, with all four try-scorers from last week's game back uninjured - Jordan Latham, James Tuitahi, Zach Dockar-Clay and Corey Makelim.


While the Newcastle side has a number of changes; with Sione Mata'utia returning alongside brother Pat Matu'utia, with James De Saxe and Eddie Proudler also returning into the side.


Kick-off is at Hunter Stadium at 12.45pm on Sunday, September 8.


Pirtek Parramatta Eels

1. Corey Makelim

2. Erick Aukofolau

3. Ethan Tangira

4. Connor Broadhurst

5. James Tuitahi

6. Mitchell Brasington

7. Zach Dockar-Clay

8. William Bugden

9. Luke Vescio

10. Diamond Charlie

11. Joseph Ualesi

12. Sean Jackson

13. Sam Gorman


Interchange:

14. Jordan Latham

15. Fred Junior Mauala

16. Takai Moeakiola

17. Ryan Matterson

18. Tui Kamikamica


Newcastle Knights


1. Honeti Tuha

2. Joshua Birch

3. Pat Mata'utia

4. Sione Mata'utia

5. Jake Mamo

6. Tom Rouse

7. James De Saxe

8. Michael Steele (c)

9. Eddie Proudler

10. Jah Pakau

11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon

12. Joseph Tapine

13. James Elias


Interchange:

14. Danny Levi

15. Joseph Boyce

16. Lachlan Shipard

17. Rob Mason


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