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NRL 2019 Round 1 - General Discussion

Des Hasler, Zac Lomax and Corey Allan.


(All kick-off times are in AEDT)
THURSDAY

Melbourne Storm v Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park (7.50pm)
Storm
: 1 Jahrome Hughes 2 Suliasi Vunivalu 3 William Chambers 4 Curtis Scott 5 Joshua Addo-Carr 6 Cameron Munster 7 Brodie Croft 8 Jesse Bromwich 9 Cameron Smith (c) 10 Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11 Felise Kaufusi 12 Kenny Bromwich 13 Dale Finucane. Interchange: 14 Brandon Smith 15 Christian Welch 16 Tui Kamikamica 17 Patrick Kaufusi. Reserves: 18 Ryan Papenhuyzen 19 Thomas Eisenhuth 20 Billy Walters 21 Marion Seve
Broncos: 1 Darius Boyd 2 Corey Oates 3 James Roberts 4 Jack Bird 5 Jamayne Isaako 6 Anthony Milford 7 Kodi Nikorima 8 Matt Lodge 9 Andrew McCullough 10 Joe Ofahengaue 11 Alex Glenn 12 Jaydn Su’A 13 Matt Gillett 14 Kotoni Staggs 15 David Fifita 16 Thomas Flegler 17 Tevita Pangai Junior 18 Shaun Fensom 19 Patrick Carrigan 20 Sean O’Sullivan 21 Gehamat Shibasaki
Team analysis: New recruit Marion Seve is listed as a reserve against his former club. Joe Stimson misses out with soreness, as Craig Bellamy names 14 of the side who played last year’s grand final. No real surprises in the Broncos’ extended squad. Tevita Pangai Jnr has been named on the bench with Matt Gillett to switch to lock as expected. Kotoni Staggs will play the utility role for Anthony Seibold and teen sensation Thomas Flegler.

FRIDAY
Newcastle Knights v Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium (6pm)
Knights
: 1 Connor Watson 2 Edrick Lee 3 Hymel Hunt 4 Jesse Ramien 5 Shaun Kenny-Dowall 6 Kalyn Ponga 7 Mitchell Pearce 8 David Klemmer 9 Danny Levi 10 James Gavet 11 Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12 Sione Mata’utia 13 Tim Glasby. Interchange: 14 Kurt Mann 15 Aidan Guerra 16 Mitchell Barnett 17 Daniel Saifiti. Reserves: 18 Jamie Buhrer 19 Herman Ese’ese 20 Josh King 21 Brodie Jones
Sharks: 1 Matt Moylan 2 Sosaia Feki 3 Josh Dugan 4 Josh Morris 5 Sione Katoa 6 Shaun Johnson 7 Chad Townsend 8 Andrew Fifita 9 Jayden Brailey 10 Matt Prior 11 Briton Nikora 12 Kurt Capewell 13 Paul Gallen (c). Interchange: 14 Blayke Brailey 15 Jayson Bukuya 16 Aaron Woods 17 Jack Williams. Reserves: 18 Scott Sorensen 19 Kyle Flanagan 20 Bronson Xerri 21 Braden Uele
Team analysis: New props David Klemmer and James Gavet are set to debut alongside each other. There’s a whole new edge for the Knights as Edrick Lee and Hymel Hunt partner on the right side. Kurt Mann is expected to debut off the bench. 20-year-old Blayke Brailey will come off the bench to replace brother Jayden at hooker. Josh Morris will debut for the Sharks alongside Josh Dugan in the centres.

