Sydney Roosters team, Matt Dufty, Jason Taumalolo, Tom Trbojevic, Lachlan Lam, Round 24 teams, early mail, SuperCoach

Audria Easterly

The Roosters’ injury crisis has taken a turn for the worse, with Trent Robinson forced to name a heavily-changed team. Tom Trbojevic is back for Manly as they prepare to face the Bulldogs. The race to the 2021 NRL Telstra Finals Series is on and every game matters. Watch Live […]

The Roosters’ injury crisis has taken a turn for the worse, with Trent Robinson forced to name a heavily-changed team.

Tom Trbojevic is back for Manly as they prepare to face the Bulldogs.

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Meanwhile, Matt Dufty is out for the Dragons once more.

Read on for all the Round 24 team analysis!

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THURSDAY

Newcastle Knights vs Gold Coast Titans, 7.50pm at Sunshine Coast Stadium

Knights team: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Enari Tuala 3. Kurt Mann 4. Bradman Best 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Jake Clifford 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Sauaso Sue 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Jacob Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Mitchell Barnett 13. Connor Watson 14. Brodie Jones 15. Chris Randall 16. Josh King 17. Jirah Momoisea 18. Jack Johns 19. Pasami Saulo 20. Simi Sasagi 21. Phoenix Crossland

Knights analysis: David Klemmer misses the game due to a contrary conduct charge, with Sausaso Sue taking spot. Tyson Frizell returns for the Knights, with Brodie Jones dropping to the bench.

Titans team: 1. Jayden Campbell 2. Phillip Sami 3. Brian Kelly 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Corey Thompson 6. Tyrone Peachey 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Mitch Rein 10. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Beau Fermor 13. Sam McIntyre 14. Erin Clark 15. David Fifita 16. Moeaki Fotuaika 17. Jaimin Jolliffe 18. Toby Sexton 19. Sam Lisone 20. Esan Marsters 21. Greg Marzhew

Titans analysis: Justin Holbrook has axed Ash Taylor, with Tyrone Peachey coming in at five-eighth for a huge game in the Titans’ finals hopes. Sam Lisone is also dropped with Mo Fotuaika joining the bench alongside David Fifita. Kevin Proctor has been named to played despite a niggling shoulder injury picked up in the loss to the Storm.

FRIDAY

Warriors vs Canberra Raiders, 6pm at BB Print Stadium (Mackay)

Warriors team: 1. Reece Walsh 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Peta Hiku 4. Adam Pompey 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Sean O’Sullivan 7. Chad Townsend 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Matt Lodge 11. Josh Curran 12. Euan Aitken 13. Bayley Sironen 14. Kodi Nikorima 15. Bunty Afoa 16. Eliesa Katoa 17. Jazz Tevaga 18. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 20. Rocco Berry 21. Kane Evans 22. Jack Murchie

Warriors analysis: Matt Lodge is back from suspension, with Jamayne Taunoa-Brown dropping to the reserves. Kodi Nikorima is back on bench after his partner gave birth to their second child. Sean O’Sullivan is the new five-eighth with Chanel Harris-Tavita not named. Josh Curran is in the side despite picking up a head knock against Brisbane.

Raiders team: 1. Jordan Rapana 2. Bailey Simonsson 3. Sebastian Kris 4. Matthew Timoko 5. Harley Smith-Shields 6. Jack Wighton 7. Matt Frawley 8. Josh Papalii’i 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Ryan Sutton 14. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 15. Emre Guler 16. Corey Horsburgh 17. Siliva Havili 18. Sam Williams 19. Dunamis Lui 20. Semi Valemei 21. Trey Mooney

Raiders analysis: Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad has to make do with a spot on the bench once again, with Jordan Rapana named at fullback once more. Jarrod Croker is still not available. Matt Frawley ousts Sam Williams in the halves, while Siliva Havili and Corey Horsburgh come onto the bench.

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Sydney Roosters vs South Sydney Rabbitohs, 7.55pm at Suncorp Stadium

Roosters team: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Lachlan Lam 4. Joseph Manu 5. Brad Abbey 6. Drew Hutchison 7. Sam Walker 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Sam Verrills 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Egan Butcher 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Isaac Liu 14. Ben Marschke 15. Naufahu Whyte 16. Fletcher Baker 17. Ben Thomas 18. Moala Graham-Taufa 19. Tukupa Hau Tapuha 20. Daniel Suluka-Fifita

Roosters analysis: The injury toll is so bad for Bondi club that Lachlan Lam has been forced to fill in at centre against the Bunnies with Adam Keighran out of the side. Brad Abbey has been named on the wing with Egan Butcher taking the role of brother Nat in the backrow. Ben Marschke and Naufahu Whyte come onto the bench.

