NRL Team List
The meat-grinder continues to churn for the Parramatta Eels this week. They fell short of a rousing comeback against the reigning premiers in Round 6 and now have to switch focus to the other 2019 grand finalist in the Canberra Raiders. Brad Arthur and Nathan Brown have elected to fight a trumped up high-tackle charge and will face the judiciary tonight to await a decision that will have significant ramifications on this game.
On paper, Brown’s quest to downgrade his charge from a Careless Grade 2 to a Careless Grade 1 should be a slam dunk based on another case from the very same game with Victor Radley’s receiving a Grade 1 charge for what seemed to be a significantly more vicious tackle on Clinton Gutherson. The Eels will surely be feeling trepidatious however given their shaky record at the judiciary in recent years and failure tonight would rub out Parramatta’s x-factor lock for a further two weeks.
Provisionally, Nathan Brown has held his spot in Round 7’s team sheet as the Eels name a full-strength starting roster. Oregon Kaufusi has earned selection on the bench in a hugely positive sign for the young bookend following a strong performance against the Roosters but there are a couple of notable omissions from there.
Kane Evans has not been included inside the TLT-21, even though he returns from a one week suspension this round. Evidently he picked up some sort of injury or niggle either against the Panthers in Round 5 or at training some point after with his return date to be confirmed. Likewise, Peni Terepo has fallen out of the 21-man list suggesting that he too has joined the Evans on the sideline. Brad Takairangi takes his place on the interchange bench for Round 6 while you think that either David Gower or Daniel Alvaro would slide into the game-day roster should Nathan Brown fail in his bid to receive a downgrade.
Parramatta’s opponents this week have been spluttering through the weekly grind since the resumption of the competition. An outstanding victory over the Melbourne Storm in Round 3 had the Raiders poised to push for premiership favouritism but a splotchy win over the Tigers and losses to the Knights and a heavily wounded Sea Eagles since has left them somewhat in the lurch. They are very much a threat this week, make no bones about that, but the Raiders are there to be beaten and the challenge for the Eels is to show that they can back up after the epic battle against the Roosters last week.
‘BA’ and his brains trust have shown a rather handy ability to negate the influence of the opposition’s most dangerous player in 2020. The question here is – who fits that bill in the Raiders? Is it the scheming ruck work of Josh Hodgson, the damaging running game of Jack Wighton or the powerhouse impact of Josh Papalii? Obviously the Eels will do their best to contain all three but who do you think is the man that we will systematically attempt to game plan out of the match on Saturday night?
|Parramatta Eels||Canberra Raiders|
|1||Clinton Gutherson||1||Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad|
|2||Maika Sivo||2||Jordan Rapana|
|3||Michael Jennings||3||Jarrod Croker|
|4||Waqa Blake||4||Curtis Scott|
|5||Blake Ferguson||5||Nick Cotric|
|6||Dylan Brown||6||Jack Wighton|
|7||Mitchell Moses||7||George Williams|
|8||Reagan Campbell-Gillard||8||Josh Papalii|
|9||Reed Mahoney||9||Josh Hodgson|
|10||Junior Paulo||10||Iosia Soliola|
|11||Shaun Lane||11||Joseph Tapine|
|12||Ryan Matterson||12||Elliot Whitehead|
|13||Nathan Brown||13||Corey Horsburgh|
|14||Ray Stone||14||Siliva Havili|
|15||Marata Niukore||15||Emre Guler|
|16||Oregon Kaufusi||16||Ryan Sutton|
|17||Brad Takairangi||17||Hudson Young|
|18||David Gower||18||Bailey Simonsson|
|19||Daniel Alvaro||19||Dunamis Lui|
|20||George Jennings||20||Matt Frawley|
|21||Jai Field||21||Tom Starling|