Wests Tigers v Eels: Marshall named, Smith at fullback
Author NRL.com Timestamp Tue 27 Mar 2018, 12:19 PM
It has so far been a season to forget for the Parramatta Eels as they are still searching for their first win of the season.
With so much expectation, the Eels have so far failed to live up to it. They come up against a Wests Tigers side who suffered their first loss of the season in round three. Jarryd Hayne is out for the Eels in a blow to their back-line stocks after he injured his hip. Bevan French is also in doubt with a shoulder injury.
Losing narrowly to the Brisbane Broncos in round three, the Tigers have been praised for their defence to start the season. Josh Reynolds and Elijah Taylor will still be missing for the Tigers and Benji Marshall will be given every chance to prove his fitness after suffering an ankle injury in the round three loss.
Wests Tigers: 1 Corey Thompson, 2 David Nofoaluma, 3 Esan Marsters, 4 Kevin Naiqama, 5 Malakai Watene-Zelezniak, 6 Benji Marshall , 7 Luke Brooks, 8 Russell Packer, 9 Pita Godinet, 10 Ben Matulino, 11 Chris Lawrence, 12 Robbie Rochow, 13 Matthew Eisenhuth
Interchange: 14 Matt McIlwrick, 15 Alex Twal, 16 Michael Chee Kam, 17 Josh Aloiai
Reserves: 18 Tyson Gamble, 19 Tim Grant, 20 Jacob Liddle, 21 Tuimoala Lolohea
The Tigers have named the same 17 that narrowly lost to Brisbane last week, with Pita Godinet named to start at hooker after coming off the bench last week.
Eels: 1 Will Smith, 2 George Jennings, 3 Michael Jennings, 4 Kirisome Auva’a, 5 Josh Hoffman 6 Corey Norman, 7 Mitchell Moses, 8 Daniel Alvaro, 9 Kaysa Pritchard, 10 Tim Mannah , 11 Manu Ma’u, 12 Tepai Moeroa, 13 Nathan Brown
Interchange: 14 Beau Scott, 15 Kenny Edwards, 16 Peni Terepo, 17 Tony Williams
Reserves: 18 Cameron King, 19 Suaia Matagi, 20 David Gower, 21 Marata Niukore
The Eels have made a host of changes after three straight defeats. Bevan French (shoulder) and Jarryd Hayne (hip) are out through injury, with Will Smith and George Jennings joining the backline and Kirisome Auva’a shifting to centre. Kaysa Pritchard, Peni Terepo and Tony Williams replace Cameron King, Suaia Matagi and Kane Evans in the 17.
Wests Tigers v Parramatta Eels, 4pm, Monday at ANZ Stadium
Head-to-head: Tigers 14 wins, Eels 20 wins, 3 draws
Matches at venues: 12 matches, Tigers 3 wins, Eels 9 wins
Last five head-to-head: Tigers 1 win, Eels 4 wins
2017 results: Eels won 26-22 in round 7, Eels won 17-16 in round 20.
Points per game: Tigers 9, Eels 6
Points conceded per game: Tigers 8.3, Eels 30.7
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