- 3 Jul 2017
- AFL Club
- Port Adelaide
Storm could welcome back Christian Welch after he played 40 minutes in round one of the Queensland Cup on his comeback from an ACL injury and if fit he could replace Max King on the bench. Wests Tigers loanee Paul Momoirovski is in the running to replace Marion Seve at right centre with Brandon Smith also set to return after missing opening round due to a facial injury.
Expected team: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Marion Seve/Paul Momoirovski 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Tui Kamikamica 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenny Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane Interchange: 14. Brandon Smith 15. Max King/Christian Welch 16. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 17. Tino Faasuamaleaui
The Knights will be without Kalyn Ponga when the season resumes due to a two match suspension picked up in round two with Tex Hoy expected to make NRL debut at fullback. Mitch Barrett has had back surgery and his loss will be offset by the return of Sione Mata’utia.New recruit Jayden Brailey’s season looks to be over after he suffered an ACL injury in round two with Connor Watson set to take up hooking role, which may see Mason Lino promoted to the 17 to play bench utility. Bradman Best could replace Enari Tuala at left centre after recovering for foot surgery. Herman Ese’ese (ankle) and Lachlan Fitzgibbon (ribs) will be right to go after picking up injuries in Round 2. Phoenix Crossland is slowly returning to full fitness after surgery due to osteitis pubis injury.
Expected team: 1. Tex Hoy 2. Edrick Lee 3. Bradman Best/Enari Tuala 4. Gehamat Shibasaki 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Kurt Mann 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. David Klemmer 9. Connor Watson 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Sione Mata’utia 13. Herman Ese’ese Interchange: 14. Mason Lino 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Tim Glasby 17. Aidan Guerra
NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
The Warrior’s team will all depend on what players fly back to Australia for restart of competition but they should welcome return of both Agnatius Passi and Jazz Tevaga from ankle injuries. Peta Hiku and Patrick Herbert should return after missing Round 2 game after flying back to New Zealand early. David Fusitu’a failed to travel with squad to Tamworth and will miss opening game with Gerard Beale a chance to replace him at centre after recovering from broken leg. Josh Curran is expected to replace rookie Eliesa Katoa at starting left 2RF with Adam Pompey, Jamayne Taunoa-Brown, Adam Keighran and King Vuniyayawa other players to drop of 17 which played in Round 2. Nathaniel Roache has arrived in Australia after not travelling originally with team due to illness but is closing in on returning from ACL injury and is expected to be available to play in a few weeks. Taane Milne, Bunty Afoa and Jackson Frei are all out for the season after suffering ACL injury in opening rounds.
Expected team: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Patrick Herbert 3. Gerard Beale 4. Peta Hiku 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Chanel Harris-Tavita 7. Blake Green 8. Leeson Ah Mau 9. Wayde Egan 10. Agnatius Passi 11. Josh Curran 12. Tohu Harris 13. Jazz Tevaga Interchange: 14. Kodi Nikorima 15. Adam Blair 16. Isaiah Papali’i 17. Lachlan Burr
NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS
The Cowboys only have once concern and that is skipper Michael Morgan who had shoulder surgery while the code was on hold, however, the surgery only minor and Morgan will only miss a few games when season resumes allowing Jake Clifford to come into halves to partner Scott Drinkwater.
Expected team: 1. Valentine Holmes 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Justin O’Neill 4. Esan Marsters 5. Ben Hampton 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Michael Morgan 8. Josh McGuire 9. Jake Granville 10. Jordan McLean 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Coen Hess 13. Jason Taumalolo Interchange: 14. Reece Robson 15. John Asiata 16. Mitchell Dunn 17. Francis Molo
The Eels will be without both Nathan Brown (suspension) and Reed Mahoney (ankle) in round three. Peni Terepo should replace Brown at lock with coach Brad Arthurs having options of either Ray Stone, Will Smith or Rhys Davies to replace Mahoney at hooker.
