Eels v Sharks Round Three Match Preview
The Parramatta Eels take on the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in Round Three of the NRL Telstra Premiership at ANZ Stadium in the second game of the Sydney Double Header on Saturday 24 March.
After suffering a loss to the Sea Eagles in Round Two, Blue & Gold Head Coach BradArthur has made a handful of changes to his 21 man squad with Brad Takairangi ruled out through injury recalling Tepai Moeroa to the starting line up and Kenny Edwards onto the bench.
Beau Scott, Peni Terepo have also been named on an extended bench alongside Suaia Matagi, Kane Evans, Will Smith, David Gower and Kaysa Pritchard.
For the Sharks, who are also looking for their first win of the 2018 season, Head Coach Shane Flanagan has made one change to his side with Jesse Ramien called into the centres in place of Aaron Gray.
Josh Dugan has been named at fullback with Valentine Holmes shifting to the wing.
Luke Lewis, who could be set to return from injury, features on an extended interchange bench alongside Kurt Capewell, James Segeyaro, Ava Seumanufagai, Joseph Paulo, Kurt Dillon, Jack Williams and Edrick Lee.
Kick off is at 7:30pm at ANZ Stadium on Saturday 24 March. Click through for all the Game Day Info.
Saturday will be the inaugural Double Header which will see a fantastic day of Rugby League with the South Sydney Rabbitohs taking on the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at 5:30pm before the Blue & Gold clash against the Sharks.
The Eels and Sharks clash will be the annual Johnny Mannah Cup clash as the Clubs honour former Eels and Sharks player Jon Mannah, and support the work of the Mannah Foundation, assisting young people from all walks of life.
Match Details: Parramatta Eels v Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at ANZ Stadium. Saturday 24 March, kick off at 7:30pm.
Televised: Live on Fox League
Live Radio: 2GB and ABC
Head-to-head: 83 games, Sharks 44 wins, Eels 39 wins
Points per game: Eels 7; Sharks 15
Points conceded per game: Eels 39; Sharks 20
Eels: 1 Bevan French, 2 Josh Hoffman, 3 Michael Jennings, 4 Jarryd Hayne, 5 Kirisome Auva'a, 6 Corey Norman, 7 Mitchell Moses, 8 Daniel Alvaro, 9 Cameron King, 10 Tim Mannah (c), 11 Manu Ma'u, 12 Tepai Moeroa, 13 Nathan Brown
Interchange: 14 Beau Scott, 15 Kenny Edwards, 16 Suaia Matagi, 17 Kane Evans
Reserves: 18 Will Smith, 19 Peni Terepo, 20 David Gower, 21 Kaysa Pritchard
Sharks: 1 Josh Dugan, 2 Sosaia Feki, 3 Jesse Ramien, 4 Ricky Leutele, 5 Valentine Holmes, 6 Matt Moylan, 7 Chad Townsend, 8 Andrew Fifita, 9 Jayden Brailey, 10 Matt Prior, 11 Jayson Bukuya, 12 Wade Graham (c), 13 Paul Gallen (c)
Interchange: 14 Kurt Capewell, 15 James Segeyaro, 16 Avagalu Seumanufagai, 17 Joseph Paulo
Reserves: 18 Kurt Dillon, 19 Jack Williams, 20 Edrick Lee, 21 Luke Lewis
Match Officials: Referee: Ben Cummins, Assistant Referee: Chris Sutton