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Parramatta Elvers and new faces

Parramatta coach Stephen Kearney has ushered in a new era at the club. He announced a team for the opening round of the NRL premiership which contains six new faces and only nine survivors from the side that played the final game of the regular season last year. Among the new faces in the 18-man squad to take on the Warriors in Auckland on Saturday night are local juniors Mitchell Allgood and Ryan Morgan, recruits Carl Webb, Casey McGuire and Chris Walker plus former Melbourne lock Billy Rogers. Kearney’s hand was forced somewhat given prop Fuifui Moimoi and centre Joel Reddy were unavailable as they are injured. Continue reading

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Eels turn age into experience

They may not have the glitz of a Timana Tahu or a Krisnan Inu, but Parramatta backrower Ben Smith claims NRL opponents can write off the Eels’ `Dad’s Army’ backline at their own peril. The off-season acquisition of veteran three-quarters Chris Walker, Paul Whatuira and Chris Hicks to fill a barren backline was met with some derision by critics, who claimed the trio had passed their used by date following Super League stints. Walker and Hicks are both 30-plus, while Whatuira turns 30 mid-year, with the trio essentially coming in for the departed Tahu (released), Inu (Warriors) and Eric Grothe (retired). The lack of star power out wide threw up the possibility that Smith would go back to his younger days and return to the centres, but he confirmed he would remain in the backrow with Eels coach Stephen Kearney more than happy with his options out wide. Continue reading

Judiciary – The Fallout Rd 5 *WIP*

Luke O’Donnell will miss the next three matches after his ‘minute of madness’ against the Tigers on Saturday night. O’Donnell entered a guilty plea to a grade two dangerous contact charge for an ugly grapple tackle on Beau Ryan in the 40th minute of the round five 23-16 loss to the Tigers at Dairy Farmers Stadium. O’Donnell will miss the Cowboys’ clashes with Newcastle, Parramatta and Melbourne but is still available to play if selected by Australia for the May 7 Test against New Zealand. The only other player so far to receive suspension from round five charges was South Sydney’s Ben Lowe, who will miss one match after taking the early guilty plea on a grade two careless high tackle charge. Pirtek Parramatta Eels centre Joel Reddy has pleaded guilty to a Grade 2 Striking charge, but will miss just one match due to his clean record. Manly’s Brett Kite has contested his grade one careless high tackle charge which will go to an NRL hearing tonight. Newcastle’s Junior Sau entered a guilty plea on his dangerous contact charge but will escape any ban over the incident.

Injuries o’plenty from Dragons v Eels clash

St George Illawarra and Parramatta were counting the cost of Friday night’s season opening NRL clash with Nathan Fien and Shane Shackleton looking at lengthy stints on the sidelines. Fien’s injury looked to be the most serious, the Dragons hooker suffering a suspected broken ankle, losing Matt Cooper (hamstring) before the match joining Neville Costigan (shoulder), Peni Tagive (knee) and Kyle Stanley (ankle) who are already on the sidelines. Shackleton’s first NRL match for the Eels ended in the first minute of the second half when he had to be assisted off with what looked to be a serious hamstring tear, Parramatta had already lost centre Joel Reddy to a hamstring injury in the warm-up and he was replaced in the run-on side by Krisnan Inu.

Can you reinvent the Eel ?

Daniel Anderson certainly thinks so and will endeavour to do just that in an effort to keep his troops fresh and to go that step further in this years premiership. After last years mid season form reversal any changes to the line up would almost be deemed unnecessary, but when you throw the names Timana Tahu ($120,300 CTW), Justin Poore ($250,800 FRF) and Shane Shackleton ($192,500 FRF/2RF) into the mix it would be a brave man that says the Eels won’t be sniffing around come finals time. As with most coaches (DT included) not all positions are spoken for within the squad, Tahu will almost certainly dislodge Krisnan Inu ($143,500 CTW/FB) or Joel Reddy ($132,400 CTW) whilst Poore could unsettle stalwart Nathan Cayless ($257,400 FRF) or crowd favourite Fuifui Moimoi ($194,600 FRF). As mentioned at the NEX Kris Keating ($190,300 HLV) is fighting hard to regain his spot in the halves keeping both Daniel Mortimer ($268,000 HLV) and Jeff Robson ($227,300 HLV) honest, although having the confidence from the back end of last season with the inclusion of play-offs, it will be difficult to break. “We have to get the best out of them while playing with the players that we already have here so that’s what I mean we’ve got a different dynamic.” Anderson said “It would be naive to think that we’d be able to start the same and finish the same but obviously we’d like to be more consistent in our application as a team.”

Trial games to Parra, matter!

It was reported earlier at the NEX that Nathan Hindmarsh ($367,600 2RF) could be missing for an indefinite number of games due to a wrist injury, luckily this seems not to be the case as he listed in a very strong Parramatta side this weekend take to on the Panthers. All the guns except for Timana Tahu ($120,300 CTW) are listed to play, and Tahu most likely would have been there if it wasn’t a 2 match suspension for a tackle on Israel Folau in ’07, that has yet to be served. He is expected to be named for the Roosters clash in Gosford Saturday week leaving Krisnan Inu ($143,500 CTW/FB) and Joel Reddy ($132,400 CTW) 80 minutes to stake their claim for a regular season berth. The forwards will also have their share of battles for starters, with Nathan Cayless ($257,400 FRF) and Fuifui Moimoi ($194,600 FRF) being pressured by new recruit Justin Poore ($250,800 FRF). The team list for the Eels is as follows –

Luke Burt, Nathan Cayless, Eric Grothe, Jarryd Hayne, Nathan Hindmarsh, Krisnan Inu, Kris Keating, Matt Keating, Tim Mannah, Feleti Mateo, Fuifui Moimoi, Daniel Mortimer, Justin Poore, Joel Reddy, Jeff Robson, Shane Shackleton, Ben Smith.