Match Preview: Roosters v Eels

The Sydney Roosters will host a hungry Parramatta outfit this Easter Monday in a clash set to ignite and excite the Allianz Stadium crowd, as the home side look to make it three-in-a-row in 2013 and the Eels look to get their season back on track after failing to back it up following their Round 1 win over the Warriors.


In a battle of the coaching boxes former Parramatta mentor Jason Taylor turned Roosters assistant will come up against his former side, while Ricky Stuart will do the same as he faces the club he last won a Premiership with in 2002 as an Eel for the first time.


Taylor spoke to Roosters.com.au before the clash about the enthusiasm that Stuart had clearly instilled since arriving late in 2012.


Theyve been really energetic and enthusiastic, trying to force the errors out of the sides theyve played so far. Theres times that that will happen to us this week, so we need to ensure that we stay composed if it does, Taylor said.


Stuart will be hopeful his side can bounce back from last weekends disappointing loss the Tigers at Leichardt, while Roosters coach Trent Robinson will be keen to continue the improvement shown in his side after a brave showing last weekend saw them keep the Broncos to nil after 80 minutes.


The battle up front between in-form props Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Tim Mannah is just one of a handful of mouth watering match-ups in this Monday Night Football clash, with the little men in the middle of the park also set to entertain as Mitchell Pearce faces off with a new-look and in-form Chris Sandow.


The last time these two sides met it was the Eels who took home the 2 points, with a 14-point win at Parramatta Stadium however it is a far different 17 that will take the field in the Tricolours this Monday night.


With the likes of new-signings Sam Moa, Michael Jennings, Sonny Bill Williams and James Maloney all beginning to find their feet for their new side, the boys from Bondi will be out to continue what has been a solid start to season 2013 and take advantage of an Eels side yet to find consistency.


However with the likes of Jarryd Hayne in your side anything can happen and the Roosters will need to be aware of the NSW and Australian star, who despite his recent form can turn it on at anytime and from anywhere on the paddock. Something Taylor and the Roosters staff are well aware of.


Haynes received a bit of criticism this week, which isnt good for us as hell be looking to respond, the former Eels halfback said.


In 18 matches played between the two former Jack Gibson-coached Clubs, Parramatta have won 9, the Roosters 7 and there have been 2 draws. However in the last 5 meetings between the sides, its the Roosters who have the edge with 3 wins to the Eels 2.



In great news for fans of both sides, kids entry is FREE on the night and the first 5,000 through the Gate being gifted a FREE 1975 Sydney Roosters Premiership pennant, theres no better place to be than at Allianz Stadium to wrap up your long-weekend in style.


A solid crowd in all three of the Roosters opening matches so far in 2013 is something that Taylor is hoping to see continued this Monday.


Its a special atmosphere when the fans turn up and itd be great to see them all turn out for the boys again, next Monday night.



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TWITTER THOUGHTS via #NRLSydPar


@ted_helliar

Hoping for a big turn out to make it 3 in a row for MNF this week. Boys working hard as ever atm #NRLSydPar #represent1908


@kid11y

@sydneyroosters #NRLSydPar roosters need to complete sets and play field pos. Parra don't like working ball out and will make errors #easts


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@sydneyroosters #NRLSydPar Travelling down from Mt Isa. Keen to see some staunch D and some attacking footy. Also a win for newborn Flint.


@lifeguardhoppo

@sydneyroosters My prediction is a win by 10points will be a tough game. #NRLSydPar