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We are taking a deep dive into my childhood for this week’s Team List Tuesday as the Eels host one of the closet things the NRL has to super-villains in the Sydney Roosters, or to keep in theme with this week’s TLT, the Roo-stars. Naturally, the protagonist of the moment is none other than Michael ‘MJ’ Jordan as he returns from suspension to face his old club. Jennings might not quite have the hops of ‘His Airness’ but the explosive centre started the season in top form against the Panthers and now has a fascinating showdown looming on Friday night as he looks to outpoint young excitement machines in Latrell Mitchell and Joseph Manu.

There are minimal changes to the Eels otherwise, as you would imagine after a 2-0 start. In fact, the only other new face this week joins the team by way of the shadow bench. Peni Terepo returns to action this week after serving his suspension for his misdeeds on an Air New Zealand flight. He is joined there by Oregon KaufusiJosh Hoffman and George Jennings.

Round 3 shapes up as a big individual game for a couple of Eels outside of ‘MJ’ with Blake Ferguson and Kane Evans also likely to be pumped up to face their previous employers. The Roosters will be almost at full strength as they welcome back superstar halfback Cooper Cronk, although they are without the services of Brett Morris.

The Looney Tunes needed the ‘Secret Stuff’ (Space Jam spoilers – it was water) to keep pace with the Mon-stars in Space Jam but the Eels will want to test their mettle against the best without the need for any mental-tricks. Make no doubt, Friday will be a huge game for the Eels.

Parramatta Eels Sydney Roosters
1 Clinton Gutherson © 1 James Tedesco
2 Maika Sivo 2 Daniel Tupou
3 Michael Jennings 3 Latrell Mitchell
4 Brad Takairangi 4 Joseph Manu
5 Blake Ferguson 5 Matt Ikuvalu
6 Dylan Brown 6 Luke Keary
7 Mitchell Moses 7 Cooper Cronk
8 Daniel Alvaro 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
9 Reed Mahoney 9 Jake Friend (c)
10 Junior Paulo 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho
11 Shaun Lane 11 Boyd Cordner (c)
12 Marata Niukore 12 Mitchell Aubusson
13 Tepai Moeroa 13 Victor Radley
14 Jaeman Salmon 14 Isaac Lui
15 Tim Mannah © 15 Zane Tetevano
16 Kane Evans 16 Lindsay Collins
17 David Gower 17 Angus Crichton
18 Oregon Kaufusi 19 Brock Lamb
19 Peni Terepo 20 Asu Kepaoa
20 Josh Hoffman 21 Nat Butcher
21 George Jennings 22 Lachlan Lam

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The Magpies bounced back from a lacklustre showing in Round 1 with a solid all-round team effort to knock off the Bulldogs 24-22. The unexpected victory over the reigning premiers hopefully will serve as the catalyst to kick-start Wenty’s season. They welcome back Rhys Davies at halfback while Brad Keighran officially makes his transition to the halves (he played there in Round 2) as Matt McIlwrick takes over the dummy-half duties.

For the first time this year, Wenty might be able to gain full access to the four NRL shadow bench players seeing as their game falls on the Sunday and the Eels play on Friday night. That means all four of Oregon Kaufusi, Peni Terepo, Josh Hoffman and George Jennings are in the frame to boost Wenty’s chances of victory.


Wentworthville Magpies North Sydney Bears
1 Bevan French 1 Kieren Moss
2 Damon Goolagong 2 Asu Kepaoa
3 Josh Minhinnick 3 Ed Murphy
4 Ethan Parry 4 James Tuitahi
5 Greg Leleusiuao 5 Bernard Lewis
6 Brad Keighran 6 Lachlan Lam
7 Rhys Davies 7 Brock Lamb
8 Mitch Butfield 8 John Tuivaiti
9 Matt McIlwricck 9 Bradley Deitz
10 Tekina Vailea 10 Max Brailey
11 Andrew Davey 11 Sitili Tupouniua
12 Salesi Faingaa 12 Joshua Curran
13 Ray Stone 13 Nat Butcher
14 Dylan Izzard 14 Sam Verrills
15 Haimona Hiroti 15 Drew Hutchison
16 D’Rhys Miller 16 Fletcher Baker
17 Jacob Esau 17


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The Eels started off just about as poorly as you could have possibly conceived in your worst thoughts as they completely capitulated to the Bulldogs on the back of a horror 53% completion rate. They have no other option but to improve this week following that. Dean Feeney has chosen to stick firm with his young troops, with the only changes to the official team coming by way of injury.

Michael Cheer was already a late inclusion in Round 1 but Tasi Matautu replaces James Porter in the front row. Porter was injured in a sickening high shot that left him motionless for over 10min before he was medicabbed off the field. It goes without saying that my best wishes go out to James in his recovery.

The other noteworthy addition to the team is that of SG Ball forward David Hollis to the extended bench. Hollis may not end up featuring this week but he is a near certainty to become an important player to the Flegg later in the season.


