Friday’s only NRL Round 18 match is between Parramatta Eels and Sydney Roosters. The opening bounce is set to commence at 17:50 local time with the game to be played at Pirtek Stadium. The away team Sydney Roosters are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Manly Sea Eagles and St George Illawarra Dragons.
When: 17:50 | Friday 08/07/2016
Where: Pirtek Stadium
Tip: Sydney Roosters at $2.12
Value Tip: First Try Scorer: Ken Edwards at $26.00
Eels: 1. Michael Gordon 2. Semi Radradra 3. Clinton Gutherson 4. Brad Takairangi 5. Bevan French 6. Corey Norman 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. Ken Edwards 15. Peni Terepo 16. David Gower 17. Daniel Alvaro 18. Rory O’Brien.
Roosters: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Dale Copley 4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 5. Joseph Manu 6. Jackson Hastings 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Dylan Napa 11. Sio Siua Taukeiaho 12. Mitchell Aubusson 13. Isaac Liu. Interchange: 14. Sam Moa 15. Kane Evans 16. Connor Watson 17. Chris Smith 18. Ryan Matterson.
Parramatta players continue to stand by embattled teammate Semi Radradra after the Eels winger faced court for the first time for domestic violence.
The Eels winger made a brief appearance at Parramatta Local Court on Tuesday, pleading not guilty to three counts of domestic violence before immediately ducking off to training.
Eels forward David Gower said Radradra trained strongly upon return.
“He was good. Obviously extenuating circumstances for him but he knows when he gets to training he’s got to do a job for us and he did that today at training,” Gower said.
“My understanding is that he’s pleaded not guilty and as far as we’re concerned and as far as the game needs to be concerned, it’s innocent until proven guilty.
“And when the time comes for the court case, the appropriate steps will be taken.”
Prop Danny Wicks, who spent 18 months in jail after being found guilty of trafficking drugs before rebuilding his rugby league career, said Radradra deserved his day in court.
“It’s an allegation at the moment so I think he deserves the presumption of innocence until being found guilty,” Wicks said.
“I’ve run into trouble myself through my career so I know, I didn’t want to talk about it to anyone. I give him the respect and space.”
Radradra will remain on bail until his matter returns to court on August 16, but will not be required to face court in person on that occasion.
His court appearance comes just a week before Eels teammate Corey Norman is due to front court for possessing a prohibited drug and prescribed restricted substance at The Star Casino in May.
The NRL is also expected to hand down its final ruling on Parramatta’s salary cap breach in the same week, with the Eels likely to lose 12 competition points, all but ruling them out of finals contention.
Despite the drawn-out process, Gower said the team was prepared to fall down the ladder.
“As far as everyone’s concerned, it’s 12 points unless we’re told otherwise,” he said.
“It’s taking it’s time, but you’d rather it have gone through due process rather than rush into a decision. We’re playing under the assumption that we’re going to lose 12 and if we don’t, so be it.
“But we just need to let that take its due process and see how we go at the end of it.”
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change