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The Parramatta Eels take on the St George Illawarra Dragons in Paul McGregor’s last game as coach. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary, from 7:55pm (AEST).
This Round 14 clash stems to be an important one for both sides. The Eels, currently in third position, will look to lock in a full 80-minute performance, which they have failed to do as of late. The Dragons will help to give coach McGregor’s a proper send-off this weekend.
The Eels will need to continue winning, to keep their top four chances afloat, whereas the Dragons just need to win to keep their slim finals chances alive.
For Parramatta, Ryan Matterson comes back into the side from concussion, with Marata Niukore dropping to the bench and Andrew Davey as 18th man.
Huge reshuffles for the Dragons, as per 2020. Corey Norman gets recalled back into five-eighth, moving Ben Hunt back to hooker and skipper Cameron McInnes to lock. Tyrell Fuimaono starts in the back row for the injured Tariq Sims, along with Korbin Sims and Jacob Host, who join the bench for the injured Trent Merrin.
Ben Hunt v Reed Mahoney
The battle for a Queensland no.9 opportunity. Both hookers are strong candidates to try and lock down the Origin jumper, left by Cameron Smith. Hunt, the incumbent, has been playing fairly well at hooker for the Dragons when called upon – whereas Mahoney is a bright young superstar who seems to just be getting better. The battle of the ruck will be a huge factor in this game, and it will start with both hookers.
With all that’s on the line, I expect the Dragons to come out firing (pun intended), but not have enough in the tank against the class of Mitchell Moses and Clint Gutherson.
Eels by 10
Kick-off: 7:55pm (AEST)
Venue: Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
TV: Nine, Fox Sports
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NRL Live Pass
1. Clint Gutherson, 2. Maika Sivo, 3. Michael Jennings, 4. Waqa Blake, 5. Blake Ferguson, 6. Dylan Brown, 7. Mitchell Moses, 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard, 9. Reed Mahoney, 10. Junior Paulo, 11. Shaun Lane, 12. Ryan Matterson, 13. Nathan Brown
Bench/Reserves: 14. Ray Stone, 15. Marata Niukore, 16. Kane Evans, 17. Oregon Kaufusi, 18. Andrew Davey, 19. Haze Dunster, 20. Stefano Utoikamanu, 21. Brad Takairangi
1. Matt Dufty, 2. Jordan Pereira, 3. Euan Aitken, 4. Zac Lomax, 5. Mikaele Ravalawa, 6. Corey Norman, 7. Adam Clune, 8. Blake Lawrie, 9. Ben Hunt, 10. Josh Kerr, 11. Tyson Frizell, 12. Tyrell Fuimaono, 13. Cameron McInnes
Bench/Reserves: 14. Tristan Sailor, 15. Kaide Ellis, 16. Korbin Sims, 17. Jacob Host, 18. Brayden Willame, 19. Eddie Blacker, 20. Jason Saab, 21. Jayden Sullivan