Match Preview: Eels v Sea Eagles, Round Seven
The Parramatta Eels take on the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium on Sunday 22 April in Round Seven of the NRL Telstra Premiership.
After suffering a defeat last week, and still searching for their first win of the season, Arthur has made a handful of changes to his 21 man squad to take on the Sea Eagles. Jarryd Hayne and Brad Takairangi return from injury named at wing and centre in place of the injured Bevan French and Kirisome Auva’a.
Kane Evans has been named at starting prop with Peni Terepo moving to lock. Will Smith and David Gower have been named on the bench alongside Kenny Edwards and Daniel Alvaro.
Beau Scott, Josh Hoffman, Suaia Matagi and Marata Niukore are on the extended bench.
For the Sea Eagles, who suffered a 38-12 defeat to the Wests Tigers last week, Head Coach Trent Barrett has named an unchanged line up.
The Sea Eagles have had an inconsistent season thus far, with three wins and three defeats, however they will be buoyed by a crushing 54-0 victory over the Blue & Gold in Round Two.
However, defensively they have struggled, conceding 118 points in their past four games.
Historically, the Sea Eagles hold a head to head advantage over the Eels however this will be the first game between these teams at ANZ Stadium.
Kick off is at 2pm.
Match Details: Parramatta Eels v Manly Sea Eagles, 2pm Sunday at ANZ Stadium
Televised: Live on Fox League.
Radio Broadcast: ABC and 2GB
Head-to-head: Played 138; Sea Eagles 83 wins; Eels 51 wins; 4 draws
Matches at venue: First game between these teams at ANZ Stadium
Points per game: Eels 7.7; Sea Eagles 23.7
Points conceded per game: Eels 25.3; Sea Eagles 23.2
Parramatta Eels squad: 1 Clint Gutherson, 2 Jarryd Hayne, 3 Michael Jennings, 4 Brad Takairangi, 5 George Jennings, 6 Corey Norman, 7 Mitchell Moses, 8 Kane Evans, 9 Kaysa Pritchard, 10 Tim Mannah (c), 11 Manu Ma'u, 12 Tony Williams, 13 Peni Terepo
Interchange: 14 Will Smith, 15 Kenny Edwards, 16 David Gower, 17 Daniel Alvaro 18 Beau Scott, 19 Josh Hoffman, 20 Suaia Matagi, 21 Marata Niukore
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles squad: 1 Tom Trbojevic, 2 Brad Parker, 3 Dylan Walker, 4 Brian Kelly, 5 Akuila Uate, 6 Lachlan Croker, 7 Daly Cherry-Evans (c), 8 Addin Fonua-Blake, 9 Apisai Koroisau, 10 Martin Taupau, 11 Joel Thompson, 12 Jack Gosiewski, 13 Jake Trbojevic
Interchange: 14 Matthew Wright, 15 Shaun Lane, 16 Lloyd Perrett, 17 Taniela Paseka 18 Jonathan Wright, 19 Lewis Brown, 20 Frank Winterstein, 21 Toafofoa Sipley
Match Officials: Referee: Chris Sutton & Jon Stone; Touch Judges: Todd Smith & Nick Morel; Review Officials: Luke Patten & Steve Chiddy