Saturday’s third NRL Round 2 match is between Parramatta Eels and Nth Queensland Cowboys. The opening bounce is set to commence at 19:35 local time with the game to be played at Pirtek Stadium. The home team South Sydney Rabbitohs are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Parramatta Eels and Nth Queensland Cowboys.
When: 19:35 | Saturday 12/03/2016
Where: Pirtek Stadium
Tip: Nth Queensland Cowboys at $1.62
Value BET: First Try Scorer: John Asiata $34.00
1 Michael Gordon 2 Semi Radradra 3 Michael Jennings 4 Bradley Takairangi 5 Clinton Gutherson 6 Corey Norman 7 Kieran Foran 8 Junior Paulo 9 Nathan Peats 10 Tim Mannah 11 Manu Ma’u 12 Beau Scott 13 Tepai Moeroa.
Interchange: 14 Kaysa Pritchard 15 Peni Terepo 16 Danny Wicks 17 Kenneth Edwards 18 Daniel Alvaro.
Ins: Kieran Foran, Danny Wicks.
Outs: Luke Kelly.
Nth Queensland Cowboys:
1 Lachlan Coote 2 Kyle Feldt 3 Justin O’Neill 4 Kane Linnett 5 Antonio Winterstein 6 Michael Morgan 7 Johnathan Thurston 8 Matt Scott 9 Jake Granville 10 James Tamou 11 Gavin Cooper 12 Ethan Lowe 13 Jason Taumalolo.
Interchange: 14 Rory Kostjasyn 15 Atalani Asiata 16 Scott Bolton 17 Ben Hannant.
A man who gave third-party payments to former Parramatta stars Jarryd Hayne and Will Hopoate has admitted he received free corporate hospitality at Eels games.
John Iori, the owner of Rouse Hill Village shopping centre, provided $20,000 third-party payments to the pair in 2014 but also received ticketing benefits from the club.
Under NRL salary cap rules, clubs cannot compensate companies in any way for third-party payments.
“I was trying to help Parramatta and rugby league,” he told News Corp Australia.
“I thought it was legal … When I want to go down I ring up and they give me tickets.”
Meanwhile, it is also alleged the club decreased the financial sum of a sponsorship from a sporting goods supplier to allow the company to make payments to former player Ben Smith.
The $27,500 payment made to Smith was used to compensate an unpaid third-party contract of the same amount from a legitimate contract organised between Smith and a financial services group in 2013.
Allegations have also been made that both Semi Radradra and former player Richie Fa’aoso had an apartment provided to them by a real estate agent.
There is no suggestion of any wrongdoing from any third-party sponsor or player.
The revelations follow reports on Wednesday of leaked minutes from board meetings that highlighted “the importance of servicing third-party agreement providers accordingly with hospitality and player appearances”.
The NRL has admitted they were not aware of those documents, but said they would form part of an ongoing investigation into the Eels’ salary cap matters.
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change