Confirmed team lists for the opening round of the 2019 NRL Telstra Premiership.

Official squads

Melbourne Storm v Brisbane Broncos, Thursday 7.50pm at AAMI Park

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Storm is number 1 Jahrome Hughes
    Fullback for Broncos is number 1 Darius Boyd
  • Winger for Storm is number 2 Suliasi Vunivalu
    Winger for Broncos is number 2 Corey Oates
  • Centre for Storm is number 3 Will Chambers
    Centre for Broncos is number 3 James Roberts
  • Centre for Storm is number 4 Curtis Scott
    Centre for Broncos is number 4 Jack Bird
  • Winger for Storm is number 5 Josh Addo-Carr
    Winger for Broncos is number 5 Jamayne Isaako
  • Five-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Cameron Munster
    Five-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Anthony Milford
  • Halfback for Storm is number 7 Brodie Croft
    Halfback for Broncos is number 7 Kodi Nikorima

Forwards

  • Prop for Storm is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
    Prop for Broncos is number 8 Matthew Lodge
  • Hooker for Storm is number 9 Cameron Smith
    Hooker for Broncos is number 9 Andrew McCullough
  • Prop for Storm is number 10 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
    Prop for Broncos is number 10 Joe Ofahengaue
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi
    2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Alex Glenn
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich
    2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Jaydn Su'A
  • Lock for Storm is number 13 Dale Finucane
    Lock for Broncos is number 13 Matt Gillett

Interchange

  • Interchange for Storm is number 14 Brandon Smith
    Interchange for Broncos is number 14 Kotoni Staggs
  • Interchange for Storm is number 15 Christian Welch
    Interchange for Broncos is number 15 David Fifita
  • Interchange for Storm is number 16 Tui Kamikamica
    Interchange for Broncos is number 16 Thomas Flegler
  • Interchange for Storm is number 19 Tom Eisenhuth
    Interchange for Broncos is number 17 Tevita Pangai Junior

Storm: Jahrome Hughes takes Billy Slater's old No.1 jersey with Scott Drinkwater sidelined through injury, while Kenny Bromwich starts in place of the injured Joe Stimson (back). Thomas Eisenhuth came onto the interchange bench when sides were finalised an hour before kick off and Patrick Kaufusi dropped out. It is seven years since 26-year-old Eisenhuth played his lone NRL game for Penrith. Billy Walters and Marion Seve had been removed from the extended bench 24 hours before kick-off.

Broncos: The Broncos are 1-17 for their season opener with Matt Gillett returning from his neck injury at lock and Jack Bird also back from injury in the centres. Alex Glenn and Jaydn Su'A start in the second row, with David Fifita on the bench alongside rookie Tom Flegler and Tevita Pangai jnr. Patrick Carrigan and Gehamat Shibasaki dropped off the extended bench on Wednesday.

Newcastle Knights v Cronulla Sharks, Friday 6pm at McDonald Jones Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Knights is number 1 Connor Watson
    Fullback for Sharks is number 1 Matt Moylan
  • Winger for Knights is number 2 Edrick Lee
    Winger for Sharks is number 2 Sosaia Feki
  • Centre for Knights is number 3 Hymel Hunt
    Centre for Sharks is number 3 Josh Dugan
  • Centre for Knights is number 4 Jesse Ramien
    Centre for Sharks is number 4 Josh Morris
  • Winger for Knights is number 5 Shaun Kenny-Dowall
    Winger for Sharks is number 5 Sione Katoa
  • Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Kalyn Ponga
    Five-Eighth for Sharks is number 6 Shaun Johnson
  • Halfback for Knights is number 7 Mitchell Pearce
    Halfback for Sharks is number 7 Chad Townsend

Forwards

  • Prop for Knights is number 8 David Klemmer
    Prop for Sharks is number 8 Andrew Fifita
  • Hooker for Knights is number 9 Danny Levi
    Hooker for Sharks is number 9 Jayden Brailey
  • Prop for Knights is number 10 James Gavet
    Prop for Sharks is number 10 Matt Prior
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Lachlan Fitzgibbon
    2nd Row for Sharks is number 11 Briton Nikora
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Sione Mata'utia
    2nd Row for Sharks is number 12 Kurt Capewell
  • Lock for Knights is number 13 Tim Glasby
    Lock for Sharks is number 13 Paul Gallen

