The Parramatta Eels need Jarryd Hayne to continue to fly. Image courtesy of Mark Kolbe: Getty Images
Parramatta Eels v Cronulla Sharks
Monday May 12 – 7:05 PM (AEST)
Everyone knows the name Jarryd Hayne. One of the most recognizable personalities in the game, Hayne is indeed a superstar and Parramatta needs him to perform again this week to remain in the top 8. The plucky Eels come up against Cronulla , which has been plagued by injuries since the of the season. But with the return of inspirational captain Paul Gallen a few weeks ago and Luke Lewis this week, the football gods are starting to smile down on the shire.
Parra have surprised everyone. The universe has not been kind to the Eels over the past couple of seasons. Wooden-spooners two years running, they have managed to turn it all around under rookie coach Brad Arthur. Hayne is sensational at the back, Tim Mannah is a powerhouse up the front and Chris Sandow is starting to show the old form from his South Sydney days. But following a trumping from the Cowboys last round, more needs to be done. Darcey Lussick and Pauli Pauli return to the starting side for Fuifui Moimoi and David Gower. Mitch Allgood has overcome concussion and replaces Taniela Lasalo on the bench.
The Sharks have been just woeful so far this season. While injuries to key players haven’t helped, those who have remained injury-free haven't been able to carry the load. Wade Graham has been marked as the future captain, yet can’t seem to pull his troops in-line. Finally getting another win for the year last round against the Panthers, the boys from the shire may be finding the form that has been eluding them for much of the season. Luke Lewis makes his long-awaited return, slotting in at five-eighth for the injured Todd Carney (hamstring). Bryce Gibbs starts, pushing Siosaia Vave to the bench. The return of Isaac De Gois forces Michael Lichaa to 18th man.
The Eels have hit a bit of a rough patch when it comes to form, and with the return of Luke Lewis, I can see an upset on the cards.
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