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Preview: Eels v Roosters

Parramatta's depressing slide to outright last place on the NRL ladder could produce a spirited rearguard action this Friday night when the Eels confront the Roosters.
Preview: Eels v Roosters
by NRL

Parramatta's depressing slide to outright last place on the NRL ladder could produce a spirited rearguard action this Friday night when the Eels confront the Roosters.

It is the first time in 16 years that the Eels find themselves in such a position and there is little doubt that captain Nathan Hindmarsh will be doing everything in his power to ensure that the Blue and Golds avoid the ignominy of the wooden spoon.

After suffering a spate of narrow losses over the second half of the season, the Eels found the going tough against Wests Tigers last Sunday and although they fought back after halftime they never looked like overcoming a 16-point deficit at the break.

The Eels will be aiming to take a leaf from the Roosters' book this Friday night. Captain Braith Anasta and co have fought back strongly over the past month to win three of their past four games after it appeared for a time that they would slip from grand finalists to wooden-spooners.

Take a Roosters try as First Scoring Play and go with a Roosters victory by 1-12 points.

For First Tryscorer look to Luke Burt, Ben Smith and Jarryd Hayne for Parramatta or Sam Perrett, Shaun Kenny-Dowall or Phil Graham for the Roosters.

Parramatta v Sydney Roosters
Parramatta Stadium
Friday night 7.35pm


Parramatta Eels
1 Luke Burt, 2 Ryan Morgan, 3 Justin Horo, 4 Ben Smith, 5 Chris Hicks, 6 Jarryd Hayne, 7 Casey McGuire, 8 Tim Mannah, 9 Matt Keating, 10 Fuifui Moimoi, 11 Nathan Hindmarsh [c], 12 Taniela Lasalo, 13 Reni Maitua. Subs: 15 Shane Shackleton, 16 Mitchell Allgood, 17 Pat O'Hanlon, 19 Justin Poore.

Sydney Roosters
1 Anthony Minichiello, 2 Sam Perrett, 3 Justin Carney, 4 Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 5 Phil Graham, 6 Braith Anasta [c], 7 Mitchell Pearce, 8 Jason Ryles, 9 Jake Friend, 10 Lama Tasi, 11 Brad Takairangi, 12 Aidan Guerra, 13 Boyd Cordner. Subs: 14 Anthony Mitchell, 15 Mose Masoe, 16 Tinirau Arona, 17 Frank Paul Nuuausala.

Prediction - Matthew O'Neill: Eels by 6

OVERALL:
Total Games: 121
Parramatta Eels wins: 59. [Pts: 1938]
Sydney Roosters wins: 57. [Pts: 2031]
Draws: 5

Biggest wins:
Parramatta Eels: 33 pts: 1982 J J Giltinan Shield and Winfield Cup - Preliminary Finals - [View] Sun Sep 19: Eels 33 d. Easts 0 [Crowd: 24637]
Sydney Roosters: 41 pts: 1974 J J Giltinan Shield and WD HO Wills Cup - Round 5 - [View] Thu Apr 25: Easts 41 d. Eels 0 [Crowd: 7905]

Biggest Crowd: 2000 National Rugby League - Round 1 - [View] Sat Feb 5: Roosters 20 d. Eels 16 [Crowd: 62255]

Last 50 games against each other form line (most recent matches at end of line):
Parramatta Eels: WWWWWWWWWLWWLWWWWWLLWLWLDLWLLLLLWWWLDLLWLLWWWWLWLL
Sydney Roosters: LLLLLLLLLWLLWLLLLLWWLWLWDWLWWWWWLLLWDWWLWWLLLLWLWW

Last 10 games:
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 21 - [View] Sat: Parramatta Eels 12 l. Sydney Roosters 48 [Crowd: 19824]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 4 - [View] Fri: Sydney Roosters 24 d. Parramatta Eels 6 [Crowd: 11231]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 22 - [View] Sun: Sydney Roosters 24 l. Parramatta Eels 28 [Crowd: 12468]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 10 - [View] Fri: Parramatta Eels 12 l. Sydney Roosters 32 [Crowd: 16211]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 15 - [View] Sat: Sydney Roosters 16 l. Parramatta Eels 36 [Crowd: 12211]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 8 - [View] Sat: Parramatta Eels 28 d. Sydney Roosters 10 [Crowd: 13021]
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 24 - [View] Sun: Roosters 26 l. Eels 40 [Crowd: 15142]
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 12 - [View] Sun: Eels 22 d. Roosters 20 [Crowd: 13044]
2005 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 16 - [View] Fri: Roosters 12 d. Eels 8 [Crowd: 14885]
2004 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 26 - [View] Sun Sep 5: Roosters 48 d. Eels 10 [Crowd: 24114]

Overall record at Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta, Sydney (NSW) Stats:
Parramatta Eels: 297 games, won 166, drawn 6, lost 125.
Last 5 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 23 - [View] Sat: Parramatta Eels 20 l. Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 26
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 21 - [View] Mon: Parramatta Eels 18 l. Melbourne Storm 22
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 18 - [View] Fri: Parramatta Eels 22 d. Wests Tigers 6
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 17 - [View] Fri: Parramatta Eels 12 l. Brisbane Broncos 16
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 13 - [View] Fri: Parramatta Eels 14 drew St George Illawarra Dragons 14

Sydney Roosters: 26 games, won 14, drawn 0, lost 12.
Last 5 games:
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 21 - [View] Sat: Parramatta Eels 12 l. Sydney Roosters 48
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 10 - [View] Fri: Parramatta Eels 12 l. Sydney Roosters 32
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 8 - [View] Sat: Parramatta Eels 28 d. Sydney Roosters 10
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 12 - [View] Sun: Eels 22 d. Roosters 20
2004 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 18 - [View] Sat Jul 10: Eels 26 d. Roosters 12

Head to Head at Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta, Sydney (NSW) Stats:
Total Games: 19
Parramatta Eels wins: 9. [Pts: 328]
Sydney Roosters wins: 10. [Pts: 369]
Draws: 0

Last 5 games:
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 21 - [View] Sat: Parramatta Eels 12 l. Sydney Roosters 48 [Crowd: 19824]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 10 - [View] Fri: Parramatta Eels 12 l. Sydney Roosters 32 [Crowd: 16211]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 8 - [View] Sat: Parramatta Eels 28 d. Sydney Roosters 10 [Crowd: 13021]
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 12 - [View] Sun: Eels 22 d. Roosters 20 [Crowd: 13044]
2004 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 18 - [View] Sat Jul 10: Eels 26 d. Roosters 12 [Crowd: 10188]

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