NYC Preview: Round 8
The Dyldam Parramatta Eels are looking to continue their strong performances in the Holden Cup when they take on the North Queensland Cowboys at 1300Smiles Stadium this Saturday, April 26.
The Blue and Gold side are coming off a big 58-20 win over the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium, which included young centre Nathan Davis scoring an incredible 30 points with three tries and nine try conversions.
“Last Monday was a great performance against a strong team, so I’m really happy with all our performances right across the park,” NYC Head Coach Justin Holbrook said.
“But now the challenge is to back it up on what will be a tough away trip.”
The Cowboys are also confident following a 30-16 win over the Sea Eagles on the Central Coast and are keen to improve their record in front of a home crowd.
The Eels name an unchanged side from the team that convincingly defeated the Wests Tigers in Round 7, which includes prop Kelepi Tanginoa and hooker Kaysa Pritchard who have some NRL experience under their belts.
Just one change for the Cowboys, with front-rower Michael Barclay recalled to sit on the bench as the replacement for Coen Hess who will return to the Townsville Stingers for the semi-finals of the Under 18s Mal Meninga Cup this weekend.
The Cowboys are currently sharing eighth place on the ladder with three wins and four losses, while last week’s Blue and Gold victory has seen the Eels jump to second spot with five wins and two losses.