Match Preview: Eels v Brisbane Broncos
The Parramatta Eels take on the Brisbane Broncos at ANZ Stadium on Friday 21 July in Round 21 of the NRL Telstra Premiership.
For the clash, Blue & Gold Head Coach Brad Arthur has been forced to make one change to his side that came away with a 17-16 victory over the Wests Tigers last week, with Clint Gutherson ruled out for the remainder of the season due to injury.
Bevan French returns to the number one jersey whilst Josh Hoffman returns from injury on the wing.
Arthur has named an extended bench of Daniel Alvaro, Kenny Edwards, Suaia Matagi, Will Smith, David Gower, Peni Terepo, Frank Pritchard and Kirisome Auva'a.
For the Brisbane Broncos, Head Coach Wayne Bennett welcomes back captain Darius Boyd who returns after missing four matches due to a broken thumb.
Following Boyd's inclusion, Kodi Nikorima drops out onto the extended bench, otherwise, his line up that came away 42-12 victors over the Bulldogs last week remains unchanged.
The Eels enter the clash with a strong form line, with four consecutive victories, whilst the third placed Broncos enter the clash with two wins.
Historically, the Broncos hold a strong record over the Blue and Gold in recent times, winning their last three matches by at least 12 boys.
In the last time these two sides met, Round 23, 2016, the Broncos came away 38-16 victors at Suncorp Stadium.
The Broncos have not lost to the Eels in Sydney since 2013.
Kick off is at 7:50pm.
Match Details: Parramatta Eels v Brisbane Broncos at ANZ Stadium on Friday 28 July. Kick off is at 7:50pm.
Televised: Channel 9 – Live coverage from 7.30pm. Fox League – Live coverage from 7.30pm.
The History: Played 51; Eels 19; Broncos 31; Drawn 1. Brisbane have a strong record against Parramatta in recent times, winning their last three matches by at least 12 points. The Broncos have not lost to the Eels in Sydney since a 19-18 win to Parramatta in 2013. Brisbane five-eighth Anthony Milford has four tries in his last three games against the Eels, scoring in all three of the Broncos' recent wins.
Parramatta Eels squad:
1. Bevan French 2. Semi Radradra 3. Michael Jennings 4. Brad Takairangi 5. Josh Hoffman 6. Corey Norman 7. Mitch Moses 8. Siosaia Vave 9. Cameron King 10. Tim Mannah (c) 11. Manu Ma'u 12. Tepai Moeroa 13. Nathan Brown
Interchange: 14. Daniel Alvaro 15. Kenny Edwards 16. Suaia Matagi 17. Will Smith 18. David Gower 19. Peni Terepo 20. Frank Pritchard 21. Kirisome Auva'a
Brisbane Broncos squad: 1. Darius Boyd (c) 2. Jonus Pearson 3. James Roberts 4. Tautau Moga 5. Jordan Kahu 6. Anthony Milford 7. Ben Hunt 8. Korbin Sims 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Adam Blair 11. Alex Glenn 12. Matt Gillett 13. Josh McGuire
Interchange: 14. Sam Thaiday 15. Tevita Pangai 16. Joe Ofahengaue 17. Benji Marshall 18. Kodi Nikorima 19. Jai Arrow 20. Herman Ese'ese 21. Jamayne Isaako
Match officials: Referee: Ashley Klein; Assistant Referee: Alan Shortall; Touch Judges: Belinda Sleeman & Jeff Younis; Review Official: Bernard Sutton; Senior RO: Luke Patten.