Match Preview: Eels v Raiders, Round 15, TIO Stadium

The Parramatta Eels take on the Canberra Raiders at Darwin’s TIO Stadium on Saturday 29 June in Round 15 of the NRL Telstra Premiership.

Blue & Gold Head Coach Brad Arthur picked a 21 man squad to play at the Eels' home away from home, welcoming back Dylan Brown from injury in the halves alongside Mitch Moses.

Michael Jennings has been ruled out with injury with Brad Takairangi returning to the centres in his place.

Jaeman Salmon, Peni Terepo, David Gower and Marata Niukore are on the bench whilst Daniel Alvaro, Tepai Moeroa, George Jennings and Will Smith are the reserves.

Raiders Head Coach Ricky Stuart has named Josh Hodgson and Corey Horsburgh to return from injury, with Hodgson starting at hooker and Horsburgh on the bench. 

The inclusions see Siliva Havili move to the bench and Tom Starling drop out of the squad, while Horsburgh pushes Emre Guler off the bench and into the extended squad. Sebastian Kris has been named at centre to replace Nick Cotric, with Michael Oldfield named on the extended bench.

Historically, the Raiders hold a slight head to head advantage with 20 wins from 32 games and won in the two sides previous meeting this year, when they came away 19-0 victors in the nation’s capital.

The Raiders enter the clash with three wins from their past three games, whilst the Eels are coming off a 38-10 victory over the Broncos at Bankwest Stadium.

The Eels also hold a 4-1 record at TIO Stadium, including an 18-10 victory over the Raiders in Darwin in 2014.

Parramatta's huge tally of 1929 run metres against Brisbane last-start was just their fourth biggest total this year (the other three were all in wins, the biggest their Easter Monday total of 2040 against Wests Tigers).

Canberra have yet to make that much ground in any game this season, with their 1873 two weeks ago against the Tigers their best.

They have however held three teams scoreless this season.

Kick off is at 7:05pm (local Darwin time)/ 7:35pm (AEST).

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton Gutherson
    Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
  • Winger for Eels is number 2 Maika Sivo
    Winger for Raiders is number 2 Bailey Simonsson
  • Centre for Eels is number 3 Brad Takairangi
    Centre for Raiders is number 3 Jarrod Croker
  • Centre for Eels is number 4 Josh Hoffman
    Centre for Raiders is number 4 Sebastian Kris
  • Winger for Eels is number 5 Blake Ferguson
    Winger for Raiders is number 5 Jordan Rapana
  • Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Dylan Brown
    Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jack Wighton
  • Halfback for Eels is number 7 Mitchell Moses
    Halfback for Raiders is number 7 Aidan Sezer

Forwards

  • Prop for Eels is number 8 Kane Evans
    Prop for Raiders is number 8 Josh Papalii
  • Hooker for Eels is number 9 Reed Mahoney
    Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Josh Hodgson
  • Prop for Eels is number 10 Junior Paulo
    Prop for Raiders is number 10 Dunamis Lui
  • 2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Shaun Lane
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 John Bateman
  • 2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Manu Ma'u
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Elliott Whitehead
  • Lock for Eels is number 13 Nathan Brown
    Lock for Raiders is number 13 Joseph Tapine

Interchange

  • Interchange for Eels is number 14 Jaeman Salmon
    Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Siliva Havili
  • Interchange for Eels is number 15 Peni Terepo
    Interchange for Raiders is number 15 Corey Horsburgh
  • Interchange for Eels is number 16 David Gower
    Interchange for Raiders is number 16 Iosia Soliola
  • Interchange for Eels is number 19 Tepai Moeroa
    Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Ryan Sutton