Parramatta will get back to comfortable surroundings after a tough trip to Melbourne last week which saw them come up just shy of upsetting the raging Premiership favourites in Melbourne Storm. The Cowboys on the other hand were brilliant in their Golden Point win over the Sharks.
When: 20:00 | Saturday 16/09/2017
Where: ANZ Stadium
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The Eels’ match against the Storm was an amazing game.
How great is it to see the Eels in the finals and making a statement.
The Cowboys played well and will be pushing the Eels from the start.
It would be a massive advantage for the Eels if fullback Bevan French can play as he has the ability to read the plays and give other players a boost.
When French is on the field, he opens up their attacking options and makes the defence guess.
Parra started quickly against the Storm and they’ll play the same game against the Cowboys and it’ll work out for them this time.
It was very surprising to see the Cowboys overcome the defending premiers and in doing so, they showed they’re not just here to make up the numbers.
It was a game that should have shown the rest of the NRL they can play without Jonathan Thurston.
The Michael Morgan experience will be a huge factor for the Cowboys but Eels playmaker Corey Norman has more support in attack and he can have a break if needed running the ball out to Mitchell Moses.
The Eels should win this one as their backs are the best in the competition, it’s that simple.
Parramatta at $1.33
North Queensland at $3.40
Tip: Parramatta at $1.33
Line tip: Parramatta -8.5
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1. Will Smith 2. Semi Radradra 3. Michael Jennings 4. Brad Takairangi 5. Kirisome Auva’a 6. Corey Norman 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Daniel Alvaro 9. Cameron King 10. Tim Mannah 11. Manu Ma’u 12. Tepai Moeroa 13. Nathan Brown. Interchange: 14. Beau Scott 15. Kenny Edwards 16. Siosaia Vave 17. Suaia Matagi 18. Kaysa Pritchard 19. Peni Terepo 20. David Gower 21. Josh Hoffman
Ins: David Gower, Josh Hoffman, Kaysa Pritchard, Peni Terepo
1. Lachlan Coote 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Javid Bowen 4. Kane Linnett 5. Antonio Winterstein 6. Te Maire Martin 7. Michael Morgan 8. John Asiata 9. Jake Granville 10. Scott Bolton 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Ethan Lowe 13. Jason Taumalolo. Interchange: 14. Ben Hampton 15. Coen Hess 16. Corey Jensen 17. Shaun Fensom 18. Ray Thompson 19. Justin O’Neill 20. Braeden Uele 21. Patrick Mago
Ins: Braden Uele, Justin O’Neill, Patrick Mago, Ray Thompson