Sonny Bill Williams is hitting his straps in the NRL. Picture: Mark Evans/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings
Round 23 2012 – Parramatta Eels 36 d Sydney Roosters 22 at Parramatta Stadium
Round 25 2011 – Sydney Roosters 13 d Parramatta Eels 12 at Parramatta Stadium
Round 21 2010 – Sydney Roosters 48 d Parramatta Eels 12 at Parramatta Stadium
Round 4 2009 – Sydney Roosters 24 d Parramatta Eels 6 at Sydney Football Stadium
Round 22 2008 – Parramatta Eels 28 d Sydney Roosters 24 at Sydney Football Stadium
(most recent first)
Roosters - WWL
Eels - LLW
Just when everything seemed to be going smoothly at the Roosters , with wins over Brisbane and the Warriors moving the club into the top half of the table, another off-field controversy has engulfed the club with Luke O’Donnell copping a one game ban for breaching club standards. Aiden Guerra and Kane Evans have been named on a five man bench by coach Trent Robinson and one of them will replace the former New South Wales representative on the bench.
While the Roosters have turned things around since the opening week, it has been all downhill for the Eels , whose 40-10 victory on March 9 is nothing but a distant memory. Ken Sio and Luke Kelly both featured in that win and play their first match since after recovering from injury with Cheyse Blair dropping out of the squad and Ben Roberts moving onto the bench. Highly regarded youngster Joseph Paulo is set to start at lock, with Matt Ryan relegated from the run on side.
Shaun Kenny-Dowall was amongst the Roosters leading tryscorers last season but has failed to register a four pointer so far in 2013. Much of his team’s attack has been focused down the left hand side that Michael Jennings operates on, but with just 34 points to show from their three matches James Maloney and Mitchell Pearce could be well served operating on the right.
Ken Sio was the leading tryscorer for Parramatta last season but has had the early stages of 2013 interrupted by injury. He is a top class finisher and Chris Sandow is sure to look for him in the opposition 20m.
– Although they haven’t scored emphatic wins in the past two weeks, the Roosters have done enough to suggest that they will be there or thereabouts at the business end of the season. Parramatta was pretty ordinary against the Tigers last weekend and it is hard to tip them given they have lost 27 of their past 30 matches away from home. Sydney Roosters 1-12
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