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Team List Tuesday – Debutante Ball Edition

NRL Team List

 

Pundits across the wider NRL seem to be setting the bar pretty low for the Parramatta Eels in 2019 and in light of their efforts last year that probably isn’t too unfair. Even so, there is an undeniable sense of excitement surrounding the Round 1 derby against our traditional Western rivals the Penrith Panthers with a swathe of rookies and club-debutantes earning the call to arms.

Dylan Brown and Blake Ferguson are undeniably the headline acts here but Shaun Lane and Maika Sivo are certainly not to be discounted with both impressing in the preseason. The combination of fresh blood, youth energy and talent will hopefully be a catalyst for the Eels to start their campaign on the front foot.

The Eels are far from full strength however between the devastating injury fallout for Manu Ma’u from the trial against the Panthers and the disappointing alcohol-fueled misbehaviour of Peni Terepo. Throw in a seemingly troublesome hamstring for the prodigal son Junior Paulo and suddenly the forward-pack is looking considerably undermanned.

Brad Arthur has turned to Kane Evans and David Gower to hold the line in the mean time although you would have to think that Paulo will be allowed every chance right up until kickoff to prove his fitness.

Parramatta were convincing winners when the team met in the preseason with a gritty defensive effort the centre-piece of a 20-0 shutout. Penirth will no doubt be entering this game looking for revenge for that result but of greater concern might be the siege mentality they embrace as the furor over Tyrone May’s leaked sex-tapes engulfs their club.

A first-up win for the Eels will be huge considering how much their Round 1 capitulation in 2018 served to derail their season but as for how Parramatta can prevail…you will have to look forward to more pre-game coverage from TCT this week!

Parramatta Eels Penrith Panthers
1 Clinton Gutherson © 1 Dylan Edwards
2 Maika Sivo 2 Josh Mansour
3 Michael Jennings 3 Dean Whare
4 Brad Takairangi 4 Waqa Blake
5 Blake Ferguson 5 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
6 Dylan Brown 6 James Maloney
7 Mitchell Moses 7 Nathan Cleary
8 Daniel Alvaro 8 James Tamou
9 Reed Mahoney 9 Sione Katoa
10 Tepai Moeroa 10 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
11 Shaun Lane 11 Jack Hetherington
12 Marata Niukore 12 Isaah Yeo
13 Nathan Brown 13 James Fisher-Harris
14 Will Smith 14 Wayde Egan
15 Tim Mannah © 15 Tyrell Fuimaonoo
16 Kane Evans 16 Moses Leota
17 David Gower 17 Hame Sele
18 Josh Hoffman 18 Jarome Luai
19 Oregon Kaufusi 19 Tim Grant
20 Bevan French 20 Liam Martin
21 Junior Paulo 21 Malakai Watene-Zelezniak
Injury Report

 

Jaeman Salmon Suspension Round 2
George Jennings Knee Round 3
Manu Ma’u Knee Round 6
Stefano Utoikamanu Ankle Round 9
Peni Terepo Stood down Indefinite

 

Canterbury Cup Team List

 

The newly christened Canterbury Cup (formerly the Intrust Super Premiership) will be the opening act on Sunday double-header out at Penrith. The Panthers narrowly pipped Wentworthville 10-8 in their final preseason as defence prevailed for both teams but much like their senior cohorts in the NRL, Wenty look to be undermanned coming into Round 1.

After spending the preseason trials operating with Jaeman Salmon and Rhys Davies in the halves, the Magpies now turn to Dylan Izzard and Henry Raiwalui to engineer an upset on the weekend. Josh Hoffman, Oregon Kaufusi and Bevan French seem like probable candidates to drop off the NRL shadow bench and reinforce Wentworthville while Junior Paulo’s fitness will dictate if or who else might turn out in the Canterbury Cup.

On top of expected strong showings from the returning NRL talent, coach Rip Taylor will need big games from young talent like Ethan Parry, Salesi Faingaa and Ray Stone if they are to be competitive on Sunday.

 

Wentworthville Magpies Penrith Panthers
1 Josh Bergamin 1 Caleb Atkins
2 Ethan Parry 2 Malakai Watene-Zelezniak
3 Charlton Shaafhausen 3 Jed Cartwright
4 Josh Minhinnick 4 Tyone Phillips
5 Greg Leleusiuao 5 Brian Too
6 Dylan Izzard 6 Reed Izzard
7 Henry Raiwalui 7 Liam Coleman
8 Mitch Butfield 8 Kaide Ellis ©
9 Brad Keighran 9 Isaac Thompson
10 Tekina Vailea 10 Paea Pua
11 Andrew Davey 11 Matheson Johns
12 Salesi Faingaa 12 Billy Burns
13 Ray Stone 13 Mitch Kenny
14 Jacob Esau 14 Nick Lui-Toso
15 D’rhys Miller 20 Sam Smtih
16 Haimona Hiroti 21 Brent Naden
17 Piki Rogers 22 Ratu Tuisese
18 Blake Cook
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Offside

Who is the wenty fullback?

rowdy roddy

He is a hog and cost us 2 tries and a win against Penwiff reserve grade 2 weeks ago when he refused to pass to an unmarked player on his outside as I said “Twice”!

