Eels Pack A Punch

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Fuifui Moimoi is back to add some impact to the forward pack. Image courtesy of

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Eels v Bulldogs

ANZ Stadium

Friday August 15 – 7:50 PM (AEST)




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Tonight it's another showdown with a finals feel, when eighth faces ninth. The Parramatta Eels  are beginning to hit some dazzling form, winning three in a row, while the Canterbury Bulldogs  are struggling to stay in the Top 8, losing their last four.

It's no fluke the Eels’ form reversal coincides with fullback Jarryd Hayne performing out of his skin. He is their catalyst, and if he performs well, the team performs well. The Eels forwards continue to create the platform for the 'Hayne Plane' to take off. Last week, the pack combined for a total of 452 metres; yardage which Hayne used to destroy the Raiders' defence. Coach Brad Arthur has made several changes, with Vai Toutai coming onto the wing for Bureta Faraimo, Fuifui Moimoi starting at prop for Junior Paulo (suspension) and Tepai Moeroa in the second row. Pauli Pauli is on the bench for Peni Terepo.

Six weeks ago, the Doggies were flying high and everyone was tipping them to make the Grand Final. But after four straight defeats, they find themselves at the bottom of the Top 8, and at risk of falling out of finals contention. Against the Broncos last week, the forward pack combined for 433 metres, almost 300 metres less than Brisbane. Josh Reynolds (suspension) and Sam Kasiano (ankle) are both out, with Moses Mbye starting at five-eighth, Aiden Tolman in the front row, and Reni Maitua on the bench.

On the back of a high-flying 'Hayne Plane', the Eels look set to soar again in this western Sydney derby.

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