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03 Aug 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 NRL – Parramatta Eels vs Gold Coast Titans Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 4th August, 08:30 (UK)

Where? ANZ Stadium

What channel is it on? UK - Parramatta Eels vs Gold Coast Titans will not be televised live in the UK
Australia - Foxtel, LIVE PASS

Where can I stream the match? UK - N/A
Australia - https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Are tickets still available? http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=EELS2118

THE STATISTICS


THE LOWDOWN

EELS

Head Coach: Brad Arthur

Starting 13: Gutherson, French, M. Jennings, Hayne, G. Jennings, Norman, Moses, Vave, Mahoney, Mannah, Niukore, Moeroa, Brown – Interchanges: Salmon, Evans, Terepo, Takairangi – Reserves: Smith, Gower

Unavailable: Tony Williams, Manu Ma’u, Cameron King, Kaysa Pritchard, Daniel Alvaro

  • Parramatta blew a great chance to earn just their fifth win of the season as they allowed South Sydney to come back and claim the spoils last week. The Eels were 12 ahead at the break but failed to score a try in the second half as they were beaten 26-20.

  • Kaysa Pritchard’s miserable luck continued as he suffered a shoulder injury last week meaning Reed Mahoney starts at hooker and Jaeman Salmon will come onto the bench to make his debut. Daniel Alvaro is also out with Kane Evans back on the bench whilst George Jennings come back into the team on the wing resulting in a reshuffle in the back line.

  • The Eels were cut adrift at the bottom of the NRL ladder last weekend with a win for the Cowboys opening up a two-point gap over them.

TITANS

Head Coach: Garth Brennan

Starting 13: Gordon, Don, Hurrell, Lee, Sami, Brimson, Taylor, Wallace, Peats, James, Proctor, Hipgrave, Arrow – Interchanges: Rein, Fotuaika, Stockwell, Matthews – Reserves: Latu, Whitbread

Unavailable: Kyle Flanagan, Max King, Bryce Cartwright, Dale Copley

  • Gold Coast produced one of their best performances of the season as they saw off New Zealand Warriors last week. Five second half tries saw the Titans overturn a half-time deficit whilst they also kept the Warriors scoreless in the second half as they ran out 36-12 winners.

  • Following the Titans’ impressive win last week, Garth Brennan unsurprisingly goes with the same 17.

  • After a run of three straight defeats, the Titans broke that losing streak last week and they have now won three of their last six matches.

THE PREDICTION

Gold Coast shocked New Zealand Warriors last week and will be looking for back-to-back wins here as they travel to bottom-placed Parramatta. The Eels almost produced a shock win themselves against the Rabbitohs last week but couldn’t replicate their first half effort as they fell away in the second period. That loss sees the Eels two-points adrift at the foot of the ladder and with games quickly running out, they are now short odds to claim the wooden spoon. Those odds will be even shorter if the Titans can claim the spoils here and they can do just that on the back of last week’s performance.

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