Round 4 Preview: Wests Tigers vs Parramatta Eels

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Wests Tigers vs Parramatta Eels
Venue: ANZ Stadium
Monday, April 2st
4:00pm AEST, 6:00pm NZ

Wests Tigers: 
  1. Corey Thompson
  2. David Nofoaluma
  3. Esan Marsters
  4. Kevin Naiqama
  5. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak
  6. Benji Marshall (c)
  7. Luke Brooks
  8. Russell Packer
  9. Pita Godinet
  10. Ben Matulino
  11. Chris Lawrence
  12. Robbie Rochow
  13. Matthew Eisenhuth
Interchange:
  1. Matt McIlwrick
  2. Alex Twal
  3. Michael Chee Kam
  4. Josh Aloiai
Reserves:
  1. Tyson Gamble
  2. Tim Grant
  3. Jacob Liddle
  4. Tuimoala Lolohea
Parramatta Eels: 
  1. Will Smith
  2. George Jennings
  3. Michael Jennings
  4. Kirisome Auva'a
  5. Josh Hoffman
  6. Corey Norman
  7. Mitchell Moses
  8. Daniel Alvaro
  9. Kaysa Pritchard
  10. Tim Mannah (c)
  11. Manu Ma'u
  12. Tepai Moeroa
  13. Nathan Brown
Interchange:
  1. Beau Scott
  2. Kenny Edwards
  3. Peni Terepo
  4. Tony Williams
Reserves:
  1. Cameron King
  2. Suaia Matagi
  3. David Gower
  4. Marata Niukore

Game Preview:
We have another Western Sydney rivalry on our hands! Now that Benji Marshall is back at the Tigers and Jarryd Hayne is back at the Eels, this brings back memories of the olds days as a Tigers fan. Jeez.... hasn’t this Easter clash produced some goodies over the years?! Last year’s incredible hard fought win by the Eels. One of the best games of last season. Or who could forget that amazing Pat Richards chip to James Tedesco while being dragged over the sideline to win the game for the Tigers! Ahhhh the Easter Mondayclash between the Wests Tigers and Parramatta Eels. What a game it is! Bring it on! 

What will this year’s Easter Monday clash produce? Well we definitely head into this game in an interesting mindset. The Eels are 0-3 and desperate to get their 2018 campaign started. They have suffered some big losses, and look to be having some serious attitude and personality issues on field and off the field. 

The Eels will be at risk of going 0-4 as they take on a surprising Tigers team. A team that’s knocked off last year’s premiers in Melbourne mind you, as well as the Premiership favourites for 2018. They suffered a Golden Point loss to Bennett’s Broncos off the back of a referee blunder, and will be looking to fire up in this game and get back into the top 4!

Key Match-ups:
Luke Brooks vs Mitchell Moses
Housemate vs housemate. That’s right, they still live together! However come Easter Monday they won’t be mates. Moses is 1-0 against Brooks thanks to last year’s clash, however Moses has struggled severely this year compared to Brooks who’s been firing. Moses seems to be dealing with some off field attitude issues in his Eels team, where as Brooks seems to be loving life next to Benji, as he’s having the best month in his career. Who comes home with the bragging rights?!

Benji Marshall vs Corey Norman
Both coming off rough weeks. Benji is fighting an ankle injury and although ensures he’s 100%, May not be as solid as we’ve seen him over the last month. He’s definitely taken the captaincy role on well but and is one of the biggest reasons to why the Tigers are surprising people everywhere. Corey Norman however is struggling with the same issues as Moses. Seems as off field dramas are a problem. Norman hasn’t been the same since Moses came, and if he wants to win on Monday, he needs to step up and show more control, demand more ball.

Matt Eisenhuth vs Nathan Brown.
Brown will be looking for another big win against his old club that he was once sacked by. Brown seem to be the only Eel out there putting work in week in and week out, and he will need to fire again. Matt Eisenhuth will be his opposite number, and a man that has shocked the world. The strong hearted cousin of Paul Gallen has fought some pretty tough battles in life, none so more tougher than cancer itself which almost forced him into retirement. However he will be facing his toughest #13 yet, and possibly one of the best in the game. He will need to step up and match Nathan Brown’s performance if his Tigers pack are going to dominate the Eels.

Stonecold’s Prediction: 
The Tigers offence has been an issue, but they’ve also played three of the hardest opponents in the NRL. However the Eels problems seems to start off field, and it’s looking worse and worse with every loss. I got the Tigers taking home the win. Tigers by 14.

-Stonecold

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