Match Preview: Eels v Wests Tigers, Bankwest Stadium, Round Six

The Parramatta Eels take on the Wests Tigers at the first ever sporting event held at the brand new, state of the art Bankwest Stadium on Easter Monday (22 April) in Round Six of the NRL Telstra Premiership.

In the history-making first NRL game at the Eels home, Blue & Gold Head Coach Brad Arthur has made two changes to his seventeen for the clash that suffered a 19-0 defeat to the Raiders last week.

Young forwards Oregon Kaufusi and Ray Stone have been named on the bench alongside Peni Terepo and Tim Mannah with David Gower, Kane Evans, Josh Hoffman and Greg Leleisiuao on the extended bench.

Despite leaving the field early into the second half last week, Blake Ferguson has been named on the wing.

For the opposition, the Wests Tigers, Head Coach Michael Maguire has named an unchanged side that came away with a thrilling victory over the Brisbane Broncos last week.

Josh Reynolds retains his spot at five-eighth with Benji Marshall still unavailable for selection with a hamstring injury. Robert Jennings has also been named in the centres and will require to undergo the appropriate concussion protocols this week.

With Chris Lawrence, Oliver Clark and Jacob Liddle unavailable with injury, Maguire has named Ben Matulino, Thomas Mikaele, Matt Eisenhuth, Michael Chee Kam on the interchange and Paul Momirovski, Elijah Taylor, David Nofoaluma and Chris McQueen on the reserves.

Updated 19-man teams will be announced 24 hours before kickoff (4:00pm, Sunday) with final teams confirmed one hour prior to the Easter Monday clash at 3:00pm.

Historically the Eels hold a slight head to head advantage with 21 wins from 37 clashes between the two sides. The Eels came away victors in the last time these two sides met, an exciting 24-22 in Round Eight of the 2018 season, and have been victorious in 4 out of the last 6 games between the two.

Both sides enter this clash with 3-2 records in 2019.

However hitting Bankwest Stadium for the first game, both teams will be eager to secure a victory in the historic clash in front of a sold out stadium.

The Wests Tigers will be filled with confidence after a thrilling last minute try to forward Michael Chee Kam which saw them prevail over the Broncos whilst the Eels will be determined in getting the job done in front of their loyal Blue & Gold Members and fans cheering them on at their new ground.

Kick off is at 4pm.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton Gutherson
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Moses Mbye
  • Winger for Eels is number 2 Maika Sivo
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 Mahe Fonua
  • Centre for Eels is number 3 Michael Jennings
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Robert Jennings
  • Centre for Eels is number 4 Brad Takairangi
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Esan Marsters
  • Winger for Eels is number 20 Josh Hoffman
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Corey Thompson
  • Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Jaeman Salmon
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Josh Reynolds
  • Halfback for Eels is number 7 Mitchell Moses
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks

Forwards

  • Prop for Eels is number 8 Daniel Alvaro
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Russell Packer
  • Hooker for Eels is number 9 Reed Mahoney
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Robbie Farah
  • Prop for Eels is number 10 Junior Paulo
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex Twal
  • 2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Shaun Lane
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Ryan Matterson
  • 2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Marata Niukore
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luke Garner
  • Lock for Eels is number 14 Peni Terepo
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Josh Aloiai

Interchange

  • Interchange for Eels is number 13 Tepai Moeroa
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Ben Matulino
  • Interchange for Eels is number 15 Tim Mannah
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas Mikaele
  • Interchange for Eels is number 16 Oregon Kaufusi
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Matthew Eisenhuth
  • Interchange for Eels is number 17 Ray Stone
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Michael Chee-Kam