Gold Coast Titans v Parramatta Eels
Cbus Super Stadium, 8.05pm (AEDT) Friday
LAST TIME THEY MET
1. Tyler Cornish 2. Tyronne Roberts-Davis 3. Dan Sarginson 4. Konrad Hurrell 5. William Zillman 6. Kane Elgey 7. Ashley Taylor 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Tyrone Roberts 10. Ryan James (c) 11. Kevin Proctor (c) 12. Chris McQueen 13. Agnatius Paasi . Interchange: 14. Ryan Simpkins 15. Nathaniel Peteru 16. Leivaha Pulu 17. Joe Greenwood 18. Paterika Vaivai 19. Max King
GAME DAY MAIL
Coach Neil Henry has issues in his backline with his star fullback Jarryd Hayne was ruled out early in the week with ankle ligament damage that is expected to keep him on the sidelines for up 5-7 weeks. Young gun Tyler Cornish gets his shot at fullback against the Eels.
Dan Sarginson has been named at centre, but did not train all week with a knee complaint and is in huge doubt of not playing in the match. If Sarginson fails his final fitness test it is understood Henry will be forced to shuffle Chris McQueen into the centres.
Titans newest recruit Dale Copley trained with the Titans on Thursday with the hope of playing in Friday nights game against Parramatta, but the NRL has declined his application to play this weekend and will have to wait until round 4 before he can take to the field.
Henry will have to shuffle his bench, especially after naming Karl Lawton in the 21-man squad despite the fact he will miss at least three games with a shoulder injury.
1. Bevan French 2. Semi Radradra 3. Michael Jennings 4. Brad Takairangi 5. Josh Hoffman 6. Clint Gutherson 7. Jeff Robson 8. Suaia Matagi 9. Kaysa Pritchard 10. Tim Mannah (c) 11. Manu Ma’u 12. Tepai Moeroa 13. Beau Scott. Interchange: 14. Nathan Brown 15. Daniel Alvaro 16. Rory O’Brien 17. Frank Pritchard 18. David Gower 20. Kirisome Auva’a
GAME DAY MAIL
Parramatta Eels should run out 1-17 and are not expecting any late changes to their squad.
Parramatta will be without their Captain and star play-maker Corey Norman due to a hamstring strain and is expected to return next week. Jeff Robson replaces Norman at halfback.