Sterlo's Parra Preview | Eels v Dragons, Round Eight
The Parramatta Eels take on the St. George Illawarra Dragons at the second ever NRL game at Bankwest Stadium on Sunday afternoon (5 May) in round eight of the NRL Telstra Premiership.
Coming off a 28-14 loss to the Newcastle Knights last week, Blue & Gold Head Coach Brad Arthur has made just the one change to his seventeen with prop forward Daniel Alvaro returning from concussion protocols in the starting side, shifting Peni Terepo back to the bench alongside Tim Mannah, Oregon Kaufusi and Manu Ma’u.
Ray Stone, Kane Evans, Josh Hoffman and George Jennings are named on the reserves.
For the Red V, Head Coach Paul McGregor winger Mikaele Ravalawa returns to the starting side after beginning last week's loss to the Sydney Roosters from the interchange. Zac Lomax shifts from the wing to the centre and Euan Aitken drops back to the bench.
With both sides coming off a loss last week, the Dragons suffering a 20-10 defeat in their traditional ANZAC Day clash against the Roosters, Sunday afternoon looks to be an interesting clash.
The Dragons matched it with the Roosters for the most part of the clash but were unable to run down the Premiers where as the Eels also found themselves on the back foot early, giving away a 20-0 deficit and failed to run down a determined Knights side in front of their loyal home fans.
Historically, the Eels hold a slight head to head advantage over the Dragons with 18 wins from 35 games. The Eels won the last time these two sides met, a 40-4 victory at ANZ Stadium in 2018 whilst also boast 7 wins from their last 8 clashes.
In the only game played at Bankwest Stadium, the Eels came away 51-6 victors and they will be looking to rebound back into the winners column in front of their Members and fans.
The battle of the halves look to be an interesting contest with Mitch Moses and Jaeman Salmon going up against Corey Norman and Ben Hunt, with the Red V five eighth coming up against his former side for the first time.
Young hooker Reed Mahoney has impressed in 2019, currently sitting second in the NRL in tackles made (339) with the only man above him his opposite number 9, Dragons hooker Cameron McInnes (340).
The battle of the props will also go a long way in determining the clash with Daniel Alvaro and Junior Paulo going head to head with James Graham and Paul Vaughan.
The game will kick-off at 4:05pm, and will follow the Canterbury Cup NSW curtain-raiser between Wentworthville and the Dragons at 1:40pm.
Fullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton GuthersonFullback for Dragons is number 1 Matthew Dufty
Winger for Eels is number 2 Maika SivoWinger for Dragons is number 2 Jordan Pereira
Centre for Eels is number 3 Michael JenningsCentre for Dragons is number 3 Zac Lomax
Centre for Eels is number 4 Brad TakairangiCentre for Dragons is number 4 Timoteo Lafai
Winger for Eels is number 5 Blake FergusonWinger for Dragons is number 5 Mikaele Ravalawa
Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Jaeman SalmonFive-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Corey Norman
Halfback for Eels is number 7 Mitchell MosesHalfback for Dragons is number 7 Ben Hunt
Prop for Eels is number 8 Daniel AlvaroProp for Dragons is number 8 James Graham
Hooker for Eels is number 9 Reed MahoneyHooker for Dragons is number 9 Cameron McInnes
Prop for Eels is number 10 Junior PauloProp for Dragons is number 10 Paul Vaughan
2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Shaun Lane2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Tyson Frizell
2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Marata Niukore2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Tariq Sims
Lock for Eels is number 13 Tepai MoeroaLock for Dragons is number 13 Blake Lawrie
Interchange for Eels is number 14 Peni TerepoInterchange for Dragons is number 14 Jeremy Latimore
Interchange for Eels is number 16 Oregon KaufusiInterchange for Dragons is number 15 Euan Aitken
Interchange for Eels is number 17 Manu Ma'uInterchange for Dragons is number 16 Jacob Host
Interchange for Eels is number 19 Kane EvansInterchange for Dragons is number 17 Luciano Leilua
- Referee: Ashley Klein
- Referee: Chris Butler
- Touch Judge: Peter Gough
- Touch Judge: Nick Morel
- Video Referee: Ben Galea
- Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy