NRL Previews - Eels v Panthers (Round 2)

18-03-2011 07:45PM at Parramatta Stadium

Referees: Shayne Hayne and Gerard Sutton
Touch Judges: Jeff Younis and Ricky MacFarlane
Video Referee: Paul Simpkins

If Rugby League teams are truly 'only as good as their last game', this one is an easy tip. However, beware a wounded football team such as the Panthers especially this week when they face their Western Sydney arch enemies, the Eels at Parramatta Stadium on Friday night. The finest league fans from Mt Druitt to Merrylands will be out in force for this one and they will see a continuation of the intense rivalry that exists between these clubs.

Can the Panthers play any worse than they did last week? Will they be affected by the short turnaround after playing in sweltering conditions last Sunday? Will league legend Petero Civoniceva have to put up with more personal attacks from the Parramatta faithful? No, no and no. The experience in the Penrith club shines through as Luke Lewis and Michael Jennings turn up to bring the Eels back down to earth. Lachlan Coote a standout for the visitors.

My Tip: Panthers 24-14

The Teams

  Parramatta Eels               Penrith Panthers 
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J. Reddy
C. Webb
J. Poore
C. Walker
1. Jarryd HayneFullback1. Lachlan Coote
2. Luke BurtWing2. Yileen Gordon
3. Paul WhatuiraCentre3. Michael Jennings
4. Ryan MorganCentre4. Brad Tighe
5. Etu UaiseleWing5. David Simmons
6. Daniel MortimerFive Eighth6. Travis Burns
7. Billy RogersHalfback7. Luke Walsh
8. Tim MannahProp8. Tim Grant
9. Casey McGuireHooker9. Kevin Kingston
10. Mitchell AllgoodProp10. Petero Civoniceva
11. Nathan HindmarshSecond Row11. Trent Waterhouse
12. Taniela LasaloSecond Row12. Nigel Plum
13. Justin HoroLock13. Luke Lewis
14. Matt KeatingInterchange14. Matthew Bell
15. Shane ShackletonInterchange15. Sam McKendry
16. Ben SmithInterchange16. Adrian Purtell
17. Fuifui MoimoiInterchange17. Sarafu Fatiaki
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N. Smith

Head to Head

2010 NRL - Round 19 CUA Stadium Parramatta Eels 34-28
2009 Round 25 Parramatta Stadium Parramatta Eels 48-6
2009 Round 17 CUA Stadium, Penrith Penrith Panthers 38-34
2008 Round 17 Parramatta Stadium Penrith Panthers 22-16
2008 Round 8 CUA Stadium, Penrith Parramatta Eels 26-18

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