Interchange

  • Interchange for Knights is number 14 Kurt Mann
    Interchange for Sharks is number 14 Blayke Brailey
  • Interchange for Knights is number 15 Aidan Guerra
    Interchange for Sharks is number 15 Jayson Bukuya
  • Interchange for Knights is number 16 Mitchell Barnett
    Interchange for Sharks is number 16 Aaron Woods
  • Interchange for Knights is number 17 Daniel Saifiti
    Interchange for Sharks is number 17 Jack Williams

Knights: The Knights will start 1-17 after Jamie Buhrer and Herman Ese'ese were the players left out an hour before kick-off. New faces Edrick Lee, Hymel Hunt, Jesse Ramien, David Klemmer, James Gavet and Tim Glasby all start, with Kurt Mann the bench utility. Newcastle now boast plenty of depth in the forwards. Josh King and Brodie Jones were omitted on Thursday night.

Sharks: Cronulla will start 1-17 after Scott Sorensen and Kyle Flanagan were left out an hour before kick-off. Shaun Johnson lines up at five-eighth for his new club, with Briton Nikora and Kurt Capewell named as Cronulla's new second-rowers in the absence of Wade Graham (knee) and Luke Lewis (retired). Blayke Brailey will make his debut off the bench, with his brother wearing the No.9. Bronson Xerri and Braden Hamlin-Uele dropped out of the squad 24 hours before kick-off.

Sydney Roosters v South Sydney Rabbitohs, Friday 7.55pm at Sydney Cricket Ground

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
    Fullback for Rabbitohs is number 1 Alex Johnston
  • Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
    Winger for Rabbitohs is number 2 Dane Gagai
  • Centre for Roosters is number 3 Latrell Mitchell
    Centre for Rabbitohs is number 3 Greg Inglis
  • Centre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph Manu
    Centre for Rabbitohs is number 4 Braidon Burns
  • Winger for Roosters is number 5 Brett Morris
    Winger for Rabbitohs is number 5 Campbell Graham
  • Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Luke Keary
    Five-Eighth for Rabbitohs is number 6 Cody Walker
  • Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Cooper Cronk
    Halfback for Rabbitohs is number 7 Adam Reynolds

Forwards

  • Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
    Prop for Rabbitohs is number 8 Tevita Tatola
  • Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Jake Friend
    Hooker for Rabbitohs is number 9 Damien Cook
  • Prop for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho
    Prop for Rabbitohs is number 10 Thomas Burgess
  • 2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Boyd Cordner
    2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 11 John Sutton
  • 2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Mitchell Aubusson
    2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 12 Sam Burgess
  • Lock for Roosters is number 13 Victor Radley
    Lock for Rabbitohs is number 13 Cameron Murray

Interchange

  • Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Isaac Liu
    Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 14 Liam Knight
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Zane Tetevano
    Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 15 Mark Nicholls
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Lindsay Collins
    Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 16 Ethan Lowe
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Angus Crichton
    Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 17 Corey Allan

Roosters: The premiers are 1-17 after Matt Ikuvalu and Poasa Faamausili were omitted an hour before kick-off. Star signing Angus Crichton comes off the bench, with Mitchell Aubusson starting in the second row. Brett Morris will line up on the wing after starring in the World Club Challenge in the centres, while Latrell Mitchell also returns after missing the match in Wigan. Nat Butcher and Lachlan Lam were omitted from the squad 24 hours before kick off.

Rabbitohs: The Rabbitohs will start 1-17 after Kyle Turner and Connor Tracey were left out an hour before kick-off. Braidon Burns is the new face in the back five, named at centre with Dane Gagai shifting to the wing. Tevita Tatola replaces the suspended George Burgess in the front row. Cameron Murray starts at lock with Sam Burgess shifting to an edge to replace Angus Crichton. New signings Ethan Lowe and Corey Allan are named on the bench. Rhys Kennedy and Mawene Hiroti were left out of the squad 24 hours before kick off.

