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Match Preview: NYC Eels v Wests Tigers

The Dyldam Parramatta Eels Under 20s will face the Wests Tigers on the back of successive wins when the two sides meet at ANZ Stadium on Monday night. 

The young Wests Tigers cubs were narrow winners in a compelling 10-6 win over the Penrith Panthers at Leichhardt Oval in round 16, while the Blue and Gold were equally solid in defence, posting an 18-8 win over the young Dragons. 

For the Blue and Gold, Captain Alex Twal and his fellow forwards have continue to build a strong platform in their most recent wins. 

New recruits Mason Cerruto (at centre) and Fairouz Elkander (from the bench) will make their debuts for the club this week, while hooker Josh Grant has ably steered the side from dummy-half in his first few appearances since joining the Eels. 

The Wests Tigers sit just inside the eight on 18 points after sixteen rounds of Holden Cup, the Eels’ 13 Premiership points leave them 13th on the National Youth Competition ladder.

Last time the two sides met, in Round 5, the Wests Tigers took home a 42-10 victory.

Match Details: Monday, July 6. Kick off at 4.45pm. ANZ Stadium.

Parramatta Eels Holden Cup side:

1. Bevan French 2. Abbas Miski 3. Tui Oloapu 4. Mason Cerruto 5. Atini Gafa 6. Dylan Izzard 7. Zach Dockar-Clay 8. Alex Twal (c) 9. Joshua Grant 10. Brandon Raeli 11. Tyrell Fuimaono 12. Jack Morris 13. Jeff Markus

Interchange: 14. Fairouz Elkander 15. Tom Amone 16. Paula Kaufusi 17. Aaron Pene 18. James Gammidge

Coach: Brett Cook

Wests Tigers Holden Cup Side:

1. Jeremy Marshall-King 2. Ryland Jacobs 3. Watson Heleta 4. Marion Seve 5. Tom Satterthwaite 6. Te Maire Martin 7. Veiru Mapesone 8. Junior Tatola 9. Jacob Liddle 10. Pio Sokobalava 11. Matthew Woods (capt.) 12. Esan Marsters 13. Tyler Cassel

Interchange: 14. Pifeleti Pifeleti 15. Hala Masila 16. Kurt Atkinson 17. Jamie Hill

Coach: Brett Kimmorley