Under-rated Sides Clash

Image courtesy of dailytelegraph.com.au, Picture: Brett Costello
Parrama will rely heavily on Jarryd Hayne to get a win on Monday. Image courtesy of dailytelegraph.com.au, Picture: Brett Costello

Parramatta Eels v Wests Tigers
ANZ Stadium
Monday April 21 – 4:05 PM (AEST)

Tigers: WWLWW

Two months ago, these two teams were closer to wooden spoon than the premiership contenders. But after some solid performances and outstanding individual efforts of the last couple of weeks, the teams in the west have shown that they are not pretenders. The Parramatta Eels  seem to have the belief and confidence that took them to the grand final in 2009. The Wests Tigers on the other hand, have adjusted to life without Benji Marshall better than expected.

The Eels showed last week they are not just all about attack, grinding out an impressive win against the Sydney Roosters on Saturday night. With FuiFui MoiMoi and Tim Mannah laying the platform, Jarryd Hayne showed his class in what was an outstanding performance. Adding the finishing touches were Corey Norman and Chris Sandow, as the Eels again proved all their critics wrong. Parra enforcer Darcy Lussick returns from suspension, with Peni Terepo the man to make way.

Wests Tigers have been another team that have shown attack isn’t everything. A team in the past who relied more on attack then their defence to win games, the Tigers allowed only one four-pointer in their Saturday match-up against the Cowboys. Aaron Woods was again destructive up the middle, while Robbie Farah was lethal in both attack and defence. The win was bittersweet though, with Farah dislocating his elbow minutes from full time. The withdrawal of Farah brings young Joel Luani into the starting side, while the return of Braith Anasta from suspension has pushed Blake Austin to a 5 man bench.

The absence of Farah is sure to hurt the Tigers' chances, with the high-flying Eels tipped to break a near four year losing streak at ANZ Stadium.

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