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Five Things – Eels v Storm, Round 15

The last outing for the Eels and Storm is one the Blue and Gold would rather forget.

It’s a crucial match up for the two teams, with ladder standing beginning to be sorted out ahead of the finals.

Here are five things you need to know about the clash.

A dry Bankwest Stadium awaits

After two weeks of soggy football for the Eels, Bankwest Stadium is looking to provide mint conditions tonight.

Despite plenty of footwork on the pitch, the grass is looking primed and ready for a heavy game of Rugby League.

Milestone match for Eels duo

NRL veteran Michael Jennings will notch up his 100th game for the Eels on Thursday night.

The centre pulled on the Blue and Gold for the first time in 2016 and recently re-signed with the Club until the end of 2022.

Meanwhile, our young hooker Reed Mahoney will play his 50th game for the Club.

He debuted in 2018 and is already being touted as a future Origin star.

Congratulations Jenko and Reedy! 

Eels look to bounce back from slump

The Blue and Gold hasn’t had the best month of footy and will be looking to return to the winners’ circle in fashion.

The Melbourne Storm is hot off a striking win last week and won’t be an easy challenge.

But if the Eels want to stake their claim as a top four contender, they’ll need to show it tonight.

Ladder positions

The Eels can claim equal competition points with the Storm if they win tonight.

The Blue and Gold are sitting in third position, with the Storm in second.

Both teams are safe in the top four for now.

Team Changes

Parramatta are unchanged and they continue their healthy run into the back half of the year.

Juinor Paulo is fit to play, despite a nasty ankle roll last game.

A few changes for the Storm.

Prop Jesse Bromwich is suspended, bringing Nelson Asofa-Solomona into the starting side and Darryn Schonig is promoted to the bench.

Jahrome Hughes is ruled out with a groin injury and his place is taken by Cooper Johns, who will make his NRL debut.

Sandor Earl replaces Suliasi Vunivalu on the wing and Tino Fa'asuamaleaui starts at lock for Dale Finucane, with Albert Vete joining the bench.

Acknowledgement of Country

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