Thu, May 9, 1:05pm by Rob Sheeley
Match: Parramatta Eels vs Brisbane Broncos – NRL Round 9
When/Where: 7:30pm Saturday, 11 May 2013 at Parramatta Stadium
The Broncos will be looking to return to their winning ways in this clash against the Eels who almost pulled off a Houdini act last weekend.
Parramatta find themselves at home for the second week in a row. They almost grabbed victory from the jaws of defeat last week when a desperate lunge at the try line saw the ball come loose right on full time. That would have seen the Eels with a conversion attempt to win the game or at the worst, in a golden point game.
Alas, the Eels now sit in fifteenth place and are $251 premiership chances.
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The Broncos were far from disgraced against the white hot South Sydney team last weekend. Despite the late withdrawal of both Justin Hodges and Josh McGuire, the Broncos remained right in the match. The Rabbitohs eventually over powered them but they certainly look top eight candidates.
Brisbane now find themselves in seventh place on the NRL ladder. Bookies rate the Broncos as $15 chances to take out the 2013 title.
Head to Head Bets
Eels – $2.65
Broncos – $1.50
Eels 1-12 – $4.15
Eels 13+ – $6.00
Broncos 1-12 – $3.10
Broncos 13+ – $2.75
Eels +6.5 – $1.91
Broncos -6.5 – $1.91
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• The Eels have lost 3 of their last 5 against the Broncos.
• The Eels and Broncos have met 46 times. Eels have won 17, Broncos 28, with 1 draw.
• The Eels have won 4 of their last 5 at Parramatta Stadium.
• The Broncos have won 3 of their last 5 at Parramatta Stadium.
Ricky Stuart must have been somewhat impressed by his new look teams efforts last week. He has named the same seventeen that started took on the Cowboys last weekend.
1. Jarryd Hayne (c)
2. Ken Sio
3. Ryan Morgan
4. Jacob Loko
5. Vai Toutai
6. Luke Kelly
7. Chris Sandow
8. Fuifui Moimoi
9. Matt Keating
10. Tim Mannah
11. Reni Maitua (c)
12. Kelepi Tanginoa
13. Peni Terepo
14. Kaysa Pritchard
15. Darcy Lussick
16. Joseph Paulo
17. Mitch Allgood
18. Api Pewhairangi
The Eels bounced back from a flogging two weeks ago to almost pull off an upset last weekend. Trailing by four points, the Eels went desperately close to scoring after the final siren that would have (at the very least) sent the game into golden point, if not given them victory. In the end it was a 14-10 loss to the Cowboys but a game that would have instilled more confidence that the week before.
In Round 7, the Eels were handed a massive defeat, this time at the hands of 250/1 premiership outsiders Penrith. Despite remaining somewhat competitive in the first half against the Panthers last Monday night, it turned out to be a grim evening for the blue and golds. Their defensive line resembled a sieve in the second half as the Panthers ran out 44-12 winners.
In Round 6, the Eels looked to have the Titans beaten on the Gold Coast before being over run in the dying stages. Coach Ricky Stuart was quick to blame everyone but his players for the loss.
In Round 5, the Eels showed great tenacity in defeating the more fancied Sharks. This was easily their best performance in a number of weeks. It was also a great improvement from the week earlier. Round 4 was the Eels worst performance of the year when they were handed a 50-0 drubbing by the Roosters.
The Eels meet a side who is in better than average form and will need to be on their game again this week. Coach Ricky Stuart will be looking for more consistency from week to week and this is a great chance to exhibit that quality for the Eels.
The Broncos will welcome the return of star centre Justin Hodges for this match. Hodges’ return forces Jordan Kahu to the wing with Lachlan Maranta dropping out of the squad.
Josh McGuire and David Stagg have been named as extra men on an extended bench but it would be no surprise to see one or both in the starting seventeen come game time.
1. Corey Norman
2. Josh Hoffman
3. Jack Reed
4. Justin Hodges
5. Jordan Kahu
6. Scott Prince
7. Peter Wallace
8. Ben Hannant
9. Andrew McCullough
10. Sam Thaiday (c)
11. Alex Glenn
12. Matt Gillett
13. Corey Parker
14. Ben Hunt
15. Scott Anderson
16. David Hala
17. Jarrod Wallace
18. Josh McGuire
19. David Stagg
Despite a brilliant month of rugby league, the Broncos met a side that was simply too good for them last week. The Broncos managed to compete but were outgunned by the Rabbitohs and eventually went down by fourteen points (26-12).
In Round 7 the Broncos proved too strong for a depleted Tigers outfit and were methodical in that win. One of the keys is the way that Brisbane appear to stick to the game plan regardless of the situation, which augurs well for the side.
In Round 6, they ground out a tough two point win against the Cowboys in a dour match. Last weekend they put an injury ravaged Tigers to the sword in methodical style 20-10.
They proved that they were better than their form had suggested early in the year in Round 5 when they travelled to the Gold Coast and disposed of the Titans by 20 points (32-12).
The Broncos will look to prove that last week was simply a small hiccup and continue their roll towards the play offs. This is a game they are expected to win and, provided they maintain their current form, they should have no problems achieving that expectation.
With Parramatta coach Ricky Stuart wielding the axe in recent weeks, the Eels will need to form a sharp combination with little time together.
Two players who the Eels need to star for them are Jarryd Hayne and Chris Sandow. Hayne was heavily involved in every facet of the game last weekend and will need to repeat that performance here. Sandow has shown glimpses of brilliance in 2013 but has lacked consistency.
The Broncos centre pairing are a huge danger for the Eels in this match. Justin Hodges’ attributes are well noted but it is also his centre partner who is turning heads. Jack Reed has shown that he is developing all the assets of a great centre and is certainly a precocious conveyance.
The Broncos forwards look to have the edge here and for that reason, it’s is the battle of the two forward packs that may be all the difference here. If the Eels cannot compete up front, the game may swing heavily in the Broncos favour.
The Brisbane Broncos have impressed me in the last five weeks and I think they will be too good for the Eels here. In fact if the Eels fail to aim up in the forwards, it could get very ugly. I’m predicting an easy Broncos win.
My Eels vs. Broncos Prediction: Broncos by 16
I think the Broncos look the best bet of the round at $1.50 head to head at Bet365.com.
Jack Reed is nice odds to be the first try scorer of the match at $13.
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