Parramatta Eels Sydney Roosters
1 Sione Fonua © 1 McKenzie Baker
2 Taufa Afu 2 Cameron Hall
3 Tuimavave Afualo 3 Christian Tuipulotu
4 JP Nohra 4 Ethan O’Neill
5 Michael Cheer 5 Tyrell Neiufi
6 Nick Tillburg 6 Harrison Edwards
7 Bailey Biondi-Odo 7 Zane Harris
8 Valance Harris 8 Daniel Fifita
9 Kyle Schneider 9 Freddy Lussick
10 Tasi Matautu 10 Tagiolupe Tivalu
11 Charbel Tasipale 11 Egan Butcher
12 Arron Shelford 12 Luca Moretti
13 Jesse Cronin © 13 Elih Jackson
14 Joey Small 14 Jake Kambos
15 Bruce Wakeling 15 Stanley Malae
16 Vea Tapatoutai 16 Geordie Brand
17 Harry Duggan 20 Malachi Retchford
18 Jack Jordan 17 Jake O’Meley
19 David Hollis

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Colin Hussey
Colin Hussey

Interesting selections and welcome back Peni, will he play or not, if he does who makes way? A question. I gather while under suspension that he would not have been part of the training squad??? so he needs to make up for that this week, so a tuff few days to come!! I would like to see the Maggies game as I was impressed by each of Stone, Goolagong, GL had a good game also I liked the look of Keighran as well, his goal kicks were impressive. There is some talent in the squad which for me augers well… Read more »

John Eel
John Eel

Col I thought Faingaa had a good game, got through a lot of work. Agree with Stone.

Peni will be interesting, I think he may come into the 17. If Gennings is fit will he take a spot on the wing?

Colin Hussey
Colin Hussey

John, I had mixed thoughts with Faingaa, he did some good things but also seemed out of it at other times. Hard to really keep watch on them all, especially when numbers and players positions change, took a while to realise that the 9 was playing in the halves and the Hagis was the hooker/dummy half, only his ginger hair gave me the clue to who it was, our new signing.


Like the comments Col and John. I am not sure if Peni will play…something tells me he needs to play a game in Wenty BUT I am probably wrong. He would be good to replace Evans or Gower who both did well last week imo.
Parra have to play with the intensity and minimal errors otherwise easts can put them away early on.
East definitely beatable. Hustle their halves with the ball; keep the play simple as we’ve done and then hit an edge Cronk/ Keary. Sounds simple.

Colin Hussey
Colin Hussey

Not sure whether Peni will be in the 17 or not, Evans I thought was ok but still I have questions on him as he does not use his size to abilities. If Peni was to come into the 17 then it will be harder to pick who drops off the bench, we need a utility and after last weeks game Salmon gets the nod, Evans could be a great selection if he tears into his old teammates. but will he? Mannah & Gower wont let the side down so if Peni comes in it would be at the expense… Read more »

John Eel
John Eel

I think you may be correct about Evans. If Peni was to be elevated it would be either Evans or Gower and I think that Gower has the edge at the moment. Not much in it.

I watched the Eels v Dragons game from August 2018. That was a game we dominated from start to finish. If you look at Evans that night and he plays like that week in week out he would be in the 17 every week.

Colin Hussey
Colin Hussey

The sorrow of it John is that Evans has the body size and could be anything, I wonder why he hasn’t progressed in that way. We had players similar in the past Dallas Weston is one that comes to mind, big forward with talent to burn, but he seemed to have burnt it out by running onto the field on many occasions, There are others that come to mind as well in that position, If he plays and Peni comes back via Wenty at least he gets game time and can start his redemption at that spot, its then up… Read more »


John and Col, it will be interesting either way who comes in or who stays. Let’s hope the competition for spots makes them all stick to easts…..

Colin Hussey
Colin Hussey

Milo, what are the going to stick to them, should we have voodoo dolls and pins?

I hope they do stick it to the chicakadees though.


I’m quite pumped for this game. Logic says a victory is unlikely, but there is a little voice in my head telling me to believe and have faith in my team. I’d be happy to see Peni get his shot at redemption at the expense of Kane, who hasn’t been bad, but just doesn’t have the ability to bend the line as much as Peni and I rate them both as risky as each other with ball in (or out) of hand. If we are to have a chance, I think we are going to need to run the big… Read more »

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I am an unabashed fan of PT. After the last few weeks, I am wondering if he fits into the team any longer. We all make poor decisions and deserved a second chance. But, the balance of the team and the harmony we currently have may be spoilt by having PT back in there. I am happy to be proven wrong as I am a fan, but am I right or wrong?

Colin Hussey
Colin Hussey

While I understand what you are saying, I see this being something that the playing group will take on board and do their best to help rather than cause issues with them. All of the players are tight and it would have hurt them to see what happened, they know they have their own jobs to do, and that being dropped is always an option along with being shown the door by the club, which he’s been part of for a few years.

The rev aka Snedden
The rev aka Snedden

40\20 what do you think the chances are of peni playing 1st grade or do you think BA will give him time in wenty for match fitness ?

I think we are a good chance of beating the chooks. All I’m reading everywhere is do you think we can best the chooks to me some ppl are already admitting defeat but saying that. What do you think ?