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Team List Tuesday (On Wednesday) – Shield & Spear Paradox Edition

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It will be the bright lights of Thursday night footy for consecutive weeks for the Parramatta Eels as they host the red-hot Rabbitohs in Round 16 of the NRL. The contrasting performances of the two teams, both of whom posted victories last week, is fascinating. South Sydney completely eviscerated the Manly Sea Eagles 56-16 in an effort that was built on a stunning first half rout of their opposition. The Bunnies almost couldn’t help but score – underlined by a ridiculous intercept try by Latrell Mitchell as he picked the pocket of Tevita Funa during a brazen pass attempt in front of Manly’s goal line.

On the other hand the Eels ground out a 14-0 victory over a Melbourne Storm side bereft of a raft of key players. The shutout victory certainly didn’t capture as many headlines in the press but it did perhaps signal two important themes for the Blue & Gold. Firstly, they are ready to turn the corner in attack after signalling a willingness to get downhill in attack using their centres and backrowers more aggressively and secondly, their right-edge might finally be coalescing into the defensive unit we have being longing for.

Brad Arthur has made the solitary enforced change this week after Marata Niukore was charged by Match Review Committee for a crusher tackle. Andrew Davey’s name has been called out and he will make a deserved return to first-grade. The only other change to the TLT-21 this week is Stefano Utoikamanu nabbing Davey’s vacant slot on the shadow bench, otherwise Parramatta are ready to rock and roll with the same line-up.

South Sydney feature a number of offensive dynamos with the aforementioned Mitchell joined by the likes of Cody Walker, Damien Cook and Cameron Murray as legitimate game-breakers. The Eels can ill-afford any moments of laxness when the ball is around any of these players but in saying that Parramatta have made a habit of dialling-in on these sort of players in 2020. The Rabbitohs have loaded up for the trenches on their bench with four forwards on the bench and nary a sign of a utility or utility back.

The famed adage of what happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object might not be completely be at play this week given that the Eels will likely be looking to hone their attack but when the competition’s best defence meets a scorching hot offence you know the shield & spear paradox sets the table for this week’s contest! Let’s get to it Parra.


Parramatta Eels South Sydney Rabbitohs
1 Clinton Gutherson 1 Latrell Mitchell
2 Maika Sivo 2 Corey Allan
3 Michael Jennings 3 Campbell Graham
4 Waqa Blake 4 Dane Gagai
5 Blake Ferguson 5 Jaxson Paulo
6 Dylan Brown 6 Cody Walker
7 Mitchell Moses 7 Adam Reynolds
8 Reagan Campbell-Gillard 8 Tevita Tatola
9 Reed Mahoney 9 Damien Cook
10 Junior Paulo 10 Thomas Burgess
11 Shaun Lane 11 Jaydn Su’a
12 Ryan Matterson 12 Bayley Sironen
13 Nathan Brown 13 Cameron Murray.
14 Ray Stone 14 Mark Nicholls
15 Andrew Davey 15 Liam Knight
16 Kane Evans 16 Patrick Mago
17 Oregon Kaufusi 17 Keaon Koloamatangi
18 Stefano Utoikamanu 18 Jed Cartwright
19 Haze Dunster 19 Steven Marsters
20 Will Smith 20 Troy Dargan
21 Brad Takairangi 21 Kurt Dillon
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Rabbit stew anyone?




Shield and spear is a gr8 analogy. For many seasons the Eels have been the spear thrower with limited finals success – a change of focus and top 4 finish suggests the shield is crucial!
Will be interesting to see how Davey is used given Lane & matto have been playing 80mins. Maratas week off should see kaufusi get more minutes this week so look forward to seeing what he can do.


If our starting middles have to play more minutes this week, it almost seems like BA was Nostradamus in giving them much reduced minutes last week.

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