Match Preview: Eels v South Sydney Rabbitohs
The Dyldam Parramatta Eels take on the South Sydney Rabbitohs for their Round 15 clash of the NRL Telstra Premiership at ANZ Stadium on Friday 17 June.
For the Eels, who are coming off a 22-12 victory over the Gold Coast Titans at Darwin’s TIO Stadium in Round 14, Blue and Gold Head Coach Brad Arthur has made just the one change to his line up with Vai Toutai replacing Michael Jennings who is unavailable due to NSW Blues Origin duties.
Kenny Edwards retains his position at five-eighth, partnering Corey Norman in the halves for the second game in a row.
For the Rabbitohs, Head Coach Michael Maguire has named Cody Walker and Luke Keary to steer around the side, with Adam Reynolds and Greg Inglis unavailable due to Origin duties.
With Bryson Goodwin out with a broken arm, Siosifa Talakai starts at centre while Kyle Turner starts in the back row with Jack Gosiewski and Damien Cook joining the bench.
The last time these two sides met, Round 10, 2016, the Rabbitohs came away with a two point victory over the Eels, with Adam Reynolds kicking a conversion on the siren to claim the two points.
The Eels will be looking for revenge, and looking to overcome a poor record at ANZ Stadium, winning just two of twelve clashes at the stadium.
The Rabbitohs hold a strong record over the Blue and Gold, winning 9 of the past 10 clashes, however the Eels enter the clash off two wins whilst the Rabbitohs are coming off two losses.
Kick off is at 7:50pm on Friday 17 June.
Match Details: Dyldam Parramatta Eels v South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium on Friday 17 June. Kick off at 7:50pm.
Televised: Channel Nine – Live coverage from 7.30pm; Fox Sports 1 – Live coverage from 7.30pm.
The History: Played 121; Eels 51, Rabbitohs 67, Drawn 3.
The Rabbitohs have a strong recent record over the Eels, winning the last nine from 10 encounters, with a 22-20 victory in the last time these two sides met (Round 10, 2016).
Parramatta Eels Squad:
1. Michael Gordon 2. Semi Radradra 3. Clint Gutherson 4. VaiToutai 5. Bevan French 6. Kenny Edwards 7. Corey Norman 8. Daniel Alvaro 9. Isaac De Gois 10. Danny Wicks 11. Manu Ma'u 12. Beau Scott 13. Tepai Moeroa
Interchange: 14. Kaysa Pritchard 15. Peni Terepo 16. David Gower 17. Rory O’Brien
1. Alex Johnston 2. Dane Nielsen 3. Kirisome Auva'a 4. Siosifa Talakai 5. Aaron Gray 6. Cody Walker 7. Luke Keary 8. Thomas Burgess 9. Cameron McInnes 10. David Tyrrell 11. Paul Carter 12. Kyle Turner 13. Sam Burgess
Interchange: 14. Damien Cook 15. Jason Clark 16. Jack Gosiewski 17. Nathan Brown
Referee: Ashley Klein. Assistant referee: Gavin Badger. Sideline officials: Jeff Younis and Ricky MacFarlane.