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NRL Team Lists – Round 14

Another MEGA-bye round this week, with only 5 games in the lead up to Origin Game Two next Wednesday at ANZ Stadium. Interestingly though, 7 of the top 8 teams are playing this week, which means that there are plenty of teams heavily impacted by Origin selections, plenty of changes, and even a couple more making their debut. Adrian is back with some analysis this week, so read on to check out what he and Matt think of this week’s changes….

FRIDAY

St George Illawarra Dragons v Gold Coast Titans at WIN Jubilee Oval, 7:45pm
Dragons: Jason Nightingale, Ratu Peni Tagive, Alex McKinnon, Matt Prior, Reece Simmonds, Nathan Fien, Ben Hornby (c), Dan Hunt, Dean Young, Michael Weyman, Jack Bosden, Michael Greenfield, Adam Cuthbertson. Interchange (from): Jon Green, David Gower, Daniel Penese, Jake Marketo, Mitch Rein.
Ins: Alex McKinnon, Reece Simmonds, Michael Greenfield, David Gower, Daniel Penese, Jake Marketo, Mitch Rein
Outs: Darius Boyd (Queensland),  Mark Gasnier (NSW), Jamie Soward (NSW), Beau Scott (NSW), Ben Creagh (NSW), Trent Merrin (NSW)

Titans: William Zillman, Steve Michaels, Clinton Toopi, Joseph Tomane, David Mead, Preston Campbell, Scott Prince (c), Luke Bailey, Matt Srama, Michael Henderson, Anthony Laffranchi, Mark Minichiello, Luke O’Dwyer. Interchange (from): Matt White, Ryan James, Bodene Thompson, Ben Ridge, Brenton Lawrence.
Ins: Joseph Tomane, Anthony Laffranchi, Brenton Lawrence
Outs: Greg Bird (NSW), Ashley Harrison (Queensland), Sam Tagataese (dropped)

Adrian Considers: Wow. A ridiculous number of changes for the Dragons, but that is to be expected. Rep stars are out, while Alex McKinnon, Reece Simmonds, Michael Greenfield, David Gower, Daniel Penese, Jake Marketo and Mitch Rein come into the side. Dean Young starts at Hooker, and he will no doubt be looking to show why he should be in the mix for Origin Game III. Nathan Fein starts at 5/8, and there are rookies everywhere. The versatile Matt Prior also starts in the centres. For the Titans, Bird and Harrison are on rep duties, locking the scrum for their respective states. Tagataese is dropped, as Tomane, Laffranchi and Brenton Lawrence come in. This will be Matt Srama’s third game in 1st Grade, so make sure you get him in your Dream Team, as he’s likely to play the majority of the season. This is going to be a tough one to tip, that’s for sure…

SATURDAY

Manly-Waringah Sea Eagles v North QLD Cowboys at Brookvale Oval, 7:30pm
Sea Eagles: Brett Stewart, David Williams, Jamie Lyon (c), Steve Matai, Michael Oldfield, Kieran Foran, Daly Cherry-Evans, Jason King(c), Matt Ballin, George Rose, Tony Williams, Joe Galuvao, Glenn Stewart. Interchange (from): Vic Mauro, Jamie Buhrer, Tim Robinson, Darcy Lussick, Daniel Harrison.
Ins: Michael Oldfield, Darcy Lussick, Daniel Harrison
Outs: Will Hopoate (NSW), Anthony Watmough (NSW)

Cowboys: Matthew Bowen, Ashley Graham, Antonio Winterstein, Gavin Cooper, Kalifa Faifai Loa, Ray Thompson, Michael Morgan, Ashton Sims, Aaron Payne, James Tamou, Tariq Sims, Glenn Hall, Dallas Johnson. Interchange: James Segeyaro, Ben Jones, Scott Bolton, Leeson Ah Mau.
Ins: James Segeyaro, Ben Jones
Outs: Johnathon Thurston (Queensland), Matt Scott (Queensland)

Matt Considers: Both teams are impacted by Origin this week, the Cowboys more heavily than the Eagles. The Eagles lose youngster Will Hopoate and back-rower Anthony Watmough, but could also lose fullback Brett Stewart, who remains under an injury cloud, with his hamstring still not good enough for him to be in contention for NSW. Jason King and George Rose are also both not 100%, but both are expected to play. For the Cowboys, they lose lynch-pin Johnathon Thurston, and dominant prop Matt Scott. Both are massive losses for the side, but if youngster Tariq Sims continues his form, they could cause the Eagles some problems (and yes, Sims is a Blue!)

