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    I'm willing to back Holbrools selections but I wish he'd get rid of Tyrone for Boyd or Peachey, ay Peachey at 6 or off the bench playing in the middle, and no peats at lock

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    Titans v Eels

    1. Phil Sami
    2. Anthony Don
    3. Kallum Watkins
    4. Brian Kelly
    5. Dale Copley
    6. Tyrone Roberts
    7. Ash Taylor
    8. Jarrod Wallace
    9. Mitch Rein
    10. Sam Lisone
    11. Kevin Proctor
    12. Bryce Cartwright
    13. Jai Arrow

    14. Nathan Peats
    15. Jai Whitbread
    16. Tyrone Peachey
    17. Moeaki Fotuaika

    18. Jaimin Joliffe
    19. Sam Stone
    20. Shannon Boyd
    21. AJ Brimson

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    I feel far more confident with this lineup compared to last weeks

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    I feel that we are running out the same **** as last week and no one has been brought to answer for their lack of performance. Our **** keep their spots and our good get booted out of the 17 or demoted to a two man utility bench. We’re trying to fit a salary cap on the field.

    Hope this season is cancelled and it counts as a year in everyone’s contracts.

    Eels by 30

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    Much better lineup, still would go Peachey at 6 but can understand giving Roberts another chance

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    I am ok with one more chance but any player with 2 sub par performances should be dropped for Rd 3. Looking at our halves, Watkins, Wallace and Whitbred

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    Jolliffe out MoFo in and a minor re-shuffle of Kelly for Peachey ... not unexpected but we are going to get owned in the half’s. Another step towards selection carnage by Round 4, is my prediction. I feel Watkins is a safe investment likewise Taylor but Don and Roberts aren’t.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Titanic View Post
    Jolliffe out MoFo in and a minor re-shuffle of Kelly for Peachey ... not unexpected but we are going to get owned in the half’s. Another step towards selection carnage by Round 4, is my prediction. I feel Watkins is a safe investment likewise Taylor but Don and Roberts aren’t.
    Nailed it Titanic. I'm assuming that Joliffe can only play if there is no other front row forwards available because of the development contract clause. It's a shame he was much better than Wallace last week.

    Watkins was very good defensively last week and saved our butt on a few occasions with his extra effort. The halves need to figure out how to give him some space or at least allow him to get one on one with the opposition. He's the victim of our halves and his second rower not straightening the line.

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    Tyrone Roberts, when will we learn?

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    If you look at Watkins feeble tackle attempt on Whitehead and then when he missed, then made no effort in chasing him to atone for his bad error is last years teams abysmal attitude. Whilst I accept mistakes can be made, I don’t accept no effort being made to make up for the mistake.

    I have no time for players with poor attitudes and moreso with players with questionable ability. With his distinct lack of pace, I cannot see how he could score a try more than 20 metres out.

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    Have to agree to disagree on Watkins. There are few really good specialists centers around and Watkins at least knows how to put someone away ... I think with a quality finisher outside him, a defensive back row and a creative half then he would more than hold his own.
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    Hit and run charter mission on cards for Eels
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    The Parramatta Eels are set for another hit and run mission on the Gold Coast with Brad Arthur's men set to fly into Coolangatta on Sunday morning before facing the Titans later in the afternoon.

    It's not unknown for the Eels, who did the same thing last season in a bid to help combat a difficult away 2-7 away record and were successful to run out 36-12 winners.

    Whether the Eels would've followed through and requested the same pre-game scheduling is another story with the coronavirus pandemic virtually taking the decision out of their hands.

    It's understood all teams flying domestically could be chartered for fly-in-fly-out scenarios on match days where necessary to keep stays in cities as brief as possible.

    The 5.15pm local time-slot gives the Eels enough time to get back into Sydney before airport curfew on Sunday night.

    "It's a little bit different, we did it last year when we played the Gold Coast so it won't be too different, maybe just not playing in front of a crowd," Eels halfback Mitchell Moses said.

    "I think it will feel a bit different, sometimes when you're in games and on top fans can get you through the last bit. It gives us a chance to focus on ourselves and we'll see how that goes."

    Melbourne Storm skipper Cameron Smith and North Queensland counterpart Michael Morgan have called for the NRL season to be suspended in recent days but Moses remains eager for teams to play on.

    "I think we all want to play but everyone's different, the team in Melbourne travels a lot and are open to the virus more," Moses said.

