Monday’s only NRL Round 25 match is between Parramatta Eels and St George Illawarra Dragons. The opening bounce is set to commence at 19:00 local time with the game to be played at Pirtek Stadium. The away team St George Illawarra Dragons are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Parramatta Eels and St George Illawarra Dragons.
When: 19:00 | Monday 29/08/2016
Where: Pirtek Stadium
Tip: St George Illawarra Dragons at $2.75
Value Tip: First Try Scorer: Taane Milne at $18.00
Eels: 1 Bevan French 5 Michael Gordon 4 Bradley Takairangi 3 Michael Jennings 2 Semi Radradra 6 Clinton Gutherson 7 Jeff Robson 8 Danny Wicks 9 Isaac De Gois 10 Tim Mannah 11 Manu Ma’u 12 Tepai Moeroa 13 Beau Scott. Interchange: 14 Kaysa Pritchard 15 Kenneth Edwards 16 Peni Terepo 17 Daniel Alvaro 18 David Gower.
Dragons: 1 Josh Dugan 2 Kurt Mann 3 Euan Aitken 4 Timoteo Lafai 5 Jason Nightingale 6 Gareth Widdop (c) 7 Drew Hutchison 8 Leeson Ah Mau 9 Mitch Rein 10 Michael Cooper 11 Tyson Frizell 12 Joel Thompson 13 Jack De Belin Interchange: 15 Will Matthews 16 Jacob Host 17 Jacob Marketo 21 Luciano Leilua.
Axed St George Illawarra star Benji Marshall has revealed coach Paul McGregor has offered him a farewell in the final game of the NRL season.
The off-contract playmaker is certain to be dropped for this week’s clash against Parramatta in favour of youngster Drew Hutchison, however Marshall said he has been promised a recall the following round.
“Mary came to me on Monday and said he had a proposition,” Marshall told News Corp.
“He said he wanted to have a look at Drew for next year, but would still bring me back for the final game of the year. And I’m sweet with that. Totally understand.”
With Marshall set to leave the club at the end of the year, the Dragons are keen on seeing how Hutchison, who is contracted to the club until the end of 2017, combines with captain Gareth Widdop.
It is unknown whether Marshall, 31, will be asked to play for NSW Cup side Illawarra Cutters in their final regular season game of the year this weekend.
Marshall’s future has been a major talking point for the Red V, who have taken back an offer on the table for the former New Zealand international to remain with the club next season.
Marshall is intent on staying in the NRL.
McGregor will make at least one other change to the side who were walloped by Sydney Roosters last week, with centre Taane Milne accepting a one-game ban for a dangerous throw.
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change