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The Parramatta Eels desperately need a return to form, and they’ve got the perfect opportunity to do so against the hapless Brisbane Broncos at home. Join The Roar for live scores from 7:55pm (AEST).
After looking like a minor premiership threat for much of the season, Parramatta’s spot in the top four is now in jeopardy after an extended run of middling form. They’ve failed to score a try in two of their previous three games – a 38-0 demolition at the hands of Souths and a 20-2 drubbing by Penrith. They need to sort things out quickly.
The Broncos are also looking for a reversal of form, because they’re currently in the midst of a club-record nine-game losing streak. After a handful of encouraging performances, they laid an egg against the Gold Coast Titans to stay dangerously close to a club-first wooden spoon.
The Eels have enjoyed romping victories in their last two matches against Brisbane – a 34-6 trouncing in Round 3 this year and last season’s infamous 58-0 demolition in their elimination final.
Kick-off: 7:55pm (AEST)
Venue: Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
TV: Nine, Fox Sports
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NRL Live Pass
Odds: Eels $1.07, Broncos $9
1. Clint Gutherson, 2. Maika Sivo, 3. Michael Jennings, 4. Waqa Blake, 5. Blake Ferguson, 6. Jai Field, 7. Mitchell Moses, 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard, 9. Reed Mahoney, 10. Junior Paulo, 11. Ryan Matterson, 12. Shaun Lane, 13. Nathan Brown
Bench/Reserves: 14. Will Smith, 15. Andrew Davey, 16. Kane Evans, 17. Oregon Kaufusi, 18. Haze Dunster, 19. Stefano Utoikamanu, 20. George Jennings, 21. Daniel Alvaro
1. Darius Boyd, 2. Corey Oates, 3. Kotoni Staggs, 4. Herbie Farnworth, 5. Richard Kennar, 6. Tyson Gamble, 7. Tom Dearden, 8. Joe Ofahengaue, 9. Isaac Luke, 10. Ben Te’o, 11. David Fifita, 12. Alex Glenn, 13. Patrick Carrigan
Bench/Reserves: 14. Cory Paix, 15. Jamil Hopoate, 16. Xavier Coates, 17. Ethan Bullemor, 18. Kobe Hetherington, 19. Pride Petterson-Robati, 20. Sean O’Sullivan, 21. Jesse Arthars