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Parramatta Eels vs New Zealand Warriors Tips - Warriors to stop the Eels in their tracks

Last updated: 07 Jul 2023
Ryan Tucker 07 Jul 2023
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  • Parramatta Eels vs New Zealand Warriors predictions for Saturday’s NRL game (17:30 AEST)
  • New Zealand are 10-4-2 ATS in 2023 and ranked first in the league
  • Can the Eels find an attacking rhythm without their first choice spine?
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Parramatta Eels vs New Zealand Warriors Tips

The Eels welcome the Warriors to Commbank Stadium for this Saturday clash with top 8 importance.
  • Parramatta Eels vs New Zealand Warriors Tips
  • Head to Head 
  • Parramatta Eels Form
  • Parramatta Eels Team News
  • Parramatta Eels Team List
  • New Zealand Warriors Form
  • New Zealand Warriors Team News
  • New Zealand Warriors Team List

Parra will be without three Origin stars which will likely hamper their offensive output. The Warriors can seize this opportunity to muscle up in defence and restrict their electric opponents to a relatively minor scoreline. 

  • New Zealand are 12-4 ATS in 2023 and 7-1 on the road.
  • Parramatta will be without their first choice spine who have scored or created the majority of their points in 2023.
  • The Warriors are currently 4th in the league in defence allowing an average of only 19 points per game to their opposition
  • Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has scored 9 tries in his last 5 games.

Head to Head 

The Eels and Warriors have only met once per year since the beginning of the 2019 season with Parra securing all four wins. 

The margins have been relatively close with only one game (2021) resulting in a margin of more than 10 points to the Eels. 

Parramatta have only covered the line in one of their last four wins against New Zealand.

Parramatta Eels Form

Parramatta had won five games in a row preceding their round 18 bye and are now sitting at 6th on the ladder ahead of the Rabbitohs and Warriors on points differential. 

After winning only one of their first five games many had written the 2022 Grand Finalists out of the running for even a top 8 spot in 2023. Not only have they bounced back but they have done it style picking up solid wins to push their points differential to 132, second best in the NRL.

Parramatta Eels Team News

Fullback and Captain Clint Gutherson has been selected on the bench for Origin meaning Sean Russell starts at fullback with Isaac Lumelume coming onto the wing. 

Daejarn Asi is at halfback covering for Blues half Mitch Moses while Ryan Matterson continues at five-eighth with Dylan Brown set to miss a further four games. 

Shaun Lane is back after eight weeks on the sideline. Junior Paulo has been dropped from Origin but teammate Reagan Campbell-Gillard has gotten the call up. Luca Moretti takes the last bench spot.

Parramatta Eels Team List

1. Sean Russell
2. Maika Sivo
3. Will Penisini
4. Bailey Simonsson
5. Isaac Lumelume
6. Ryan Matterson
7. Daejarn Asi
8. Ofahiki Ogden
9. Brendan Hands
10. Junior Paulo
11. Bryce Cartwright
12. Andrew Davey
13. J'maine Hopgood


14. Luca Moretti
15. Joe Ofahengaue
16. Shaun Lane
17. Makahesi Makatoa 


18. Haze Dunster
19. Waqa Blake
20. Ky Rodwell
21. Matt Doorey
22. Jack Murchie

New Zealand Warriors Form

New Zealand are clinging onto their top 8 spot with the Cowboys hot on their heels. 

Having won three games in a row prior to round 18 they were widely tipped to come out on top of an undermanned Rabbitohs outfit. 

Unfortunately for the Warriors the rain gods interfered and torrential rain effectively ruined any type of game plan that might have existed. 

Not much more can be taken from last week's game and as long as the Warriors can continue to play with energy in attack they will always be competitive.

New Zealand Warriors Team News

The Wahs name the same 17 who went down to the Rabbits in Round 18. Shaun Johnson may stay in New Zealand for the birth of his son. If that happens Ronald Volkman is tipped to start.

New Zealand Warriors Team List

1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
3. Rocco Berry
4. Adam Pompey
5. Marcelo Montoya
6. Luke Metcalf
7. Shaun Johnson
8. Addin Fonua-Blake
9. Wayde Egan
10. Bunty Afoa
11. Jackson Ford
12. Mitch Barnett
13. Tohu Harris


14. Dylan Walker
15. Bayley Sironen 
16. Tom Ale
17. Freddy Lussick


18. Brayden Wiliame
20. Ronald Volkman
21. Kalani Going
22. Zyon Maiu'u
23. Taine Tuaupiki


Parramatta did a great job of putting points on Manly in round 16 without Mitch Moses and Dylan Brown. But it was also Manly, and Gutherson played. 

Now they are without King Gutho, Moses, Brown and RCG, I have trouble seeing where points will come from and the Warriors are killing it on the road this year. Warriors to cover and DWZ to cross for a try.

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