Chris Sandow is a key player for the Eels. Photo: Getty Images/abc.net.au
The Eels and Warriors both suffered disappointing home defeats in the opening round of the new campaign and will be looking to register their first success of the year in this contest. The Eels struggled against the Broncos and will be hoping that superstar fullback Jarryd Hayne will be a late inclusion after not being named in the initial squad as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.
The Warriors performed admirably against Manly in a replay of last season’s decider in Auckland, and a similar performance would just about be enough for them to win here. Jerome Ropati has been ruled out with an ankle injury and has been replaced by Krisnan Inu who comes off the bench.
– Parramatta holds a 17-12 historical advantage over the Warriors, but have been even more dominant on their home ground, winning nine of the twelve fixtures there between the sides. Interestingly, New Zealand has won five of the past seven contests, including a 26-12 in the last meeting at Parramatta Stadium.
If the Eels lose, it will be the first time in 54 years that they have lost their opening two fixtures of the season.
– Star recruit Chris Sandow was the only Eel to get on the scoresheet last week and will again be at the heart of the Eels attack.
Manu ‘The Beast’ Vatuvei may not be the best defender in the competition but he is certainly one of the best attackers going around. He broke ten tackles last weekend against Manly and crossed for two tries. He is sure to be a handful for rookie Parramatta winger Cheyse Blair.
– Despite struggling historically at Parramatta Stadium, the Warriors have enough firepower to defeat the Eels. Last year’s runners-up showed they will be a force to be reckoned with in 2012 and should win. Warriors 1-12
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