1. Clint Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Ray Stone 10. Junior Paulo 11. Ryan Matterson 12. Shaun Lane 13. Peni Terepo Interchange: 14. Brad Takairangi 15. Marata Niukore 16. Kane Evans 17. Will Smith
Panthers will welcome back Dylan Edwards after he suffered syndesmosis injury in pre-season and he will replace Caleb Aekins at fullback. Kurt Capewell should be fit to make his club debut after missing the opening rounds due to quad injury, he would come onto bench replacing Billy Burns. Nathan Cleary has been handed a 2 game suspension due to failing to comply with Covid-19 restrictions, with Matt Burton set to partner Jarome Luai in halves. Jack Hetherington remains suspended until Round 4. Dean Blore (shoulder), Shawn Blore (ACL), Brayden McGrady (ACL) and Spencer Leinu (knee) are all working back from injuries and would probably need some match fitness to come into consideration for first grade.
Expected team: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Josh Mansour 3. Dean Whare 4. Brent Naden 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Matt Burton 8. James Tamou 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Zane Tetevano 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Isaah Yeo 13. James Fisher-Harris Interchange: 14. Stephen Crichton 15. Kurt Capewell 16. Moses Leota 17. Liam Martin
SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Rabbitohs expect to be without James Roberts when the season resumes after it was confirmed he has entered a rehab facility, this will allow Wayne Bennett to bite bullet and move Latrell Mitchell to centre allowing Alex Johnston to start at fullback with Bryson Goodwin the player I expect to come onto bench. Patrick Mago is the only player on injury list as he recover from pectoral injury suffered in Charity Shield and should be fit in coming weeks after completion resumes.
Expected team: 1. Alex Johnston 2. Dane Gagai 3. Latrell Mitchell 4. Braidon Burns 5. Campbell Graham 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Jaydn Su’A 12. Cameron Murray 13. Liam Knight Interchange: 14. Mark Nicholls 15. Ethan Lowe 16. Hame Sele 17. Bryson Goodwin
ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Dragons will welcome back Tariq Sims (suspension), Cameron McInnes (knee) and Korbin Sims (broken arm) with Billy Brittian, Jacob Host and Josh Kerr to make way. The other major decision Coach Paul McGregor will have to make is whether he continues with Matt Dufty at fullback or he moves Zac Lomax back there with Mikaele Ravalawa returning from a quad injury on wing. Jack de Belin is only player unavailable due to being stood down. Rookie Cody Ramsey is unavailable after having shoulder surgery before lockdown after picking up injury at Perth 9’s.
Expected team: 1. Matthew Dufty 2. Jordan Pereira 3. Brayden Wiliame 4. Tim Lafai 5. Zac Lomax 6. Corey Norman 7. Ben Hunt 8. James Graham 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Tariq Sims 13. Blake Lawrie Interchange: 14. Trent Merrin 15. Korbin Sims 16. Issac Luke 17. Tyrell Fuimaono
Roosters will welcome back Boyd Cordner after he was rested from opening rounds of competition. Cordner would start on left edge with Angus Crichton dropping back to bench. Josh Morris will make his club debut at left centre with Brett Morris moving to right wing and Matt Ikuvalu dropping out of the 17. Nat Butcher missed round two after picking up a minor injury at training leading into game and should be right to return from bench with Lindsay Collins the player to make way. Billy Smith (ACL) and Sitili Topouniua (knee) are only players on injury list.
Expected team: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Joseph Manu 5. Brett Morris 6. Luke Keary 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Mitchell Aubusson 13. Victor Radley Interchange: 14. Sam Verrills 15. Isaac Liu 16. Nat Butcher 17. Angus Crichton
The Tigers will welcome the return of both Moses Mbye (knee) and Luke Brooks (calf) when the season returns. Brooks will replace Josh Reynolds in the halves with Mbye set to play left centre which will allow Adam Doueihi to move to his preferred position at fullback with Corey Thompson moving to left wing and Robert Jennings dropping out. Thomas Mikaele suffered a knee injury in round two but should be fit to play in round three with new loanee Harry grant set to make club debut at hooker with Billy Walters dropping to the bench. Jacob Liddle (ACL) and Russell Packer (foot) remain on long tern injury list.
Expected team: 1. Adam Doueihi 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Joseph Leilua 4. Moses Mbye 5. Corey Thompson 6. Benji Marshall 7. Luke Brooks 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Harry Grant 10. Alex Twal 11. Luke Garner 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Elijah Taylor Interchange: 14. Thomas Mikaele 16. Zane Musgrove 16. Billy Walters 17. Michael Chee-Kam/Chris Lawrence