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The Eels are one of two teams to win all three games, but the high-flying Sea Eagles loom as their biggest test yet.

Parramatta motored past the Broncos last week to protect their spot atop the ladder, while Manly punished the Bulldogs with a sizzling performance from fullback Tom Trbojevic.

These two traditional rivals will leave nothing in the tank at Bankwest Stadium.

The Rundown

Team News

Eels: Oregon Kaufusi replaces Ray Stone on the bench in Parramatta's only change, with George Jennings and David Gower were omitted from the 19-man squad on game day and Will Smith dropping out of the squad 24 hours before kick-off. The Eels have won eight of their past 10 games against Manly. Ray Stone and Will Smith were cut from the squad 24 hours before kick-off.

Sea Eagles: Manly are 1-17 with Jack Gosiewksi and Tevita Funa dropping off the extended bench. Morgan Boyle and Brendan Elliott were omitted from the 21-man squad on Friday night. Winger Jorge Taufua has scored eight tries in 12 games against the Eels. 

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton Gutherson
    Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Tom Trbojevic
  • Winger for Eels is number 2 Maika Sivo
    Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Jorge Taufua
  • Centre for Eels is number 3 Michael Jennings
    Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Brad Parker
  • Centre for Eels is number 4 Waqa Blake
    Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Moses Suli
  • Winger for Eels is number 5 Blake Ferguson
    Winger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Reuben Garrick
  • Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Dylan Brown
    Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Dylan Walker
  • Halfback for Eels is number 7 Mitchell Moses
    Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Daly Cherry-Evans

Forwards

  • Prop for Eels is number 8 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
    Prop for Sea Eagles is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
  • Hooker for Eels is number 9 Reed Mahoney
    Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Danny Levi
  • Prop for Eels is number 10 Junior Paulo
    Prop for Sea Eagles is number 10 Martin Taupau
  • 2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Shaun Lane
    2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Joel Thompson
  • 2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Ryan Matterson
    2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 12 Curtis Sironen
  • Lock for Eels is number 13 Marata Niukore
    Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Jake Trbojevic

Interchange

  • Interchange for Eels is number 14 Brad Takairangi
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Lachlan Croker
  • Interchange for Eels is number 16 Kane Evans
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 15 Corey Waddell
  • Interchange for Eels is number 17 Peni Terepo
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 16 Sean Keppie
  • Interchange for Eels is number 18 Oregon Kaufusi
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 17 Taniela Paseka

Key Match-Up

The credit was shared among his teammates, but Eels fullback Clint Gutherson had a blinder against the Broncos as he seemed to pop up everywhere. He is pitted against Tom Trbojevic, who dominated the Bulldogs with a two-try performance last Sunday. It's set to be an enthralling No.1 battle.