Eels v Rabbitohs - Round 15 Match Preview
The Parramatta Eels take on the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium on Thursday 14 June in Round 15 of the NRL Telstra Premiership.
Coming off a 20-14 victory over the Cowboys last week, Blue & Gold Head Coach Brad Arthur has made one change to the line up he named last week with Mitch Moses named on an extended bench.
A win over the Cowboys is just the third victory over the Blue & Gold season, however the victory will boost the confidence of the side as they prepare to come up against the in-form Rabbitohs searching for their seventh straight victory.
Hayne returned from injury to claim two tries in the Eels victory whilst the Blue & Gold forwards muscled up to lay a platform for the Eels outside back to shine. The forwards will need to do the same this week against a big Rabbitohs forward pack, led by a trio of Burgess brothers.
For the Rabbitohs, head coach Anthony Seibold has welcomed back his Origin quarter of Greg Inglis, Dane Gagai, Angus Crichton and Damien Cook to his side that came away with an on the road victory over the Gold Coast Titans last week.
Cameron Murray and Adam Doueihi move back to the bench with Robbie Farah, Hymel Hunt, Mark Nicholls and Tyrell Fuimaono dropping to the reserves.
The Rabbitohs enter the clash with six victories in the past six games and currently sit third on the ladder.
Historically, the Rabbitohs hold the head to head advantage over the Eels with 67 wins from 124 clashes. The Rabbitohs have also won nine of fifteen games against the Blue & Gold at ANZ Stadium.
However, the Eels have won the last three clashes against the Rabbitohs with two victories over the Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium in 2017.
Eels centre Michael Jennings will play his 250th NRL game.
Kick off is at 7:50pm.
Match Details: Parramatta Eels v South Sydney Rabbitohs, Thursday 14 June, ANZ Stadium.
Head-to-head: Played 124; Rabbitohs 67 wins, Eels 54 wins, 3 draws
Matches at venue: Played 15; Rabbitohs 9 wins, Eels 5 wins, 1 draw
2017 results: Eels won 22-16 at ANZ Stadium in round 12, Eels won 22-16 at ANZ Stadium in round 26
Points per game: Eels 13.9; Rabbitohs 24.1
Points conceded per game: Eels 22.3; Rabbitohs 16.8
Televised: Live on Nine, Fox League
Live Radio: Triple M, ABC, Crocmedia
Eels: 1 Bevan French, 2 Josh Hoffman, 3 Michael Jennings, 4 Jarryd Hayne, 5 George Jennings, 6 Clint Gutherson (c), 7 Corey Norman, 8 Daniel Alvaro, 9 Cameron King, 10 Peni Terepo, 11 Manu Ma'u, 12 Brad Takairangi, 13 Nathan Brown
Interchange: 14 Reed Mahoney, 15 Tim Mannah (c), 16 David Gower, 17 Marata Niukore
Reserves: 18 Siosaia Vave, 19 Suaia Matagi, 20 Jaeman Salmon, 21 Mitchell Moses
Rabbitohs: 1 Alex Johnston, 2 Campbell Graham, 3 Greg Inglis (c), 4 Dane Gagai, 5 Robert Jennings, 6 Cody Walker, 7 Adam Reynolds, 8 Thomas Burgess, 9 Damien Cook, 10 George Burgess, 11 John Sutton, 12 Angus Crichton, 13 Sam Burgess
Interchange: 14 Adam Doueihi, 15 Cameron Murray, 16 Jason Clark, 17 Tevita Tatola
Reserves: 18 Robbie Farah, 19 Hymel Hunt, 20 Mark Nicholls, 21 Tyrell Fuimaono
Match Officials: Referee: Gerard Sutton & Peter Gough; Touch Judges: Nick Beashel & Chris Butler; Review Officials: Jared Maxwell & Luke Patten.