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Late mail: Round 5

Staff Writers NRL.com Fri, Apr 04, 2014 - 3:30 PM

Sharks halfback Jeff Robson was set to return from facial fractures to face the Warriors on Saturday - yet is now in doubt with a calf injury. Copyright: NRL Photos Copyright: NRL Photos

Roosters v Bulldogs

Roosters: Isaac Liu will play his first game of the year from the bench in place of Kane Evans. Dylan Napa will also start from the bench with Frank-Paul Nuuasala shifting to lock and Aidan Guerra shifting to lock. Sonny-Bill returns from suspension for his first game since Round 5. Mitchell Aubusson will start from the bench.

Bulldogs: Co-captain Frank Pritchard has been ruled out with an ankle injury. The in-form Josh Jackson will start for Pritchard, while Greg Eastwood will come off the bench for his first game of the year.

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Broncos v Eels

Broncos: Champion centre Justin Hodges will make his return from injury off the bench. This means that the in-form Dale Copley retained as a starting centre while Lachlan Maranta moves back on to the wing after being named on an extended bench.

Eels: Fuifui Moimoi has been ruled out. Replaced by Junior Paulo. Peni Terepo will start off proceedings in the 13.

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Sharks v Warriors

Sharks: Halfback Jeff Robson has been cleared of facial fractures - yet is still in some doubt for a comeback after straining a calf. It is believed he will be fit to play. Both he and Daniel Holdsworth trained with the team on Friday. Back-rower Matt Prior is set to miss the game, with Tupou Sopoaga to play after being named on an extended bench. Fullback Michael Gordon (knee) and five-eighth Todd Carney (hamstring) look fine to play. Bryce Gibbs is starting in the front row, with Sam Tagataese dropping to the bench.

Warriors: With Sione Lousi's dangerous throw suspension, Feleti Mateo starts at lock with Sebastine Ikahihifo moving onto the bench. Raymond Faitala-Mariner drops out off the extended bench.

Panthers v Raiders

Panthers: Should play as named, with big additions in halfback Peter Wallace, winger Josh Mansour and prop Tim Grant. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak will debut on the wing, while Tyrone Peachey is set to drop off the bench.

Raiders: Forwards Shaun Fensom (elbow) and Joel Edwards (head knock) are looking good to play, meaning Jake Foster will miss out.

Dragons v Rabbitohs

Dragons: Fill-in fullback Adam Quinlan will reportedly play halfback for the Red V in this SCG clash, despite Michael Witt having been named to return in the No.7. Witt would drop out of the squad. In-form prop Tyson Frizell has been ruled out with a foot injury, with his replacement yet to be named. The Dragons have a pair of significant injury comebacks in fullback Josh Dugan and prop Dan Hunt.

Rabbitohs: It remains to be seen if there is further shuffling of an under-pressure South Sydney team, with youngsters Cameron McInnes and Alex Johnston named on an extended bench awaiting an NRL debut. John Sutton back to five-eighth and Dylan Walker in the centres is the key change.

Storm v Titans

Storm: Captain Cameron Smith is expected to be fine after his last-second omission with a back injury last week. The suspension of Jordan McLean will see Tim Glasby retained on the bench.

Titans: Expected to remain unchanged, with highly-rated prop Ryan James spending another weekend in Queensland Cup. Five-eighth Aidan Sezer (quad) is being monitored after proving a match-winner last Monday.

Wests Tigers v Sea Eagles

Wests Tigers: Centre Tim Simona has been named on the bench and may be a chance to take a starting spot at the expense of Keith Lulia. Liam Fulton is also back after a concussion to start in the second row.

Sea Eagles: Should be 1-17, with co-captain Jason King back from suspension on the bench. Jesse Sene-Lefao is set to be omitted.

Cowboys v Knights

Cowboys: An unchanged side after Monday's loss to the Titans.

Knights: Zane Tetevano has been named on an extended bench but Newcastle is expected to field the same side as for last weekend's emotional win at home.

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