Warrick D. Nicolson, NRL.com
Each Wednesday, we take a look at the teams named and analyse how any changes could impact your Dream Team for the weekend ahead. Here is The Postman’s look at Round 21.
Knights v Broncos - Hunter Stadium 7:45pm Friday
For the Knights - Adam Cuthbertson ($287,700) and Korbin Sims ($136,100) return to the squad with Willie Mason ($195,200) out for up to a month. Zane Tetevano ($139,400) and David Fa’alogo ($247,700) is the new front row pairing with Kade Snowden ($312,900) not due back from suspension until Round 22. Kurt Gidley ($299,900) is hopefully back next week.
For the Broncos - David Stagg ($199,600) is the new left centre with Alex Glenn ($327,400) now injured. Still no Ben Hannant ($387,200), so Mitchell Dodds ($194,500) starts and Nick Slyney ($132,800) comes onto the bench.
Panthers v Roosters - Centrebet Stadium 7:45pm Friday
For the Panthers - Josh Mansour ($236,300) and Mose Masoe ($165,200) come in on the bench, with Sam Anderson ($101,600) omitted. Mansour could move into the centres with Lewis Brown ($211,200) shifting to the forwards.
For the Roosters - Bye Bye Sonny Bill Williams ($336,200) for two weeks after he took an early guilty plea for a high shot in Round 20. Mitchell Aubusson ($261,300) starts in the second row, while Aidan Guerra ($245,200) is brought back onto the bench. Isaac Liu ($177,500) continues to impress in limited minutes.
Warriors v Sharks - Mt Smart Stadium 5:00pm Saturday
For the Warriors - Same squad as last week with Ngani Laumape ($186,100) holding his spot despite getting yanked early against the Storm. Will we see the long awaited return of Jerome Ropati ($150,500) as a late inclusion?
For the Sharks - Paul Gallen ($413,100) is back... let’s hope he actually plays. Chris Heighington ($292,300) goes to the bench and Tyrone Peachey ($210,900) is named as 18th man, though he may get the call ahead of Ben Ross ($205,400) for the final bench spot.
Eels v Sea Eagles - Parramatta Stadium 7:30pm Saturday
For the Eels - Api Pewhairangi ($121,400) comes in for Luke Kelly ($198,100) who is hurt. Ben Roberts ($241,300) goes to halfback. No Chris Sandow ($264,500) or indeed Jarryd Hayne ($298,200)... yet.
For the Sea Eagles - Daly Cherry-Evans ($380,500) and Steve Matai ($217,000) picked up injuries (ankle and hip respectively) in the win over the Wests Tigers, so Peta Hiku ($205,600) and James Hasson ($111,300) have been added to the bench as cover.
Cowboys v Rabbitohs - Mt Smart Stadium 7:30pm Saturday
For the Cowboys - Kyle Feldt ($101,600) is the new el cheapo on the block, coming in on the wing for Kalifa Fai-Fai Loa ($145,200) with Ashley Graham ($120,300) still injured. Joel Riethmuller ($214,200) is the new lock with Dallas Johnson ($262,700) done for the year with knee injury (and sadly his career ends as well). Onto the bench come Jason Taumalolo ($192,500), Tariq Sims ($239,700) and Scott Moore ($176,500)... yep the same guy who was going to be the permanent #9 at the start of the season.
For the Rabbitohs - All the late changes from last week are carried over. That means George Burgess ($383,300) and Sam Burgess ($378,300) are the starting props, Dylan Farrell ($160,000) and Matt King ($215,300) are the wingers and Nathan Merritt ($176,100) is the fullback. Luke Keary ($115,500) scored 44pts off the bench last week and is in the team once again.
Raiders v Storm - Canberra Stadium 2:00pm Sunday
For the Raiders - No changes from last week with Sandor Earl ($211,900) holding his spot ahead of Sami Sauiluma ($157,900). Jack Wighton ($196,200) and Tom Learoyd-Lahrs ($188,900) are said to be more likely to play next week.
For the Storm - Jason Ryles ($190,400) was a late addition last week and he is in jersey #14 this weekend. Otherwise this is the same squad as last week.
Titans v Tigers - Skilled Park 3:00pm Sunday
For the Titans - Albert Kelly ($319,200), Luke Bailey ($301,100) and Matt Srama ($262,800) are all casualties and Jordan Rankin ($193,500) has been dropped. David Mead ($172,) is the new fullback and Anthony Don ($140,300) comes back onto the wing. Ashley Harrison ($313,900) moves to five-eighth but will probably play backrow with Greg Bird ($269,600) more likely to play on the edge. Beau Falloon ($192,400) is the new starting hooker and Sam Irwin ($105,500) is his backup on the bench. Luke O’Dwyer ($143,900) and Ryan James ($185,900) also return to the first grade team.
For the Tigers - Aaron Woods ($370,800) is not named but may return next week, with Jack Buchanan ($225,800) continuing to start at prop. Keith Galloway ($271,700) is once again on the bench after being a late addition on Monday, while Curtis Sironen ($182,000) starts at halfback and Braith Anasta ($146,400) moves back to the bench. Shaun Spence ($101,600) is the extra man.
Dragons v Bulldogs - WIN Jubilee Oval 7:00pm Monday
For the Dragons - Josh Dugan ($410,700) is the only concern with a mild concussion picked up against Canberra. Otherwise this is the same 17 as last week. Adam Quinlan ($105,400) remains a very cheap option, and enticing if Dugan is ruled out as he may go to fullback.
For the Bulldogs - Sam Perrett ($190,200) has been named at fullback for the injured Ben Barba ($292,300) but Des Hasler is known for naming a replacement and going with someone completely different. Thus Krisnan Inu ($261,700) could play there after being named on the wing, or it could see Drury Low ($114,700) get a recall. Recalled Tim Lafai ($267,900) will almost certainly play in the centres.
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