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.
Nofoaluma looks for the best seat inside Bankwest Stadium
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!
NRL.com preview Easter Monday clash with Eels
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.
Fullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton GuthersonFullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Moses Mbye
Winger for Eels is number 2 Maika SivoWinger for Wests Tigers is number 2 Mahe Fonua
Centre for Eels is number 3 Michael JenningsCentre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Robert Jennings
Centre for Eels is number 4 Brad TakairangiCentre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Esan Marsters
Winger for Eels is number 20 Josh HoffmanWinger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Corey Thompson
Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Jaeman SalmonFive-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Josh Reynolds
Halfback for Eels is number 7 Mitchell MosesHalfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
Prop for Eels is number 8 Daniel AlvaroProp for Wests Tigers is number 8 Russell Packer
Hooker for Eels is number 9 Reed MahoneyHooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Robbie Farah
Prop for Eels is number 10 Junior PauloProp for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex Twal
2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Shaun Lane2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Ryan Matterson
2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Marata Niukore2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luke Garner
Lock for Eels is number 14 Peni TerepoLock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Josh Aloiai
Interchange for Eels is number 13 Tepai MoeroaInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Ben Matulino
Interchange for Eels is number 15 Tim MannahInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas Mikaele
Interchange for Eels is number 16 Oregon KaufusiInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Matthew Eisenhuth
Interchange for Eels is number 17 Ray StoneInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Michael Chee-Kam
- Referee: Gerard Sutton
- Referee: Chris Butler
- Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
- Touch Judge: Belinda Sharpe
- Video Referee: Ben Galea
- Senior Review Official: Ashley Klein
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
Overall — Played 39, Parramatta Eels 21, Wests Tigers 15, Draw 3
Last Time They Met — Parramatta Eels 24 def. Wests Tigers 22
Match Referees — Gerard Sutton and Chris Butler
Touch Judges — Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski and Belinda Sharpe
Review Officials — Ben Galea and Ashley Klein
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