NRL Caravan Rolls Into Mudgee

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Chris Sandow has gone missing at time for the Eels this season. Photo: Matt Blyth/Getty Images
Last 5 Meetings

Round 6, 2013 – Gold Coast Titans 28 d Parramatta Eels 22 at Skilled Park
Round 24, 2012 – Gold Coast Titans 24 d Parramatta Eels 16 at Skilled Park
Round 26, 2011 – Parramatta Eels 32 d Gold Coast Titans 12 at Skilled Park
Round 7, 2011 – Parramatta Eels 22 d Gold Coast Titans 18 at Parramatta Stadium
Round 22, 2010 – Gold Coast Titans 34 d Parramatta Eels 12 at Skilled Park

Current Form

  Rd 6    Rd 7    Rd 8    Rd 9    Rd 10 
Eels

L

L

L

W

L

Titans

W

L

L

W

L


Parramatta  and the Titans  meet at Mudgee on Sunday afternoon, just five rounds after the Gold Coast producing a stunning second half comeback to beat the Eels 28-22 at Skilled Park. Both clubs have won just once since that clash and will be desperate for the two points in a match that they will feel confident of winning.

Promising second rower Kelepi Tanginoa has been ruled out after breaking his hand in his sides 32-12 defeat to the Dragons last weekend and Matt Ryan takes his place in the starting side, while forward Darcy Lussick serves the second week of his two game ban for his part in a brawl against the Broncos in round nine.

Injuries to David Mead (broken jaw) and Beau Falloon (broken fibula) have ruled them out of the match, with Matt Srama and Anthony Don coming back into the starting side as their replacements. Dave Taylor successfully contested his Grade 2 Dangerous Contact charge at the judiciary on Wednesday night and is free to play, but is racing the clock after aggravating a calf strain during the week, while Ashley Harrison must also prove his fitness as he battles a knee injury.

1st Tryscorer

There is no doubt that fullback Jarryd Hayne  is the Eels most potent attacking weapon and he has scored the first try for his side in three of their past five matches. If he isn’t on song, Parramatta can’t win.

William Zillman  didn’t get across the tryline in the opening seven rounds this season but has started to play more of an important role in the Titans attack this month, bagging a brace against the Dragons and a four-pointer in New Zealand against the Warriors.

Prediction

Neither of these sides are going particularly well at the moment and both struggle to win away from home so the fact that this match is being played in Mudgee leaves us with a conundrum. The Eels have lost ten in a row away from Parramatta Stadium but the Titans have won just one of their past six on the road. The Gold Coast could struggle without several of their big guns, giving the Eels a rare win. Parramatta Eels by 4

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