Round 3 NRL team lists

All the official team lists for the third round of the 2018 Telstra Premiership season.

Melbourne Storm v North Queensland Cowboys, Thursday 8.05pm AEDT at AAMI Park

Storm: 1 Billy Slater, 2 Suliasi Vunivalu, 3 Will Chambers, 4 Curtis Scott, 5 Josh Addo-Carr, 6 Cameron Munster, 7 Brodie Croft, 8 Jesse Bromwich, 9 Cameron Smith (c), 10 Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 11 Joe Stimson, 12 Ryan Hoffman, 13 Dale Finucane

Interchange: 14 Tim Glasby, 16 Christian Welch, 17 Sam Kasiano, 21 Brandon Smith

In a game day switch, Kenny Bromwich is out of the Storm squad, with his spot in the 17 taken by Brandon Smith. Bromwich, Billy Walters, Young Tonumaipea and Tui Kamikamica were the four omissions from the 21-man squad named on Tuesday.  

Cowboys: 1 Ben Hampton, 2 Kyle Feldt, 3 Justin O'Neill, 4 Javid Bowen, 5 Antonio Winterstein, 6 Michael Morgan, 7 Johnathan Thurston (c), 8 Matthew Scott (c), 9 Jake Granville, 10 Jordan McLean, 11 Gavin Cooper, 12 Coen Hess, 13 Jason Taumalolo

Interchange: 14 Te Maire Martin, 15 John Asiata, 16 Scott Bolton, 17 Ethan Lowe

The Cowboys will start the match 1-17, with Corey Jensen and Enari Tuala the final two men to drop off the interchange bench. Michael Morgan has been named to make his return from an abdominal strain, pushing Te Maire Martin to the bench and Corey Jensen to the reserves. Coen Hess moves into the starting side for Ethan Lowe. Kyle Laybutt and Francis Molo were dropped from the squad 24 hours prior to kick-off. 

Match: Storm v Cowboys

Round 3 -

Full Time
Storm

Home Team

Storm

Scored 30 points
Cowboys

Away Team

Cowboys

Scored 14 points

Venue: AAMI Park

Match broadcasters:

  • Nine Network
  • Fox League
  • LIVE PASS

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v Penrith Panthers, Friday 6pm AEDT at ANZ Stadium

Bulldogs: 1 Moses Mbye, 2 Brett Morris, 3 Josh Morris, 4 Will Hopoate, 5 Marcelo Montoya, 6 Jeremy Marshall-King, 7 Kieran Foran, 8 Aaron Woods, 9 Michael Lichaa, 10 David Klemmer, 11 Joshua Jackson (c), 12 Raymond Faitala-Mariner, 13 Aiden Tolman

Interchange: 14 Adam Elliott, 16 Danny Fualalo, 17 Fa'amanu Brown, 19 Francis Tualau

Aispeli Fine and Kerrod Holland were dropped from the squad an hour before kick-off. Renouf Toomaga and John Olive were the dropped from the squad 24 hours before kick-off. Five-eighth Matt Frawley has been dropped with Jeremy Marshall-King called into the starting side and Nu Brown taking the bench utility role. Aiden Tolman starts at lock, pushing Adam Elliott back to the bench.

Panthers: 1 Dylan Edwards, 2 Josh Mansour, 3 Waqa Blake, 4 Dean Whare, 21 Christian Crichton, 6 James Maloney, 7 Nathan Cleary, 17 James Fisher-Harris,  9 Peter Wallace (c), 10 Reagan Campbell-Gillard, 15 Corey Harawira-Naera, 12 Isaah Yeo, 13 Trent Merrin

Interchange: 14 Tyrone Peachey, 11 Viliame Kikau, 16 Moses Leota, 8 James Tamou

In a pair of late changes to the forward pack, James Fisher-Harris and Corey Harawira-Naera have been brought into the starting side, with James Tamou and Viliame Kikau moving back to the interchange bench. Those moves come after Christian Crichton was been brought into the starting side after it was discovered that Dallin Watene-Zelezniak broke his jaw last weekend. Moses Leota returns on the bench for Sam McKendry (ACL, season). Sione Katoa and Nick Lui-Toso were the two players to be dropped off the bench an hour before kick-off.

