Woeful Eels Seek Improvement

Image courtesy of dailytelegraph.com.au, Picture: Brett Costello
Jarryd Hayne just needs to concentrate of playing footy. Picture: Bretty Costello/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 13 2012 –Parramatta Eels 29 d Cronulla Sharks 20 at Parramatta Stadium
Round 7 2012 – Cronulla Sharks 24 d Parramatta Eels 18 at Sharks Stadium
Round 11 2011 – Parramatta Eels 40 d Cronulla Sharks 6 at Parramatta Stadium
Round 11 2010 – Cronulla Sharks 22 d Parramatta Eels 18 at Parramatta Stadium
Round 4 2010 – Cronulla Sharks 11 d Parramatta Eels 0 at Sharks Stadium

Current Form

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The Eels  will be looking to bounce back from one of the most embarrassing performances in the history of the club when they face the Sharks  at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Since opening the season with a 40-10 win over the Warriors, Ricky Stuart’s men have suffered three straight defeats culminating with a 50 point flogging by the Roosters on Monday night. With few other options, the same 17 man squad has been retained, but Stuart will want to see the performance of Jarryd Hayne improve. The star fullback has been well below his best in recent weeks with the burden of being captain noticeably playing on his mind.

The Sharks have been forced to make changes following their shock 25-12 loss to the Dragons last weekend, with New South Wales five-eight Todd Carney ruled out for three weeks after suffering a foot injury. Chad Townsend replaces him alongside Jeff Robson in the halves, while Matthew Wright makes way for brother Jonathan in the centres to allow Nathan Stapleton to come onto the wing.

1st Tryscorer

Ryan Morgan  was amongst the Eels leading tryscorers last season but has failed to make the same impact in 2013. With the Sharks fielding a new centre pairing this week, he will look to exploit any defensive weakness on the fringe.

Former Bulldogs winger Jonathan Wright  was a prolific try scorer for Canterbury last season but is yet to get a four pointer for the Sharks this season. Having moved into the centres in place of his brother, he will want to make a big impact against a Parramatta defence that was paper thin last week.

Prediction – Despite the fact that they have lost four successive matches away from home and they are without star playmaker Todd Carney, the Sharks should be too good for the hapless Eels, who have won the past two meetings between these clubs at home. Cronulla Sharks 1-12

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