Round 7 Match Preview
Dyldam Parramatta Eels v Wests Tigers
ANZ Stadium - Monday April 21
NYC Kick off: 1.45pm
NRL Kick off: 4.00pm
Televised: Fox Sports, Live, 4.00pm (AEST)
This Easter Monday the Dyldam Parramatta Eels take on the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium and it has the potential to be a fantastic game for the Members, fans and families who make it out for our Round 7 match-up.
With three back-to-back wins from the last three rounds, the Eels are building confidence, and Head Coach Brad Arthur hasn’t strayed much from the line-up that has done so well over the past month. But Arthur has welcomed forward Darcy Lussick back to the side after a four-week suspension for a high tackle on Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.
It means young forward Peni Terepo moves to NSW Cup, and shows just how fierce the contest for forward spots is at Parramatta.
Meanwhile the Wests Tigers are dealing with a shock blow, as their Captain and hooker Robbie Farah recovers from a dislocated elbow. Farah was in scintillating form as the Tigers defeated the North Queensland Cowboys in Round 6 at Campbelltown Sports Stadium, leaving Joel Luani to fill the number nine jersey.
Braith Anasta also returns to the Wests Tigers line-up, with his wealth of NRL experience sure to boost the young Tigers side.
But most of the build up to the Round 7 match has focussed on the two forward packs: the Wests Tigers have benefited from the efforts of Aaron Woods, Martin Taupau and James Gavet, and they haven’t been afraid to talk up their plans to target the Eels’ own Darcy Lussick.
Eels fans will be keeping their eye on the developing Blue and Gold halves combination of Corey Norman and Chris Sandow, as well as the potential dangers from young Luke Brooks in attack for Wests Tigers.
Having broken their “away hoodoo" in Brisbane in Round 5, Parramatta will be looking to ride on the strong support of the Blue and Gold Army and turn ANZ Stadium into another happy hunting ground for the Eels.
Our Round 7 match against the Wests Tigers is #forthefarmers, an opportunity to raise money and show our support for NSW Farmers in tough times. Hear from Ben Smith about why we need your help this long weekend!
All Dyldam Parramatta Eels ticketed Members and all ticket holders to the game receive free transport to and from the game on Monday, including Sydney trains and buses, an Eels shuttle from Parramatta to ANZ Stadium, and Easter Show special event buses. Find out how you can get to the game for free, buy your tickets, and show your support for the mighty Eels!