Match Preview: Eels v Sydney Roosters, Round 10

The Parramatta Eels take on the Sydney Roosters in Round 10 of the NRL Telstra Premiership, kicking off on Sunday 14 May at Allianz Stadium, playing for the Jack Gibson Cup.

Blue & Gold Head Coach Brad Arthur has named the same starting seventeen players that came away with a 26-6 victory over the North Queensland Cowboys in Round Nine with Will Smith partnering Corey Norman in the halves.

Arthur has an extended bench that includes Beau Scott, Daniel Alvaro, Kenny Edwards, Siosaia Vave, David Gower, Rory O'Brien, Bevan French and Cameron King.

For the home side, Roosters Head Coach Trent Robinson has made two changes to his side that suffered a 14-13 defeat to the New Zealand Warriors in Auckland in Round Nine.

Centre Latrell Mitchell returns to the first grade side, replacing Shaun Kenny-Dowall (stood down), whilst versatile back rower Mitchell Aubusson regains his starting side, pushing Aidan Guerra to the bench.

Historically, the Eels and Roosters head to head is split even, with 62 wins a piece. The Eels have won two of the past three meetings, however two of these clashes were at Pirtek Stadium. The Roosters however, have a strong record over the Blue & Gold in recent times, winning seven from the past ten matches.

In the last time these two sides met, in 2016, the Eels came away with a 22-18 victory over the tri-colours at Pirtek Stadium.

The NRL celebrates Indigenous Round this weekend.

Kick off is at 4pm.

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Match Details: Parramatta Eels v Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium for Round Ten of the NRL Telstra Premiership. Kick off is at 4pm.

Televised: Channel 9 – Live coverage from 3:30pm. Fox Sports 2 – Live coverage from 4pm

The History: Played 129; Roosters 62: Eels 62; Drawn 5.

Historically, the Eels and Roosters head to head is split even, with 62 wins a piece. The Eels have won two of the past three meetings, however two of these clashes were at Pirtek Stadium. The Roosters however, have a strong record over the Blue & Gold in recent times, winning seven from the past ten matches.

Parramatta Eels Squad:

1. Clint Gutherson 2. Semi Radradra 3. Michael Jennings 4. Kirisome Auva’a 5. Josh Hoffman 6. Will Smith 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. Daniel Alvaro 16. Kenny Edwards 17. Siosaia Vave 18. David Gower 19. Rory 0’Brien 20. Bevan French 21. Cameron King

Sydney Roosters Squad:

1. Michael Gordon 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Latrell Mitchell 4. Joseph Manu 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Luke Keary 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend (c) 10. Dylan Napa 11. Boyd Cordner (c) 12. Mitchell Aubusson 13. Sio Siua Taukeiaho

Interchange: 14. Aidan Guerra 15. Zane Tetevano 16. Kane Evans 17. Connor Watson 18. Paul Carter 19. Victor Radley 20. Lindsay Collins 21. Jayden Nikorima

Match Officials: Referee: Grant Atkins. Assistant referee: Gavin Reynolds. Sideline officials: Chris Butler and Rohan Best.