The Dyldam Parramatta Eels will be out for revenge against the Sydney Roosters this Saturday night at Pirtek Stadium, in their third home game for the season.
The match will be the commemorative Jack Gibson Cup game, to honour the late coach and rugby league icon who led both sides to multiple premierships in the 1970s and 1980s.
After being trounced in a forgettable Round 2 encounter on the Roosters’ home turf at Allianz Stadium, the side has showed plenty of grit to record two wins and a narrow two-point loss since that encounter.
“We were in our Round 2 game at half-time, and obviously in the second half we didn’t complete our sets and had a terrible attitude towards our defence,” Eels Head Coach Brad Arthur said.
“But playing at home [this week], we’re hoping to get 20,000 plus fans, and we’re ready to roll up the sleeves and defend really well.”
Parramatta will be without enforcer Darcy Lussick, who is serving the final week of his suspension and is ineligible for selection, but are boosted by the return of prop Fuifui Moimoi who will play after being ruled out with injury in Round 5.
While the Roosters will have Jared Waerea-Hargreaves return to their line-up after a one-week stint on the sidelines, and have named an extended six-man interchange.
The Roosters are coming off the back of two tight losses, conceding fewer than ten points against both the Bulldogs and the Sea Eagles and still going down at the final buzzer.
The Eels are buoyed by their first away win since 2012 last week against the Brisbane Broncos, with an unbeaten home game record so far this season.