New Zealand Warriors v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Saturday 5pm local (3pm AEDT) at Mt Smart Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
    Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Will Hopoate
  • Winger for Warriors is number 2 David Fusitu'a
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Christian Crichton
  • Centre for Warriors is number 3 Peta Hiku
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Kerrod Holland
  • Centre for Warriors is number 4 Solomone Kata
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Marcelo Montoya
  • Winger for Warriors is number 5 Ken Maumalo
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Reimis Smith
  • Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Adam Keighran
    Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Kieran Foran
  • Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Blake Green
    Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Lachlan Lewis

Forwards

  • Prop for Warriors is number 8 Agnatius Paasi
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Aiden Tolman
  • Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Nathaniel Roache
    Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Michael Lichaa
  • Prop for Warriors is number 10 Bunty Afoa
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Dylan Napa
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Adam Blair
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Josh Jackson
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Tohu Harris
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Raymond Faitala-Mariner
  • Lock for Warriors is number 13 Lachlan Burr
    Lock for Bulldogs is number 13 Adam Elliott

Interchange

  • Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Jazz Tevaga
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Jeremy Marshall-King
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Sam Lisone
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Danny Fualalo
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Leeson Ah Mau
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Corey Harawira-Naera
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Blake Ayshford
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 17 Sauaso Sue

Warriors: The Warriors will start 1-17. Debutant Adam Keighran replaces Shaun Johnson in the halves, while Lachlan Burr starts at lock with Isaiah Papali'i stood down by the club for one match. Nathaniel Roache replaces the injured Issac Luke (shoulder) at hooker. Gerard Beale and Liligiifo Sao were omitted an hour before kick-off, while Karl Lawton and Chanel Harris-Tavita were dropped from the extended bench on Friday.

Bulldogs: The Dogs are also 1-17. Will Hopoate retains the fullback spot with recruit Christian Crichton starting on the wing and Dylan Napa replacing David Klemmer in the front row. Rhyse Martin has dropped out of the side with Josh Jackson and Raymond Faitala-Mariner in the second row and former Panther Corey Harawira-Naera joining the bench. Nick Meaney and Chris Smith were cut an hour prior to kick-off, while Jack Cogger was omitted on Friday night.

Wests Tigers v Manly Sea Eagles, Saturday 5.30pm at Leichhardt Oval

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Corey Thompson
    Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Brendan Elliot
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 Mahe Fonua
    Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Jorge Taufua
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Paul Momirovski
    Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Moses Suli
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Esan Marsters
    Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Brad Parker
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Robert Jennings
    Winger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Reuben Garrick
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Benji Marshall
    Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Kane Elgey
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
    Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Daly Cherry-Evans

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Ben Matulino
    Prop for Sea Eagles is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Robbie Farah
    Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Apisai Koroisau
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex Twal
    Prop for Sea Eagles is number 10 Martin Taupau
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Ryan Matterson
    2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Joel Thompson
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luke Garner
    2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 12 Curtis Sironen
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Elijah Taylor
    Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Jake Trbojevic

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Russell Packer
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Trent Hodkinson
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas Mikaele
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 15 Jack Gosiewski
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Josh Aloiai
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 16 Kelepi Tanginoa
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Michael Chee-Kam
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 17 Toafofoa Sipley

Wests Tigers: Coach Michael Maguire has stuck with the 17 players he named on Tuesday, with Josh Reynolds and Matt Eisenhuth both cut from the reserves an hour prior to kick-off. Moses Mbye (knee) and David Nofoaluma (shoulder) are out, with Corey Thompson starting at fullback. Mahe Fonua and new signing Robert Jennings are on the wings. Former Roosters Paul Momirovski and Ryan Matterson both start, while Luke Garner replaces Chris Lawrence (broken jaw) in the second row. Young prop Thomas Mikaele will debut off the bench. Jacob Liddle and Chris McQueen were omitted from Maguire's squad on Friday.

Sea Eagles: The Sea Eagles are also 1-17, with Brendan Elliot replacing Tom Trbojevic (hamstring, round three) at fullback and Reuben Garrick to debut on the wing. Kane Elgey is Daly Cherry-Evans' new halves partner, with Trent Hodkinson named on the interchange. Cade Cust and Lloyd Perrett were omitted an hour before kick-off, while Tevita Funa and Lachlan Croker were dropped from the extended bench on Friday.