Match: Bulldogs v Panthers

Round 3 -

Full Time
Bulldogs

Home Team

Bulldogs

Scored 20 points
Panthers

Away Team

Panthers

Scored 18 points

Venue: ANZ Stadium

Match broadcasters:

  • Fox League
  • LIVE PASS

Wests Tigers v Brisbane Broncos, Friday 8.05pm AEDT at Campbelltown Stadium

Wests Tigers: 1 Corey Thompson, 2 David Nofoaluma, 3 Esan Marsters, 4 Kevin Naiqama, 5 Malakai Watene-Zelezniak, 6 Benji Marshall (c), 7 Luke Brooks, 8 Russell Packer, 14 Matt McIlwrick, 10 Ben Matulino, 11 Chris Lawrence, 12 Robbie Rochow, 13 Matthew Eisenhuth

Interchange: 9 Pita Godinet,  15 Alex Twal, 16 Michael Chee Kam, 17 Josh Aloiai

In a late change, Matt McIlwrick will start at hooker, with Pita Godinet dropping back to the bench. Tyson Gamble and Tim Grant were the last two men dropped off the interchange bench. Elijah Taylor (hamstring) is out with Matt Eisenhuth starting at lock and Michael Chee Kam on the bench. The side is otherwise unchanged meaning fullback Corey Thompson and David Nofoaluma hold their spots with Tuimoala Lolohea not yet back. Sauaso Sue and Taane Milne were dropped off the reserves bench 24 hours out from kick-off.

Broncos: 1 Darius Boyd (c), 2 Corey Oates, 3 James Roberts, 19 Jack Bird, 5 Jamayne Isaako, 6 Anthony Milford, 7 Kodi Nikorima, 8 Matthew Lodge, 9 Andrew McCullough, 10 Tevita Pangai Jnr, 11 Alex Glenn, 12 Matt Gillett, 13 Josh McGuire

Interchange: 4 Tom Opacic, 14 Sam Thaiday, 15 Joe Ofahengaue, 16 Korbin Sims.

Jack Bird will play his first game with the Broncos at centre in his return from off-season shoulder surgery. Tom Opacic has dropped back to the interchange bench. Todd Murphy and Jayden S'Ua were the last two men to drop off the interchange bench.

Match: Wests Tigers v Broncos

Round 3 -

Full Time
Wests Tigers

Home Team

Wests Tigers

Scored 7 points
Broncos

Away Team

Broncos

Scored 9 points

Venue: Campbelltown Stadium

Match broadcasters:

  • Nine Network
  • Fox League
  • LIVE PASS

Canberra Raiders v New Zealand Warriors, Saturday 3pm AEDT at GIO Stadium

Raiders: 1 Jack Wighton, 2 Nick Cotric, 3 Jarrod Croker (c), 4 Joseph Leilua, 5 Jordan Rapana, 6 Aiden Sezer, 7 Sam Williams, 8 Iosia Soliola, 9 Siliva Havili, 10 Shannon Boyd, 11 Josh Papalii, 12 Elliott Whitehead, 13 Luke Bateman

Interchange: 14 Blake Austin, 15 Junior Paulo, 16 Dunamis Lui, 17 Liam Knight

Aidan Sezer has been named to start at five-eighth with Blake Austin dropping to the bench. Joey Leilua has been named to start at centre despite looking to pick up an ankle injury last week. Liam Knight has been named to make his club debut in jersey 17 following Charlie Gubb's injury, though Joe Tapine (thumb) is out. Tapine and Ata Hingano were the two names omitted from the bench when the Raiders culled their squad 24 hours out from kick-off. Michael Oldfield and Royce Hunt are the last two to drop off the bench as the Raiders are unchanged. 

Warriors: 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c), 2 David Fusitua, 3 Peta Hiku, 4 Solomone Kata, 5 Ken Maumalo, 6 Blake Green, 7 Shaun Johnson, 8 James Gavet, 9 Issac Luke, 10 Adam Blair, 11 Leivaha Pulu, 12 Tohu Harris, 15 Agnatius Paasi

Interchange: 13 Ligi Sao, 14 Jazz Tevaga, 16 Sam Lisone, 17 Bunty Afoa

Agnatius Paasi will start at lock for the Warriors with Ligi Sao dropping to the bench. Charnze Nicholl-Klokstad and Mason Lino both drop off the bench one hour from kick-off. Leivaha Pulu starts for Isaiah Papali'i (knee, six weeks) and Agnatius Paasi joins the bench with Simon Mannering not yet back from a shoulder injury. Hooker Jazz Tevaga replaces bench utility Sam Cook. Anthony Gelling and Chris Satae were dropped from the six-man bench on Friday. 

