Round 19 Preview: Parramatta Eels v Canterbury Bulldogs


Parramatta Eels v Canterbury Bulldogs
Location: ANZ Stadium
Date: Thursday 19th July
Time: 7:55pm AEST 

Line ups: 
Parramatta Eels
  1. Clinton Gutherson
  2. Bevan French
  3. Michael Jennings
  4. Jarryd Hayne
  5. George Jennings
  6. Corey Norman
  7. Mitch Moses
  8. Daniel Alvaro
  9. Kaysa Pritchard
  10. Siosaia Vave
  11. Marata Niukore 
  12. Brad Takairangi 
  13. Nathan Brown
  14. Tepai Moeroa
  15. Tim Mannah
  16. David Gower
  17. Peni Terepo
  18. Kane Evans
  19. Jaemon Salmon
  20. Suaia Matagi
  21. Reed Mahoney

Bulldogs:
  1. Will Hopoate
  2. Brett Morris 
  3. Josh Morris
  4. Kerrod Holland
  5. Reimis Smith
  6. Lachlan Lewis 
  7. Jeremy Marshall-Lee
  8. Aidan Tolman
  9. Michael Lichaa
  10. David Klemmer
  11. Josh Jackson
  12. Rhyse Martin
  13. Adam Elliott
  14. Fa’amanu Brown
  15. Clay Priest
  16. Ofahiki Ogden
  17. Danny Fualalo
  18. Greg Eastwood 
  19. Matt Frawley
  20. Francis Tualau
  21. John Olive

Preview:
This game has been branded by fans as the  “spoon bowl” with both sides sitting at the bottom end of the table this season. 

The Bulldogs have been brave and fought in every game in 2018 and this week will be no different. While the Eels have been so inconsistent it’s not funny. 

This week they face off against each other and with a win would give each side a boost to try and get off the bottom and closer to getting away from the dreaded wooden spoon. 

Main Key Match Up: Forward packs

The main match up I’ve chosen this game is the match up between the 2 sets of forward packs. 

The Bulldogs have fought hard in all of their games and for the most part so have the Eels. The forwards will need to roll up their sleeves this week if their teams have any chance of coming away with the 2 points. 

The halves and backlines won’t be able to do their thing if the forwards don’t start each set off well. 

The Eels arguably have a better 1-7 on paper but the Bulldogs still have a decent forward pack who each week hang in their and are the reason that gives them a chance each week and keeps them in the gift where for Parramatta it is their backline specifically their 1-5. 

This week the Eels pack will need to get back to their hard working ways of 2017 if they want to have any hope of having a chance of getting off the bottom of the table. 

Prediction:
As an Eels fan it pains me to say this but they’ve just lost the ability to win. 

Bulldogs will fight like they do and like their last outing against each other will scrap their way to a win. 

Bulldogs by 8


Nath

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