The One New Zealand Warriors will face a Parramatta side missing three and possibly four New South Wales State of Origin players in Saturday’s vital 19th-round encounter at CommBank Stadium in Sydney (5.30pm kick-off local time; 7.30pm NZT).
With Queensland winning the first two matches of the series, Blues coach Brad Fittler today named a vastly changed side for Origin III at Accor Stadium in Sydney on Wednesday week (July 12).
He retained Eels playmaker Mitchell Moses in the halves, recalled Parramatta front rower Reagan Campbell-Gillard and fullback Clint Gutherson and included back rower J’maine Hopgood as 19th man. Eels prop Junior Paulo, who played in the first two matches of the series, was among the players Fittler dropped as New South Wales seeks to avoid a whitewash.
Moses, Campbell-Gillard and Gutherson will miss Parramatta’s clash against the One New Zealand Warriors but Hopgood is likely to be released for the match.
While Fittler has made multiple changes yet again, Maroons coach Billy Slater has named a 17 showing only two forced changes from Origin II with ex-Warriors fullback Reece Walsh suspended and front rower Thomas Flegler injured.
Match: Eels v Warriors
Round 19 -
Fullback for Eels is number 1 Sean RussellFullback for Warriors is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
Winger for Eels is number 2 Maika SivoWinger for Warriors is number 2 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
Centre for Eels is number 3 Will PenisiniCentre for Warriors is number 3 Rocco Berry
Centre for Eels is number 4 Bailey SimonssonCentre for Warriors is number 4 Adam Pompey
Winger for Eels is number 5 Isaac LumelumeWinger for Warriors is number 5 Marcelo Montoya
Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Ryan MattersonFive-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Luke Metcalf
Halfback for Eels is number 7 Daejarn AsiHalfback for Warriors is number 7 Shaun Johnson
Prop for Eels is number 8 Ofahiki OgdenProp for Warriors is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
Hooker for Eels is number 9 Brendan HandsHooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde Egan
Prop for Eels is number 10 Junior PauloProp for Warriors is number 10 Bunty Afoa
2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Bryce Cartwright2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Jackson Ford
2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Andrew Davey2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Mitchell Barnett
Lock for Eels is number 13 J'maine HopgoodLock for Warriors is number 13 Tohu Harris
Interchange for Eels is number 14 Luca MorettiInterchange for Warriors is number 14 Dylan Walker
Interchange for Eels is number 15 Joe OfahengaueInterchange for Warriors is number 15 Bayley Sironen
Interchange for Eels is number 16 Shaun LaneInterchange for Warriors is number 16 Tom Ale
Interchange for Eels is number 17 Makahesi MakatoaInterchange for Warriors is number 17 Freddy Lussick
Replacement for Eels is number 21 Matt DooreyReplacement for Warriors is number 18 Brayden Wiliame
- Referee: Adam Gee
- Touch Judge: Drew Oultram
- Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
- Senior Review Official: Kasey Badger