Match: Raiders v Warriors

Round 3 -

Full Time
Raiders

Home Team

Raiders

Scored 19 points
Warriors

Away Team

Warriors

Scored 20 points

Venue: GIO Stadium

Match broadcasters:

  • Fox League
  • LIVE PASS

South Sydney Rabbitohs v Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, Saturday 5.30pm AEDT at ANZ Stadium

Rabbitohs:  1 Alex Johnston, 2 Richie Kennar, 3 Greg Inglis (c), 4 Dane Gagai, 5 Robert Jennings, 6 Cody Walker, 7 Adam Doueihi, 8 Thomas Burgess, 9 Damien Cook, 10 Sam Burgess, 11 John Sutton, 12 Angus Crichton, 13 Cameron Murray

Interchange: 14 Hymel Hunt, 15 Mark Nicholls, 16 George Burgess, 17 Tevita Tatola

Robbie Farah and Braidon Burns were dropped from the bench an hour before kickoff. Jason Clark and Kyle Turner were the two players to drop out when the squad was reduced from 21 to 19 players 24-hours out from kick-off. Hymel Hunt replaces Tyrell Fuimaono (dislocated toe) on the bench in the only change for the Rabbitohs. Captain Greg Inglis has been named to start at centre despite leaving the field with a head knock last week.

Sea Eagles: 1 Tom Trbojevic, 2 Jorge Taufua, 3 Brad Parker, 4 Brian Kelly, 5 Akuila Uate, 6 Lachlan Croker, 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 Jackson Hastings, 15 Shaun Lane, 16 Lloyd Perrett, 17 Kelepi Tanginoa

Reserves: 18 Matthew Wright, 20 Frank Winterstein

Matthew Wright and Frank Winterstein were the last two men dropped from the Manly be Jack Gosiewski and Darcy Lussick were dropped from the squad 24-hours out from kick-off. The Sea Eagles are unsurprisingly unchanged after their huge win over the Eels on Sunday.

Match: Rabbitohs v Sea Eagles

Round 3 -

Full Time
Rabbitohs

Home Team

Rabbitohs

Scored 34 points
Sea Eagles

Away Team

Sea Eagles

Scored 6 points

Venue: ANZ Stadium

Match broadcasters:

  • Fox League
  • LIVE PASS

Parramatta Eels v Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Saturday 7.35pm AEDT at ANZ Stadium

Eels: 1 Bevan French, 2 Josh Hoffman, 3 Michael Jennings, 4 Jarryd Hayne, 5 Kirisome Auva'a, 6 Corey Norman, 7 Mitchell Moses, 17 Kane Evans, 9 Cameron King, 10 Tim Mannah (c), 11 Manu Ma'u, 12 Tepai Moeroa, 13 Nathan Brown

Interchange: 8 Daniel Alvaro, 14 Beau Scott, 15 Kenny Edwards, 18 Will Smith

Kane Evans will start the match, the Daniel Alvaro dopping back to the bench. Coach Brad Arthur has resisted the urge for mass changes after the horror loss to Manly. Beau Scott returns on the bench in place of Will Smith who drops to the reserves while Daniel Alvaro is back in the run-on side in place of Kane Evans (bench). Kenny Edwards returns from an ankle injury via the interchange in place of Brad Takairangi, who copped a stray elbow to the face last week. David Gower and Kaysa Pritchard were dropped off the bench 24 hours prior to kick-off, with Suaia Matagi and Peni Terepo omitted an hour before the game started.

Sharks: 1 Josh Dugan, 2 Sosaia Feki, 3 Jesse Ramien, 4 Ricky Leutele, 5 Valentine Holmes, 22 Trent Hodkinson, 7 Chad Townsend, 8 Andrew Fifita, 9 Jayden Brailey, 10 Matt Prior, 11 Jayson Bukuya, 12 Wade Graham (c), 13 Paul Gallen (c)

Interchange: 14 Kurt Capewell, 15 James Segeyaro, 16 Avagalu Seumanufagai, 17 Joseph Paulo

Kurt Dillon and Edrick Lee have been dropped off the bench an hour from kick-off. Matt Moylan has been ruled out of the Sharks side with a hamstring injury. Trent Hodkinson (No.22) has been brought into the starting side and is in line to make his Sharks debut. Young gun Jesse Ramien has been called up in place of centre Aaron Gray in the Sharks' only change. Luke Lewis features in the reserves list as he looks to make a comeback from a foot injury. Jack Williams and Luke Lewis were dropped from the bench 24 hours prior to kick-off.

