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Team List Tuesday – Blue & Gold Coast Eels Edition

A lot sure did happen while the Parramatta Eels got the week off. Most importantly is the fact that the NRL uprooted all of its NSW teams and operations and plonked them up North in the sunshine state in order to escape the hugely worrying outbreak of COVID-19 in Sydney and surrounds.

The chaos that the wholesale shift of the majority of the competition adds that much more intrigue to a loaded final 8 games of the regulation season and perhaps above it all it will give every NSW club and their players an extra dose of appreciation for what the New Zealand Warriors have been burdened with for close to two years.

The Parramatta Eels will now call the Gold Coast its new home for the foreseeable future. It is almost poetic in a sense as the Eels share the Glitter Strip with the team that nabbed its iconic colour scheme in the Titans. Hopefully the Eels can turn the coast blue & gold in their stay there as they firm for a Top 4 finish in 2021.

Despite the whirlwind of change raging around them, the Eels themselves have come out of the bye looking like it is business as usual. Brad Arthur has named his Origin representatives in Mitchell Moses and Junior Paulo to back up 48 hours after hopefully securing a series cleansweep against Queensland. Reed Mahoney further boosts the Eels as he makes an eagerly anticipated return from a shoulder injury sustained way back against the Newcastle Knights.

Otherwise it is the same line-up that was pipped by the narrowest of margins against the Penrith Panthers in their last start. Joey Lussick is relegated to an extended shadow bench (courtesy of Origin) with Keegan Hipgrave holding down that bonus spot. Even so, outside of what happens in Origin 3, the Eels look like they are 1-17 as they take on the home team on the Gold Coast.

The Titans have been wildly inconsistent in 2021, blending some periods of scintillating attack with horribly inept defence. They are very much in the mix for the Top 8 though and coming into this round they sit just one win adrift of that cutoff and it should go without saying that is all the motivation they will need to try and jag a massive upset victory. Like the Eels, they will have a cadre of Origin stars tipped to back up into this game but a strong showing from the Parramatta should be enough to carry the day.


NRL Team List


1. Clinton Gutherson ©
2. Maika Sivo
3. Tom Opacic
4. Waqa Blake
5. Haze Dunster
6. Dylan Brown
7. Mitchell Moses
8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard
9. Reed Mahoney
10. Junior Paulo
11. Isaiah Papali’i
12. Ryan Matterson
13. Nathan Brown
14. Marata Niukore
15. Shaun Lane
16. Oregon Kaufusi
17. Bryce Cartwright
18. Will Penisini
19. Will Smith
20. Joey Lussick
21. Jakob Arthur
22. Keegan Hipgrave

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John Eel

Do you think that BA may be tempted to start Jr off the bench. I would not mind seeing him rested for a week to give him a chance to freshen up for the run into the semis. The much debated change on the wing did not eventuate with BA showing his confidence in Hazes defence as the best option for us going forward. Would love to see Haze play the house down in this game. Once again I have enjoyed the SOO especially winning the series and tomorrow night seeing Mitch making his SOO. However I am glad that… Read more »


John, I’d think there’d be a strong chance of Junior starting off the bench. In fact, given the workload, I’d prefer it.


The best team we’ve named this year.
I’ll be there, so go you Eels!


…sorry by Grunta!

John Eel

Enjoy the game. Wish I could go to a game.


Lucky you Grunta.

Darren Hartell

Me to,my first ever Eels game I have been too


Enjoy it mate!


Looking forward to seeing this game.
Joey Lussick was unlucky not to be no 14 just incase Reed reinjures…Reed must be certain to play 80 minutes in first game back. I too think Junior needs a rest..his workload has been imense and he needs a rest before the back end of the season.
I’m looking for Moses to take control of this game and lead the team around with a bit more authority. Gutho is also going to impress after being shelved during origin..
Go Eels

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