Match Preview: Sharks v Eels, Round 13

The Parramatta Eels take on the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks at PointsBet Stadium on Saturday 8 June in Round 13 of the NRL Telstra Premiership.

Blue & Gold Head Coach Brad Arthur has named the same seventeen players that came away with a 26-14 victory over the South Sydney Rabbitohs last week, making just the one change to his reserves list.

Nathan Brown has been named on the reserves, the first time since his round one torn pec injury ruled him out to the sidelines, named on the reserves alongside Brad Takairangi, George Jennings and Tim Mannah.

For the Sharks, Head Coach John Morris has decided to rest experienced centre Josh Morris who will not back up after tonight’s State of Origin clash.

Josh Dugan moves into Morris’ spot at left centre, with Matt Moylan named at fullback.

Wade Graham could potentially return to the field after missing the first 12 rounds due to his recovery from a knee reconstruction, named on the reserves, whilst Shaun Johnson has also been named on the reserves, potentially returning from a hamstring injury.

Last week, the Eels snapped a three game losing streak with a victory over the Rabbitohs at Bankwest Stadium and Arthur and his Blue & Gold side will be looking to claim their first back to back wins of the season this week.

A tough trip into Sharks territory awaits the Eels, who have just 14 wins from 37 games at the stadium.

For the home side, the Sharks welcomed last week’s bye. Battling a handful of injuries to their side, the week off capped off three wins from their past four games and sees them sitting sixth on the ladder.

Historically, the Sharks hold a slight head to head advantage over the Blue & Gold, with 46 wins from 86 games between the two Clubs.

They had won five in a row against the Eels before the Blue & Gold claimed a 24-12 victory at ANZ Stadium in Round Four earlier this year.

Mitch Moses was strong in the Eels victory last week with 16 runs for 150m, one line break, one line break assist, three try assists, 20 tackles and 351 kick metres. His clash against Sharks half Chad Townsend will go a long way in determining the clash whilst the back row battle of Shaun Lane and Briton Nikora on the edges will be interesting.

Cronulla prop Andrew Fifita leads the NRL in offloads (36), while the Sharks have a league-leading 138 offloads as a team. Eels hooker Reed Mahoney is the top tackler (574) in the competition, while teammate Clint Gutherson is setting the pace in run metres (2,135).

Kick off is at 5:30pm.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Sharks is number 1 Matt Moylan
    Fullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton Gutherson
  • Winger for Sharks is number 2 Sosaia Feki
    Winger for Eels is number 2 Maika Sivo
  • Centre for Sharks is number 3 Bronson Xerri
    Centre for Eels is number 3 Michael Jennings
  • Centre for Sharks is number 4 Josh Dugan
    Centre for Eels is number 4 Josh Hoffman
  • Winger for Sharks is number 5 Aaron Gray
    Winger for Eels is number 5 Blake Ferguson
  • Five-Eighth for Sharks is number 6 Kyle Flanagan
    Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Will Smith
  • Halfback for Sharks is number 7 Chad Townsend
    Halfback for Eels is number 7 Mitchell Moses

Forwards

  • Prop for Sharks is number 8 Andrew Fifita
    Prop for Eels is number 8 Kane Evans
  • Hooker for Sharks is number 9 Jayden Brailey
    Hooker for Eels is number 9 Reed Mahoney
  • Prop for Sharks is number 10 Matt Prior
    Prop for Eels is number 10 Junior Paulo
  • 2nd Row for Sharks is number 11 Briton Nikora
    2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Shaun Lane
  • 2nd Row for Sharks is number 12 Kurt Capewell
    2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Manu Ma'u
  • Lock for Sharks is number 13 Paul Gallen
    Lock for Eels is number 13 Tepai Moeroa

Interchange

  • Interchange for Sharks is number 15 Jayson Bukuya
    Interchange for Eels is number 14 Peni Terepo
  • Interchange for Sharks is number 16 Jack Williams
    Interchange for Eels is number 16 David Gower
  • Interchange for Sharks is number 17 Braden Hamlin-Uele
    Interchange for Eels is number 17 Marata Niukore
  • Interchange for Sharks is number 20 Wade Graham
    Interchange for Eels is number 21 Nathan Brown