Round 11. Eels vs Warriors Preview


Parramatta Eels vs New Zealand Warriors 
ANZ Stadium 
Friday 18th of May


The first Friday night game sees the Parramatta Eels hosting the New Zealand Warriors. The Eels head into this match dead last after suffering another 2 straight defeats  and if they are holding onto any hope of a finals spot they need to go on one of the best winning runs the game has seen starting now.

The Warriors on the other hand have been traveling better than the experts expected, still inside the top 4 even after suffering their second hammering of the season last weekend. The Warriors will still be without Johnson with an ankle injury and due to the birth of his child Tuivasa-Sheck will also miss the game. The Warriors do welcome back Luke for the game.

Team lists

Eels: 1 Clint Gutherson (c), 2 Bevan French, 3 Michael Jennings, 4 Brad Takairangi, 5 George Jennings, 6 Corey Norman, 7 Mitchell Moses, 8 Daniel Alvaro, 9 Cameron King, 10 Peni Terepo, 11 Beau Scott (c), 12 Tepai Moeroa, 13 Manu Ma'u

Interchange: 14 Will Smith, 15 Suaia Matagi, 16 David Gower, 17 Marata Niukore

Reserves: 18 Josh Hoffman, 19 Siosaia Vave

Warriors: 24 Charnze Nicoll-Klostad, 2 David Fusitu'a, 3 Peta Hiku, 4 Solomone Kata, 5 Ken Maumalo, 6 Blake Green, 7 Mason Lino, 8 Bunty Afoa, 9 Issac Luke, 10 Agnatius Paasi, 16 Isaiah Papali'i, 12 Tohu Harris, 13 Adam Blair

Interchange: 14 Jazz Tevaga, 15 Chris Satae, 16 James Gavet, 17 Simon Mannering,

Reserves: 18 Gerard Beale, 20 Albert Vete

Key match ups

Moses vs Lini

Mitch Moses has been struggling behind a forward pack that has struggled almost all season yet somehow still has his name in line for Freddy Fittler New South Wales Blues this season. If he is any real chance of making that Origin side and getting Parramatta off the bottom of the ladder he needs to out perform his inexperienced opposite half tonight in a massive way.

Mason Lino has been doing an excellent job for the Warriors and is part of the reason they sit inside the top four. In years gone by no Johnson would mean and almost guaranteed Warriors loss but for this season that is not the case. Lino has performed Man of the Match efforts a few times this far this season. Coming up against the struggling Eels another one tonight would come as no surprise.

Most would consider Manu Mau as one of Parramattas better players for this season and a move to lock might just be a master stroke by Arthur. Mau involvement these past few weeks has definitely risen unfortunately for him the rest of the team hasn't delivered. Hopefully this move to the middle helps lift the team around him.

Adam Blair is having one of his best seasons to date since going back home. His move to lock early in the season due to injury has been one of Stephen Kearnys master strokes for this season and again is another reason why they currently sit inside the top four. Not expecting anything special from Blair, he just seems to have a simple job role this year and if Mau is unable to stop or limits Blair through the centre of the field the Warriors will look set for another Victory.

Cameron king returns to the side after the failed experiment last week by Brad Arthur starting Will Smith at hooker. King had a great run for the club at the end of last season as they charged towards the finals but like many other players was unable to bring that form into this season if he's any chance of holding onto a first grade jersey he needs to take this opportunity with both hands.

The Warriors linchpin Issac Luke makes his return from injury this week, everything good by the Warriors this season seems to revolve around Issac Luke and it comes as no surprise that the two games they have been hammered in this year he was unavailable for one and missed the majority of the other through injury. The "bully" will be doing everything possible to get his side over the line tonight and after having last week off I'm expecting a fresh and rejuvenated Luke to get man of the match.

Sorry Parramatta fans but the pain hasn't stopped yet. I'm not saying it's gonna be a thumping but if Lino does play and with the return of Issac Luke I can't see the Eels getting up in this one.
Warriors by 6



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