SUNDAY

Brisbane Broncos v Canberra Raiders at Suncorp Stadium, 2pm
Broncos: Josh Hoffman, Dane Gagai, Gerard Beale, Dale Copley, Shea Moylan, Corey Norman, Peter Wallace, Nick Kenny, Andrew McCullough, Scott Anderson, Alex Glenn (c), Dane Carlaw, Jack Reed. Interchange: Kurt Baptiste, Dunamis Lui, Mitchell Dodds, David Hala.
Ins: David Gagai, Shea Moylan, Corey Norman, Nick Kenny, Dunamis Lui
Outs: Jharal Yow Yeh, Darren Lockyer, Ben Hannant, Sam Thaiday, Corey Parker

Raiders: Nathan Massey, James Stuart, Jarrod Croker, Blake Ferguson, Reece Robinson, Josh McCrone, Sam Williams, Dane Tilse, Alan Tongue (c), Brett White, Joe Picker, Bronson Harrison, Shaun Fensom. Interchange (from):  Glen Buttriss, Josh Miller, Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, David Shillington, Josh Papalii.
Ins: Nathan Massey, James Stuart, Glen Buttriss, David Shillington
Outs: Josh Dugan (ankle), Joel Thompson (groin), Terry Campese (abductor)

Adrian Considers: The Broncos as per usual are depleted at this time of year, with Lockyer, Hannant, Yow Yeh, Thaiday and Parker all not taking part this round. This has lead to some very interesting selections, none more so than young centre/bloodnut Jack Reed starting at Lock. Coming off a score of 30 in DT last week, I’d expect a similar result this time around, if not more. Alex Glenn is rewarded for his great work this season with the captains duties. He’s been in some phenomenal form, and I’d be very surprised if he wasn’t part of the Kiwis Four Nations side at the end of the season. Big outs for the Raiders, who will be missing Dugan, Thompson, and Campese. The later only lasted a few minutes in his return game, and will be out for 2-3 months. As I said on our Facebook wall, we wish Terry all the best in his recovery from yet another set back, and hope to see him out on the field before the end of the season. One big inclusion (quite literally) however, is David Shillington. He’ll be up for a big game, wanting to remind Queensland selectors just how good he can be.

New Zealand Warriors v Wests Tigers at Mt. Smart Stadium, 4pm

Warriors: Kevin Locke, Krisnan Inu, Lewis Brown, Simon Mannering (c), Manu Vatuvei, James Maloney, Shaun Johnson, Russell Packer, Shaun Berrigan, Jacob Lillyman, Feleti Mateo, Elijah Taylor, Micheal Luck. Interchange (from): Lance Hohaia, Jeremy Latimore, Sione Lousi, Ben Matulino, Steve Rapira.
Ins: Lance Hohaia, Sione Lousi
Outs: Aaron Heremaia (hand)

Tigers: Wade McKinnon, Lote Tuqiri, Blake Ayshford, Tim Moltzen, Mitch Brown, Benji Marshall, Robert Lui, Bryce Gibbs, Robbie Farah (c), Keith Galloway, Simon Dwyer, Gareth Ellis, Chris Heighington.Interchange (from): Beau Ryan, Liam Fulton, Aaron Woods, Andrew Fifita, Alan Schirnack.
Ins: Wade McKinnon, Alan Shirnack
Outs: Tim Simona (Toyota Cup)

Matt Considers: Neither side is impacted by Origin this week, with the Warriors’ Jacob Lillyman to be released as 18th man to play this game. Elsewhere, Shaun Berrigan has been named to replace Aaron Heremaia at hooker, while Lance Hohaia returns on the bench. The Tigers have named Wade McKinnon and Lote Tuqiri despite injury concerns for both, while Alan Shirnack will travel with the side as the 18th man. Exciting young centre Tim Simona returns to Toyota Cup after a solid debut.

MONDAY

Melbourne Storm v Sydney Roosters at AAMI Park, 7pm

Storm: Justin O’Neill, Sisa Waqa, Beau Champion, Maurice Blair, Anthony Quinn, Gareth Widdop, Rory Kostjasyn, Jesse Bromwich, Ryan Hinchcliffe, Bryan Norrie, Adam Blair (c), Kevin Proctor, Todd Lowrie. Interchange: Atelea Vea, Sika Manu, Adam Woolnough, Jaiman Lowe.
Ins: Beau Champion, Anthony Quinn, Todd Lowrie, Atelea Vea
Outs: Billy Slater (Queensland), Dane Nielsen (Queensland), Cooper Cronk (Queensland), Cameron Smith (Queensland)

Roosters: Rhys Pritchard, Sam Perrett, Justin Carney, Willie Mataka, Joseph ‘BJ’ Leilua, Braith Anasta (c), Todd Carney, Jason Ryles, Jake Friend, Frank Paul Nuuausala, Tom Symonds, Boyd Cordner, Aidan Guerra. Interchange: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Tinirau Arona, Mark Riddell, Brad Takairangi.
Ins: Sam Perrett, Willie Mataka, Mark Riddell, Brad Takairangi
Outs: Anthony Minichiello (NSW), Shaun Kenny-Dowall (ankle), Mitchell Pearce (NSW), Nate Myles (Queensland)

Adrian Considers: Well, this is certainly one of the weakest Storm sides I’ve seen for many years.  No Smith, Cronk, Slater or Nielsen, but Champion, Quinn, Lowrie and Vea are decent replacements. Kostjasyn starts at 7, while Hinchcliffe comes off the bench and will more than likely play 80 mins. The Roosters aren’t exactly fielding a strong side themselves, missing Minichiello, Pearce and Myles to Origin, and SKD through injury.  Sam Perrett returns, as does Riddell. There’s going to be plenty of points in this game, but no doubt Jake Friend will still make 1000 tackles. He is a machine.

BYE:

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