The battle for Sydney’s west gets underway on Friday night as the Penrith Panthers lock horns with the Parramatta Eels.
Where: Pepper Stadium, Penrith
When: 10.45am Friday 29 May (7.45pm local)
Watch live: Premier Sports
It’s been a disastrous few weeks for the Eels, on and off the field. A victory would bring some much-needed relief.
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Parramatta has made a number of changes to try and change their fortunes. Chris Sandow replaces Luke Kelly at halfback, with Reece Robinson returning to fullback, Will Hopoate at centre and Ryan Morgan shifting to the wing.
Danny Wicks and Junior Paulo also switch between starting and the bench, while Richie Fa’aoso and Peni Terepo are replaced by Joseph Paulo and Daniel Alvaro on the interchange.
For Penrith it’s a welcome return for halfback Peter Wallace.
Josh Mansour also returns on the wing.