MATCH PREVIEW | Eels v Wests Tigers, Round Seven
The Parramatta Eels take on the Wests Tigers in Round Seven of the NRL Telstra Premiership on Monday 17 August 2017 with the clash officially celebrating the Blue & Gold’s 70th anniversary.
Traditionally one of the biggest games of the regular season, we’re expecting a huge turn out from the Blue & Gold Army to fill the stadium and help us celebrate our monumental milestone!
The Eels will welcome the Blue and Gold Army to our new home at ANZ Stadium for just the second time, let’s mark our territory and cheer our team to victory! Join us on Monday for a great afternoon of football, thanks to our game day partners at betting.club!
For the Parramatta Eels, who are coming off a 22-10 defeat to the New Zealand Warriors last week, Blue & Gold Head Coach Brad Arthur has named Clinton Gutherson at fullback in place of an injured Bevan French, Kirisome Auva'a in the centres and Brad Takairangi at five-eighth alongside Corey Norman at halfback.
Nathan Brown has been named at lock with Beau Scott moving to the bench alongside Peni Terepo, Daniel Alvaro and Siosaia Vave.
For the Wests Tigers, who are coming off a victory over the North Queensland Cowboys, new Head Coach Ivan Cleary has named an unchanged line up that claimed a victory for the first time with Cleary in the top job.
Historically, the Eels hold the advantage over the Wests Tigers, including an 8-0 victory at ANZ Stadium in the last Easter clash in 2016. However, in the last time these two sides met, the Wests Tigers came away 23-8 victors over the Blue & Gold.
The Eels enter this clash going down in their last four rounds in 2017, with the Wests Tigers snapping their own four-game losing streak with a win over the Cowboys in Round Six.
Kick off is at 4pm.
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Match Details: Parramatta Eels v Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium on Monday 17 April, kick off at 4pm.
Televised: Fox Sports – Live from 3pm.
The History: Eels v Wests Tigers: Played 33; Eels 18; Wests Tigers 14; Drawn 1. The last six meetings are split three apiece. Parramatta won last year's Easter Monday clash but the Tigers won the three before that.
Parramatta Eels squad: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Semi Radradra 3. Michael Jennings 4. Kirisome Auva’a 5. Josh Hoffman 6. Brad Takairangi 7. Corey Norman 8. Suaia Matagi 9. Kaysa Pritchard 10. Tim Mannah (c) 11. Manu Ma’u 12. Tepai Moeroa 13. Nathan Brown
Interchange: 14. Beau Scott (c) 15. Peni Terepo 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Siosaia Vave 18. David Gower 19. George Jennings 20. Marata Niukore 21. Will Smith
Wests Tigers squad: 1. James Tedesco 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Jamal Idris 4. Kevin Naiqama 5. Moses Suli 6. Mitchell Moses 7. Jack Littlejohn 8. Aaron Woods (c) 9. Matt McIlwrick 10. Ava Seumanufagai 11. Josh Aloiai 12. Chris Lawrence 13. Elijah Taylor
Interchange: 14. Tim Grant 15. Sauaso Sue 16. Michael Chee Kam 17. Jacob Liddle 18. Joel Edwards 19. Justin Hunt 20. Jordan Rankin 21. Junior Tatola
Match officials: Referee: Ben Cummins; Assistant Referee: David Munro; Touch judges: Brett Suttor and Kasey Badger; Review Official: Luke Patten; Senior RO: Ashley Klein.