NRL Team List
Round 2, 6:00PM, Friday 10th March, CommBank Stadium
A golden point loss to the Melbourne Storm was certainly not the ideal way to start the 2023 campaign but the Parramatta Eels get the chance to right the ship this week as they host the Cronulla Sharks on Friday night. Of course, the Sharks are a formidable opponent themselves and given they too are coming off a first-start loss there will be plenty of hunger on both sides to secure that all important first win of the season.
The changes are extremely simple for the Blue & Gold this week with Sean Russell clocking in for his first appearance of the year. Russell replaces Isaac Lumelume on the right wing in an otherwise unchanged roster. Simple, straightforward and all that was needed really. What let the Eels down last week were uncharacteristic errors and an over eagerness to attack aggressively early in sets. Temper both of those factors and throw in perhaps a cleaner interpretation of the ruck from the officials and the Eels are ready to get down to business.
It is also a milestone game for the club with Mitchell Moses notching his 200th game in the NRL (133rd for the Eels). Yes we have another week of the media circus to look forward to surrounding his contract status but for the team the milestone should be a catalysing force – especially in front of a home crowd.
Cronulla are without the services of their star halfback Nicho Hynes for the second straight week but still have the talented Braydon Trindall to work as his deputy. Wada Graham (Careless High Tackle) and Jack Williams (Concussion) both drop out of the backrow in a twin blow to Craig Fitzgibbon’s player stocks but gee it must be said that Connor Tracey and Royce Hunt are more than reasonable replacements. South Sydney spoiled Cronulla’s home opener with a 27-18 victory that will have the Sharks fired up heading into Round 2. It sets the table for a massive clash at CommBank Stadium on Friday night where the Eels will need to be at their best if they are to secure the win.
|Parramatta Eels||Cronulla Sharks|
|Clinton Gutherson||1||William Kennedy|
|Maika Sivo||2||Sione Katoa|
|Will Penisini||3||Jesse Ramien|
|Waqa Blake||4||Siosifa Talakai|
|Sean Russell||5||Ronaldo Mulitalo|
|Dylan Brown||6||Matt Moylan|
|Mitchell Moses||7||Braydon Trindall|
|Reagan Campbell-Gillard||8||Toby Rudolf|
|Josh Hodgson||9||Blayke Brailey|
|Junior Paulo||10||Braden Hamlin-Uele|
|Bryce Cartwright||11||Briton Nikora|
|Matt Doorey||12||Teig Wilton|
|J’maine Hopgood||13||Dale Finucane|
|Jirah Momoisea||14||Cameron McInnes|
|Jack Murchie||15||Royce Hunt|
|Wiremu Greig||16||Oregon Kaufusi|
|Makahesi Makatoa||17||Connor Tracey|
|Jake Arthur||18||Thomas Hazelton|
|Bailey Simonsson||19||Mawene Hiroti|
|Ofahiki Ogden||20||Max Bradbury|
|Ky Rodwell||21||Jayden Berrell|
|Haze Dunster||22||Niwhai Puru|
NSW Cup Team List
Round 2, 3:30PM, Friday 10th March, CommBank Stadium
It was a fruitless week for the Eels in the lower grades with both the NSW Cup and Jersey Flegg getting narrowly pipped by the Canberra Raiders. Nathan Cayless has named an improved backline for Round 2 following false starts in the returns of Haze Dunster and Bailey Simonsson last week. Simonsson will turn out in the centres against the Newtown Jets (Cronulla affiliated) while Dunster starts on the flanks.
Like the NRL, much of the improvement will come in more refined efforts from core players. They will need to make a solid step forwards over the course of the week as well given that the Jets are one of the stronger teams in the competition. Thankfully they get the boost of playing at CommBank on Friday afternoon which can hopefully make the difference.
Jersey Flegg Team List
Round 2, 1:00PM, Saturday, 11th March, New Era Stadium
Matthew Komolafe comes back to the Jersey Flegg this week with the significant reinforcements made to the NSW Cup backline. He is the only change to the starting team this week although there are two differences to the bench this week. William Latu and Larry Muagututia are both out this week with Lachlan Mears Crabb and Tyson Chase replacing them.
The Eels have a home game at Cabramatta this week where they join the SG Ball and Tarsha Gale for a 3-game block of footy on Saturday. Cronulla enjoyed a strong win over the Rabbitohs in Round 1 and will be a big test for our boys this week.
|10||Jontay Junior Betham Misa|
|11||Jock Brazel (c)|
|15||Lachlan Mears Crabb|