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Team List Tuesday – Friday Night Lights Edition

NRL Team List

 

The fallout from Saturday’s deflating loss to the Cronulla Sharks rolls right through to Team List Tuesday as the Eels lose Kaysa Pritchard (Groin, Round 14) and Tim Mannah (Eye Socket, Round 14) for the immediate future. With their season balanced precariously on a knife’s edge the timing of this news could not be any worse but Brad Arthur and the team must persevere.

As we have quickly learned this year given our prolonged struggles, there are no easy games in the NRL. Such will the be the case this Friday – Parramatta’s first Friday night game this season incidentally – when the Canterbury Bulldogs come to town with both clubs desperately trying to stay afloat in a decidedly bizarre NRL season.

Will Smith will take over the starting hooker responsibilities with the multi-talented utility cementing his place as the preferred backup hooking option over Cameron King. Despite their collective regression back to the dark days of Round 1-6, the Eels have survived further changes in the listed 1-17 with Beau Scott and Siosaia Vave earning recalls into the vacancies created by the injuries to Pritchard and Mannah.

Parramatta can ill-afford back-to-back losses at this point in the season but the honest truth is that there is no real barometer for their form. After seemingly getting their season back on track with solid victories over Manly and Wests, they fell apart against a vastly undermanned Cronulla outfit for 73 minutes only to roar to life in the final 7 minutes of play.

Any sort of win would be welcome this Friday but I dare say a dogged Canterbury line-up along with the foot-shooting antics of the Eels themselves will make it a tough task.

Still, while there is life there is hope and with a margin of error amounting to four games the Eels still have some life in them – let’s pray that they give themselves as much as their fans a reason to believe there is hope for the remainder of the season.

 

Parramatta Eels side
1. Clint Gutherson
2. Bevan French
3. Michael Jennings
4. Brad Takairangi
5. George Jennings
6. Corey Norman
7. Mitchell Moses
8. Daniel Alvaro
9. Will Smith
10. Suaia Matagi
11. Manu Ma’u
12. Tepai Moeroa
13. Peni Terepo
14. Beau Scott
15. Kenny Edwards
16. David Gower
17. Siosaia Vave
18. Cameron King
19. Kirisome Auva’a
20. Josh Hoffman
21. Marata Niukore

 

Intrust Super Premiership Team List

 

The hot-streak is over. With Wenty failing painstakingly short of the Canterbury Bulldogs on the weekend in a 23-22 defeat, their three-game streak comes undone. Still, they have breathed some life into their campaign and have a chance to consolidate this week when they meet Wyong at a neutral location in Leichardt Oval.

Young guns Jaeman Salmon and Oregon Kaufusi have retained their positions in the team this week while Reed Mahoney has missed out on selection – although whether injury has played a part here is somewhat unclear.

As usual, the named TLT roster is bereft of the four players named to the NRL shadow bench so consider the likes of Cameron King, Kirisome Auva’a, Josh Hoffman and Marata Niukore strong candidates to line up in the ISP this week.

 

Wentworthville Magpies side
1. Nathan Milone
2. Eddie Aiono
3. Nathan Davis
4. Dane Aukafolau
5. Atini Gafa
6. Jaeman Salmon
7. Arana Taumata
8. Magnus Stromquist
9. Brad Deitz
10. Piki Rogers
11. Matt Woods
12. Haimona Hiroti
13. Ray Stone (c)
Interchange
14. Oregon Kaufusi
15. Carl Winterstein
16. Jack Morris
17. Kurt De Luis

 

Jersey Flegg Team List

 

The Jersey Flegg enters the second and final week of a global bye. The competition resumes next week.

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I don’t want to be negative but that is the worst line up we have fielded this season im worried

The rev aka Snedden
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The rev aka Snedden

Really … I like it the only part I don’t like is mannah is not coming off the bench. I think his doing well coming off the bench.

