Round 3 Preview: Parramatta Eels vs Cronulla Sharks

Parramatta Eels vs Cronulla Sharks

Date: Saturday, March 24
Kickoff: 7:35pm
Venue: ANZ Stadium

Parramatta Eels:
  1. Bevan French
  2. Josh Hoffman
  3. Michael Jennings
  4. Jarryd Hayne
  5. Kirisome Auva'a
  6. Corey Norman
  7. Mitchell Moses
  8. Daniel Alvaro
  9. Cameron King
  10. Tim Mannah (C)
  11. Manu Ma'u
  12. Tepai Moeroa
  13. Nathan Brown
  1. Beau Scott
  2. Kenny Edwards
  3. Suaia Matagi
  4. Kane Evans
  1. Will Smith
  2. Peni Terepo
  3. David Gower
  4. Kaysa Prit

    Cronulla Sharks:
    1. Josh Dugan
    2. Sosaia Feki
    3. Jesse Ramien
    4. Ricky Leutele
    5. Valentine Holmes
    6. Matt Moylan
    7. Chad Townsend
    8. Andrew Fifita
    9. Jayden Brailey
    10. Matt Prior
    11. Jayson Bukuya
    12. Wade Graham (C)
    13. Paul Gallen (C)
    1. Kurt Capewell
    2. James Segeyaro
    3. Ava Seumanufagai
    4. Joseph Paulo
    1. Kurt Dillon
    2. Jack Williams
    3. Edrick Lee
    4. Luke Lewis

    Let’s firstly address the elephant in the room. The Parramatta Eels problem. What the hell is going on in Parramatta?! The Eels blow a 14 point lead to the Panthers, then go down 54-0 last week. This is not the Eels team we all expected to see start the season.

    Now not many people take the trials seriously, but I do. It’s a serious indication of player’s attitudes and the team’s direction. It’s a great indication for what we can expect to see in the regular season. However despite a very strong trial month for the Eels, they have been shocking to start the season. And I literally can’t pinpoint where to start!

    On the other side we have a winless Sharks team. One of these teams are about to go 0-3, and it’s two teams none of us would of expected to see go 0-3. Yes, a draw is possible, but let’s not aim for that.

    The Sharks have been very disappointing. Sure, not as disappointing as the Eels, but still not good enough. A tough loss to the Cowboys, yeah most of us saw the Cowboys winning that, but to blow a 14-0 lead against the Dragons is not okay. Not for a premiership contender. 

    So who wins this game? That’s a tough one, and really a massive game for both teams. If the Eels can’t win this, they then take on the firing Tigers team. They can’t afford to go 0-4. The Sharks on the other hand play the Storm next week, and like the Eels, are in danger of going 0-4 if they can’t get the win tonight. The Eels need an attitude check. Their attitude is what I believe their issue is. We’ve heard of a few personality clashed in the locker room, but is that the case? We don’t know. They need to step up in many areas. Their aggression has been non existent, and their effort is poor. From my point of view, they are all waiting on the other to step up instead of doing it themselves. If the Eels wish to win this game, they need to step up their aggression, and step up as a team. 

    The Sharks however need to learn to play for 80 minutes. They have had to many lapses in which teams are taking advantage of. Matt Moylan needs to step up in the halves and help Chad Townsend out more as well! But as a team, the Sharks need to keep consistent throughout the game. To many sleeping periods throughout the game and they are brutal as well! 

    Key Matchup: Matt Moylan vs Corey Norman.

    Moylan we can be patient with. He’s never truly been a half, and is yet to get use to the role, however we all know his passing and ability to read a defence can make him an elite half. However if the Sharks are to win this game, Moylan needs to get more ball and back his play making ability. 

    Norman on the other hand needs to get more involved. Since Moses has joined the team, he’s gone from being the most dangerous half in the game to... well... nothing special. We all know Moses is a talented half, but I feel Norman is letting Moses run the team to much. He needs to demand the ball more and take on the line like the old Norman we know of. Whoever steps up out of the two will win the game.

    Stonecold’s Prediction:
    Sharks by 16. The Eels have serious issues, and their issues definitely aren’t as bad as the Sharks issues are. The Sharks will fix their act up a lot quicker in my opinion, and I think we will see the Sharks take away the win.



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