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Round 7 Match Preview: An Electric Encounter

The Sydney Roosters will host the Parramatta Eels at Industree Group Stadium on Sunday afternoon in a Semi-Final rematch. 

Recent History: Sydney Roosters vs Parramatta Eels

Sunday's match-up marks the fourth encounter between the Roosters and Eels, with results from the past three clashes going both ways. 

In their first two matches, the Tricolours claimed impressive wins before Parramatta muscled up in the 2022 Semi Final to end the Roosters' campaign.

Easts enter the Round 7 fixture on a four-game win streak after downing the Dragons, Sharks, Titans and Tigers with an impressive for-and-against record. 

While the Eels will also be looking to carry their winning momentum into the match after claiming their first competition points against the Cowboys last week. 

How They Line Up

John Strange has made two changes to the interchange bench ahead of this week's match, naming Joeli Morris and Grace Hamilton to replace Shawden Burton and Teuila Fotu-Moala. 

The remainder of the team is unchanged, with Corban Baxter named at fullback. Brydie Parker and Mia Wood retain their spots on the wings, while Jessica Sergis and Isabelle Kelly will line-up in the centres. 

Tarryn Aiken and Jocelyn Kelleher make up the halves; while Mille Boyle, Keeley Davis and Mya Hill-Moana have been named in the front row. 

Otesa Pule, Olivia Kernick and Keilee Joseph complete the starting side in the back row. 

Morris and Hamilton join Pani Hopoate and Amelia Pasikala on the bench, while Jayme Fressard, Fotu-Moala, Lexi Kiriwi, Lily Rogan and Tyler Bentley have been listed in the extended squad. 

Team Lists


  • Fullback for Roosters is number 1 Corban Baxter
    Fullback for Eels is number 1 Abbi Church
  • Winger for Roosters is number 2 Brydie Parker
    Winger for Eels is number 2 Zali Fay
  • Centre for Roosters is number 3 Jessica Sergis
    Centre for Eels is number 3 Lindsay Tui
  • Centre for Roosters is number 4 Isabelle Kelly
    Centre for Eels is number 4 Cassey Tohi-Hiku
  • Winger for Roosters is number 5 Mia Wood
    Winger for Eels is number 5 Kimberley Hunt
  • Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Tarryn Aiken
    Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Pihuka Berryman-Duff
  • Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Jocelyn Kelleher
    Halfback for Eels is number 7 Rachael Pearson


  • Prop for Roosters is number 8 Millie Boyle
    Prop for Eels is number 8 Talesha O'Neill
  • Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Keeley Davis
    Hooker for Eels is number 9 Rueben Cherrington
  • Prop for Roosters is number 10 Mya Hill-Moana
    Prop for Eels is number 10 Tyla Amiatu
  • 2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Otesa Pule
    2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Amelia Mafi
  • 2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Olivia Kernick
    2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Mahalia Murphy
  • Lock for Roosters is number 13 Keilee Joseph
    Lock for Eels is number 13 Jade Fonua


  • Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Joeli Morris
    Interchange for Eels is number 15 Noaria Kapua
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Grace Hamilton
    Interchange for Eels is number 16 Ruby-Jean Kennard-Ellis
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Pani Hopoate
    Interchange for Eels is number 17 Madeline Jones
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Amelia Pasikala
    Interchange for Eels is number 20 Taneka Todhunter


  • Replacement for Roosters is number 21 Lily Rogan
    Replacement for Eels is number 19 Kyra Simon

Match Officials

  • Referee: Darian Furner
  • Senior Review Official: Todd Smith

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Eels coach Dean Widders has made one change to 17 who got the job done against the Cowboys last week with Capri Paekau set to replace Nakia Davis-Welsh on the bench.

Key Match Up: Keeley Davis vs Rueben Cherrington

Two energetic hookers with plenty of fire-power will go head-to-head this week when Keeley Davis meets Rueben Cherrington. 

Davis has been dominant around the ruck for the Roosters this season, scoring one try, forcing a drop-out and offloading the ball once while averaging 78 run metres per match. 

The 23-year-old backs up her efforts in attack with hard-hitting defence, tallying 154 tackles with an 87.5% tackle efficiency rating. 

Cherrington has also scored one try and made one offload, but averages 57 run metres in her six appearances this season. 

The 20-year-old's rock-solid defence has been a key component of her game, notching 170 tackles for a 90.4% efficiency rating. 

With plenty to play for on Sunday, be sure to keep your eyes on the match-up between Davis and Cherrington who have the ability to steer their teams on both sides of the field. 

Final Verdict

The Roosters will be hungry to secure their fifth-straight win and improve their chances of obtaining a home Semi Final as the competition nears its final rounds. 

Tickets for Sunday's game are $10.00 for Adults and $5.00 for Children - don't miss the opportunity to see our Women's team in action on the Central Coast!

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Acknowledgement of Country

Sydney Roosters respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.