    "They're in large groups around airports, I think that's where Cameron Smith is coming from which is understandable and Michael Morgan as well."

    Eels back-rower Ryan Matterson conceded jetting in on game day would be a new experience. He said the whole situation around coronavirus had brought its challenges.

    "It's difficult, different and awkward for everyone in the world really, we're not the only ones going through it," Matterson said.

    "It's hard because we're a contact sport, we're shaking hands and tackling. It's hard to stop that stuff.

    "The season only just kicked off and we want to keep it rolling."

    As for the lack of crowd atmosphere, the 25-year-old offered some perspective.

    "Every game you're playing for two points, back in my under 20s days there were about 100 people in the crowd, if that, so we've all been there," Matterson said.

    "There's no one in the stands but you've got something to prove."
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    NRL.com Preview: Titans v Eels: Peachey on bench; Arthur retains same 17
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    It's only round two but the Titans have to make a statement on home turf after going down to the Raiders last week.

    They looked like they were in for a hiding at half-time but a couple of positional changes worked in their favour and rookie coach Justin Holbrook will be looking to build on what was a promising second-half performance.

    Titans fans endured a miserable 2019 campaign and might quickly lose interest in 2020 if they don't like what they see on Sunday night.

    The Eels opened their 2020 campaign with a win over the Bulldogs but had to fight every inch of the way and will be looking to improve in a few areas against the Titans.

    Titans: Tyrone Peachey has been dropped to the bench, with Brian Kelly getting the nod to start in the centres. Moeaki Fotuaika has taken Jaiman Jolliffe's place on the bench, while AJ Brimson (back) and Shannon Boyd (shoulder) are a chance to return on Sunday after being included as reserves.

    Eels: Coach Brad Arthur would've been pleased to see none of his players picked up any injuries in the bruising round one clash with the Bulldogs. Parra will line up with the same 17-man team.

    Key match-up
    Ash Taylor had some bright moments against the Raiders but probably wasn't involved enough in the first half when the game got away from the Titans. Mitch Moses wasn't able to put his stamp on the game against the Bulldogs in the manner he would've liked and will be keen for an improved showing against Taylor.

    Where it'll be won and lost
    The battle of the halves could be decisive, while Holbrook has to give Tyrone Peachey the green light to trust his instincts and take what the defence gives him. The Titans have to match Parra up front and look for Phil Sami to create space with his lethal left step. The Eels will be looking for big wingers Blake Ferguson and Maika Sivo to get involved as often as possible, while speedy centres Michael Jennings and Waqa Blake have to be closely marked.

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    I didn't see anything from the Titans last week that suggested much has changed. They missed a lot of tackles, and I think once you highlight that on a video Parramatta can take advantage. The Eels were poor as well in round one, but they'll have a higher completion rate this game I imagine. If they earn the right to play football, I think they've got plenty of points in them. Eels by 14.

    Stat Attack
    Mitch Moses had a perfect day with the boot in last year's only game between the Eels and Titans, kicking six from six. Parra led 12-6 at half-time in that round 22 clash and overpowered the home team after the break to prevail 36-12. Mid-season recruit Waqa Blake scored twice for the Eels.

    And another thing…
    Justin Holbrook is the Titans' seventh coach since the club joined the NRL in 2007. John Cartwright was in charge from 2007-14, followed by Neil Henry (2014-17). Garth Brennan was at the helm in 2018 and a portion of 2019, while Craig Hodges (2017, '19), Luke Burt ('19) and Terry Matterson ('17) have all had short stints as interim coaches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Titanic View Post
    Have to agree to disagree on Watkins. There are few really good specialists centers around and Watkins at least knows how to put someone away ... I think with a quality finisher outside him, a defensive back row and a creative half then he would more than hold his own.
    I agree. Did a great job last week and does all of the little things well.

    I'm fine with this weeks side. I honestly think we've seen a bit of an over-reaction on here in response to last week against a very good Canberra Raiders side and I'll be reserving my judgement on certain players until we're a few rounds in. For now I'll trust the coaching staff to set the expectations and manage that accordingly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hail Sezer View Post
    I agree. Did a great job last week and does all of the little things well.

    I'm fine with this weeks side. I honestly think we've seen a bit of an over-reaction on here in response to last week against a very good Canberra Raiders side and I'll be reserving my judgement on certain players until we're a few rounds in. For now I'll trust the coaching staff to set the expectations and manage that accordingly.
    I agree, HS


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