Parramatta Eels vs New Zealand Warriors: Preview and prediction

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    The Warriors will be looking to bounce back from an embarrassing loss as they travel to Sydney to play the last-placed Eels.

    Stephen Kearney’s men were thumped 32-0 on home turf by the Roosters last week, in their second poor performance in three weeks, although they are still 7-3 after ten rounds.

    In a huge blow for the away side, skipper Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has withdrawn from this one due to the impending birth of his first child, with Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad to start at fullback.

    Mason Lino and hooker Issac Luke have both been named to start, despite being in some doubt with ankle and shoulder injuries respectively, while Shaun Johnson is still out injured.

    Meanwhile, the Eels lost their bottom-of-the-table showdown against the Bulldogs 20-12, and now face the reality that no side has ever made the finals after starting a season 2-8.

    Making life even more difficult is Kenny Edwards being ruled out pending a court appearance for a traffic violation. Marata Niukore is set to make his NRL debut from the bench, with Daniel Alvaro expected to play, despite copping a head knock last week.

    Overall, it hard to know what to expect from this game, although if the Warriors show up like they did last week, they will get rolled.

    While the Eels were poor last week, they failed to capitalise on a number of scoring opportunities against the Bulldogs and often looked the better side.

    This should be a wild sort of game, but the fact the Kiwis have not put in back-to-back bad performances all year, they should have the class to get over this struggling Parra side.

    Verdict
    Warriors by 1-8 in a high-scoring game.

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    • Roar Guru

      May 18th 2018 @ 10:38am
      BA Sports said | May 18th 2018 @ 10:38am | ! Report

      “…now face the reality that no side has ever made the finals after starting a season 2-8.”

      Except that the Eels themselves did it in 2006 when they were 2-8 and finished 12-12 and in 8th place (losing to Melb week 1 of the Finals (one of Steven Clarke’s finest moments)
      In fact they lost 10 of their first 13 before climbing up to 4th on the ladder at one point, only to run out of juice.

      • May 18th 2018 @ 3:55pm
        E-Meter said | May 18th 2018 @ 3:55pm | ! Report

        The Jason Taylor effect

    • Roar Rookie

      May 18th 2018 @ 11:04am
      Joe said | May 18th 2018 @ 11:04am | ! Report

      I picked the Eels for this one but with no real confidence. Now that Tuivasa Sheck is ruled out feel a bit more confident.

    • May 18th 2018 @ 12:02pm
      Peter Phelps said | May 18th 2018 @ 12:02pm | ! Report

      Whilst I do not have a lot of confidence in the Eels, I think the Warriors purple patch bubble has well and truly burst. I think the Eels will pull off an upset win in a generally poor quality encounter.

    • May 18th 2018 @ 1:37pm
      Gus Paella said | May 18th 2018 @ 1:37pm | ! Report

      Parra by 20+

      • Roar Guru

        May 18th 2018 @ 1:57pm
        BA Sports said | May 18th 2018 @ 1:57pm | ! Report

        I am not sure in 2018 that a team with Beau Scott as a starting second rower can be favoured by 20…

        • May 18th 2018 @ 5:40pm
          Gus Paella said | May 18th 2018 @ 5:40pm | ! Report

          Beau Scott is the original Josh Jackson?

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