A sure to be top class clash between the Eels and the Warriors will light up Parramatta Stadium on Saturday night, New Zealand flying high and ready to bring their A-game to earn a spot in the top four.
There will be no arguments we’re sure when we say that no one could have beaten the Warriors last week. New Zealand were on fire at home posting 36 points against the Broncos and loving every second of it.
The win, their third this month, has pushed them into fifth spot on the ladder but can they bring the same energy across the Tasman for the final round and find that top four finish they are after?
Ladbrokes.com.au have New Zealand as a $4.75 chance to ‘Make the Top 4’ this season, but having already secured a spot in the top eight no matter the result, the Warriors have a bit of leeway here.
Although the Eels have said goodbye to September after losing to the Tigers and the Rabbitohs over the past two weeks, their final game of the season at home in front of a big crowd will ensure they bring plenty of fire.
The Warriors were able to beat the Eels back in Round 17 by plenty of points, but this time it’s a different arena, they have won just two from nine at Parramatta Stadium and they could be a bit weary from last week.
A really tough match to tip as shown in the odds with Ladbrokes.com.au paying $1.85 for the Eels to win and $1.95 for the Warriors.
Even though Parramatta will try their hearts out for the sake of the home crowd and their retiring captain Nathan Cayless, who is the longest-serving NRL skipper in history, we still think the visitors are the team to beat and that New Zealand will come away with a win to boost their confidence going into the finals.
If the Eels make half as many mistakes as they did last week against the Bunnies, then the Warriors will tear them apart as they did the Broncos last week. Let’s hope the Eels lift and make a match of it.
Also, watch how Krisnan Inu and Feleti Mateo handle playing against the team they will head to next season!
Footy Tip of the Match – Warriors to win by 13 – 18 points at $7.50 through Ladbrokes.com.au
Current Head-to-Head Odds:
Eels $1.85 – Warriors $1.95 Ladbrokes.com.au
NRLleauge Footy Tip of the Match:
Looking at the stats we have noticed New Zealand have conceded the fewest points of any team over the past month and combining this with the fact that the Eels are the second lowest point scorers of the season we are putting our money on the Warriors to win by 13 – 18 points at $7.50 through Ladbrokes.com.au
Round 26 Eels Team:
1. Jarryd Hayne 2. Luke Burt 3. Joel Reddy 4. Timana Tahu 5. Krisnan Inu 6. Kris Keating 7. Jeff Robson 8. Nathan Cayless 9. Matthew Keating 10. Fuifui Moimoi 11. Nathan Hindmarsh 12. Ben Smith 13. Feleti Mateo
Bench: 14. Daniel Mortimer 15. Tim Mannah 16. Justin Horo 17. Justin Poore
Round 26 Warriors Team:
1. Lance Hohaia 2. Kevin Locke 3. Brent Tate 4. Jerome Ropati 5. Manu Vatuvei 6. James Maloney 7. Brett Seymour 8. Sam Rapira 9. Aaron Heremaia 10. Russell Packer 11. Simon Mannering 12. Lewis Brown 13. Jacob Lillyman
Bench: 14. Alehana Mara 15. Ben Matulino 16. Ukuma Ta’ai 17. Jesse Royal
Reserve: 18. Joel Moon