MATCH PREVIEW: Eels v Titans
The Dyldam Parramatta Eels will be looking to rebound from their Round Five clash against the Wests Tigers and the Blue and Gold will be buoyed by returning to Pirtek Stadium, where they have remained undefeated in 2015.
The Eels have had their strongest performances at Pirtek Stadium with victories over the Sea Eagles and the Rabbitohs and they will look to return to the winners’ circle and claim their third victory of the season against the Titans on Saturday afternoon.
Head Coach Brad Arthur named an unchanged line-up this week, and has urged the Blue and Gold faithful to turn out in numbers to support their side in their five-day turn around.
"It is another important game for us. It’s good that it is only on a five-day turn around after a disappointing loss, so the boys are keen to back up, but we need to get as much support as we can there so we need the Blue and Gold Army to get out there and support us,” said Arthur.
"I think we always start with plenty of energy which brings the crowd into the game, but there is times when we need to find something and they are really good at getting the boys going with some nice loud vocal cheering."
The Eels have a strong record at Pirtek Stadium and the side will be looking to making amends after their disappointing Round 4 performance.
“We let ourselves down and more importantly we let the fans down,” said Eels forward David Gower.
“After a disappointing loss like that it’s pretty important to get back on the horse as quick as you can and lucky for us we are playing at home at Pirtek and we will need the Blue and Gold Army there in numbers to get us back on track”
The Titans are also coming off a loss, suffering a 26-16 defeat to the Brisbane Broncos, and despite being on the losing side of the scoreboard, the 15th placed Titans were in the contest for the entire 80 minutes.
Despite their position on the table, the Eels know of the challenges they face and must not be complacent on Saturday afternoon.
Titans Coach Neil Henry has named an unchanged 17 man side.
The NRL game is the third game of Saturday’s triple-header. The Eels NYC side clash agains the Titans will feature at 10.40am before the NSW Cup Wentworthville Mapgies v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs game at 12.40pm.
Ticket prices are incredibly affordable, with a General Admission ticket for a family of four starting from only $20!
Match Details: Parramatta Eels v Gold Coast Titans, Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta. Saturday 11 April, kickoff at 3pm.
Televised: Fox Sports, Live, 3pm.
The History: Played 11; Eels 4, Titans 7. The Eels and Titans played just the one clash in 2014 with the Eels coming away 24-18 point victors at Cbus Super Stadium.
The Eels and Titans are one win a piece at Pirtek Stadium.
1. William Hopoate 2. Bureta Faraimo 3. Ryan Morgan 4. John Folau 5. Reece Robinson 6. Corey Norman 7. Chris Sandow 8. Darcy Lussick 9. Nathan Peats 10. Tim Mannah 11. Manu Ma'u 12. Tepai Moeroa 13. Anthony Watmough
Interchange: 14. Isaac De Gois 15. Joseph Paulo 16. David Gower 17. Danny Wicks 18. Peni Terepo
1. Josh Hoffman 2. Anthony Don 3. James Roberts 4. William Zillman 5. David Mead 6. Aidan Sezer 7. Kane Elgey 8. Luke Douglas 9. Kierran Moseley 10. Nate Myles 11. Ryan James 12. Dave Taylor 13. Greg Bird
Interchange: 14. Eddy Pettybourne 15. Agnatius Paasi 16. Lachlan Burr 17. Ryan Simpkins 18. Matt White
Eels hooker Nathan Peats had one of his strongest performances of 2015 last week against the Wests Tigers and the number nine will be looking for another repeat performance this week. Peats led the way with 49 tackles and eight hit ups whilst also crossing for his first four-pointer of the year.
Eels forward Darcy Lussick is coming off a bulldozing performance where he led the forward pack with the most metres gained (107m) from his 12 hit-ups last week. The front-rower also made 29 tackles during his 44 minutes on the field.
The Titans backs have plenty of speed to burn and one of the fastest men in the NRL, Titans centre James Roberts has looked dangerous in 2014, crossing for four tries this season.
The Eels edge defenders will need to be on their toes to contain the flyer who notched four tackle break and 158 metres for the Titans last week.
Match Officials: Henry Perenara & Gavin Reynolds. Touch judges: Jeff Younis & Lawrence McDonell. Video referees: Matt Cecchin & Luke Phillips.