Well, finals time is here! The Eels are supposedly upbeat, but not overawed according to Bea Arthur and this young team should be better this time round having experienced finals footy the past couple of seasons. Will they be? Fark Nose!

Excluding Sivo and Mahoney, all players are fresh and available for selection. Matterson probably feels a bit hard done by sitting on the sidelines however, there are only so many spots up for grabs and it comes down to who BA can leave out. That's a great problem to have for September footy.

On another note, who's loving how Joey Lussick is playing? I'm really enjoying watching him play and he's been great for us, congratulations to recruitment for getting him on board.

Im hoping that the Eels attack down the Knight's left edge as Bradman Best can be exposed and his defence can be frail. They get a couple of big boppers back in Saiafiti and Klemmer and I'm expecting a low scoring game with a lot of play in the middle third. It's time for the likes of Gutherson, Moses and Brown to stand up and lead the team to a win. That win against the Storm a couple of weeks ago should have the boys full of confidence and ready to make a real statement during this finals campaign.

So, who wins and by what margin?

MOM?

GO YOU EELS!!!

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  • Does anyone think Wil Smith will start instead of stone? 

    • No I do not. Stone will start at 9, the opening 15-20 mins. We will need his great defence in the middle as the fresh big forwards from the Knights try to roll through the middle. Then it will be interesting to see if Will comes in at 9 and Stone either goes off or moves to the backrow? 

      • only concern with stone starting is the  service from dummy half maybe not as crisp, on the other hand stone defense in the middle last week was top notch - I agree have stone and will Smith on at the same time will work in our favour. 

        • Smith's service from dummy half isn't good either he stands and passes 

          I'd say Stone has spent a fair bit of time since Reed went working on his dummy half play in case he was needed at least I hope so

  • I'd be surprised if Newcastle score more than 2 tries.

    Newcastle haven't played finals style footy all year to stop Eels scoring at least 4.

  • I can't tip. The Eels are a better side than Newcastle, however as South's showed, the better side doesn't always win in finals. Fast line speed in defence is the first part of winning a finals game. 
    I think we will know in the first couple of defensive sets if we are on or not 

  • Eels to win 32 - 18 .  Our man of the match - Dylan Brown . Go the mighty eels !!! 

  • Have a feeling the knights will sneak home.

    • I agree. Newcastle had nothing to play for last week and were missing their front row. I think the teams are similar with very good (not great) spines and scattered rep quality forwards (particularly middle forwards). If we turn up even slightly off, they will win. I have a feeling (basically because I'm a realist Parra fan) that we will not "turn up".

  • Last 10-15mins of each half is where parra should roll em.

    parra 16+

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