Wests Tigers will take an unchanged side in to their traditional Easter Monday clash against the Parramatta Eels as the two sides face off at the opening of the new Bankwest Stadium.

After a thrilling finish to Round 5 that saw Wests Tigers rescue the two points late on thanks to Michael Chee Kam's late try, Wests Tigers will be out to continue the momentum this weekend as they take on a Parramatta side looking to bounce back from a disappointing 19-0 loss in the nation's capital last weekend.

Shutout for the 80 minutes and coming in to this week's contest with a number of changes to the squad, Parramatta will certainly be keen to deliver as they run out to Bankwest Stadium for the first time in the 40th overall clash between the two sides.

Despite being forced off with a concussion last week, Robert Jennings has been named and is expected to play in Monday's clash in a boost for the visitors, with the centre taking on older brother Michael in an exciting positional matchup.

His inclusion sees an unchanged lineup for Wests Tigers with in-form playmaker Josh Reynolds again donning the number six jersey, while David Nofoaluma, Paul Momirovski, Elijah Taylor and Chris McQueen remain outside the team as reserves.


For the Eels, winger Blake Ferguson has been named despite picking up a broken nose and a rib injury in last week's loss to the Canberra Raiders, but Greg Leleisiuao has been named as cover amongst the reserves in jersey 21 and could come in for the former Origin representative should he be a late withdrawal.

Parramatta Coach Brad Arthur has included two new faces on the bench with young forwards Oregon Kaufusi and Ray Stone being named as reserves. Manu Ma'u remains on the sidelines for another week with a knee injury, while George Jennings will miss the chance to square off against his brother due to a suspension. 

Wests Tigers are currently the third-best defensive team in the competition having conceded just 59 points in five games. The side also rank top three in possession and completion — having more touches of the ball than any other team. 

Parramatta have made the second most errors of any team so far this year.

Traditionally, the Easter Monday clash always provides a great contest with every fixture since the debut game in 2014 going down to the final few minutes. Wests Tigers have won three of the five Easter Monday games to date, with last year's win the biggest margin of victory and most points scored from either side in the fixture — a sight Coach Michael Maguire will no doubt be looking to see again!


MATCH DETAILS

Date — Monday, April 22, 2019

Time — 4:00pm AEST

Venue — Bankwest Stadium

TV, RADIO AND LIVE STREAM INFORMATION

TV — Live via FOX League (Ch.502)

Radio — AM 702 ABC Grandstand, AM 2GB 873, FM Triple M 104.9, NRL Nation

Live Stream — Foxtel Go, KAYO, NRL Digital Pass and Watch NRL (int.)

LATEST TEAM NEWS

Parramatta Eels — Oregon Kaufusi and Ray Stone come on to the bench in place of Kane Evans and David Gower, while Blake Ferguson has been named despite picking up a rib injury and broken nose against the Raiders last week.

Wests Tigers — No changes to the winning side by Michael Maguire with Robert Jennings (concussion) included. David Nofoaluma and Elijah Taylor drop out of the squad 24 hours before kickoff and will feature in Canterbury Cup on Monday.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton Gutherson
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Moses Mbye
  • Winger for Eels is number 2 Maika Sivo
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 Mahe Fonua
  • Centre for Eels is number 3 Michael Jennings
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Robert Jennings
  • Centre for Eels is number 4 Brad Takairangi
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Esan Marsters
  • Winger for Eels is number 20 Josh Hoffman
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Corey Thompson
  • Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Jaeman Salmon
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Josh Reynolds
  • Halfback for Eels is number 7 Mitchell Moses
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks

Forwards

  • Prop for Eels is number 8 Daniel Alvaro
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Russell Packer
  • Hooker for Eels is number 9 Reed Mahoney
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Robbie Farah
  • Prop for Eels is number 10 Junior Paulo
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex Twal
  • 2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Shaun Lane
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Ryan Matterson
  • 2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Marata Niukore
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luke Garner
  • Lock for Eels is number 14 Peni Terepo
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Josh Aloiai

Interchange

  • Interchange for Eels is number 13 Tepai Moeroa
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Ben Matulino
  • Interchange for Eels is number 15 Tim Mannah
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas Mikaele
  • Interchange for Eels is number 16 Oregon Kaufusi
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Matthew Eisenhuth
  • Interchange for Eels is number 17 Ray Stone
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Michael Chee-Kam

LATEST NEDS ODDS

H2H — Parramatta Eels ($1.90), Wests Tigers ($1.90),

Line — Parramatta Eels -1.5 ($3.60), Wests Tigers + 1.5 ($3.60)

Odds correct on Thursday, April 18 — 18+ only and gamble responsibly

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Overall — Played 39, Parramatta Eels 21, Wests Tigers 15, Draw 3

Last Time They Met — Parramatta Eels 24 def. Wests Tigers 22

MATCH OFFICIALS

Match Referees — Gerard Sutton and Chris Butler

Touch Judges — Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski and Belinda Sharpe

Review Officials — Ben Galea and Ashley Klein