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Saturday night footy sees the Parramatta Eels and Cronulla Sharks go head-to-head in an intriguing Round 3 matchup. Stay up to date with their NRL clash with live scores on The Roar from 7:35pm (AEDT).
They were far from impressive after being forced to come from 16-0 against the reigning wooden spooners, Brisbane, in Round 1 – but last week’s win over the reigning premiers, Melbourne, means the Eels are the talk of the town. Parramatta proved tough and miserly in the wet conditions – their vaunted defence holding up again. They’ll face a test tonight against a high-octane side in Cronulla.
The Sharks are unlucky not to also be undefeated coming into tonight’s match – with poor kicking for goal ultimately costing them what would’ve been a stirring win over Canberra last week. John Morris’ side looked the goods against the Dragons in Round 1, but have a tough month of football coming up and may rue that clash as the one that got away – unless they spring an upset tonight.
Parramatta edged past the Sharks 14-12 when they met last year in eerily similar circumstances to Cronulla’s loss last week – they scored three tries, but converted none, allowing the Eels to escape with the points. This is the first time these sides have played at Bankwest Stadium.
Kick-off: 7:35pm (AEDT)
Venue: Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
TV: Fox League
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel Now, Foxtel Go
Betting: Eels $1.35, Sharks $3.15 (odds via PlayUp)
1. Clint Gutherson, 2. Maika Sivo, 3. Tom Opacic, 4. Marata Niukore, 5. Blake Ferguson, 6. Dylan Brown, 7. Mitchell Moses, 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard, 9. Reed Mahoney, 10. Junior Paulo, 11. Shaun Lane, 12. Isaiah Papali’i, 13. Nathan Brown
Bench/Reserves: 14. Oregon Kaufusi, 15. Keegan Hipgrave, 16. Will Smith, 17. Ray Stone, 18. Jordan Rankin, 19. Haze Dunster, 20. David Hollis, 21. Joey Lussick
1. Will Kennedy, 2. Sione Katoa, 3. Josh Dugan, 4. Connor Tracey, 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo, 6. Matt Moylan, 7. Chad Townsend, 8. Braden Hamlin-Uele, 9. Blayke Brailey, 10. Aaron Woods, 11. Briton Nikora, 12. Wade Graham, 13. Toby Rudolf
Bench/Reserves: 14. Teig Wilton, 15. Aiden Tolman, 16. Jack Williams, 17. Billy Magoulias, 18. Mawene Hiroti, 19. Nene Macdonald, 20. Andrew Fifita, 21. Braydon Trindall