Parramatta Eels will look to make it three wins from three to begin 2017 when they come up against the struggling Gold Coast Titans on Friday night.
Titans and Eels kick off at 8.00pm AEDT at Cbus Super Stadium on Friday. Live streaming is available via bet365 (geo restrictions apply to Aus/NZ residents).
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Flying high at the top of the competition ladder, the Parramatta Eels head north to the Gold Coast hoping to consolidate their lightning quick start to 2017 and register their third win on the bounce.
Having put the disappoint of last season’s salary cap dramas well and truly behind them, this year is shaping as the season for Parramatta to finally break their recent hoodoo and target a deep run into September.
Brad Arthur’s side has made a tremendous start, scoring a combined 54 points in their two clinical victories over the Sea Eagles and Dragons - and now they have the chance to add to that total when they take on another of the competition’s resident battlers at present, the Gold Coast Titans.
The Eels have been dealt a huge blow however, with in-form halfback Corey Norman set to miss the contest due to a hamstring injury. Veteran Jeff Robson will come into the side and partner Clinton Gutherson in the halves.
Meanwhile, the Titans have massive injury concerns of their own.
Jarryd Hayne and Anthony Don both suffered long-term injuries in their loss to the Knights last weekend, while hooker Nathan Peats still remains sidelined.
For a club really struggling both on and off the field right now, it’s not looking good for the Titans.
With so much hope surrounding them following their great run to the finals in 2016, the Titans went down 34-20 to the Roosters after trailing 28-0 at half-time, while Newcastle snapped their 19-game losing streak in conquering them last week by a 34-26 scoreline.
Gold Coast displayed so much resilience last season, and with so many injures early on in 2017, they will have to do so again to avoid going 0-3 to open 2017. Norman’s absence for Parramatta is a big one - and could affect how many points they score - but in the end, the Eels should be able to hang on for another win.
- Titans have won six of their last eight games against the Eels
- They both shared the spoils in their two 2016 meetings
- Gold Coast have conceded over 30 points in both games this season
Tyler Cornish comes in for the injured Jarryd Hayne at fullback for the Titans, while Will Zillman makes a timely return on the wing in place of Anthony Don.
Jeff Robson slots in at halfback for the Eels with Corey Norman sidelined in the only major change from the Eels side that dismantled the Dragons.
Titans: 1. Tyler Cornish 2. Tyronne Roberts-Davis 3. Dan Sarginson 4. Konrad Hurrell 5. William Zillman 6. Kane Elgey 7. Ashley Taylor 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Tyrone Roberts 10. Ryan James (c) 11. Kevin Proctor (c) 12. Chris McQueen 13. Agnatius Paasi. 14. Ryan Simpkins 15. Nathaniel Peteru 16. Leivaha Pulu 17. Joe Greenwood 18. Paterika Vaivai 19. Max King 20. Eddy Pettybourne 21. Karl Lawton
Eels: 1. Bevan French 2. Semi Radradra 3. Michael Jennings 4. Brad Takairangi 5. Josh Hoffman 6. Clinton Gutherson 7. Jeff Robson 8. Suaia Matagi 9. Kaysa Pritchard 10. Tim Mannah (c)11. Manu Ma’u 12. Tepai Moeroa 13. Beau Scott (c) 14. Nathan Brown 15. Daniel Alvaro 16. Rory O’Brien 17. Frank Pritchard 18. David Gower 19. Marata Niukore 20. Kirisome Auva’a 21. Siosaia Vave
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