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Manly missed out on a share of fourth place when they fumbled the chance to topple Melbourne on Saturday but they have the perfect chance to atone this week against arch-rivals Parramatta.

The Sea Eagles pushed the competition leaders well into the second half but their hopes of snapping Melbourne's 16-game winning streak were cruelled by untimely errors.

Des Hasler's men defended well and unveiled an attacking approach that troubled the Storm but their inability to hold on to the ball opened the door to Melbourne stars Cameron Munster and Jahrome Hughes to engineer a tight but convincing victory.

But with Parramatta and the Roosters both losing in round 21 the Sea Eagles sit just two points off fourth place and they will be confident they can get the better of the Eels who have lost form at the worst possible time.

Parramatta have lost three in a row and conceding 40 points to the high-scoring Rabbitohs is poor preparation for an equally lethal Sea Eagles attack that carried Manly to a 28-6 win over the Eels in round 11. 

The rundown

Team news

Sea Eagles: Kurt De Luis has been promoted to the starting side an hour before kick-off with Josh Aloiai going to the bench.

Taniela Paseka (ankle) has been ruled out for up to a month and Toafofoa Sipley is sidelined through suspension.

Cade Cust and Ben Trbojevic were left out 24 hours before the match. Jack Gosiewski was the last man cut on game day and Moses Suli is 18th man.

The Sea Eagles are chasing two wins in a season against the Eels for the first time since 2013.

Eels: The Eels will line up 1-17 with Haze Dunster the last man cut and Ray Stone 18th man.

The loss of hooker Reed Mahoney for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury sees Joey Lussick join the side for his first game since round 16.

Lussick and Will Smith are expected to share the dummy-half duties for the remainder of the year.

Late bloomer Makahesi Makatoa will make his NRL debut off the bench while veteran winger Michael Oldfield has been named to play his first game of the season.

Will Penisini and Jake Arthur were omitted on the eve of the game.

The Eels have lost six of their past seven games against top-eight opposition.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Tom Trbojevic
    Fullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton Gutherson
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Jason Saab
    Winger for Eels is number 2 Maika Sivo
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Brad Parker
    Centre for Eels is number 3 Tom Opacic
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Morgan Harper
    Centre for Eels is number 4 Waqa Blake
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Reuben Garrick
    Winger for Eels is number 5 Michael Oldfield
  • Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Kieran Foran
    Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Dylan Brown
  • Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Daly Cherry-Evans
    Halfback for Eels is number 7 Mitchell Moses

Forwards

  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 10 Martin Taupau
    Prop for Eels is number 8 Isaiah Papali'i
  • Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Lachlan Croker
    Hooker for Eels is number 9 Joey Lussick
  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 17 Kurt De Luis
    Prop for Eels is number 10 Junior Paulo
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Haumole Olakau'atu
    2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Shaun Lane
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 12 Josh Schuster
    2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Ryan Matterson
  • Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Jake Trbojevic
    Lock for Eels is number 13 Nathan Brown

Interchange

  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 8 Josh Aloiai
    Interchange for Eels is number 14 Will Smith
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Dylan Walker
    Interchange for Eels is number 15 Bryce Cartwright
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 15 Karl Lawton
    Interchange for Eels is number 16 Marata Niukore
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 16 Curtis Sironen
    Interchange for Eels is number 17 Makahesi Makatoa

Reserves

  • Reserve for Sea Eagles is number 18 Moses Suli
    Reserve for Eels is number 18 Ray Stone

Match Officials

  • Referee: Grant Atkins
  • Touch Judge: Matt Noyen
  • Touch Judge: Jon Stone
  • Senior Review Official: Ashley Klein

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Key match-up

Tom Trbojevic v Clint Gutherson: Having been kept relatively quiet by the Storm Tommy Turbo will be keen to get back to his dominating ways against Parramatta. Former Sea Eagle Gutherson has been among Parramatta's leading performers but has rarely played his best against the top sides. It is imperative he brings his A game this weekend because you can be sure Trbojevic will. The Sea Eagles star outperforms his Eels counterpart in tries, try assists, line breaks and average run metres with Gutherson only able to finish on top in the tackle bust category. 

Stat attack

It's gotten a little lost amongst Tom Trbojevic's heroics but winger Reuben Garrick is quietly having a stellar season. Garrick is the leading point-scorer, second on the goal-kicking table and equal fifth for tries. He and Trbojevic have formed a lethal partnership on the left which the Eels better have a plan to stymie. 

 

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