Rabbitohs team:1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Dane Gagai 4. Campbell Graham 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Mark Nicholls 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Jaydn Su’A 12. Jai Arrow 13. Cameron Murray 14. Benji Marshall 15. Jacob Host 16. Tevita Tatola 17. Hame Sele 18. Liam Knight 19. Blake Taaffe 20. Peter Mamouzelos 21. Taane Milne

Rabbitohs analysis: Keaon Koloamatangi’s two-game ban brings Jaydn Su’A back into the side, while Josh Mansour’s wing spot is taken by Jaxson Paulo. Liam Knight is among the reserves, while Tevita Tatola must overcome concussion symptoms to play.

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SATURDAY

St George Illawarra Dragons vs North Queensland Cowboys, 3pm at Browne Park (Rockhampton)

Dragons team: 1. Tyrell Sloan 2. Mathew Feagai 3. Jack Bird 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Talatau Amone 7. Corey Norman 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Jayden Sullivan 10. Josh Mcguire 11. Billy Burns 12. Tariq Sims 13. Jack de Belin 14. Freddy Lussick 15. Tyrell Fuimaono 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Jackson Ford 18. Kaide Ellis 19. Poasa Faamausili 20. Gerard Beale 21. Josh Kerr

Dragons analysis: Matt Dufty is out of the Dragons side for Tyrell Sloan as loan player Freddy Lussick comes onto the bench to cover at hooker. Blake Lawrie is back in to partner Josh McGuire in the front row as Jayden Sullivan starts as No. 9. Jack de Belin shifts to lock, with Tariq Sims and Tyrell Fuimaono taking the two back-row spots.

Cowboys team: 1. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Ben Hampton 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Tom Dearden 8. Jason Taumalolo 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Ben Condon 12. Heilum Luki 13. Reuben Cotter 14. Jake Granville 15. Jeremiah Nanai 16. Mitchell Dunn 17. Griffin Neame 18. Tom Gilbert 19. Daejarn Asi 20. Francis Molo 21. Laitia Moceidreke

Cowboys analysis: Jason Taumalolo is named to play at prop, with Kyle Feldt and Murray Taulagi back on the wing. Valentine Holmes and Ben Hampton shift to the centres. Youngster Griffin Neame returns on the bench as Francis Molo drops to the bench.

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Cronulla Sharks vs Brisbane Broncos, 5.30pm at Suncorp Stadium

Sharks team: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Connor Tracey 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Mawene Hiroti 6. Luke Metcalf 7. Braydon Trindall 8. Toby Rudolf 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Briton Nikora 12. Siosifa Talakai 13. Jack Williams 14. Matt Moylan 15. Braden Hamlin-Uele 16. Aiden Tolman 17. Teig Wilton 18. Kai O’Donnell 19. Billy Magoulias 20. Jenson Taumoepeau 21. Joniah Lualua

Sharks analysis: Mawene Hiroti comes in for Ronaldo Mulitalo as Connor Tracey keeps Will Chambers out of the side. Luke Metcalf retains his spot in the No. 6. Aiden Tolman starts in the front row, with Billy Magoulias falling onto the extended bench.

Broncos team: 1. Tesi Niu 2. Corey Oates 3. Selwyn Cobbo 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Xavier Coates 6. Anthony Milford 7. Albert Kelly 8. Thomas Flegler 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. Alex Glenn 12. Jordan Riki 13. Kobe Hetherington 14. Danny Levi 15. Rhys Kennedy 16. Ethan Bullemor 17. TC Robati 18. David Mead 19. Brendan Piakura 20. Cory Paix 21. Brodie Croft

Broncos analysis: An unchanged 17 for the Broncos as they aim for their first back-to-back win under Kevin Walters. Xavier Coates is tipped to overcome an elbow injury to play, with David Mead his likely replacement should he fail to make the start line.

