NRL Team List
Round 11, 7:30PM Saturday 13th May, GIO Stadium
The Parramatta Eels weren’t able to conjure a win on Magic Round and worse still, the main magician got hurt in the performance. The mandatory 11-day stand down for Mitchell Moses due to a Category-1 concussion means the Eels travel to Canberra with a serious handicap in Round 11. Jake Arthur, as expected, steps in as his lieutenant and is the solitary change for the week.
It is no small task to replace Moses but Jake will aid Dylan Brown in steering the team around the park with Dylan hopefully building on his breakthrough performance against the Titans. Clinton Gutherson will handle the goal-kicking duties as the Blue & Gold redistribute the hefty responsibilities of their injured halfback.
I simply don’t know what to expect from our boys this week. Canberra are on a 4-game win streak that has been somewhat…streaky with narrow wins over the Dragons, Dolphins and Bulldogs contrasted against a sensational victory over the Broncos. They are always a difficult proposition in their home fortress and their physically imposing forwards and backs could pose a real problem for an Eels’ outfit that has struggled to win the big collisions.
With South Sydney now on the horizon, this is a game the Eels desperately need to have if they want to keep in touch with the Top 8. A loss here would sink them to 3 games below a 0.500 winning percentage with the toughest matchup in the competition looming in Round 12.
NSW Cup Team List
Round 11, 5:20PM Saturday 13th May, GIO Stadium
They may have leaked 30 points to the Magpies on the weekend but the Eels did jsut enough to win in scoring 32 points of their own. There is clearly plenty of space to improve on defence mind you as they set their sights on the Raiders in Round 11. And sharpen up that defence quickly given their opposition feature serious talents like Xavier Savage, Harley Smith-Shields, Trey Mooney, Corey Harawira-Naera as well as young gun Chevy Stewart.
Jayden Yates has been tasked with holding down a spot in the halves this week with the absence of Jake Arthur. It looks like Jack Murchie has picked up an injury or suspension given exclusion from the team but Ky Rodwell makes a timely return to boost the pack. Young utility forward Nicholas Lenaz gets his first cap in the NSW Cup (if I am not mistaken) following an excellent opening to the year in the Jersey Flegg.
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Jersey Flegg Team List
Round 11, 3:40PM Saturday 13th May, GIO Stadium
Some serious reinforcements from the triumphant SG Ball premiership team have arrived this week. Richard Penisni, Ethan Sanders and Saxon Pryke boost the starting team as they head to Canberra this week while Sam Tuivati adds power to the bench with Lance Fualema travelling as the 18th man. It is a fitting reward for some of the Eels’ best in the Under 19s this year and should consolidate a Jersey Flegg squad that have shown plenty of ticker in 2023.
The Raiders are struggling for form in the Flegg this year with just 2-wins to their name but the impact of the road trip to Canberra is always a factor here.
|Jontay Junior Betham Misa
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