Roosters v South Sydney Rabbitohs at SCG (7.55pm)
Roosters
: 1 James Tedesco 2 Daniel Tupou 3 Latrell Mitchell 4 Joseph Manu 5 Brett Morris 6 Luke Keary 7 Cooper Cronk 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9 Jake Friend (c) 10 Sio Siua Taukeiaho 11 Boyd Cordner (c) 12 Mitchell Aubusson 13 Victor Radley. Interchange: 14 Isaac Liu 15 Zane Tetevano 16 Lindsay Collins 17 Angus Crichton. Reserves: 18 Nat Butcher 19 Matthew Ikuvalu 20 Lachlan Lam 21 Poasa Faamausili
Rabbitohs: 1 Alex Johnston 2 Dane Gagai 3 Greg Inglis (c) 4 Braidon Burns 5 Campbell Graham 6 Cody Walker 7 Adam Reynolds 8 Tevita Tatola 9 Damien Cook 10 Tom Burgess 11 John Sutton 12 Sam Burgess 13 Cameron Murray. Interchange: 14 Liam Knight 15 Mark Nicholls 16 Ethan Lowe 17 Corey Allan. Reserves: 18 Kyle Turner 19 Connor Tracey 20 Rhys Kennedy 21 Mawene Hiroti
Team analysis: New recruit Angus Crichton will come off the bench to face his former club, while Brett Morris is handed a Roosters debut in a strong side. English wing Ryan Hall remains injured. Greg Inglis is in line to go toe-to-toe with Latrell Mitchell at centre – but Corey Allan is on the bench if G.I fails to pass a late fitness test. Former Cowboy Ethan Lowe is expected to make his debut off the bench.

SATURDAY
Warriors v Canterbury Bulldogs at Mt Smart Stadium (3pm)
Warriors
: 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c) 2 David Fusitua 3 Peta Hiku 4 Solomone Kata 5 Ken Maumalo 6 Adam Keighran 7 Blake Green 8 Agnatius Paasi 9 Nathaniel Roache 10 Bunty Afoa 11 Adam Blair 12 Tohu Harris 13 Lachlan Burr. Interchange: 14 Jazz Tevaga 15 Sam Lisone 16 Leeson Ah Mau 17 Blake Ayshford. Reserves: 18 Gerard Beale 20 Ligi Sao 21 Karl Lawton 22 Chanel Harris-Tavita
Bulldogs: 1 Will Hopoate 2 Christian Crichton 3 Kerrod Holland 4 Marcelo Montoya 5 Reimis Smith 6 Kieran Foran 7 Lachlan Lewis 8 Aiden Tolman 9 Michael Lichaa 10 Dylan Napa 11 Josh Jackson (c) 12 Raymond Faitala-Mariner 13 Adam Elliott. Interchange: 14 Jeremy Marshall-King 15 Danny Fualalo 16 Corey Harawira-Naera 17. Sauaso Sue Reserves: 19 Jack Cogger 20 Nick Meaney 21 Chris Smith 22 Ofahiki Ogden
Team analysis: Dylan Napa will lead from the front for the Dogs, but fellow new boy Nick Meaney and Jack Cogger are listed as reserves. Former Tiger Sauaso Sue is named on the interchange. Adam Blair’s hamstring injury means NSW Cup player of the year Lachlan Burr will start at lock. Adam Keighran is picked to partner Blake Green in the halves.

Wests Tigers v Manly Sea Eagles at Leichhardt Oval (5.30pm)
Tigers
: 1 Corey Thompson 2 Mahe Fonua 3 Paul Momirovski 4 Esan Marsters 5 Robert Jennings 6 Benji Marshall 7 Luke Brooks 8 Ben Matulino 9 Robbie Farah 10 Alex Twal 11 Ryan Matterson 12 Luke Garner 13 Elijah Taylor. Interchange: 14 Russell Packer 15 Thomas Mikale 16 Josh Aloiai 17 Michael Chee-Kam. Reserves: 18 Josh Reynolds 19 Matt Eisenhuth 20 Jacob Liddle 21 Chris McQueen
Sea Eagles: 1 Brendan Elliot 2 Jorge Taufua 3 Moses Suli 4 Bradley Parker 5 Reuben Garrick 6 Kane Elgey 7 Daly Cherry-Evans (c) 8 Addin Fonua-Blake 9 Apisai Koroisau 10 Martin Taupau 11 Joel Thompson 12 Curtis Sironen 13 Jake Trbojevic. Interchange: 14 Trent Hodkinson 15 Jack Gosiewski 16 Kelepi Tanginoa 17 Toafofoa Sipley. Interchange: 18 Tevita Funa 19 Cade Cust 20 Lloyd Perrett 21 Lachlan Croker
Team analysis: Corey Thompson starts at fullback with Moses Mbye out (knee). David Nofoaluma is also out (shoulder), with Mahe Fonua starting on the wing. Robert Jennings is on the other flank with Paul Momirovski in the centres. Luke Garner wins a back row spot while Josh Reynolds misses out altogether. Brendan Elliot gets the nod to replace Tom Trbojevic - with young gun Albert Hopoate absent from Manly’s 21. Trent Hodkinson is demoted to the bench with Kane Elgey set to partner Daly Cherry-Evans in the halves.

