NRL 2016 Round 10 - General DiscussionRep round is over and its back to business.
Teams listed below - but may change due to the midseason transfers going on.
St George-Illawarra Dragons v Canberra at UOW Jubilee Oval, Thursday, 7.50pm
Dragons: Josh Dugan, Kalifa Faifai Loa, Euan Aitken, Timoteo Lafai, Jason Nightingale, Gareth Widdop, Benji Marshall, Leeson Ah Mau, Mitch Rein, Mike Cooper, Tyson Frizell, Joel Thompson, Will Matthews. Interchange: Russell Packer, Dunamis Lui, Siliva Havili, Jacob Host, Jake Marketo (one to be omitted).
Raiders: Jack Wighton, Edrick Lee, Jarrod Croker (c), Joey Leilua, Jordan Rapana, Blake Austin, Aidan Sezer, Shannon Boyd, Josh Hodgson, Paul Vaughan, Josh Papalli, Elliott Whitehead, Shaun Fensom. Interchange: Kurt Baptiste, Luke Bateman, Clay Priest, Joe Tapine.
Can they still make the finals?: Coach Brad Arthur puts the Eels through their paces. Photo: Getty Images
Referees: Ashley Klein, Adam Gee.
Last meeting: Round 10, 2015 – Dragons 32 bt Raiders 18 at WIN Stadium
Preview: After a week off this will give a good indication of where these middle-of-the-ladder outfits sit. Canberra have been hit hard by injuries and the Dragons have had a tough start to the year. But that is behind them now and this is a game both need to win if they want to be playing finals. Jack de Belin's injury is a big loss to the Dragons, but they welcome back Joel Thompson from suspension. The Dragons are always tough to beat at Kogarah.
Key: Blake Austin and Aidan Sezer have just two more matches to press for NSW selection. The time is now.
Ubet odds: Dragons $2.20, Raiders $1.68
Parramatta Eels v South Sydney Rabbitohs at Pirtek Stadium, Friday, 7.50pm
Eels: Michael Gordon, Semi Radradra, Michael Jennings, Vai Toutai, Clint Gutherson, Brad Takairangi, Corey Norman, Junior Paulo, Nathan Peats, Danny Wicks, Manu Mau, Beau Scott (c), Tepai Moeroa. Interchange: Isaac De Gois, Peni Terepo, David Gower, Kenny Edwards.
Rabbitohs: Alex Johnston, Dane Nielsen, Kirisome Auvaa, Bryson Goodwin, Aaron Gray, Greg Inglis (c), Adam Reynolds, Thomas Burgess, Cameron McInnes, Nathan Brown, Paul Carter, Kyle Turner, Sam Burgess. Interchange: Luke Keary, Jason Clark, Jack Gosiewski, George Burgess.
Referees: Ben Cummins, Chris Sutton
Last meeting: Round 11, 2015 – Rabbitohs 14 bt Eels 12 at ANZ Stadium
Preview: After enduring the worst fortnight in club history, the Eels will no doubt be glad to get back on the field and let their footy do the talking. With zero points to their name following the sanctions handed down for salary cap breaches, they can ill afford to lose against the Rabbitohs if they still want to make the finals. They'll have to do it, though, without skippers Kieran Foran and Tim Mannah. South Sydney, meanwhile, are on a run of four losses and coach Michael Maguire has made plenty of changes.
Key: Will Greg Inglis' shift to five-eighth from fullback prove a stroke of genius or costly experiment?
Ubet odds: Eels $1.48, Souths $2.70
Penrith Panthers v NZ Warriors at Jade Stadium, Christchurch, Saturday, 3pm
Panthers: Matt Moylan, Josh Mansour, Waqa Blake, Peta Hiku, Dallin Watene Zelezniak, Jamie Soward, Peter Wallace, Sam McKendry, James Segeyaro, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Bryce Cartwright, Isaah Yeo, Trent Merrin. Interchange: Tyrone Peachey, Jeremy Latimore, Leilani Latu, James Fisher-Harris, Suaia Matagi (one to be omitted).
Warriors: Tuimoala Lolohea, Jonathan Wright, Blake Ayshford, Solomone Kata, David Fusitua, Thomas Leuluai, Shaun Johnson, Jacob Lillyman, Jazz Tevaga, James Gavet, Bodene Thompson, Ryan Hoffman (c), John Palavi. Interchange: Issac Luke, Ben Matulino, Charlie Gubb, Shaun Lane.