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Melbourne Storm vs Parramatta Eels, 7.35pm at Suncorp Stadium

Storm team:1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Dean Ieremia 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Brandon Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Chris Lewis 14. Harry Grant 15. Aaron Pene 16. Tom Eisenhuth 17. Nicholas Hynes 18. Tui Kamikamica 19. Isaac Lumelume 20. Tepai Moeroa 21. Marion Seve

Storm analysis: Melbourne guns Jahrome Hughes and Brandon Smith return but the most interesting thing about this week’s line-up is that Ryan Papenhuyzen has been given the nod to start at fullback over Nicho Hynes.

Eels team: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Haze Dunster 3. Viliami Penisini 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Isaiah Papali’i 9. Joey Lussick 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Marata Niukore 13. Nathan Brown 14. Ray Stone 15. Bryce Cartwright 16. Makahesi Makatoa 17. Keegan Hipgrave 18. Will Smith 19. Oregon Kaufusi 20. Sean Russell 21. Jakob Arthur

Eels analysis: Blake Ferguson comes in to replace Maika Sivo who suffered a suspected season-ending knee injury last week, while Ray Stone replaces Will Smith as the bench utility.

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SUNDAY

Manly Sea Eagles vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, 1.50pm at Moreton Daily Stadium (Redcliffe)

Sea Eagles team:1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jason Saab 3. Brad Parker 4. Morgan Harper 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Toafofoa Sipley 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Martin Taupau 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Josh Schuster 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Dylan Walker 15. Karl Lawton 16. Curtis Sironen 17. Josh Aloiai 18. Moses Suli 19. Cade Cust 20. Jack Gosiewski 21. Kurt De Luis

Sea Eagles analysis: Superstar fullback Tom Trbojevic returns in the No. 1 jersey with last week’s replacement Tevita Funa completely out of the side after copping a one-game suspension. Brad Parker returns from a nasty head knock and will take his place in the centres, bumping out Moses Suli, who despite having a blinder last week, hasn’t done enough to keep his spot in the 17.

Bulldogs team: 1. Nick Meaney 2. Corey Allan 3. Will Hopoate 4. Aaron Schoupp 5. Jayden Okunbor 6. Lachlan Lewis 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Ava Seumanufagai 9. Bailey Biondi-Odo 10. Jack Hetherington 11. Matt Doorey 12. Joe Stimson 13. Josh Jackson 14. Brandon Wakeham 15. Ofahiki Ogden 16. Chris Patolo 17. Sione Katoa 19. Falakiko Manu 20. Jackson Topine 21. Jake Averillo 22. Watson Heleta

Bulldogs analysis: The Bulldogs’ two-week loan deal with the Raiders is up so Ryan James and Corey Horsburgh have returned to the Green Machine. And just as Canterbury receive one fiery prop back, they lose another. Jack Hetherington returns from his lengthy suspension, but Luke Thompson is out due to a fresh suspension. Matt Doorey comes into the side to replace Adam Elliott, who was stood down earlier this week after an off-field incident and Bailey Biondi-Odo replaces Jackson Topine at hooker, with Brandon Wakeham the new bench utility.

Penrith Panthers vs Wests Tigers, 4.05pm at Moreton Daily Stadium (Redcliffe)

Panthers team:1. Dylan Edwards 2. Stephen Crichton 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Matt Burton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Mitch Kenny 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Tevita Pangai Junior 17. Liam Martin 18. Izack Tago 19. Taylan May 20. Tyrone May 21. Charlie Staines

Panthers analysis: Penrith are boosted by the return of star winger Brian To’o a week ahead of schedule. He bumps Brent Naden out of the side. Star prop James Fisher-Harris also returns after being held back last week so he could get some more fitness under his belt. Viliame Kikau was dropped to the bench before kick-off last week but has been named in the starting side with Liam Martin on the bench.

Tigers team: 1. Moses Mbye 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Tommy Talau 4. Michael Chee-Kam 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Jock Madden 7. Luke Brooks 8. Thomas Mikaele 9. Jacob Liddle 10. Stefano Utoikamanu 11. Shawn Blore 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Alex Twal 14. Joe Ofahengaue 15. Jake Simpkin 16. Tom Amone 17. Alex Seyfarth 18. James Roberts 19. Billy Walters 20. Tukimihia Simpkins 21. Zac Cini

Tigers analysis: Adam Doueihi’s knee injury has forced coach Michael Maguire to call on rookie Jock Madden in what will be just his second NRL game. Still no sign of skipper James Tamou who is battling a foot injury, but Jacob Liddle returns from suspension at hooker. Newly re-signed prop Thoms Mikaele will start this week with Joe Ofahengaue dropping back to the bench.

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