North Queensland Cowboys v St George Illawarra Dragons at 1300Smiles Stadium (7.35pm)
Cowboys
: 1 Jordan Kahu 2 Javid Bowen 3 Justin O’Neill 4 Tom Opacic 5 Nene Macdonald 6 Te Maire Martin 7 Michael Morgan 8 Matt Scott 9 Jake Granville 10 Jordan McLean 11 Gavin Cooper 12 Coen Hess 13 Jason Taumalolo. Interchange: 14 John Asiata 15 Josh McGuire 16 Mitchell Dunn 17 Francis Molo. Reserves: 18 Ben Hampton 19 Jack Clifford 20 Gideon Gela-Mosby 21 Enari Tuala
Dragons: 1 Gareth Widdop 2 Jordan Pereira 3 Euan Aitken 4 Tim Lafai 5 Mikaele Ravalawa 6 Corey Norman 7 Ben Hunt 8 James Graham 9 Cameron McInnes 10 Paul Vaughan 11 Jacob Host 12 Tariq Sims 13 Tyson Frizell. Interchange: 14 Jeremy Latimore 15 Matt Dufty 16 Blake Lawrie 17 Luciano Leilua. Reserves: 18 Zac Lomax 19 Josh Kerr 20 Reece Robson 21 Jonus Pearson
sh McGuire will play off the bench with Jason Taumalolo staying at lock.Source: Getty Images
Team analysis: Jordan Kahu starts at fullback, while Javid Bowen has been named on the wing with Kyle Feldt out (groin). Justin O’Neill and Tom Opacic claim the centre positions, while Te Maire Martin edges out Jake Clifford for five-eighth. Jason Taumalolo starts at lock while Josh McGuire is benched. Jack de Belin is not named by the Dragons amid his ongoing court battle, with Tyson Frizell filling in at lock. Corey Norman is in line to make his debut for St George alongside Ben Hunt in the halves. After some poor trial form Dragons youngster Zac Lomax has been axed in favour of debutant Mikaele Ravalawa at wing.

SUNDAY
Penrith Panthers v Parramatta Eels at Panthers Stadium (4.05pm)
Panthers
: 1 Dylan Edwards 2 Josh Mansour 3 Waqa Blake 4 Dean Whare 5 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 6 James Maloney 7 Nathan Cleary 8 James Tamou 9 Sione Katoa 10 Reagan Campbell-Gillard 11 Jack Hetherington 12 Isaah Yeo 13 James Fisher-Harris 14 Wayde Egan 15 Tyrell Fuimaono 16 Moses Letoa 17 Hame Sele 18 Jarome Luai 19 Tim Grant 20 Liam Martin 21 Malakai Watene-Zelezniak
Eels: 1 Clinton Gutherson (c) 2 Maika Sivo 3 Michael Jennings 4 Brad Takairangi 5 Blake Ferguson 6 Dylan Brown 7 Mitchell Moses 8 Daniel Alvaro 9 Reed Mahoney 10 Tepai Moeroa 11 Shaun Lane 12 Marata Niukore 13 Nathan Brown. Interchange: 14 Will Smith 15 Tim Mannah (c) 16 Kane Evans 17 David Gower. Reserves: 18 Josh Hoffman 19 Oregon Kaufusi 20 Bevan French 21 Junior Paulo
lan Edwards looks to nab the fullback jersey at Penrith.Source: News Corp Australia
Team analysis: Dylan Edwards has beaten incumbent Kiwis fullback Dallin Watene-Zelezniak to the No.1 jumper, and Sione Katoa has edged Wayde Egan for the starting hooker role. James Tamou will return to the run-on side after spending most of 2018 on the bench.George Jennings has been left out of the Eels squad altogether, while new signing Junior Paulo is included among the reserves. Maika Sivo and exciting rookie Dylan Brown are in line to make debuts.

