Parramatta Eels Vs Cronulla Sharks
25 March 2017, 7pm (AEDST)
ANZ Stadium

Parramatta Eels 2-0-1, 5th
The Eels are looking like one of the most dangerous teams in the competition when they are on song. Last week they were out enthused by a spirited Gold Coast Titans team, who played really well. The Eels lacked an accurate kicking game, but that will be fixed today with the return of C. Norman. He is the lynch pin in this young team, playing well above his years and allows Gutherson to play more naturally. The Eels only had 3 forwards clearing the 100m gained, a sign that they just couldn’t get on the front foot last week.

Cronulla Sharks 1-0-2, 9th
The premiers of 2016, looked all out of sorts last week vs a St George Dragons team that did the little things right. The Sharks conceded 9 penalties in this game, missed 33 tackles and 10 incomplete sets, you won’t beat any NRL team with those numbers. Gallen did his best, with 159 meters gained, but his forward mates didnt help him, with next best Fifita 124m and bench player Bukuya only managed 116m. Again highlighting their poor direction and attitude in this game. This will need to change this week, otherwise it could be back to back losses for their title defence.

Team news: (Final team lists released an hour before the game)

Parramatta Eels

The big inclusion is C. Norman, returning from a ham string complaint. This pushes J. Robson out to no.21, assuming he’s insurance in case of a late injury to Norman.
T. Moeroa is suspended, which allows K. Pritchard to gain a starting jumper in 12.
Good news for K. Pritchard fans, with C King dropping off the 19, all but guarantees he’s fit and ready to go.
C. Norman’s inclusion is massive, he will sure up their kicking and their confidence will be up a few notches with him directing them around the park.

Cronulla Sharks

The welcome return of S. Feki, sees E. lee dropping out of the team.
Super league deserter J. Segeyaro could find himself on the bench as he was named in the final 19 players.
T. Williams has also been excluded from the final 19 men.
Unsure on the bench make up for the Sharks, as they have left G. Beale on the extended bench as well. We would expect 4 forwards to be used, to combat this effective Eels pack, he may take K. Capewell position, which doesn’t excite us at all.

Their last 5 game report card: Eels have won 2 games, Sharks have won 3 games.
Pirtek stadium is under renovation, hence why the game will be played at ANZ.

2016 – Round 17 – Sharks won by 10 points at Southern cross group stadium
2015 – Round 25 – Sharks won by 7 points at Pirtek stadium
2014- Round 21 – Eels won by 20 at Remondis stadium
2014 – Round 9 – Eels won by 18 at Pirtek stadium
2013 – Round 14 – Sharks won by 18 at Remondis stadium

What we take from this?
The more recent matches we believe are an accurate reflection of today’s game, with both teams having a lot of player movement since 2014. The game taken to ANZ, we feel will favour the Sharks, however we are finding this a game that will be hard to split.
This game is being played in memory of J. Mannah, who played for both clubs and unfortunately lost his battle to cancer, so the emotions will be high and we are expecting a cracking game. C. Norman’s inclusion makes this even harder to predict, as if he wasn’t playing we would lean towards a Sharks victory.

For Us, we can’t split them and are extremely excited to sit down and watch this game unfold.

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