2018 NRL – Wests Tigers vs Parramatta Eels Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Monday 02nd April, 07:00 (UK)

Where? ANZ Stadium

What channel is it on? UK - Wests Tigers vs Parramatta Eels will not be televised live Australia - Foxtel, LIVE PASS

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

Are tickets still available? http://premier.ticketek.com.au...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

TIGERS

Head Coach: Ivan Cleary

Starting 13: Thompson, Nofoaluma, Marsters, Naiqama, Watene-Zelezniak, Marshall, Brooks, Packer, Godinet, Matulino, Lawrence, Rochow, Eisenhuth – Interchanges: McIlwrick, Twal, Chee Kam, Aloiai – Reserves: Gamble, Grant, Liddle, Lolohea

Unavailable: Josh Reynolds, Elijah Taylor

  • Wests Tigers were cruelly defeated by Brisbane Broncos last week after a contentious penalty saw them lose in golden point 7-9.
  • Ivan Cleary has named the same 17 that battled so valiantly against the Broncos but could make a change if Tuimoala Lolohea can prove his fitness having been named amongst the reserves.
  • Wests boast the best defence in the NRL three games in with them conceding just 25 points at an average of 8.3 points per game. However, they are also the second lowest scorers with 27 points, an average of 9 points per game.

EELS

Head Coach: Brad Arthur

Starting 13: Smith, G. Jennings, M. Jennings, Auva’a, Hoffman, Norman, Moses, Alvaro, Pritchard, Mannah, Ma'u, Moeroa, Brown – Interchanges: Scott, Edwards, Terepo, Williams – Reserves: King, Matagi, Gower, Niukore

Unavailable: Clint Gutherson, Tony Williams, Brad Takairangi, Bevan French, Jarryd Hayne, Kane Evans

  • Parramatta’s miserable start to the season continued as they lost their third consecutive game to remain winless and rooted to the bottom of the NRL table. The Eels went down to the Sharks 4-14.
  • Brad Arthur has made a plethora of changes to his side with many of them enforced. Bevan French, Jarryd Hayne and Kane Evans all picked up injuries last week whilst Cameron King is dropped. Kaysa Pritchard, Peni Terepo and Tony Williams all come into the side with George Jennings also receiving a call-up to form a wing-centre partnership with his brother, Michael.
  • Parramatta’s problems are obvious for all to see with them managing just 18 points from their three games so far this season, an average of a converted try per game.

THE PREDICTION

The NRL’s two lowest scorers come into this game in contrasting form as eighth-placed Wests Tigers host bottom side Parramatta Eels. The Tigers will feel they deserved at least a draw from their controversial loss against the Broncos which was their first defeat of the season. The Eels on the other hand are yet to pick up a win and have looked very poor in the process. Wests have already shown immeasurable improvement on last season, particularly in defence. Having faced a tough schedule but coming out of it with plenty of credit, Wests should be able to add a win here and condemn Parramatta to another defeat.