Paramatta Eels

Rabbitohs v Eels: No.1 gun Latrell returns; Matterson out

The Eels lead the Rabbitohs by four competition points in sixth spot and if results go their way they could be in the top four by the end of the round. 

South Sydney are producing a very inconsistent season and must find some form if they're going to make a dent in this year's competition after going down to the Dragons by 20 points in round 15. 

Latrell Mitchell's return will help but overall Jason Demetriou's side can't rely on the fullback's comeback from a long-term hamstring injury to spark a resurgence. 

Roosters v Eels: Watson returns for Verrills; Russell back for Parra

The Tricolours, fresh off a big 44-16 win over the Titans, are about to enter an interesting four-week block that includes matches against the Eels, Sharks, Panthers and Raiders (away and without Origin stars). 

Roosters coach Trent Robinson has urged patience over his star-studded side and their attack. They delivered in spades to score eight in Mackay.

However, they face no tougher ask in the NRL at the moment than the Eels, who have upset the Panthers and Storm this year in big matches.

Cronk: The ‘big play’ that proves Eels may have finally stamped out fatal flaw

And now former Storm haflback Cooper Cronk has pinpointed a moment in Parramatta’s win over Melbourne on the weekend that proves that spirit is still there.

The moment in question was Ray Stone’s match-winning try, which came at a cost for the utility, who tore his ACL in the process of chasing after the Mitchell Moses field goal.

“He scored two tries in ten minutes, obviously the match sealer too and he is one tough dude,” Cronk said of Stone.

Panthers flex muscles to extend Eels winless streak

The match featured some fairly stilted attack and low completion rates – plus high penalty counts – from both teams.

The Eels had no shortage of attacking opportunities and enjoyed the lion's share of the ball but asked very few questions of the Penrith defence, which regularly rushed up to shut down the time Eels halves Corey Norman and Mitch Moses had to look for options.

Benched Panther Viliame Kikau powers Panthers to shock second-half win over Parramatta

Viliame Kikau came off the pine and blew the game wide open in the second half with an amazing period of play which ultimately got his side the round one points.

MATCH CENTRE: Panthers 22 d Eels 14

Kikau scored a barnstorming try in the 43rd minute when he barged over a couple of sorry defenders.

That kickstarted the comeback for Penrith, who went to half time trailing 14-6 after a horror opening half-hour.

Moses finds his groove at Parra

Most encouragingly for Eels fans, the oft-maligned defender was steadfast off the ball, linking well with fellow right-edge men Kenny Edwards and Michael Jennings.

French adapts to life without his PCL

When French twisted his left knee at training back in Round 6, there were initial fears of a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Eels' Jennings wary of old club

And while it won't be the first time Eels centre Michael Jennings lines up against his former club, the 29-year-old is yet to beat them in Parramatta colours and is keen to change that when the two sides clash on Saturday afternoon in the 'Battle of the West'.

Arthur's frustration at patchy, impatient Parra

The visitors had less than a third of the ball through the first 12 minutes of the game but had only conceded one try and when the tide began to turn they quickly levelled the scores with a superb four-pointer to Bevan French.

But as soon as they had returned to level terms with the Raiders the Eels dropped their guard and the resulting three tries in the space of seven minutes that they conceded gave them an assignment that would prove to be too challenging.

Moeroa re-signs with Eels

Moeroa first signed with Parramatta as a 14-year-old in 2010, and has become one of the most versatile forwards in the game.

In announcing Moeroa's re-signing for the next two seasons, Eels coach Brad Arthur said he was pleased the club has retained one of its juniors who has developed into a dominant forward.