NRL Previews - Warriors v Eels (Round 1)

12-03-2011 05:30PM at Eden Park, Auckland

Referees: Steve Lyons and Chris James
Touch Judges: Adam Reid and Henry Perenara
Video Referee: Chris Ward

On paper, as many would have seen by now, the Eels starting 13 reads like a trial match line-up. However, reports suggest that Stephen Kearney is rewarding the hardest trainers in his reputedly vicious pre-season work outs. This means that Parra may not fade late in games and may play with a renewed spirit, but we predict the same problems that hindered the Eels 2010 tilt rear their ugly head in this match.

Mortimer and Robson struggle to find enough points, Nathan Hindmarsh makes 75 tackles and Jarryd Hayne doesn't come looking for the ball often enough. The Warriors will capitalise with exactly the opposite. A potent scrum base, a shared effort in defence and their best players knowing when and where to inject themselves. Home ground advantage and Manu Vatuvei give NZ the edge with James Maloney a standout.

My Tip: Warriors 26-12

The Teams

  New Zealand Warriors    Parramatta Eels 
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S. Rapira
1. Lance Hohaia Fullback 1. Jarryd Hayne
2. Glen Fisiiahi Wing 2. Luke Burt
3. Joel Moon Centre 3. Chris Walker
4. Jerome Ropati Centre 4. Ryan Morgan
5. Manu Vatuvei Wing 5. Etu Uaisele
6. James Maloney Five Eighth 6. Daniel Mortimer
7. Brett Seymour Halfback 7. Jeff Robson
8. Sam Rapira Prop 8. Tim Mannah
9. Aaron Heremaia Hooker 9. Casey McGuire
10. Russell Packer Prop 10. Mitchell Allgood
11. Simon Mannering Second Row 11. Nathan Hindmarsh
12. Feleti Mateo Second Row 12. Taniela Lasalo
13. Michael Luck Lock 13. Justin Horo
14. Shaun Berrigan Interchange 14. Matt Keating
15. Jacob Lillyman Interchange 15. Shane Shackleton
16. Ben Matulino Interchange 16. Ben Smith
17. Lewis Brown Interchange 17. Carl Webb
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J. Poore
F. Moimoi

Head to Head

2010 NRL - Round 26 Parramatta Stadium New Zealand Warriors 26-12
2010 NRL - Round 17 Mt Smart Stadium New Zealand Warriors 35-6
2009 Round 23 Parramatta Stadium Parramatta Eels 40-4
2009 Round 1 Mt Smart Stadium New Zealand Warriors 26-18
2008 Round 26 Parramatta Stadium New Zealand Warriors 28-6

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