Time Running Out For Parra

Image courtesy of abc.net.au, Photo: Getty Images/Matt Blyth
Chris Sandow needs to take control on Friday night. Image courtesy of abc.net.au, Photo: Getty Images/Matt Blyth

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Eels v Sea Eagles

Pirtek Stadium

Friday August 22 – 7:50 PM (AEST)




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On Friday night, the Parramatta Eels  face their biggest challenge yet, going head-to-head against the ladder leaders, the Manly Sea Eagles .

Last week against the Bulldogs, the Eels again looked for Jarryd Hayne to save them. When they were 6-0 down in the first half, the Hayne Plane again lifted, crossing for a try to get Parra back in the game. The superstar fullback finished the game with 25 runs for 242 metres, 8 tackle breaks and 1 try assist. Fuifui Moimoi has been dropped from the team, with Junior Paulo starting in the front row. Peni Terepo hops onto the bench.

Manly are back on top, but have the resolute Rabbitohs nipping at their heels. Last week against the Titans, the Sea Eagles were good, without being spectacular. If they hope to keep the Bunnies at bay, they need to be better. On Sunday, the Silvertails missed 34 tackles, which is a massive number given they pride themselves on defence. The Titans attack all came down Manly’s right-hand side, and Peter Hiku was sloppy at times defending his line, finishing with 8 missed tackles himself. Powerhouse centre Steve Matai returns. He's a huge chance of nabbing the first four-pointer, given he has done it six times this season.

The last time these two teams met, the Sea Eagles only just got away with it. This one should be just as close and intriguing.

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