Parramatta
Eels
10
Newcastle
Knights
29
FULLTIME
2017-08-11T08:00:00Z
ANZ Stadium

Preview

For the first time since 2015, the Knights come into the round on the back of successive wins which is sure to have the players and fan base brimming with confidence.

The only problem is this week, they take on an Eels side that’s won six straight, placing them on the cusp of the top four with the reigning premiers in their sights. A win for the Eels this week will put them into the top four and it can’t get any more enticing than that.


In an added boost, Bevan French has been named despite coming off with a hamstring complaint last week while Tepai Moeroa returns to strengthen their back row.

The Knights have named Dane Gagai at the back to replace Nathan Ross while Shaun Kenny-Dowall returns on the wing. They were very impressive last week against the Warriors and while the high-flying Eels are in a different class, a little bit of confidence can go a long way.

The Saifiti brothers have continued their strong form while 20-year-old Brock Lamb has also continued to flourish at five-eighth in 2017.

Coming up against Mitchell Moses and Corey Norman will be a big test for the youngster, as the Eels duo is in sublime form. Moses has laid on seven try assists in their winning run as the Eels are clicking on all cylinders in both attack and defence.

The Eels are heavy favourites and deservedly so, and will be ruthless come Friday night as they look to continue their surge towards September.

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Eels by 12.

Team Lists

Team Stats


Scoring Plays

Eels   Knights
2 Tries 5
1 Conversions 4
Penalty Goals
Field Goals 1

Attack

Eels   Knights
143 All Runs 204
1,406 All Run Metres 1,742
2 Line Breaks 6
4 Offloads 5

Defense

Eels   Knights
338 Kick Metres 454
40/20
404 Tackles 281
46 Missed Tackles 30

Discipline

Eels   Knights
5 Penalties Conceded 7
14 Errors 9
1 Sin Bin
Send Offs

Player Stats


Top Run Metres

 PlayerTOT
Dane Gagai224
Daniel Saifiti160
Peter Mata'utia149
Manu Ma'u137
Daniel Alvaro135

Top Kick Metres

 PlayerTOT
Brock Lamb247
Mitchell Moses167
Trent Hodkinson162
Corey Norman103
Cameron King43

Summary

 

6 COMMENTS

    • Those calls wouldn’t have changed the game, Knights deserved that win and I think the eels fans will agree with me Parra didnt show up. You always need a loss in the lead up to the finals.

      • Yeah for sure. Don’t want to be flying so high you burn out come finals. BA will give them a spray this week and hopefully they’ll be back to their best for the last few weeks of the home and away.

  1. Wow.
    I don’t buy the excuses for that game.

    Parra had a top 4 position, for and against up for grabs and so much more to play for and couldn’t get up for the game. Clearly the Knights wanted that game more.

    They need to come back big next week as momentum is critical at this time of year. A win against Titans will be critical before a game at Suncorp against the Donkeys which I think they’ll lose.

    This comp continues to surprise when you think you know how it’s going to play out.

    Manly v Tigers now means a lot more for both teams with the spoon on the line for the Tiger’s and 5th place up for grabs for Manly.

  2. Terrible effort all round from both the eels and that ex-eel Perenara.
    The bad calls he made thankfully didn’t affect the outcome but some really made you scratch your head wondering what he was thinking.
    As for the eels, lacklustre at best. Nothing happened with any fluency, drop balls, running into each other, not putting the ball into touch, bad defensive reads, no energy – anything that could go wrong did.
    Knight proved yet again in this game that if you have the right attitude then any result is possible.
    Hopefully this was a wake up call – please bookies don’t make the eels odd on favourites again, we can’t handle it.

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