The Parramatta Eels take on the Brisbane Broncos at Bankwest Stadium this Saturday (15 June) in Round 14 of the NRL Telstra Premiership.
After a defeat to the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks on the road last week, Blue & Gold Head Coach Brad Arthur has made a handful of changes to his squad named this week.
Jaeman Salmon earns a recall in the halves alongside Mitch Moses, whislst Nathan Brown, who returned from injury via the bench last week, comes into the starting side.
Ray Stone, Peni Terepo, David Gower and Marata Niukore are on the bench with Daniel Alvaro, Tepai Moeroa, Brad Takairangi and Will Smith on the reserves.
For the opposition, Broncos Head Coach Anthony Seibold has made a handful of changes to his side that suffered a 26-18 defeat to the Gold Coast Titans last week.
Matt Gillett and Corey Oates return to their side after being rested from last week’s clash following the opening State of Origin clash, whilst Sean O’Sullivan is named to make his club debut in the halves with Tom Dearden ruled out with injury.
Gillett returns in the second row alongside David Fifita in the back row with Alex Glenn ruled out with injury.
Andrew McCullough, Jaydn Su’a, Thomas Flegler and Patrick Carrigan are on the bench whilst Richie Kennar, Shaun Fensom, Patrick Mago and James Segeyaro are on the reserves.
Heading into the clash, the Eels have just one win over the past five games whilst the Broncos have just the one loss over the five weeks, but the Eels sit in eighth on the ladder whilst the Broncos sit in ninth.
Historically, the Broncos hold a head to head advantage over the Eels with 32 wins from 54 games. The Broncos have also won the past 3 of five clashes, however the Eels claimed back to back wins over the Broncos in 2017.
The battle of the halves will be an interesting contest with Moses re-uniting with Salmon for the Blue & Gold whilst the combination of Anthony Milford and O’Sullivan is an untested one. The 20 year old halfback O’Sullivan has only played the one NRL game, in 2018 with the Sydney Roosters.
Moses re-signed with the Blue & Gold a few days ago and the halfback will be looking for another strong performance in front of the Blue & Gold fans at home this week.
Milford on the other hand, has shone this year with his kicking game. He’s the only player in the NRL with more than 5000 kick metres, and his three field goals is also a season high.
Kick off is at 7:35pm.
Fullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton GuthersonFullback for Broncos is number 1 Darius Boyd
Winger for Eels is number 2 Maika SivoWinger for Broncos is number 2 Corey Oates
Centre for Eels is number 3 Michael JenningsCentre for Broncos is number 3 Kotoni Staggs
Centre for Eels is number 4 Josh HoffmanCentre for Broncos is number 4 Gehamat Shibasaki
Winger for Eels is number 5 Blake FergusonWinger for Broncos is number 5 Jamayne Isaako
Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Jaeman SalmonFive-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Anthony Milford
Halfback for Eels is number 7 Mitchell MosesHalfback for Broncos is number 7 Sean O'Sullivan
Prop for Eels is number 8 Kane EvansProp for Broncos is number 8 Matthew Lodge
Hooker for Eels is number 9 Reed MahoneyHooker for Broncos is number 9 Jake Turpin
Prop for Eels is number 10 Junior PauloProp for Broncos is number 10 Payne Haas
2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Shaun Lane2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 David Fifita
2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Manu Ma'u2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Matt Gillett
Lock for Eels is number 13 Nathan BrownLock for Broncos is number 13 Tevita Pangai Junior
Interchange for Eels is number 14 Ray StoneInterchange for Broncos is number 14 Andrew McCullough
Interchange for Eels is number 15 Peni TerepoInterchange for Broncos is number 15 Jaydn Su'A
Interchange for Eels is number 16 David GowerInterchange for Broncos is number 16 Thomas Flegler
Interchange for Eels is number 17 Marata NiukoreInterchange for Broncos is number 17 Patrick Carrigan
- Referee: Henry Perenara