Colin Hussey

I was very much looking forward to the team list and to this game and was tipping an eels repeat of the trial, with things going belly up over the weekend with Peni’s fantasy flight antics, uncertainty with Jnr running on to the field has me not as confident as I was prior to this weeks team announcement. To be honest I’m not sure what to make of it but, I have a small spark of hope for a possible win by around 2 points, don’t ask me the score though. The forwards are a bit of a concern in… Read more »

Ray

Totally agree Huss, I am very disappointed with our squad/ depth without a ball kicked !!! I believe it’s a reflection on BA , and his ability to build a very good squad, no excuses, if we aren’t 4//7 wins BA is gone… look at Penrifff they lose kikau , and realise we need a another forward and sign Winterstein!, we have plenty of cash, there has to be disgruntled players out there wanting out, Your thoughts ??? I’m not happy at alll

Ray

Totally respect your comments 40, but I’m 52 years old experienced the little good and plenty of bad since 1986, I knowBA has contractual issues with certain players, , but we came last again, he attract burgess??? That says it all

Matthew Sweeney

Stop bitchen Ray , I think we will win handsomely over Penrith. Why death ride BA re depth without a shot fired. I think our depth is just fine and winning against Penrith in rd1 without manu , terepo , Paulo will prove that. I like that Evan’s gets a go because its make or break it for him now and we need the answer to that now. I know u love the eels mate. We all need to be as positive as we want the players to be.

Colin Hussey

Ray we all get old, & I have just turned 72, I believe that if Jnr is ok to play it will be a better result for Parra, as I said in my original post, I do see a glimmer of hope there and said I look for a win, even without Jnr or that was how I meant it to be. The loss of 4 forwards for seasons start is a huge blow, Jnr is a perhapser and not on the eels injured list either. Losing Ma’u is hard, likewise with Otto, I also see Gennings is out with… Read more »

parrathruandthru

So BA has added Sivo, Ferguson, Lane and Paulo to the squad, and promoted youth in Brown, Kafusi & Mahoney to the side. Half a team. What players would you have brought externally into the squad Ray and how would you have fit them in?

Leo toohey

Get your facts right ray , club stuffed burgess up as they have a few others , coaches dont handle negotiations recruitment staff do , put blame where it lies .

rowdy roddy

My thoughts Ray?

1. Winterstein wouldn’t get on our bench! even with 3 forwards missing. Shaun Lane kept him out of Manly’s NRL team last season.

2. I hope you end up with egg all over your face mate!

Trouser Eel

Not sure where I should stick my comment, but the conversation above is the closest I’ve seen this site get to a slag off. Much better than other sites that I won’t mention.
“We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.” (You won’t believe me if I told you who made this statement)

Wile

President Trump

sixties

Ray, we currently have 29 contracted players. It wouldn’t matter how much cash we have, there’s one spot left so the recruitment has to be specific, not wasted by signing a “Winterstein” level player when we already have players at that level – either young ones on the ascent or experienced players producing around that level. So we have attempted to sign Burgess and reportedly have signed McIlwrick (to strengthen dummy half – a specific signing). Now should this signing of McIlwrick be proven to be on the money, we might expect Pritchard to announce a decision about his future.… Read more »

Poppa

I read Ray’s comments as well and my first reaction was basically an appendix of everything that has been replied directly to him. I must admit I am very disappointed that we are starting the way we are but you cannot blame anyone individually with the exception of Peni. Interesting apart from his handling record, which he has gotten over I have never seen him mad or angry on the field. i.e I have seen him very mad at himself when he has dropped one! His attitude is that of a gentleman in terms of “dirty or illegal play”. The… Read more »

DDay

Good looking run on team. Tepai’s move to #10 is interesting, can’t recall him taking too many 1st hit-ups and he’s had his share of head knocks – is BA looking to play a more mobile game? Bench is hard to gauge with the extended bench in the mix, a little surprised Gower is ahead of Kaufusi but TCT have reported Gower as having a big off-season. Lets hope Junior is a late inclusion, he’d add some starch.