North Queensland Cowboys v St George Illawarra Dragons, Saturday 6.35pm local (7.35pm AEDT) at 1300Smiles Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Cowboys is number 1 Jordan Kahu
    Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Gareth Widdop
  • Winger for Cowboys is number 5 Javid Bowen
    Winger for Dragons is number 2 Jordan Pereira
  • Centre for Cowboys is number 3 Justin O'Neill
    Centre for Dragons is number 3 Euan Aitken
  • Centre for Cowboys is number 4 Tom Opacic
    Centre for Dragons is number 4 Timoteo Lafai
  • Winger for Cowboys is number 2 Nene Macdonald
    Winger for Dragons is number 5 Mikaele Ravalawa
  • Five-Eighth for Cowboys is number 6 Te Maire Martin
    Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Corey Norman
  • Halfback for Cowboys is number 7 Michael Morgan
    Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Ben Hunt

Forwards

  • Prop for Cowboys is number 8 Matthew Scott
    Prop for Dragons is number 8 James Graham
  • Hooker for Cowboys is number 9 Jake Granville
    Hooker for Dragons is number 9 Cameron McInnes
  • Prop for Cowboys is number 10 Jordan McLean
    Prop for Dragons is number 10 Paul Vaughan
  • 2nd Row for Cowboys is number 15 Josh McGuire
    2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Jacob Host
  • 2nd Row for Cowboys is number 12 Coen Hess
    2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Tariq Sims
  • Lock for Cowboys is number 13 Jason Taumalolo
    Lock for Dragons is number 13 Tyson Frizell

Interchange

  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 11 Gavin Cooper
    Interchange for Dragons is number 14 Jeremy Latimore
  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 14 John Asiata
    Interchange for Dragons is number 15 Matthew Dufty
  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 16 Mitchell Dunn
    Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Blake Lawrie
  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 17 Francis Molo
    Interchange for Dragons is number 17 Luciano Leilua

Cowboys: Coach Paul Green has promoted former Bronco Josh McGuire to the starting side after originally naming him on the bench. Gavin Cooper shifts to the bench to make way for McGuire. New signing Jordan Kahu starts at fullback, with Javid Bowen, Tom Opacic and Nene Macdonald joining the back five. Kyle Feldt (groin) is out, while Ben Hampton is 18th man. Te Maire Martin has pipped Jake Clifford to the five-eighth role. Star signing Josh McGuire will come off the bench. Clifford and Gideon Gela-Mosby were omitted 24 hours before kick-off and Ben Hampton and Enari Tuala were omitted an hour before kick-off.

Dragons: The Dragons are 1-17 with Gareth Widdop at fullback and Corey Norman joining Ben Hunt in the halves. Mikaele Ravalawa is named to debut on the wing, while Jacob Host starts in the back row with Tyson Frizell shifting to lock in place of Jack de Belin. Reece Robson and Jonus Pearson were omitted from the extended squad on Friday night with Zac Lomax and Josh Kerr dropping out an hour before kick-off. 

Penrith Panthers v Parramatta Eels, Sunday 4.05pm at Panthers Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Panthers is number 1 Dylan Edwards
    Fullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton Gutherson
  • Winger for Panthers is number 2 Josh Mansour
    Winger for Eels is number 2 Maika Sivo
  • Centre for Panthers is number 3 Dean Whare
    Centre for Eels is number 3 Michael Jennings
  • Centre for Panthers is number 4 Waqa Blake
    Centre for Eels is number 4 Brad Takairangi
  • Winger for Panthers is number 5 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
    Winger for Eels is number 5 Blake Ferguson
  • Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 James Maloney
    Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Dylan Brown
  • Halfback for Panthers is number 7 Nathan Cleary
    Halfback for Eels is number 7 Mitchell Moses

Forwards

  • Prop for Panthers is number 8 James Tamou
    Prop for Eels is number 8 Daniel Alvaro
  • Hooker for Panthers is number 14 Wayde Egan
    Hooker for Eels is number 9 Reed Mahoney
  • Prop for Panthers is number 16 Moses Leota
    Prop for Eels is number 10 Tepai Moeroa
  • 2nd Row for Panthers is number 17 Hame Sele
    2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Shaun Lane
  • 2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 Isaah Yeo
    2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Marata Niukore
  • Lock for Panthers is number 13 James Fisher-Harris
    Lock for Eels is number 13 Nathan Brown