Gold Coast Titans v Canberra Raiders at Cbus Super Stadium (6.10pm)
Titans
: 1 Michael Gordon 2 Brenko Lee 3 Tyrone Peachey 4 Brian Kelly 5 Phillip Sami 6 Tyrone Robers 7 Ash Taylor 8 Jarrod Wallace 9 Nathan Peats 10 Shannon Boyd 11 Kevin Proctor 12 Ryan James 13 Jai Arrow.
Interchange: 14 AJ Brimson 15 Moeaki Fotuaika 16 Max King 17 Bryce Cartwright
Reserves: 18 Mitch Rein 19 Dane Copley 20 Anthony Don 21 Keegan Hipgrave
Raiders: 1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2 Nick Cotric 3 Jarrod Croker 4 Joseph Leilua 5 Bailey Simonsson 6 Jack Wighton 7 Aidan Sezer 8 Josh Papalii 9 Josh Hodgson 10 Sia Soliola 11 Joe Tapine 12 Elliott Whitehead 13 John Bateaman
Interchange: 14 Siliva Havili 15 Ryan Sutton 16 Dunamis Luis 17 Corey Horsburgh
Reserves: 18 Sam Williams 19 Jack Murchie 20 Luke Bateman 21 JJ Collins
Team analysis: Tyrone Peachey makes his debut at centre, while the returning Tyrone Roberts gets the No 6 jersey as AJ Brimson is forced to settle for a bench spot. Shannon Boyd is set to face his former club on his Titans debut. Englishman John Bateman is in line for his Raiders debut at lock. Fellow Pommy Ryan Sutton makes do with a bench spot, while new recruit JJ Collins can only make the reserve list.​


 
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god after this off season thursday cant come soon enough.

you know at the end of last season I really thought i was a bit leagued out. Yes the team were on the improve but its been a long hall for me from their very first game. It was sort of Yay were building, but i've seen that all before.

But come day one, I'll be back on the couch watching with the rest of you mugs. God Save Me.

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Always keep an eye on the former warrior players and there's a few interesting ones getting around this weekend-
Gavet jagging a starting spot at the knights.
We've got a few running out for the sharks now with feki retaining his spot, the chad, bakuya and of course there'll be a big focus on Sj making his debut.
Foran will be trying to resurrect his career at the dogs and rfm has done well to see off some strong challenges for a starting backrow spot.
Mutts and ET both starting for the tigers with fudge off the bench.
Toafofoa sipley has beat out Lloyd perret for a bench spot at manly.
Jeremy latimore on the bench for the dragons.
Shaun lane and warriors junior nuikore filling the edge fowards rolls at the eels.
I think we're all stoked for cnk getting first shot in the 1 jumper with the raiders- always seemed like a great bloke and havilli off the bench.
Good luck to all our old boys (except the 2 playing against us) once a warrior always a warrior.
I'll be watching ALOT of footy this weekend- can't wait.
 
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Love footy season, gives me an excuse to stay in and not play up out in the big bad world.

Storm, Sharks, Roosters, Warriors, Tigers, Cows, Panthers, Raiders.

Manly vs Ligers is the blindfolded dart throw, but leaning Ligers due to Leighcardt factor. GC could pop the Raiders cherry aswell.
 
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Storm v Broncs will give us a real good indication where the Storm will be. Can Cam Smith single handily carry the Storm this year? They have some quality players, but everything starts and finishes with Smith
 
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Am looking forward to seeing how Charnze goes at the back for the Raiders.
I love watching all ex players but the one of most interest to me this week will be Shaun Johnson. Love to see him do well with his new team. I expect him to play a blinder this week...
 
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Am looking forward to seeing how Charnze goes at the back for the Raiders.
Me too. I like the kid and wish him well but fear he is a symptom of the Raiders not being a popular club. I felt sorry for Ricky Stuart on NRL360 tonight saying how they sacked players for bad behaviour only for those players to be the subject of a bidding war by other clubs...sort of defeats the purpose doesn't it?
 
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I love watching all ex players but the one of most interest to me this week will be Shaun Johnson. Love to see him do well with his new team. I expect him to play a blinder this week...
For what it's worth I've heard Sj and moylan have been carving up at training.
Interesting game that one- Sportsbet can't split them.
I think it's a mistake moving ponga- mind u he will have Pearce running the show and a decent pack to play behind- ese ese couldn't even crack it.
 