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Offside

Mannah is a big loss vave and matagi in the same team is a worry plus poor old beau just doesn’t have it anymore Will Smith im a big fan but starting at 9 is a worry to.

The rev aka Snedden
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The rev aka Snedden

I agree. I like smith more a 5/8. I say we chase Levi from Newcastle his not getting much game time.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Just a question. How did the younger guys go last week.? Kaufusi, Salmon, Mahoney.?

Rowdy
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Rowdy

At best, they probably went well enough to keep their spots in the Wenty ISP team for this week. Anoyingmouse, we need to all accept that the coaching staff know exactly who is going well (like these fellows you’ve named and you could include Niukore to your list) and who is going so well that they are consistantly putting pressure on an experienced NRL incumbent in their own position. That they force the coaching staff to select them. Anon, in my never humble opinion? The only one who may be doing that consistently is Marata Niukore , but not in… Read more »

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Colin Hussey

Rowdy, Thanks for the revealing about Marata and how is going. For me the biggest disappointment in this weeks selections is the seemingly ignoring of Marata and preference of Vave in the team. As you say, the coaching staff know who is performing and I guess with the big Dogs pack we need some big players to try and counter them. I guess having Vave on the bench to replace Matagi may be a good move, if both can play their paddock time at a higher rate than I have seen so far this season & that is Matagi only… Read more »

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Milo

Shame about the injuries BUT all clubs get them; players have to step up. Was hoping Marata may get a run but seems not. I like Smith but am not sure if hooker is his best spot with King on bench. I hope we only have one hooker and not carry one – as C’bury will no doubt have some size on their bench.
Effort – execution – eels. Cometh the hour….

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

Milo, this will be a big test for Smith, an interview with him said his preferred position is fullback and not sure if its his best though. He did say he does not mind the 9 spot but can he go the full 80 in that spot? time will tell I guess if King comes on to the bench for him, it means two players replace one that is injured. With only two forwards named on the extended bench it makes me wonder if both of the backs will be first cull, unless there is one of the backs in… Read more »

DDay
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DDay

BA often leaves the real changes until late in the week. If that was to be the case, maybe King starts, Smith to #14, Vave comes in for Matagi and Nuikore comes in on the bench.

Tyler
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I really hope this happens. Fingers crossed!

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

Why would you have Vave for Matagi? Fair question as I am only relying on reports re Vave in ISP and he has been poor, out of condition as well. Matagi has not done a lot but given the reports I would reluctantly leave Matagi in the squad. The only thing that Vave may have in his favour is he’s around 8Kgs heavier and if he decided to play then it could be an asset

DDay
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DDay

Both Matagi & Vave offer a similar game in the middle and it’s a gamble to include both given they have a tendency to go MIA. Yes Vave’s form has been modest but players often step up when promoted and Matagi’s workload hasn’t been up to NRL standard the past 2 weeks.
The real point was BA’s form has been to make late changes so the team taking the field could well be different.

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

I have to admit that I am quite concerned with this team, while changes are necessary, owing to more injuries I cannot see this team really worrying the dogs, as they will be growling big time after last weeks loss and their coach being diddled for $25K from the buffoons at Headquarters. Please excuse this negativity and name calling but I just cannot understand that a player who gets poor reviews week in and out in Vave, is actually chosen in front of someone who could give impact in Niukore. Vave may be a bit bigger (being nice here) than… Read more »

Kual Pent
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Kual Pent

Mahoney wasn’t named due to his minutes, the staff (ba and such) don’t want him playing only 30 minutes of football, it’s 80 or bust.
King is on his last chance to impress or Mahoney will most likely take his spot in cup permanently. Hence why Smith was choose over king for first grade. No injury cloud though.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Mahoney can do a 80min show..wish they would play him in cup full-time got to much talent for flegg..

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

Maybe the simple aspect is that he is not able to play NRL as yet, as he’s only considered a development player by the NRL.

