Jekyll And Hyde Teams Do Battle

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Benji Marshall starred for the Tigers against Penrith. Source: Gregg Porteous/News Limited
Last 5 Meetings

Round 22 2012 – Wests Tigers 51 d Parramatta Eels 26 at Campbelltown Stadium
Round 8 2012 – Wests Tigers 31 d Parramatta Eels 30 at Parramatta Stadium
Round 24 2011 – Wests Tigers 31 d Parramatta Eels 12 at Allianz Stadium
Round 18 2011 – Parramatta Eels 22 d Wests Tigers 6 at Parramatta Stadium
Round 24 2010 – Wests Tigers 20 d Parramatta Eels 18 at Parramatta Stadium

Current Form (most recent first)

Tigers – WL
Eels – LW

After opening the season with a dreadful performance against the Knights in round one, Wests Tigers scored their first win of 2013 with a hard fought 28-18 victory over Penrith. That result came at a cost however, with Keith Galloway suffering a pectoral injury that will see him sidelined for up to four months. With fellow props Matt Groat and James Gavet also on the sidelines, Ava Seumanufagai has been named to make his debut off the bench, with New South Wales origin hopeful Aaron Woods moving into the starting lineup.

Despite losing 20-16 to the Bulldogs last weekend, the Eels weren’t disgraced against one of the premiership favourites. Reni Matua suffered an ankle injury in that match and has been ruled out of this week, with Ken Edwards set to make his first appearance in the NRL as his replacement. Ben Roberts was named on the bench last week but started at five-eight and has been retained in the halves with Joseph Paulo amongst the substitutes.

1st Tryscorer

Chris Lawrence  was playing for Australia two years ago but has been hampered by injury in recent seasons which has subsequently seen a drop in form. He will be looking to exploit the Eels inexperienced centre pairing of Ryan Morgan and Jacob Loko.

Chris Sandow  has started the new campaign in fine form, wreaking havoc in attack and causing all sorts of problems for opposition defenders. A real confidence player, Sandow is at his best when running with the ball and he is sure to take the line on at Leichhardt Oval.

Prediction – Both of these teams are very good at their best and terrible at their worst and it is hard to know which side will turn up on the day, but Wests has won five of the past six meetings between the pair and Parramatta hasn’t won at Leichhardt Oval since 2011. Two clashes last season produced 138 points and this could be another high scoring match. West Tigers 1-12

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