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Always keep an eye on the former warrior players and there's a few interesting ones getting around this weekend-
Gavet jagging a starting spot at the knights.
We've got a few running out for the sharks now with feki retaining his spot, the chad, bakuya and of course there'll be a big focus on Sj making his debut.
Foran will be trying to resurrect his career at the dogs and rfm has done well to see off some strong challenges for a starting backrow spot.
Mutts and ET both starting for the tigers with fudge off the bench.
Toafofoa sipley has beat out Lloyd perret for a bench spot at manly.
Jeremy latimore on the bench for the dragons.
Shaun lane and warriors junior nuikore filling the edge fowards rolls at the eels.
I think we're all stoked for cnk getting first shot in the 1 jumper with the raiders- always seemed like a great bloke and havilli off the bench.
Good luck to all our old boys (except the 2 playing against us) once a warrior always a warrior.
I'll be watching ALOT of footy this weekend- can't wait.
Apart from Johnson, he is dead to me 😂
 
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Me too. I like the kid and wish him well but fear he is a symptom of the Raiders not being a popular club. I felt sorry for Ricky Stuart on NRL360 tonight saying how they sacked players for bad behaviour only for those players to be the subject of a bidding war by other clubs...sort of defeats the purpose doesn't it?
yep same here Bruce, not a fan of Ricky's but he made some valid points. Gotta wonder though how Wighton has still got a contract with the Raiders?
 
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Ricky saying it wasn't fair that players could be sacked and then earn more elsewhere was a pretty weird thing to bring up.

If players are continually stuffing up enough to be sacked at one club then maybe the club has to sort their shit out.

If another club wants to take a gamble on damaged goods and pay them handsomely for it then that's their business.
 
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An interesting look at how each team's Round 1 team list from 2019 compares to five years ago.

Here's what we were running :

1 Sam Tomkins 2 Glen Fisiiahi 3 Dane Nielsen 4 Carlos Tuimavave 5 Manu Vatuvei 6 Chad Townsend 7 Shaun Johnson 8 Sam Rapira 9 Nathan Friend 10 Ben Matulino 11 Jayson Bukuya 12 Simon Mannering (c) 13 John Palavi 14 Jacob Lillyman 15 Suaia Matagi 16 Sione Lousi 17 Feleti Mateo

Having a look at the other teams, funniest thing I saw was the Sharks having Ayshford and Jono Wright together in the centres.
 
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An interesting look at how each team's Round 1 team list from 2019 compares to five years ago.

Here's what we were running :

1 Sam Tomkins 2 Glen Fisiiahi 3 Dane Nielsen 4 Carlos Tuimavave 5 Manu Vatuvei 6 Chad Townsend 7 Shaun Johnson 8 Sam Rapira 9 Nathan Friend 10 Ben Matulino 11 Jayson Bukuya 12 Simon Mannering (c) 13 John Palavi 14 Jacob Lillyman 15 Suaia Matagi 16 Sione Lousi 17 Feleti Mateo

Having a look at the other teams, funniest thing I saw was the Sharks having Ayshford and Jono Wright together in the centres.
Good post. How many of those would make our 17 on their 2014 form?

I guess Manu Vatuvei, Chad, SJ, Sam Rapira, Ben Matulino, Mannering, Jake Lillyman (played SOO???) and Matagi. That is about half the squad which shows how much stronger this team is IMO.
 
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Ricky saying it wasn't fair that players could be sacked and then earn more elsewhere was a pretty weird thing to bring up.

If players are continually stuffing up enough to be sacked at one club then maybe the club has to sort their shit out.

If another club wants to take a gamble on damaged goods and pay them handsomely for it then that's their business.
I think what he was getting at was the NRL put pressure on the club to act on these players, who to be fair were pretty much out of control. With one exception they all seemed to pull their heads in or else their new club kept them under wraps.
 
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Good post. How many of those would make our 17 on their 2014 form?

I guess Manu Vatuvei, Chad, SJ, Sam Rapira, Ben Matulino, Mannering, Jake Lillyman (played SOO???) and Matagi. That is about half the squad which shows how much stronger this team is IMO.
Gotta disagree with you on a few of those, Bruce.
Matalino, Matagi, Lillyman, Chad... much prefer the ones we have in the squad now as they are, no counting on further improvement yet to come.
 
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Lillyman and matalino 5 years ago I would rate as still in their peak. Chad vs AK? (If it’s SJ vs Green to control the team). Matagi I agree would struggle to make this squad.
 
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