Match Preview: Eels v Titans, Round Three
The Parramatta Eels take on the Gold Coast Titans at Cbus Super Stadium on Friday 17 March for Round Three of the 2017 NRL Telstra Premiership.
The Eels have started the season with two victories from their opening two rounds, and Blue & Gold Head Coach Brad Arthur has made one change to his side that came away with a 34-16 victory over the St. George Illawarra Dragons in Round Two, with half Corey Norman ruled out through injury. He has been replaced by Jeff Robson.
Arthur has named an interchange bench and reserves list of Nathan Brown, Daniel Alvaro, Rory O'Brien, Frank Pritchard, David Gower, Marata Niukore, Kirisome Auva'a and Sosaia Vave.
For the Gold Coast Titans, Head Coach Neil Henry has named debutant Tyler Cornish at fullback with Jarryd Hayne ruled out through injury after his side suffered a defeat to the Newcastle Knights last week.
Titans Dan Sarginson (knee), Will Zillman (calf) and Ryan Simpkins (ribs) who were injured in last week’s clash have all been named in their 21-man squad. The only other change to the starting line up will see forward Agnatius Passi starting at lock, with Leivaha Pulu shifting to the bench.
The Titans have a strong record over the Eels, with 10 victories in their 15 clashes and the Eels have struggled on the road coming away with just two of nine games on Titans’ home soil. In the last time these two sides met, the Titans came away 34-14 victors in Round 20, 2016.
Kick off is at 7:05pm local time (8:05pm AEDT).
Match Details: Parramatta Eels v Gold Coast Titans at Cbus Super Stadium on Friday 17 March 2017. Kick off at 7:05pm local time (8:05pm AEDT).
Televised: Channel Nine – Live from 7.30pm (AEDT); Fox League – Live from 7.30pm (AEDT).
The History: Played 15; Titans 10; Eels 5.
Parramatta Eels squad: 1. Bevan French 2. Semi Radradra 3. Michael Jennings 4. Brad Takairangi 5. Josh Hoffman 6. Clint Gutherson 7. Jeff Robson 8. Suaia Matagi 9. Kaysa Pritchard 10. Tim Mannah (c) 11. Manu Ma’u 12. Tepai Moeroa 13. Beau Scott (c)
Interchange: 14. Nathan Brown 15. Daniel Alvaro 16. Rory O’Brien 17. Frank Pritchard 18. David Gower 19. Marata Niukore 20. Kirisome Auva’a 21. Siosaia Vave
Gold Coast Titans squad: 1. Tyler Cornish 2. Tyrone Roberts-Davis 3. Dan Sarginson 4. Konrad Hurrell 5. William Zillman 6. Kane Elgey 7. Ashley Taylor 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Tyrone Roberts 10. Ryan James 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Chris McQueen 13. Agnatius Paasi
Interchange: 14. Ryan Simpkins 15. Nathaniel Peteru 16. Leivaha Pulu 17. Joe Greenwood 18. Paterika Vaivai 19. Max King 20. Eddy Pettybourne 21. Karl Lawton
Match Officials: Referee: Ashley Klein; Assistant Referee: Chris James; Touch Judges: Belinda Sleeman and Nick Morel; Review Official: Ben Galea; Senior RO: Bernard Sutton.