NRL teams round 9
Teams named today for round 9 of the NRL. (All times local).
PARRAMATTA EELS v CANTERBURY BULLDOGS at ANZ Stadium, 7.35pm
Referees: Ashley Klein, Brett Suttor
EELS: Jarryd Hayne, Luke Burt, Ryan Morgan, Willie Tonga, Ken Sio, Ben Roberts, Casey McGuire, Tim Mannah, Matthew Keating, Matt Ryan, Nathan Hindmarsh, Joseph Paulo, Reni Maitua. Interchange: Chris Sandow, Fuifui Moimoi, Justin Poore, Mitchell Allgood
Talking point: Chris Sandow returns from a stint in the NSW Cup, taking his place on the bench. Ben Roberts survives the axe and will play against his former club on Friday night. Cheyse Blair has a hamstring injury and has been replaced by Ryan Morgan. Rookie Matt Ryan moves into the front row, pushing Mitchell Allgood on to the bench with two other props.
BULLDOGS: Bulldogs: Ben Barba, Jonathan Wright, Josh Morris, Tim Lafai, Bryson Goodwin, Josh Reynolds, Kris Keating, Aiden Tolman, Michael Ennis (c), Sam Kasiano, Frank Pritchard, Dene Halatau, Greg Eastwood. Interchange (from): James Graham, David Stagg, Corey Payne, Joel Romelo, Martin Taupau.
Talking point: Tim Lafai will play his first game of the season for Canterbury. He will line up in the centres, pushing pushed Jonathan Wright to the wing for the match against his former club with Steve Turner out for the season after rupturing his patella tendon against Manly last Friday night. Greg Eastwood will remain in the starting side at lock, keeping David Stagg on the bench.
NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS v ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS at Dairy Farmers Stadium 7.35pm
Referees: Tony Archer, Gavin Badger
COWBOYS: Matthew Bowen, Ashley Graham, Brent Tate, Antonio Winterstein, Kalifa Faifai Loa, Johnathan Thurston (c), Ray Thompson, Ashton Sims, Aaron Payne, James Tamou, Gavin Cooper, Tariq Sims, Dallas Johnson. Interchange (from): James Segeyaro, Scott Bolton, Ricky Thorby, Jason Taumalolo, Glenn Hall
Talking point: Tariq Sims holds on to his starting position, with Glen Hall coming back into the side on the bench. Hall missed last Saturday’s loss to South Sydney with a combination of tonsillitis and a toe ligament tear, but has been included on a five-man bench
DRAGONS: Brett Morris, Daniel Vidot, Kyle Stanley, Matt Cooper, Jason Nightingale, Jamie Soward, Ben Hornby (c), Dan Hunt, Mitch Rein, Michael Weyman, Matt Prior, Ben Creagh, Dean Young. Interchange: Nathan Fien, Jeremy Latimore, Trent Merrin, Jack De Belin.
Talking point: Kyle Stanley returns to the centres after missing last week’s ANZAC Day victory against the Roosters. Matt Prior will slot into the second-row for the injured Beau Scott, who will be out for six weeks with a dislocated elbow. Jack de Belin also comes on to the bench.
NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS v BRISBANE BRONCOS at Mt Smart Stadium, 7.30pm (5.30pm, AEST)
Referees: Ben Cummins, Jason Robinson
WARRIORS: Jerome Ropati, Bill Tupou, Ben Henry, Konrad Hurrell, Manu Vatuvei, James Maloney, Shaun Johnson, Russell Packer, Nathan Friend, Ben Matulino, Elijah Taylor, Simon Mannering (c), Feleti Mateo. Interchange (from): Lewis Brown, Ukuma Ta’ai, Sione Lousi, Pita Godinet, Krisnan Inu.
Talking point: Jerome Ropati returns at fullback for the injured Kevin Locke, and Konrad Hurrell, who played in the Warriors first four matches of the season, comes back into the side after returning successfully from a groin injury in the NSW Cup last week.
BRONCOS: Josh Hoffman, Gerard Beale, Jack Reed, Justin Hodges, Dale Copley, Corey Norman, Peter Wallace, Ben Hannant, Andrew McCullough, Petero Civoniceva, Alex Glenn, Sam Thaiday (c), Corey Parker
Interchange: Ben Hunt, Josh McGuire, Matt Gillett, Ben Te’o
Talking point: How will the Broncos cope with their first non-Friday night game of the season? Peter Wallace has another chance to press his Origin claims for NSW while captain Sam Thaiday is likely to play after suffering an injury scare at training on Monday.
GOLD COAST TITANS v WESTS TIGERS at Skilled Stadium, 7.30pm
Referees: Gerard Sutton, Alan Shortall
TITANS: Phil Graham, Kevin Gordon, Jamal Idris, Dominique Peyroux, David Mead, William Zillman, Aidan Sezer, Luke Bailey, Matt Srama, Nate Myles, Greg Bird, Luke O’Dwyer, Ashley Harrison. Interchange (from): Matthew White, Luke Douglas, Mark Minichiello, Bodene Thompson, Michael Henderson
Talking point: Veteran Phil Graham will make his debut for the Titans at fullback, brought into the team to cover for William Zillman’s move to five-eighth, following the loss of skipper Scott Prince to an arm injury. It has forced rookie Aidan Sezer into the No.7 jersey. Greg Bird has moved from lock to the second row, with Ashley Harrison taking his position.
TIGERS: Tim Moltzen, Beau Ryan, Joel Reddy, Chris Lawrence, Lote Tuqiri, Benji Marshall, Tom Humble, Aaron Woods, Robbie Farah (c), Keith Galloway, Adam Blair, Liam Fulton, Matt Bell. Interchange: Ben Murdoch-Masila, Blake Ayshford, Ray Cashmere, Junior Moors.
