Written by Adam Whitelock
Thursday, 27th of August, 7:50 PM, NRL Round 16, Bankwest Stadium, Sydney, Parramatta Eels versus South Sydney Rabbitohs Match Fixture
Parramatta comes into this game after defeating an injury-ravaged Melbourne side last week, while South Sydney are coming off a huge win over Manly which saw them produce their best football of the year. Parramatta is still a chance for the Minor Premiership and needs to win this game to stay in touch with the top of the ladder, whilst South Sydney are only two points outside of the top four. The Eels will be looking to prove a point after copping some criticism from Phil Gould during the week where he stated “They’re not in the title race at the moment”, with the Rabbitohs wanting to silence the critics who say they can’t match it with the top clubs as they’ve only beaten a top 8 side once this season.
The Parramatta Eels
|Andrew Davey||Marata Niukore|
1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Nathan Brown
Reserves: 14. Ray Stone 15. Andrew Davey 16. Kane Evans 17. Oregon Kaufusi 18. Stefano Utoikamanu 19. Haze Dunster 20. Will Smith 21. Brad Takairangi
Coach: Brad Arthur
The South Sydney Rabbitohs
|Corey Allan||Alex Johnston|
1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Corey Allan 3. Campbell Graham 4. Dane Gagai 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Jaydn Su’A 12. Bayley Sironen 13. Cameron Murray
Reserves: 14. Mark Nicholls 15. Liam Knight 16. Patrick Mago 17. Keaon Koloamatangi 18. Jed Cartwright 19. Steven Marsters 20. Troy Dargan 21. Kurt Dillon
Coach: Wayne Bennett
The last time these two teams met the Eels beat the Rabbits 26-14, Previously, in earlier years and most recent form, 32 matches played between the Eels and the Rabbitohs favour the Eels winning 17, all other statistics suggest the match fixture will be close and could go either way!
South Sydney Rabbitohs for the win.