Referees: Matt Cecchin, David Munro
Last meeting: Round 23, 2015 – Panthers 24 bt NZ Warriors 10 at Pepper Stadium
Preview: Just one round after taking a home game over the mountains to Bathurst, the Panthers have now made a temporary switch across the Tasman where they will host the Warriors on their own turf. Centre Waqa Blake (hip) returns to a fairly settled line-up against a Warriors side that has been anything but. Stood down by the club for admitting to mixing prescription drugs with alcohol, Ben Matulino and Bodene Thompson have been recalled, while key men Tuimoala Lolohea (knee) and Thomas Leuluai (hamstring) come back from injury.
Key: Can the Warriors stay in the game for long enough against a Penrith side whose every game this year has been decided in the final five minutes?
Ubet odds: Panthers $1.55, Warriors $2.50
Melbourne Storm v North Queensland Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium, Saturday, 5.30pm
Storm: Cameron Munster, Suliasi Vunivalu, Tohu Harris, Ben Hampton, Cheyse Blair, Blake Green, Cooper Cronk, Jesse Bromwich, Cameron Smith, Jordan McLean, Kevin Proctor, Felise Kaufusi, Dale Finucane. Interchange: Kenneath Bromwich, Tim Glasby, Christian Welch Nicol, Nelson Asofa-Solomona.
Cowboys: Lachlan Coote, Kyle Feldt, Justin O'Neill, Kane Linnett, Antonio Winterstein, Michael Morgan, Johnathan Thurston, Matthew Scott, Jake Granville, James Tamou, Gavin Cooper, Ethan Lowe, Jason Taumalolo. Interchange: Rory Kostjasyn, Patrick Kaufusi, Scott Bolton, Ben Hannant.
Last meeting: Preliminary final 2015 – Cowboys 32 bt Storm 12 at AAMI Park
Preview: This is a mouth-watering clash between two in-form teams as part of the NRL's Brisbane double-header. The Storm have scored 80 unanswered points in their past two fixtures to climb into third spot on the ladder. North Queensland are the form team of the competition with five straight wins lifting the premiers to top spot. Unsurprisingly, both clubs have picked unchanged teams for this clash.
Key: Who will get to grips with playing on a neutral venue first? It's a Storm home game but the Cowboys have no fear about visiting a packed Suncorp Stadium after their epic with Brisbane earlier this year.
Ubet odds: Storm $2.80, Cowboys $1.45
Manly Sea Eagles v Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium, Saturday, 7.55pm
Sea Eagles: Brett Stewart, Matthew Wright, Jamie Lyon, Steve Matai, Brayden Williame, Dylan Walker, Daly Cherry-Evans, Darcy Lussick, Matt Parcell, Nate Myles, Lewis Brown, Martin Taupau, Jake Trbojevic. Interchange: Blake Leary, Addin Fonua-Blake, Brenton Lawrence, Siosaia Vave, Tom Symonds, Pita Godinet (two to be omitted).
Broncos: Darius Boyd, Corey Oates, Jack Reed, James Roberts, Jordan Kahu, Anthony Milford, Ben Hunt, Josh McGuire, Travis Waddell, Jarrod Wallace, Sam Thaiday, Matt Gillett, Corey Parker. Interchange: Herman Ese'ese, Jai Arrow, Jo Ofahengaue, Kodi Nikorima.
Last meeting: Round 21, 2015 – Sea Eagles 44 bt Broncos 14 at Central Coast Stadium
Preview: So how much are two competition points worth? Manly have taken the gamble of an NRL payday by sending this home fixture to Suncorp Stadium where Brisbane are yet to lose this season. The Sea Eagles will at least be boosted by the return of Brett Stewart, enabling Dylan Walker to move back to the halves. Beaten by Cronulla last time out, Brisbane have some concerns with Alex Glenn injured and Adam Blair suspended. Jarrod Wallace will start at prop while Jai Arrow makes his long-awaited NRL debut from the bench.
Key: Brisbane have lost just twice in their past 18 matches at Suncorp Stadium. It's an away game technically but a full house will get the Broncos over the line.
Ubet odds: Sea Eagles $5, Broncos $1.18
Newcastle Knights v Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Sunday, 2pm
Knights: Dane Gagai, Nathan Ross, Sione Mata'utia, Pat Mata'utia, Akuila Uate, Brock Lamb, Trent Hodkinson (c), Sam Mataora, Danny Levi, Daniel Saifiti, Tariq Sims (c), Jacob Saifiti, Jeremy Smith (c). Interchange: Tyler Randell, Korbin Sims, Jack Stockwell, Mickey Paea, Pauli Pauli (one to be omitted).
