Eels Look To Stop Their Season Slipping Away

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Fuifui Moimoi returns from suspension for the Eels. Image courtesy of foxsports.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 3 2012 – North Queensland Cowboys 42 d Parramatta Eels 6 at Townsville
Round 10 2011 – North Queensland Cowboys 40 d Parramatta Eels 26 at Townsville
Round 4 2011 – Parramatta Eels 22 d North Queensland Cowboys 20 at Parramatta Stadium
Round 18 2010 – Parramatta Eels 36 d North Queensland Cowboys 24 at Parramatta Stadium
Round 7 2010 – Parramatta Eels 24 d North Queensland Cowboys 18 at Townsville

Current Form

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Eels

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L

W

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L

Cowboys

L

L

W

L

W


The Eels  disastrous season went from bad to worse this week, with a 32 point defeat to struggling Penrith compounded by injuries to key players ahead of their clash with the Cowboys  on Saturday night. Club captain Tim Mannah suffered a leg injury that will keep him out for at least a fortnight, while in-form centre Jacob Loko will also be missing this week after picking up a corked thigh. Fuifui Moimoi returns from suspension in the front row as one of five new faces from last week, while Api Pewhairangi, Kaysa Pritchard and Peni Terepo have all been named to debut.

Forwards Dallas Johnson and Ashton Sims have been added to the squad that scored the Cowboys third win of the season with a 30-12 victory against the Raiders in round seven. Their experience will be invaluable for North Queensland, who make their first trip to Sydney this season having lost 10 of their past 11 matches in the harbour city.

1st Tryscorer

With the Eels giving several young players a chance in the top grade they are set to field one of the most inexperienced backlines in the clubs history against the Cowboys. Jarryd Hayne  is one of only two backs in this week’s squad with more than 40 NRL matches under his belt and he will be more important than ever in attack against North Queensland. He has six tries already this season.

Kalifa Faifai Loa  may have only played three times for the Cowboys this season but he managed to score the first try on two occasions and will be out to take full advantage of a Parramatta defence that has conceded 28 points or more in three of its four most recent matches.

Prediction

While neither of these teams has hit their straps yet this season, the Cowboys have been the more impressive of the pair but have lost five in a row at Parramatta Stadium and have an abysmal record in Sydney. They simply have to win these matches if they are going to be a legitimate premiership contender. North Queensland Cowboys 1-12

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