John Eel

DDay I was thinking like you that Kaufusi might get a run with Peni and Jr out. I think he along with Marata and Dylan are going to be rising stars in our team this year. Thing is we already have two players in the run on side making their debut. Despite the obvious shift to younger players this year BA may have erred on the side of caution in order to get a bit of experience back into the team. Of course this would make more sense if the lack of experience was in the forwards rather than the… Read more »

The rev aka Snedden

40/20 with peni stuffing up do you think he would have pushed mannah to starting prop n tepi back to the bench in place of Evans ?

rowdy roddy

Agreed Forty, also I believe this is the opportunity that Evans has been hoping for and I believe he will take it with both hands.

Go Parra

The rev aka Snedden

Quick question 40\20 do you think Kane Evans should learn from Shaun lane ?
What I mean is there both 199cm tall but from what I’ve seen is that lane knows how to use his massive frame like running good lines n be aggressive were as Kane Evans doesn’t

BDon

There’s a better footballer in Kane Evans. Big awkward bloke who could bruise more defenders and get good offloads away if he ran straighter and harder more often. Style forms over years, easy to change from the grandstand.

Milo

To me the backs look good and I just hope the fwds can hold their own. I echo Hussey’s comments and welcome 40’s common sense. Parra are not going to purchase someone for the sake of it; you may as well invest in youth until the right player comes along or make a play for the guy we need.
Penrith are there for the taking and only hope we can snag one….that would be a great start. Moses has to lead….with Guth at the back marshalling. Both bench’s seem a little weak.

John Eel

Forty you are correct about most of the experts writing off the Eels for 2019. However few have given the team any credit for rebuilding but according to Colmac only Michael Jennings, Moses, Alvaro, Mannah, Moeroa, Brown and Takairangi are likely to run out against the Panthers two years in a row. This is a significant change to the run on side for Rd 1 in 2019 compared to 2018. The issue for me is the lack of experience in the Spine particularly. This will in my opinion lead to some inconsistent results however in matches where the team live… Read more »

John Eel

Thank you Forty. The truth is that it is a reality . Less than 200 games in the 4 players combined making up the Spine.

Empty

I think looking at the benches we may just get them.our bench is arguably stronger. If we can withhold them in the early stages we could get this

West Coast Eel

Geez, we look a bit thin up front. Let’s hope junior is right for Sunday. Backline looks sharp.

Anonymous

Forty, do you think Salmon will feature in the 17 next week?
I’d love to see him either at centre replacing Taka or in the 14 replacing Will Smith.
In both scenarios i think Will Smith should be the player to miss out, with Taka going to a bench utility role if replaced at centre.
Thoughts?

Hearndo

^ From Hearndo

Nick

Has salmon played center in juniors ? If he hasn’t I’d prefer we went with parry who has. imo centre is one of the hardest defensive positions in the game very tricky to read for those who haven’t done it before. I’d rather we not have one edge be a liability personally. If he has played center than I’m for it Don’t get me wrong I have heard the good raps on salmon and haven’t written him of I just think if he has only played juniors as a five eight, im not sure if chucking him at centre is… Read more »

DDay

How much is known about the Wenty #9 Brad Keighran? Is he a backup to Mahoney that means McIlwrick isn’t required?

Ray

I’ve just read all comments above, totally respect all , but I still feel the same , so what if we have a another horror season, is that acceptable moving forward, do we say again we need to be patient and rebuild.My point I’m trying to get across is that I don’t like our recruitment team, someone has to be accountable, last year no one was!!!Honestly can BA attract any high profile player without any baggage re Foran!!!!!!!!His loyalty to average and past their best which includes mannah, taka, gower, Jennings will undoubtably cost him his job, and totally unemployable… Read more »

Jonno

Ray, I understand your frustration. The problem is we have what we have as far as the playing group is concerned. I believe we have recruited quite well, and are still looking for another quality forward. Not sure what else we can do, yes we find it difficult to attract quality players, or should I say “marquee” talent. But I think our inconsistency in results ,which in part belongs to the playing groups efforts on field is a factor. Whilst I acknowledge B.A needs to keep up with League trends and coach smarter, he is not solely to blame, for… Read more »

Colin Hussey

Ray, while I & most others understand your frustrations, thing to remember and its fairly easy to look back and see where the roots of our last seasons problems started, & that was at the time of the cap saga’s, along with the board issues that created the monsters baby of where we were at last year, & perhaps this year to a much lesser extent as well. In those years BA was appointed coach but was thrown in at the deep end with a roster that was pretty poor, a recent article on one of the RL news sites… Read more »

Poppa

Colin, I think you have over defended the whole position, whereas it has all been said before and Ray if you don’t understand that you don’t understand then you probably never will. The concept of no accountability is crap, the coach, the executive and the players are all accountable. Christ they even made the new football manager accountable for what he did at Wests. Mentioning Christ I would have to say they would have had no problems crucifying him either if he put his hand up. The coach was thrown under the bus by the fan base comprising the likes… Read more »

