2019 NRL – Parramatta Eels vs Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Parramatta Eels vs Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks taking place? Saturday 6th April, 09:35

Where is Parramatta Eels vs Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks taking place? ANZ Stadium

What channel is Parramatta Eels vs Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks on?
UK – Sky Sports Mix
Australia – Fox Sports

Where can I stream Parramatta Eels vs Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks?
UK – Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match via Sky Go
Australia – https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Where can I get tickets for Parramatta Eels vs Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks?
Parramatta Eels – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500031

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500028

THE TEAM NEWS

PARRAMATTA EELS

Head Coach: Brad Arthur

Starting 13: Gutherson, Sivo, M. Jennings, Takairangi, Ferguson, Salmon, Moses, Alvaro, Mahoney, Paulo, Lane, Niukore, Moeroa – Interchanges: Terepo, Mannah, Evans, Kaufusi – Reserves: Stone, McIlwrick, Hoffman, G. Jennings

Unavailable: Manu Ma’u, Kasya Pritchard, Nathan Brown, Will Smith, Dylan Brown

  • Parramatta gave a decent account of themselves as they went toe-to-toe with the Sydney Roosters last week but they were blitzed in the final quarter and ended up suffering defeat against the reigning Premiers.

  • The Eels allowed the Roosters to score 18 points in the final 20 minutes of the contest despite leading at that point which will come as a big disappointment to head coach Brad Arthur after some encouraging signs in the opening hour of the game.

  • Arthur has been forced into a change in the halves with young gun Dylan Brown expected to be out for a prolonged period with a back injury. Jaeman Salmon comes in to take his place at five-eight.

CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS

Head Coach: John Morris

Starting 13: Dugan, Feki, Xerri, Morris, Katoa, Johnson, Townsend, Fifita, J. Brailey, Prior, Nikora, Capewell, Gallen – Interchanges: B. Brailey, Bukuya, Woods, Williams – Reserves: Sorensen, Flanagan, Gray, Hamlin-Uele

Unavailable: Wade Graham, Ava Seumanufagai, Matt Moylan

  • Cronulla produced a scintillating second-half display to see off North Queensland Cowboys last week with the Sharks running out big winners despite going in behind at half-time with a four-point deficit.

  • The Sharks ran in six tries in the second stanza to claim a comfortable win but it was slightly marred by fullback Matt Moylan picking up a knock and that is sufficient enough to keep him out of this week’s game.

  • His place will be taken by Josh Dugan who reverts from centre and that allows exciting young talent Bronson Xerri to make his NRL debut, after his emotional reaction to his call-up went viral this week.

THE PREDICTION

Parramatta looked very good against Sydney Roosters for 60 minutes last week but fell apart in the final 20 with the Eels eager to bounce straight back against Cronulla. The Sharks are coming off the back of a big win themselves and despite having to make a couple of changes, they should be able to win again. Josh Dugan is no stranger to the fullback position whilst Bronson Xerri has a chance to nail down a spot in the side when he makes his debut. The Eels will be weaker without Dylan Brown in the halves and a lack of fluidity to their attack as a result will help the Sharks on their way to victory.