Match Preview: Eels v Panthers, Round 11

The Parramatta Eels take on the Penrith Panthers at Bankwest Stadium on Thursday 23 May in Round 11’s NRL Indigenous Round.

Following a 17-10 defeat to the North Queensland Cowboys last week, Arthur has made a handful of changes to his side with Maika Sivo returning from suspension on the wing and Blake Ferguson named in the centres shifting Brad Takairangi to the bench.

Tim Mannah comes into the starting side along Junior Paulo in the front row with Shaun Lane, Marata Niukore and Manu Ma’u remaining in the back row & lock positions.

David Gower also returns to the Blue & Gold line up, named on the bench alongside Takairangi, Peni Terepo and Daniel Alvaro. Jaeman Salmon, Bevan French, Kane Evans and Oregon Kaufusi are on the reserves.

For the Panthers, Head Coach Ivan Cleary has made a handful of changes to his side that is searching for their third win of the season.

Jarome Luai will start at five-eighth for the suspended James Maloney, Frank Winterstein returns in the back row, James Fisher-Harris shifts to lock and Liam Martin drops back to the bench.

Josh Mansour and Reagan Campbell-Gillard return following a week with the Canterbury Cup side, while Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has been omitted.

Heading into Round 11, the Eels are coming off back to back losses, and a five day turn around, and will be eager to get back to the winners circle in front of their loyal Blue & Gold Members and fans at home.

For the Panthers, they enter this clash with six losses in a row, with four clubs scoring 30 points or more against them. They have scored 88 points in the last six rounds but conceded 166.

Historically, the Eels hold a head to head advantage over the Panthers with 57 wins from 97 games.

In the last time these two sides met, the Eels came away 20-12 victors over the Panthers in the 2019 season opener at Panthers Stadium. The Eels have won four of the last eight clashes over the past five years.

This will be the first time the Panthers have played at Bankwest Stadium, with the Eels claiming two big wins in their past two games at their new home.

The Eels are running third in the NRL, behind the Roosters and Rabbitohs, in terms of try assists, and they're also equal third with South Sydney in line break assists.

Props James Tamou and Junior Paulo bring too vastly different body shapes but a wealth of power and velocity. Tamou has 14 tackle breaks this year, Paulo has 11, and they are both averaging 12 hit-ups a game. The starts by these two will go a long way to determining which team gets the upper hand early. 

Manu Ma’u will play his 100th NRL game.

Kick off will be at 7:50pm. Click through to purchase your tickets to the clash.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton Gutherson
    Fullback for Panthers is number 1 Dylan Edwards
  • Winger for Eels is number 2 Maika Sivo
    Winger for Panthers is number 2 Josh Mansour
  • Centre for Eels is number 3 Josh Hoffman
    Centre for Panthers is number 3 Dean Whare
  • Centre for Eels is number 4 Blake Ferguson
    Centre for Panthers is number 4 Waqa Blake
  • Winger for Eels is number 5 George Jennings
    Winger for Panthers is number 5 Brian To'o
  • Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Will Smith
    Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 Jarome Luai
  • Halfback for Eels is number 7 Mitchell Moses
    Halfback for Panthers is number 7 Nathan Cleary

Forwards

  • Prop for Eels is number 8 Junior Paulo
    Prop for Panthers is number 8 James Tamou
  • Hooker for Eels is number 9 Reed Mahoney
    Hooker for Panthers is number 9 Sione Katoa
  • Prop for Eels is number 10 Tim Mannah
    Prop for Panthers is number 16 Tim Grant
  • 2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Shaun Lane
    2nd Row for Panthers is number 11 Viliame Kikau
  • 2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Marata Niukore
    2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 Frank Winterstein
  • Lock for Eels is number 13 Manu Ma'u
    Lock for Panthers is number 13 James Fisher-Harris

Interchange

  • Interchange for Eels is number 14 Peni Terepo
    Interchange for Panthers is number 10 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
  • Interchange for Eels is number 15 Daniel Alvaro
    Interchange for Panthers is number 15 Tyrell Fuimaono
  • Interchange for Eels is number 16 Brad Takairangi
    Interchange for Panthers is number 17 Moses Leota
  • Interchange for Eels is number 17 David Gower
    Interchange for Panthers is number 18 Mitchell Kenny