Match Preview: Bulldogs v Eels, Round Two

The Parramatta Eels take on the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium on Sunday 24 March in round two of the 2019 NRL Telstra Premiership.

After a 20-12 victory over the Panthers last week, Blue & Gold Head Coach Brad Arthur has been forced to make a handful of changes with Michael Jennings (suspension), Nathan Brown (pec) and Will Smith (arm) all ruled out.

The side however will be buoyed by the inclusion of forward Junior Paulo who comes into the starting side for the first time since returning to the Eels. Experienced outside back Josh Hoffman has been called into the centres whilst Jaeman Salmon returns from a suspension on the bench.

For the home side, the Bulldogs, Head Coach Dean Pay has named an unchanged 17 from the side that suffered a 40-6 defeat to an emotion charged Warriors outfit.

The Bulldogs side will be looking to rebound from their round one defeat with forwards Aiden Tolman and new recruit Dylan Napa to lead them up front.

Joshua Jackson and Raymond Faitala-Mariner form the back row with Adam Elliott at lock and Michael Lichaa at hooker.

Lachlan Lewis and Kieran Foran are their halves, with Will Hopoate the fullback, Christian Crichton and Reimis Smith the wingers and Kerrod Holland and Marcelo Montoya the centres.

Historically, the Bulldogs hold a slight head to head advantage over the Blue & Gold with 76 wins from 144 games and 16 wins from 30 games at ANZ Stadium.

The Eels will be looking to back up last week with another composed and resilient performance, determined to start the season with two wins. For the home side, they will be determined to make up for last week’s thumping, where despite holding a superior completion rate, they were outplayed by the Warriors and missed 38 tackles in their 34 point defeat.

The game will also be the 50th NRL clash for Eels back rower Shaun Lane and Bulldogs back rower Faitala-Mariner.

Kick off is at 4:05pm.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Will Hopoate
    Fullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton Gutherson
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Christian Crichton
    Winger for Eels is number 2 Maika Sivo
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Kerrod Holland
    Centre for Eels is number 3 Josh Hoffman
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Marcelo Montoya
    Centre for Eels is number 4 Brad Takairangi
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Reimis Smith
    Winger for Eels is number 5 Blake Ferguson
  • Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Kieran Foran
    Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Dylan Brown
  • Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Lachlan Lewis
    Halfback for Eels is number 7 Mitchell Moses

Forwards

  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Aiden Tolman
    Prop for Eels is number 8 Daniel Alvaro
  • Hooker for Bulldogs is number 14 Jeremy Marshall-King
    Hooker for Eels is number 9 Reed Mahoney
  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Dylan Napa
    Prop for Eels is number 10 Junior Paulo
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Josh Jackson
    2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Shaun Lane
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Raymond Faitala-Mariner
    2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Marata Niukore
  • Lock for Bulldogs is number 13 Adam Elliott
    Lock for Eels is number 13 Tepai Moeroa

Interchange

  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 9 Michael Lichaa
    Interchange for Eels is number 14 Jaeman Salmon
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Danny Fualalo
    Interchange for Eels is number 15 Tim Mannah
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Corey Harawira-Naera
    Interchange for Eels is number 16 Kane Evans
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 17 Sauaso Sue
    Interchange for Eels is number 17 David Gower