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A Friday night blockbuster sees the Parramatta Eels and Sydney Roosters lock horns at Bankwest Stadium in Sydney’s west. Stay up to date with their NRL clash with live scores on The Roar from 7:55pm (AEST).
The Eels have bounced back into top form after an upset loss to St George Illawarra a month ago, brushing aside Canberra, Brisbane and Canterbury in a strong three weeks. Parramatta have been flying under the radar all season but, the longer the season goes on, the more they need to be viewed as genuine premiership contenders.
The Roosters have done well to battle through a host of serious injuries to star players – and were electric against Newcastle last week – but the consensus looks to be that the medical maladies will catch up with them eventually. This will be their first test against a top side since they took on Melbourne in Round 6 – a match they were comprehensively beaten in.
The Eels have dropped four straight matches against the Roosters – including a 24-10 loss at this venue in last year’s only meeting. The Roosters boast a perfect 5-0 record at Western Sydney Stadium, although they’ve only played Parramatta at the ground once.
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. Isaiah Papali’i, 12. Ryan Matterson, 13. Nathan Brown
Bench/Reserves: 14. Oregon Kaufusi, 15. Shaun Lane, 16. Haze Dunster, 17. Bryce Cartwright | 19. Keegan Hipgrave, 20. Wiremu Greig
1. James Tedesco, 2. Daniel Tupou, 3. Josh Morris, 4. Joseph Manu, 5. Matt Ikuvalu, 6. Drew Hutchison, 7. Sam Walker, 8. Isaac Liu, 9. Ben Marschke, 10. Sio Siua Taukeiaho, 11. Angus Crichton, 12. Nat Butcher, 13. Victor Radley
Bench/Reserves: 14. Adam Keighran, 15. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 17. Daniel Suluka-Fifita, 24. Tuku Hau Tapuha | 18. Egan Butcher, 21. Joseph Suaalii