Talking point: The only change to the Tigers team comes on the bench, with Matt Groat (knee) replaced by Junior Moors.
PENRITH PANTHERS v MELBOURNE STORM at Centrebt Stadium, 7.30pm
Referees: Steve Lyons, Henry Perenara
PANTHERS: Lachlan Coote, David Simmons, Michael Jennings, Geoff Daniela, Brad Tighe, Blake Austin, Luke Walsh, Sam Mckendry, Travis Burns, Tim Grant, Cameron Ciraldo,Danny Galea,Luke Lewis (c). Interchange: Ryan Simpkins, Dayne Weston, Clint Newton, Matt Robinson, Chris Armit
Talking point: Don’t expect this to be the team to run out against Melbourne on Saturday night. There is a massive injury cloud over Michael Jennings (shoulder), Luke Walsh (knee) and Luke Lewis (arm), all injured in last night’s loss to Newcastle.
STORM: Billy Slater, Matt Duffie, Dane Nielsen, Will Chambers, Justin O’Neill, Gareth Widdop, Cooper Cronk, Jesse Bromwich, Cameron Smith (c), Bryan Norrie, Kevin Proctor, Ryan Hoffman, Todd Lowrie. Interchange (from): Ryan Hinchcliffe, Rory Kostjasyn, Siosaia Vave, Jason Ryles, Anthony Quinn, Jaiman Lowe.
Talking point: Todd Lowrie returns from injury to take his place at lock. Jason Ryles pushes back to the bench, with Bryan Norrie to start in the front row alongside Jesse Bromwich. After starting against the Warriors, Ryan Hinchcliffe shuffles back to the bench.
MANLY SEA EAGLES v CANBERRA RAIDERS at Brookvale Oval, 2pm
Referees: Jared Maxwell, Tony De Las Heras
SEA EAGLES: Brett Stewart, Jorge Taufua, Jamie Lyon (c), Steve Matai, David Williams, Liam Foran, Daly Cherry-Evans, Jason King (c), Matt Ballin, Brent Kite, Anthony Watmough, Jamie Buhrer, Glenn Stewart. Interchange (from): Vic Mauro, Joe Galuvao, Darcy Lussick, George Rose, Daniel Harrison.
Talking point: Kieran Foran will miss another match with his hamstring injury, his brother Liam given another crack at five-eighth. George Rose retains his position on the bench, with one still to be omitted.
RAIDERS: sh Dugan, Blake Ferguson, Jarrod Croker, Shaun Berrigan, Reece Robinson, Josh McCrone, Sam Williams, David Shillington, Travis Waddell, Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, Josh Papalii, Joel Thompson, Shaun Fensom. Interchange: Joe Picker, Bronson Harrison, Sam Mataora, Dane Tilse, Jack Wighton, Matt McIlwrick
Talking point: Bronson Harrison returns after missing last week’s loss to Cronulla. Travis Waddell also makes a comeback after getting the axe, named at hooker. Josh Dugan has again been named and will need a big game to remind NSW coach Ricky Stuart he’s ready for Origin.
SYDNEY ROOSTERS v NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS at Allianz Stadium, 3pm
Referees: Shayne Hayne, Gavin Morris
ROOSTERS: Anthony Minichiello, Peni Tagive, Joseph 'BJ' Leilua, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Sam Perrett, Braith Anasta, Mitchell Pearce, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jake Friend, Martin Kennedy,. Aidan Guerra, Mitchell Aubusson, Tinirau Arona. Interchange (from): Jack Bosden, Lama Tasi, Brad Takairangi, Mose Masoe, Boyd Cordner
Talking point: Brian Smith has named the same team that lost in the dying minutes against the Dragons. Boyd Cordner returns from injury and has been included on a five-man bench.
KNIGHTS: Darius Boyd, James McManus, Wes Naiqama, Timana Tahu, Akuila Uate, Jarrod Mullen, Tyrone Roberts, Kade Snowden, Danny Buderus (c), Evarn Tuimavave, Chris Houston, Zeb Taia, Neville Costigan. Interchange: Matt Hilder, Joel Edwards,Willie Mason, Alex McKinnon
Talking point: The Knights have named Danny Buderus at hooker, despite coming from the field last night with an achilles injury. Tyrone Roberts comes into the team at halfback, with Kurt Gidley expected to miss the rest of the season with a dislocated shoulder.
SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS v CRONULLA SHARKS at ANZ Stadium, 7pm
Referees: Matt Cecchin, Chris James
RABBITOHS: Greg Inglis, Andrew Everingham, Matt King, Dylan Farrell, Nathan Merritt, John Sutton, Adam Reynolds, Scott Geddes, Issac Luke, David Tyrrell, Eddy Pettybourne, David Taylor, Michael Crocker.
Interchange (from): Jason Clark, Ben Lowe, Josh Starling, Chris McQueen, Shaune Corrigan
Talking point: Michael Maguire has retained the same team that did the job against the Cowboys on Saturday. Shaune Corrigan has been included on a five-man bench. Sam Burgess is an outside chance of making an early return from injury.
SHARKS: Matthew Wright, Stewart Mills, Ben Pomeroy, Colin Best, John Williams, Todd Carney, Jeff Robson, Bryce Gibbs, Isaac De Gois, Ben Ross, Jeremy Smith, Jayson Bukuya, Paul Gallen (c). Interchange (from): Andrew Fifita, Wade Graham, John Morris, Sam Tagataese, Mark Taufua
Talking point: The Sharks are unchanged from the team that hammered Canberra in the nation’s capital on Sunday. Mark Taufua has been included on a five-man bench.