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Match Preview: Round 17 vs Parramatta Eels

Wests Tigers will return to Leichhardt Oval on Saturday night to host the Parramatta Eels in a blockbuster Western Sydney derby.

This will be Parramatta’s first trip to Leichhardt since 2013 and only their fifth match at the venue since the formation of the Wests Tigers joint-venture in 2000.

Brett Kimmorley’s men will be hoping to repeat their winning performance from Round 6, when Jackson Hastings kicked a last-minute field goal to defeat the Eels on Easter Monday.

Incredible Hastings wins it for Tigers

After an impressive month of football, Justin Matamua will become the first local junior to graduate from the Wests Tigers Pathways Program and make his NRL debut since Alex Seyfarth in 2020.

Wests Tigers will welcome the return of captain James Tamou, with Seyfarth and Austin Dias dropping back to the reserves.

Adam Doueihi was among the club’s best performers in last week’s match against the Warriors and will return to the starting line-up for the first time since rupturing his ACL last season.

For Parramatta, Junior Paulo will be on representative duties for New South Wales and will miss the clash, while Clint Gutherson is set to be released from Blues camp to skipper the Eels.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Daine Laurie
    Fullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton Gutherson
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
    Winger for Eels is number 2 Maika Sivo
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Starford To'a
    Centre for Eels is number 3 Will Penisini
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Adam Doueihi
    Centre for Eels is number 4 Waqa Blake
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 20 Junior Tupou
    Winger for Eels is number 5 Bailey Simonsson
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Luke Brooks
    Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Dylan Brown
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Jackson Hastings
    Halfback for Eels is number 7 Mitchell Moses

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Zane Musgrove
    Prop for Eels is number 8 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Fa'amanu Brown
    Hooker for Eels is number 9 Reed Mahoney
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 17 Fonua Pole
    Prop for Eels is number 10 Marata Niukore
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
    2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Shaun Lane
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Kelma Tuilagi
    2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Isaiah Papali'i
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Joe Ofahengaue
    Lock for Eels is number 14 Makahesi Makatoa

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Stefano Utoikamanu
    Interchange for Eels is number 15 Tom Opacic
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Justin Matamua
    Interchange for Eels is number 16 Oregon Kaufusi
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Jacob Liddle
    Interchange for Eels is number 17 Ky Rodwell
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 18 Austin Dias
    Interchange for Eels is number 18 Nathan Brown

Reserves

  • Replacement for Wests Tigers is number 19 Alex Seyfarth
    Replacement for Eels is number 19 Jake Arthur

Match Officials

  • Referee: Chris Butler
  • Touch Judge: Jon Stone
  • Senior Review Official: Gerard Sutton

Last updated:

TV, Radio and Live Stream Information:

TV - FOX League (Ch. 502)

Radio - ABC Grandstand 702, 2GB 873

Live Stream - KAYO Sports, Watch NRL (int.)

Latest PlayUp Odds:

Head-to-Head - Wests Tigers ($4.20) v Parramatta Eels ($1.23)

Line - Wests Tigers +12.5 ($1.90) v Parramatta Eels +12.5 ($1.90)

Odds correct as of 12:00pm, Wednesday, 6th July. 18+ only. Gamble Responsibly.

History:

Head-to-Head - Played 44, Wests Tigers 16, Parramatta Eels 27, Drawn 1

At Leichhardt Oval - Played 5, Wests Tigers 3, Parramatta Eels 1, Drawn 1

Last Time They Met - Wests Tigers 21 def. Parramatta Eels 20 (Round 6, 2022)

Match Officials:

Referee - Chris Butler

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