Ray

I’m not sure what you mean about our fans like our Ray ,but matey im entitled to my opinion and we seem to talk about the same issues at Parramatta and they all start from head office which are filtered down to players but in the meantime we are expected to pay our Hard earned dollar to watch a very disappointing football club maybe just it’s me; having an okay season is not good enough not for the Junior area we have ,rewarding mediocrity , and we seem To be happy with coming either fourth fifth sixth or even 10… Read more »

Colin Hussey

Ray, I doubt any eels supporter likes the gap its been since we won the premierships back in the 80’s, success is built on winning, but it needs a lot of behind the scenes work as well, which often means lean times when player movements and signings are not what the greatest, even the best can be the worst at different clubs. Not every signing with the best intent and with players who are world class, proven rep players, changes things at another club either. For me, I hope to see the eels hold up the premiership trophy before I… Read more »

sixties

Ray, at the risk of going over old ground, I want to address some criticisms of BA. He inherited a shambles of a club back in 2014. Consecutive spoons. Poor lower grades. Last two coaches had walked. And that’s just the common knowledge, not the behind the scenes issues. In 2014 he said we would compete. We did and bar poor performances in the last two rounds we should have made the finals. In 2015, we lost Hayne – and he left at a time which made finding a replacement difficult. We competed but lost too many close ones. Still… Read more »

Colin Hussey

Pops, I may have over defended the situation but, it seems that too many want to sweep those issues aside, as to what took place over the last years, & hold BA accountable for all the woes that the supporter base has endured. Like you I forget the number of years I have watched and supported the eels, through thick and thin, and its hard to differentiate between the two of them at times. As you would know we are not the only club to suffer long periods of underperforming, there’s an article regarding Newcastle and 6 years its taken… Read more »

John Eel

Colin that is a very good response to what is a complex issue. I agree with what you have said however just a couple of further small issues. Firstly It is hard to know what instructions were issued to BA at the time of taking over as Head coach in 2014. My guess is that they were looking to get instant results and wanting to get away from a further wooden spoon. There was only one way to achieve this presumed demand and that was to recruit senior players to add experience to a poor roster. Also the juniors coming… Read more »

Colin Hussey

John, totally agree and what I have hinted at in my reply above to Ray. When BA came to the club he brought in 3 players from Manly, one a youngster of unknown qualities and we know he has performed and a great signing. The other two ended up as basic duds but the intentions were that they would be the players that could lift those around them. He then brought in another hard head forward from Newcastle for the same reasons, and It worked until each broke down and could not play again, or laboured on until injury forced… Read more »

Bob jay

First thing they told him was they were clean with no hidden salary cap issues ,!!!!!!!

rayt

Ray, Think positive. WE WILL WIN on Sunday 💙💛😁

Leo toohey

Who are you really ray ,not that it matters

Ray

What are you on about mate ??

Jimmy Corbo

Im really hoping Jr is fit as our forward pack looks pretty tame without him. I always thought Tepai would develop in to a free running back rower, Frank Pritchard style player that you would try and get one on one with a smaller defender, not sure about him in the middle. He has also had a lot of issues with concussions and being in the mixer wont help that. On a similar vein we have acquired Lane, a centre in a forwards body, we must use his knack for scoring tries in the final third, a genuine attacking weapon.… Read more »

John Eel

I was just watching an interview with Wayne Bennett on NRL.com where he was talking about the off season and other things. He made the comment that Peni, without mentioning him by name, was out of a job.

Whether it was a slip of the toungue or he knows something we don’t know I guess time will tell.

Bob jay

Wayne wants to give him one .

John Eel

Possibly true. Sporting News ran the story to but named Peni. Also mentioned that his manager had already been approached by 3 clubs interested in his services.

rowdy roddy

We need to keep Peni and find a way to educate him concerning alcohol consumption outside Australia?
Discipline in the form of a considerable fine after this weeks standing down would be the best result for Peni and Parra.

sixties

That would be my call Rowdy.

Colin Hussey

The problem with Pacific Islanders is that their culture all but demand the men to drink Kava and the sessions can continue for long periods, its very potent and that is what I believe has Peni in trouble.

I know a lot of different islanders, from the Solomons, Tonga, Fiji & a few from Samoa, great and lovely people and go out of their way for you, but the men have the Kava problem, and its very hard to put their culture down

sixties

The Lurker is off the mark as far as I’m concerned.

Anonymous

Sacking him, helps no one. We lose a handy player and he walks into another side within days and has learnt nothing from his mistake. Fine him, suspend him and give him some counselling and education. Everybody wins from the latter scenario

Jimmy Corbo

Sorry ^ that was me

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