Eels Ride On The Back Of Their Miracle Man

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Tim Mannah has been excellent for the Eels this season. Source: Cameron Richardson/foxsports.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 21 2012 – Parramatta Eels 42 d Brisbane Broncos 22 at Suncorp Stadium
Round 1 2012 – Brisbane Broncos 18 d Parramatta Eels 6 at Parramatta Stadium
Round 17 2011 – Brisbane Broncos 16 d Parramatta Eels 12 at Parramatta Stadium
Round 23 2010 – Parramatta Eels 30 d Brisbane Broncos 14 at Suncorp Stadium
Round 16 2010 – Brisbane Broncos 10 d Parramatta Eels 6 at Parramatta Stadium

Current Form

  Rd 4    Rd 5    Rd 6    Rd 7    Rd 8 
Eels

L

L

L

W

L

Broncos

L

W

W

W

L


The Eels  will go in search of just their second win since round one when they welcome the Broncos  to Parramatta Stadium on Saturday night. Despite being hailed as some sort of messiah upon his arrival at Parramatta, Ricky Stuart has been unable to improve the side that collected the wooden spoon last season and again finds itself at the wrong end of the table. One man that has performed miracles this season is Tim Mannah, who made an astonishing recovery from a knee injury to take the field in his side 14-10 defeat to the Cowboys in round eight and will again run out as part of an unchanged side this week.

Brisbane had won three on the trot prior to last week’s 26-16 loss to the Rabbitohs and welcome back several key players against the Eels. Justin Hodges and Josh McGuire return after withdrawing in the days leading up to the Souths match with niggling injuries, while David Stagg is back in the 19 man squad for the first time since round four after recovering from a knee injury. Lachlan Maranta has been dumped from the top grade with Jordan Kahu shifting out to the wing in his place.

1st Tryscorer

Ryan Morgan  is one of only two Parramatta players to have scored more than two tries this season and has four from his past three outings. He has bagged the first try for his team on three occasions already this season and his duel with one of the best centres in the game, Justin Hodges, will be one to savour.

Jordan Kahu  has failed to score in his two NRL appearances but made a big impression against the Rabbitohs last week, running for 130m, busting two tackles and effecting a line break. He will look to benefit from playing outside Hodges and get his first four pointed in the competition.

Prediction

Curiously, the past five meetings between these clubs have been won by the away side and that run looks likely to continue given the woeful form that the home side has shown this season. Parramatta’s only wins this campaign have come against the struggling Warriors and Sharks, while the Broncos outplayed Souths in the first half last week and should return to the winners list here. Brisbane Broncos 1-12

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