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Luke Walsh will try to guide the Panthers to their second win of the season. Picture: Bretty Costello/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 16 2012 – Parramatta Eels 19 d Penrith Panthers 18 at Panthers Stadium
Round 4 2012 – Penrith Panthers 39 d Parramatta Eels 6 at Parramatta Stadium
Round 19 2011 – Penrith Panthers 23 d Parramatta Eels 22 at Panthers Stadium
Round 2 2011 – Penrith Panthers 20 d Parramatta Eels 6 at Parramatta Stadium
Round 19 2010 – Parramatta Eels 34 d Penrith Panthers 28 at Panthers Stadium

Current Form

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Panthers

L

L

L

L

L

Eels

L

L

L

W

L


The Penrith Panthers  will be looking for just their second win of the season when the host the Parramatta Eels  on Monday Night. While the Panthers are languishing at the foot of the table with just two competition points, Parramatta has hardly fared any better, with their last start 28-22 defeat to the Titans their fourth loss of the season.

Luke Walsh was a late inclusion for Penrith in its narrow 8-6 defeat to Newcastle in round six and he has been named to lineup at halfback again, but there is a new face at the back after Matt Moylan was given the nod to make his debut in the number one jersey. Wes Naiqama, Josh Mansour and Cameron Ciraldo are all out injured meaning that Travis Robinson and Nathan Smith are both recalled to the top grade squad.

Parramatta goes into this match with just one change from the side that took the field against the Gold Coast two weeks ago, with Fuifui Moimoi ruled out after accepting a one match ban for a shoulder charge when playing for Tonga against Samoa last weekend. Matt Ryan takes his place on the interchange bench with Mitch Allgood set to start.

1st Tryscorer

It may come as a surprise, but second rower Sika Manu  is the Panthers leading tryscorer in 2013. He has crossed the line four times in the opening six rounds and has scored the first four pointer for his new club on three occasions.

Jacob Loko  is highly regarded by Eels coach Ricky Stuart but has only managed to cross the tryline once in five appearances so far this season. He is likely to get some scoring opportunities out wide this week however with the Panthers fielding a new look backline that could have some defensive deficiencies.

Prediction

Both of these teams have both struggled to win this season but barring a 50 point flogging to the Roosters in round four, the Eels have at least been competitive every week. The Panthers may have three wins from the past four meetings between these clubs but the absence of numerous experienced players looks sure to hurt their chances here. Parramatta Eels 1-12

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