Match: Eels v Sharks

Round 3 -

Full Time
Eels

Home Team

Eels

Scored 4 points
Sharks

Away Team

Sharks

Scored 14 points

Venue: ANZ Stadium

Match broadcasters:

  • Fox League
  • LIVE PASS

Gold Coast Titans v St George Illawarra Dragons, Sunday 3.10pm AEST (4.10pm AEDT) at Clive Berghofer Stadium

Titans: 1 Michael Gordon, 2 Anthony Don, 3 Dale Copley, 4 Konrad Hurrell, 5 Phillip Sami, 6 Kane Elgey, 7 Ashley Taylor, 8 Jai Arrow, 9 Nathan Peats, 17 Jarrod Wallace, 11 Kevin Proctor, 12 Ryan James (c), 13 Bryce Cartwright

Interchange: 14 Mitch Rein, 16 Morgan Boyle, 10 Leilani Latu, 18 Keegan Hipgrave 

Halfback Ashley Taylor has been cleared to make his return from a hamstring injury after missing last week's loss to the Warriors. Jarrod Wallace has been elevated to the starting side to play his first game of the season in the final team list submitted an hour before kick-off. Leilani Latu has dropped back to the bench. AJ Brimson and Tyronne Roberts-Davis were the two players dropped off the reserves bench 24 hours out from kick-off. Joe Greenwood and Will Matthews have missed the final cut.

Dragons: 1 Matthew Dufty, 2 Nene Macdonald, 3 Euan Aitken, 4 Tim Lafai, 5 Jason Nightingale, 6 Gareth Widdop (c), 7 Ben Hunt, 8 James Graham, 9 Cameron McInnes, 10 Paul Vaughan, 11 Tyson Frizell, 12 Tariq Sims, 13 Jack De Belin

Interchange: 14 Luciano Leilua, 15 Kurt Mann, 16 Leeson Ah Mau, 17 Hame Sele

The Dragons are 1-17, with Jeremy Latimore and Zachary Lomax dropping off the extended bench. 

Match: Titans v Dragons

Round 3 -

Full Time
Titans

Home Team

Titans

Scored 8 points
Dragons

Away Team

Dragons

Scored 54 points

Venue: Clive Berghofer Stadium

Match broadcasters:

  • Nine Network
  • Fox League
  • LIVE PASS

Sydney Roosters v Newcastle Knights, Sunday 6.30pm AEDT at Allianz Stadium

Roosters: 1 James Tedesco, 2 Reece Robinson, 3 Latrell Mitchell, 4 Joseph Manu, 5 Blake Ferguson, 6 Luke Keary, 7 Cooper Cronk, 8 Sio Siua Taukeiaho, 9 Jake Friend (c), 10 Dylan Napa, 11 Boyd Cordner (c), 12 Ryan Matterson, 13 Isaac Liu

Interchange: 14 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 15 Zane Tetevano, 16 Mitchell Aubusson, 17 Victor Radley

The Roosters are 1-17, with Nat Butcher and Frank-Paul Nuuausala dropping off the extended bench. Reece Robinson makes his club debut on the wing in place of Daniel Tupou (pectoral). Dylan Napa returns to the starting side with Jared Waerea-Hargreaves benched this week. Mitch Aubusson retains his bench spot despite suffering a nasty head gash last week. Kurt Baptiste and Mitchell Cornish were dropped from the reserves list 24 hours out from kick-off.  

Knights: 1 Kalyn Ponga, 2 Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 3 Sione Mata'utia, 4 Tautau Moga, 5 Nathan Ross, 6 Connor Watson, 7 Mitchell Pearce (c), 8 Herman Ese'ese, 9 Slade Griffin, 10 Jacob Lillyman, 11 Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12 Aidan Guerra, 13 Mitchell Barnett

Interchange: 14 Brock Lamb, 16 Jamie Buhrer (c), 17 Daniel Saifiti, 19 Jacob Saifiti

Jacob Saifiti replaces Chris Heighington on the bench. Co-captain Jamie Buhrer returns on the interchange while Danny Levi and Luke Yates were dropped from the reserves list 24 hours out from kick-off.

Match: Roosters v Knights

Round 3 -

Full Time
Roosters

Home Team

Roosters

Scored 38 points
Knights

Away Team

Knights

Scored 8 points

Venue: Allianz Stadium

Match broadcasters:

  • Fox League
  • LIVE PASS