Sharks: Ben Barba, Sosaia Feki, Jack Bird, Gerard Beale, Valentine Holmes, James Maloney, Chad Townsend, Andrew Fifita, Michael Ennis, Sam Tagataese, Luke Lewis, Wade Graham, Paul Gallen. Interchange: Ricky Leutele, Chris Heighington, Matt Prior, Joseph Paulo, David Fifita (one to be omitted).
Last meeting: Round 15, 2015 – Sharks 30 bt Knights 28 at Hunter Stadium
Preview: The Knights might have the wood over Sharks, but all signs point to a one-sided affair on Sunday. Just one win in nine games has Newcastle anchored to the bottom of the ladder, while the Sharks are flying high with six wins on the trot. With Jarrod Mullen still injured, rookie Brock Lamb will get another chance in the halves alongside Trent Hodkinson for the Knights. Cronulla have made just one change to the side that beat Brisbane last start, with Luke Lewis named to start in the back row in place of Jayson Bukuya (suspended).
Key: With NSW State of Origin jumpers on the line, expect incumbent halfback Hodkinson and James Maloney to find an extra gear as the pair push their cases for selection.
Ubet odds: Knights $5.35, Sharks $1.16
Wests Tigers v Canterbury at ANZ Stadium, Sunday, 4pm
Tigers: Justin Hunt, David Nofoaluma, Tim Simona, Kevin Naiqama, Jordan Rankin, Mitchell Moses, Luke Brooks, Aaron Woods (c), Robbie Farah, Tim Grant, Curtis Sironen, Chris Lawrence, Sauaso Sue. Interchange: Josh Aloiai, Dene Halatau, Kyle Lovett, Ava Seumanufagai, Elijah Taylor (one to be omitted).
Bulldogs: Sam Perrett, Curtis Rona, Josh Morris, Kerrod Holland, Tyrone Phillips, Josh Reynolds, Moses Mbye, Aiden Tolman, Michael Lichaa, James Graham (c), Josh Jackson, Greg Eastwood, Sam Kasiano. Interchange: Tony Williams, Raymond Faitala-Mariner, David Klemmer, Tim Browne, Lloyd Perrett, Craig Garvey (two to be omitted).
Last meeting: Round 8, 2015 – Tigers 38 bt Canterbury 14 at ANZ Stadium
Preview: The returns of skipper Aaron Woods (ankle), Tim Grant (knee) and Mitch Moses (groin) have been offset by the loss of James Tedesco (shoulder). He's been replaced by Justin Hunt, while new buy Elijah Taylor could be a late inclusion. Buoyed by upsetting South Sydney a fortnight ago, the Tigers could spring another surprise on an inconsistent Bulldogs side that will miss Will Hopoate for the next three weeks due to his religious beliefs. Sam Perrett will deputise in his place.
Key: The inclusion of Sam Kasiano at lock, with Greg Eastwood moving to the second row is a subtle one. Can the Tigers hold on against the biggest pack in the league?
Ubet odds: Bulldogs $1.35, Tigers $3.25
Gold Coast Titans v Sydney Roosters at Cbus Super Stadium, Monday, 7pm
Titans: William Zillman, Nathan Davis, Josh Hoffman, Nene Macdonald, David Mead, Tyrone Roberts, Ashley Taylor, David Shillington, Nathan Friend, Ryan James, Zeb Taia, Chris McQueen, Greg Bird. Reserves: Luke Douglas, Leivaha Pulu, Agnatius Paasi, Kierran Moseley, Eddy Pettybourne, Anthony Don (two to be omitted).
Roosters: Latrell Mitchell, Daniel Tupou, Mitchell Aubusson, Blake Ferguson, Joe Burgess, Jackson Hastings, Mitchell Pearce, Sam Moa, Jake Friend, Dylan Napa, Boyd Cordner, Aidan Guerra. Reserves: Isaac Liu, Kane Evans, Eloni Vunakece, Ryan Matterson, J. Waerea-Hargreaves, Connor Watson.
Last meeting: Round 16, 2015 – Roosters 20 bt Titans 10 at Central Coast Stadium
Preview: A curious match-up to conclude round 10. The Roosters will strongly believe they can get on a roll now they have Mitchell Pearce, Boyd Cordner and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves back. The Titans haven't been the easybeats most thought they would be. However, the Roosters have some momentum after their 38-0 hammering of the Knights while the Titans fell to Melbourne by the same score last time. The Titans need to ensure their poor home form of previous seasons doesn't continue. Shaun Kenny-Dowall is out with a leg injury for the Roosters, Daniel Tupou comes in.
Key: The Roosters have won their last 10 matches when both Pearce and Waerea-Hargreaves have been in the side.
Ubet odds: Roosters $1.45, Titans $2.80