Tyler
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Smith to 14. King to 9. Matagi to bench. Terepo to prop. Edwards to lock. Niukore to bench. Scott to drop off the bench.

Rowdy
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Rowdy

Geez, won’t that help our combinations and structures Tyler! Anyone else you have a fancy for mate, throw’em in too. If we just do all the experiments in the same round then at least the death riders will get off BA and his coaching staff’s backs.

Tyler
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Hi Rowdy. I think these changes would help on an individual player level because it is closer to their preferred positions. Therefore, I disagree with your comment about these positional changes being an experiment (except in the case of Niukore). Here is some rationale for the changes: King to 9 and Smith to 14 – I believe Smith is a utility player. His strength is the flexibility in the positions he can play, however his weakness is that he isn’t particularly strong in any of these positions. In contrast, I see King as a better alternative at 9, with his… Read more »

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

Tyler good post, and tend to agree with you. I also support BA as coach, and he’s very much on a steep learning curve and the way many so called eels supporters are carrying and wanting his blood I really wonder not just on they being fair weather sailors but also most have been raised in the instant world. Instant soup, instant thumbs machine, instant non reality and have little or no idea of patience, and its infecting on many older people as well, especially in the fan base. In saying that, I am wondering if BA who is a… Read more »

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Anonymous

Those people calling for blood have been destroying our club ,its coaches and long term solutions for 30 years They are the reason its so hard to fix the place properly , as soon as we lose a few games they want people sacked , lets see it through for once ,christ ba was even hijacked by our own board 2016 and had to start again ,we still havent fixed the carry over from the salary cap yet .

Rowdy
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Rowdy

Thanks Tyler, I appreciate your reasoning for all of those positional changes except for Kenny Edwards. Although he has rotated in the middle at 13 and played a little at 6 it really is not his best value to our team imo. He is a genuine edge forward on either side of the field and brings a lot of skill and enthusiasm off the bench into those positions.

My apologies for the harsh manner of my criticism and thanks for your explanations they were quite well presented.

Tyler
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That’s a fair assessment Rowdy. I definitely rate Tepai and Ma’u as our starting edge forwards over Kenny, and perhaps he is better suited coming from the bench as that energy and enthusiasm can be very valuable in later stages of the game. I think when Browny comes back in a couple of rounds it will help a great deal. He shoulders a lot of the workload that Peni and co are dealing with now. That will allow them to do what they do best: run hard, break tackles, and create quick plays.

The rev aka Snedden
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The rev aka Snedden

No no no can’t start Kenny he brings energy from the bench.
You start him n he will be flat come the last 20 minutes

The rev aka Snedden
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The rev aka Snedden

Good read 40/20.

I like the side. I was worried about George Jennings a few weeks back but his doing well yes I know his not semi but his doing well.

I like vave in the team he ads size n boy do we need it up front.

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

Providing the big body does what is expected of him.

Rowdy
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Rowdy

Thanks for the observations 40/20. I reckon you’ve assessed and expressed the reality that BA, his coaching staff and the team are dealing with this week. Coming up against the bulldogs we will need hard heads (Scott and Vave) in the 17 and Vave’s size and the fact that he can interchange with Matagi with Timmy absent makes his selection an astute one if he stays in the 17. I believe Matagi needs another mission, probably on either Woods or Klemmer which can be limited to 15-18 minutes where Vave could come on and grab the meters up the middle… Read more »

yaya
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yaya

Man oh man I thought we were done with Beau Scott. Hes been awful this year. From what i’ve seen in wenty games Vave is far from match fit also.
I’d much rather King to start Smith as a utility and someone like Nikuore get a chance to prove himself.

The rev aka Snedden
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The rev aka Snedden

What I don’t get is why king is not in the #9 jumper. Has his form dropped that much to not get selected in the 17 ?

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

Interesting question Brother. Very interesting, has the King ready to be abdicated?