Tonight a fight Western Tigers The team face inconsistent Parramatta Eels at Leichhardt Oval in Round 17 of the NRL. Rejoin the roar for live scores and commentary from 7:35 p.m. AEST.
On paper, this should be a straight win for sixth-placed Parramatta over 15th-placed Wests, even away to the traditional Tigers lair.
Wests rarely threatened an exuberant Warriors side in Auckland last weekend, winning just one of their last eight games and only three all season. But one of those wins was a 21-20 win over Parramatta in the sixth round and the Eels are getting into the habit of battling the teams below them on the ladder.
Parramatta is an enigma. They have beaten Melbourne and Penrith away this season, but in their last three games they have suffered heavy defeats against Canterbury and Souths. Go figure.
The Wests have named Adam Doueihi in their starting squad for the first time this season, with the Lebanon international replacing James Roberts in centre. James Tamou is back from injury and starting as a prop, while Jacob Liddle returns to the bench alongside Wests Magpies junior Justin Matamua who will be making his NRL debut.
Parramatta lost Junior Paulo to Origin, with Marata Niukore moving to prop and Origin backrower Ryan Matterson returning to the side after missing last weekend’s loss to Souths.
Who knows which version of Parramatta will appear tonight? Either way, they should still have too much for the Tasteless Tigers.
With Gold Coast having a bye, a point of interest could be whether Parramatta’s margin of victory will be enough for Wests to fall through the trap door and touch the bottom of the NRL ladder. A Parramatta victory by 16 points or more will suffice.
Parramatta by 20.
1. Daine Laurie 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Starford To’a 4. Adam Doueihi 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Luke Brooks 7. Jackson Hastings 8. James Tamou 9. Fa’amanu Brown 10. Zane Musgrove 11. Luke Garner 12. Kelma Tuilagi 13. Joe Ofahengaue 14. Stefano Utoikamanu 15. Justin Matamua 16. Jacob Liddle 17. Fonua Pole 18. Austin Dias 19. Alex Seyfarth 20. Junior Tupou 21. Asu Kepaoa 22. Jock Madden
Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Waqa Blake 4. Viliami Penisini 5. Bailey Simonsson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Marata Niukore 11. Shaun Lane 12. Isaiah Papali’i 13. Ryan Matterson 14. Makahesi Makatoa 15. Tom Opacic 16. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Ky Rodwell 18. Nathan Brown 19. Jakob Arthur 20. Sean Russell 21. Wiremu Greig 22. Hayze Perham