Match Preview: Eels v Warriors
The Dyldam Parramatta Eels will take on the NZ Warriors at Pirtek Stadium on Saturday 16 May as part of a massive triple-header celebrating the Eels charity partners and Women in League.
Arthur has made several changes to his side named for the Round 10 clash with Luke Kelly and Pauli Pauli recalled into the side replacing Chris Sandow and Joseph Paulo.
The Eels hold a strong record at Pirtek Stadium against the NZ Warriors, claiming 11 wins for their 15 clashes and the Blue and Gold will be looking to bounce back and claim their fourth win of the season after suffering a 28-10 defeat to the Storm.
“It obviously wasn’t very pleasing,” Mannah said of the Eels Round 9 result.
“We have lost another two in a row and its really important for us to get back on track.”
“It was disappointing because I was really hoping that we would get the result but all you can do is get back to work and do everything we can to make sure the result goes our way this week.”
Tepai Moeroa moves into the starting side with David Gower ruled out through injury and the young 19 year old is ready to put in a strong performance.
“My attacking, defence needed improvement and I have been flat in energy. I haven’t been bringing my full potential to the team,” Moeroa said.
“In NSW Cup, I learnt to do the little things right; pushing up in support, tying in your outside supporters. Just the little things. Those 1 percenters.” He added.
“We have lacked energy in defence. We front up for one or two tackles but then we go missing. We have to love defend and do it together.”
The Warriors lose centre Konrad Hurrell to suspension, with Dominique Peyroux called into the side in the centres.
Sione Lousi returns to the bench for the first time in 2015.
Match Details: Dyldam Parramatta Eels v NZ Warriors, Pirtek Stadium. Kick-off is at 3pm.
Televised: Fox Sports - Live from 3.00pm. Sky Sport – Live from 5.00pm NZT.
The History: Played 34; Eels 19, Warriors 15. Parramatta and the Warriors have a habit of big wins over each other in head-to-head clashes, with the Kiwi side's 13-point win earlier this year the smallest winning margin in their last four meetings.
The Eels have won he past two games against the Warriors at Pirtek Stadium whilst the away side have won the past two of four clashes. The Eels hold a strong record of Pirtek Stadium with 11 wins from 15 games.
1. Reece Robinson 2. Semi Radradra 3. William Hopoate 4. Brad Takairangi 5. Ryan Morgan 6. Corey Norman 7. Luke Kelly 8. Danny Wicks 9. Nathan Peats 10. Tim Mannah 11. Manu Ma'u 12. Tepai Moeroa 13. Anthony Watmough
14. Isaac De Gois 15. Pauli Pauli 16. Richie Fa'aoso 17. Peni Terepo
1. Tuimoala Lolohea 2. Jonathan Wright 3. Dominique Peyroux 4. Solomone Kata 5. Manu Vatuvei 6. Chad Townsend 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Jacob Lillyman 9. Thomas Leuluai 10. Ben Matulino 11. Bodene Thompson 12. Ryan Hoffman 13. Simon Mannering
14. Nathan Friend 15. Sione Lousi 16. Sam Lisone 17. Albert Vete 18. Raymond Faitala-Mariner
Eels Dangers: Eels forward Manu Ma’u has been in devastating form in 2015 and the hard-running second rower will be looking to add to his two tries this season.
His second-row partner Tepai Moeroa will also be looking to impress with his return to NRL First Grade. The 19 year old, who has been recovering from a shoulder injury sustained earlier in the year, has been impressive in the NSW Cup whilst also recently claiming Man of the Match honours in the Junior Kangaroos victory over the Junior Kiwis.
Warriors Dangers: Shaun Johnson. The Warriors halfback has been in devastating form the past few weeks highlighted by taking control in the final 10 minutes of their last round 20-16 victory over the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks. The halfback got his hands on the ball 54 times, running for 63m with two line breaks.
Their halfback is their leading point scorer (63) this season, with two tries and 26 goals and field goal.
Match Officials: Referees: Grant Atkins, Gavin Reynolds; Sideline Officials: Russell Turner, Kasey Badger; Video Referees: Steve Chiddy, Daniel Irvine