Bulldogs v Eels - Round Ten Match Preview
The Parramatta Eels take on the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium on Friday 11 May in Round 10 of the NRL Telstra Premiership.
After suffering a 22-20 defeat to the Sharks last week, Blue & Gold Head Coach Brad Arthur has been forced to make a handful of changes to his line up with Will Smith named at hooker in place of an injured Kaysa Pritchard.
With Tim Mannah also ruled out with injury, Beau Scott and Siosaia Vave have been named in the seventeen man line up on the bench.
Cameron King, Kirisome Auva’a, Josh Hoffman and Marata Niukore form the extended bench.
For the Bulldogs, Head Coach Dean Pay has made a handful of changes to his side that suffered a heartbreaking 22-20 defeat to the Brisbane Broncos last week.
Captain Josh Jackson moves into the back row with Rhyse Martin switching to lock.
Renouf To’Omaga is set to make his NRL debut, named on the bench alongside Adam Elliott, Danny Fualalo and Kerrod Holland. John Olive, Clay Priest, Asipeli Fine and Michael Lichaa are on the extended bench.
In what is a traditional clash and much looked forward to game on the calendar for both Clubs, they both enter the Round Ten clash desperate for victory. The two Clubs currently sit on the bottom of the ladder with just two wins a piece this season after nine rounds.
The Eels had two straight victories before suffering a loss last week, where as the Bulldogs have lost their past three weeks, which involved a contentious 22-20 defeat to the Brisbane Broncos.
Historically, the Bulldogs hold a slight head to head advantage over the Eels with 75 wins from 142 games and 15 wins at the venue. However when the sides met in the 2017 season, the Eels came away 13-12 victors and 20-4 victors at ANZ Stadium.
The NRL will celebrate Indigenous Round during Round 10, with every player and match official wearing Indigenous inspired jerseys for just the second time in NRL Telstra Premiership history.
Kick off is at 7:50pm. Click through to purchase your tickets to the clash.
Match Details: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v Parramatta Eels, Friday 7:50pm at ANZ Stadium.
Head-to-head: Played 142; Bulldogs 75 wins, Eels 62 wins, 5 draws
Matches at venue: Played 28; Bulldogs 15 wins, Eels 13 wins
2017 results: Eels won 13-12 at ANZ Stadium and 20-4 at ANZ Stadium in round 22
Points per game: Bulldogs 15.2; Eels 14.9
Points conceded per game: Bulldogs 21.1; Eels 22.9
Televised: Live on Nine, Fox League
Live Radio: 2GB, ABC
Bulldogs: 1 Moses Mbye, 2 Brett Morris, 3 Josh Morris, 4 Will Hopoate, 5 Marcelo Montoya, 6 Matt Frawley, 7 Kieran Foran, 8 Aaron Woods, 9 Jeremy Marshall-King, 10 David Klemmer, 11 Josh Jackson (c), 12 Raymond Faitala-Mariner, 13 Rhyse Martin
Interchange: 14 Adam Elliott, 15 Danny Fualalo, 16 Renouf Toomaga, 17 Kerrod Holland 18 John Olive, 19 Clay Priest, 20 Asipeli Fine, 21 Michael Lichaa
Eels: 1 Clint Gutherson (c), 2 Bevan French, 3 Michael Jennings, 4 Brad Takairangi, 5 George Jennings, 6 Corey Norman, 7 Mitchell Moses, 8 Daniel Alvaro, 9 Will Smith, 10 Suaia Matagi, 11 Manu Ma'u, 12 Tepai Moeroa, 13 Peni Terepo
Interchange: 14 Beau Scott (c), 15 Kenny Edwards, 16 David Gower, 17 Siosaia Vave 18 Cameron King, 19 Kirisome Auva'a, 20 Josh Hoffman, 21 Marata Niukore
Match Officials: Referee: Ashley Klein & Peter Gough; Touch Judges: Jeff Younis & Phil Henderson; Review Officials: Jared Maxwell & Ben Galea