Interchange

  • Interchange for Panthers is number 10 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
    Interchange for Eels is number 14 Will Smith
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 11 Jack Hetherington
    Interchange for Eels is number 15 Tim Mannah
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 15 Tyrell Fuimaono
    Interchange for Eels is number 16 Kane Evans
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 18 Jarome Luai
    Interchange for Eels is number 17 David Gower

Panthers: In a string of positional changes announced an hour before kick-off, Moses Leota (prop) and Hame Sele (second row) have been added to the starting side, with Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Jack Hetherington to start on the bench. Sione Katoa (concussion) was ruled out on Saturday, with Wade Egan to start at hooker and Jarome Luai the new utility on the bench. As well as Katoa, Liam Martin dropped off the reserves bench 24 hours before kick-off. 

Eels: The Eels will start 1-17, with Josh Hoffman and Oregon Kaufusi the two men omitted an hour out from game time. Junior Paulo and Bevan French were the two men dropped off the bench 24 hours before kick-off.

Gold Coast Titans v Canberra Raiders, Sunday 5.10pm local (6.10pm AEDT) at Cbus Super Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Titans is number 1 Michael Gordon
    Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
  • Winger for Titans is number 2 Brenko Lee
    Winger for Raiders is number 2 Nick Cotric
  • Centre for Titans is number 3 Tyrone Peachey
    Centre for Raiders is number 3 Jarrod Croker
  • Centre for Titans is number 4 Brian Kelly
    Centre for Raiders is number 4 Joseph Leilua
  • Winger for Titans is number 5 Phillip Sami
    Winger for Raiders is number 5 Bailey Simonsson
  • Five-Eighth for Titans is number 6 Tyrone Roberts
    Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jack Wighton
  • Halfback for Titans is number 14 Alexander Brimson
    Halfback for Raiders is number 7 Aidan Sezer

Forwards

  • Prop for Titans is number 8 Jarrod Wallace
    Prop for Raiders is number 8 Josh Papalii
  • Hooker for Titans is number 9 Nathan Peats
    Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Josh Hodgson
  • Prop for Titans is number 10 Shannon Boyd
    Prop for Raiders is number 16 Dunamis Lui
  • 2nd Row for Titans is number 11 Kevin Proctor
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Joseph Tapine
  • 2nd Row for Titans is number 12 Ryan James
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Elliott Whitehead
  • Lock for Titans is number 13 Jai Arrow
    Lock for Raiders is number 13 John Bateman

Interchange

  • Interchange for Titans is number 15 Moeaki Fotuaika
    Interchange for Raiders is number 10 Iosia Soliola
  • Interchange for Titans is number 16 Max King
    Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Siliva Havili
  • Interchange for Titans is number 17 Bryce Cartwright
    Interchange for Raiders is number 15 Ryan Sutton
  • Interchange for Titans is number 19 Dale Copley
    Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Corey Horsburgh

Titans: Ash Taylor, who had been in doubt all week with a quadriceps complaint, was a late scratching for the clash with AJ Brimson elevated to the halves alongside Tyrone Roberts. Dale Copley has been promoted to the four-man interchange. Ryan James has declared himself a certain starter for the clash after overcoming a knee injury. New recruit Tyrone Peachey has scored seven tries in his past six games against the Raiders. Mitch Rein and Keegan Hipgrave were cut from the 21-man squad on Saturday afternoon. Anthony Don was omitted from the reserves list an hour before kick-off.

Raiders: Dunamis Lui will start with Sia Soliola coming off the bench, otherwise the Green Machine is 1-17. Joey Leilua (hamstring) and John Bateman (side strain) have been declared fit to play. The Raiders require just six points for 20,000 points scored since entering the premiership in 1982. The two players cut from the squad 24 hours before kick-off were Luke Bateman and JJ Collins while Jack Murchie and Sam Williams suffered the same fate an hour before kick-off.