Raiders momentum continues as they defeat poor Bunnies side

Anthony Milford

The fans are not able to pinpoint what it is and the players cannot seem to find it on the field but for the South Sydney Rabbitohs, season 2014 has not gotten off to the start they wanted, as they found themselves losing yet another game.

This time, it was at the hands of the Canberra Raiders who withstood a late fightback from the Bunnies and held on for a 30-18 win at ANZ Stadium.

It was all guns blazing for the Raiders early on as they raced out to a 22-0 lead before the Bunnies eventually closed the gap to ten points at one stage.

The turning point of the game when Souths had a try disallowed, after it was ruled that Sam Burgess was offside in the lead-up.

Perhaps another point of conjecture – and another turning point if you ask some fans – was a try that was awarded the Raiders, despite centre Matt Allwood appearing to knock on in the process.

It was not all smiles for the Raiders, though, with both Shaun Fensom (elbow) and Joel Edwards (concussion) leaving the field.

Momentum is crucial in the NRL and after Souths had their try disallowed, it gave the Raiders a boost in their spirits.

“Yeah it did [give us a lift], little things like that, it helped us out with the momentum of the game,” White said.

“Everyone talks about momentum and that was probably a crucial part for us. We were lucky we were able to go and score at the other end after that.”

The loss of Fensom will be a big one for Raiders fans in the long-term and with a suspected serious elbow injury suffered by the lock, even White knows just how much of a loss it is.

“We saw that last week when we were without him, he’s one of those blokes that does all that gritty work,” said White.

“Such a big thing you know, what he does for the team – they’re big boots to fill even though they’re only little ones he wears!”

For Souths, it was error after error at inopportune times and it ultimately cost them the game.

Far from the Souths side fans are accustomed to seeing, their form is not great at the moment but if you ask coach Michael Maguire, he believes their confidence can and will return.

“Bits and pieces of both [last week and this week] is definitely not Souths’ way and we need to find the Souths way again, because it’s there and I’ve got the same group of people that understand that,” Maguire said.

Hoping that the poor form would be no more, it was not to be, as Souths error-riddled ways shone through again and it left Maguire rather disappointed.

“As a group we just need to continue on towards making things work for us. They’re training well but we have to transfer that out to the park and if you don’t hang onto the ball it becomes a tough game,” he said.

“We just gave Canberra too much, put too much pressure on ourselves and it becomes a tough game of footy and that’s not our game.

“We have to stick at the things that we know work. They are doing that and it’s going to swing, we just need to find how it does swing for us.”

3. Anthony Milford
2. Glen Buttriss
1. George Burgess

Dogs bounce back from early deficit to steamroll the Storm

Tim Lafai

Everyone knows that Craig Bellamy tells it like it is and he was not about to hold back as usual, labelling his side’s performance as rubbish as the Melbourne Storm were steamrolled 40-12 by a rampant Canterbury Bulldogs side.

It was not the sort of performance you would expect from the Storm as sloppy, ridiculous penalties cost them and defensively, they were out of sorts and could not deal with the Bulldogs players both on the fringes and in the middle of the ruck.

They were not helped pre-game when captain and star player Cam Smith injured his back in the warm-up, though that was no excuse as the Storm raced out to a 10-0 lead before the Dogs put on a show and ran away with the game.

Again, Bellamy did not hold back and had some stern words for his side’s abysmal performance.

“This club prides itself on competing. It doesn’t matter what turnarounds we get and what’s happened during the week,” he said.

“I expect the players to have a go, not sometimes we have a go.

“It was a good first 20 and a rubbish last 60. We were a sometimes team tonight – sometimes we wanted to play, sometimes we didn’t.”

It was a different performance for the Dogs as well, as they found some spark and creativity that had been missing from previous games – though their cause was also not helped when Frank Pritchard left the field with an ankle injury.

It was the crafty play of centre Tim Lafai – given a rare oportunity to show what he can do – and the solid, steady work-rate of English prop James Graham especially, that got the Dogs over the line.

The Dogs look the goods in attack and racked up forty points for the second time in three games, with Graham soldiering on and producing, after receiving two heavy head knocks earlier in the game.

It was the sort of performance that did not surprise his team-mates, given they know what his work-rate is like and what he is capable of.

Despite the head-knocks he suffered, he drew immense praise from his team-mate Josh Reynolds.

“That’s just him. He could probably have one leg and still come out and do his bit for the boys,” Reynolds said.

3. Tim Lafai
2. James Graham
1. Josh Jackson

“He’s a bull terrier.”

Western derby sees the Eels prevail over the Panthers

Nathan Peats

It was the battle of the two teams from the West in the NRL and it was the Parramatta Eels who came out on top over the Penrith Panthers, winning 32-16 at Pirtek Stadium in a game that saw the return of Chris Sandow.

The focus and emphasis was all on Sandow as the Eels fans looked to someone to spark their season, as he and the likes of Jarryd Hayne and Nathan Peats knuckled down and helped deliver a win.

On the back of a sturdy second-half display that saw them run the Panthers ragged, the nifty work of Peats from dummy half and from Sandow’s unpredictability in attack are what changed the game.

In a match that always has a bit of spice and rivalry given the geographical locations of the two sides, the errors and penalties came in quick and fast at one point and during the second half, the Panthers had no answer for the Eels onslaught.

It was a disappointing match for the Panthers overall who had been expected to win the game – even if it was away from home – as they started favourites but could not make the most of opportunities, something that ultimately cost them.

With Peter Wallace a late withdrawal from the side yet again, the team dynamics changed and that may have affected the Panthers throughout.

As for the game itself, it was one that Panthers coach Ivan Cleary described as the worst of the season so far.

“We’ve had some good signs and tonight was a disappointment. It was by far our worst game. So yeah, it’s about bouncing back,” said Cleary.

For Cleary, the effort was not the issue but rather, it was their lack of execution when it mattered and he felt that the Eels just wanted the win more than his side did.

“It’s not effort. But it was just… we’ve had three big weeks and this week, maybe we just weren’t quite ready to have another one,” he said.

“I actually thought we were probably on top in the first half for a lot of the time, but execution let us down a bit.

“Then I don’t know, we hit the front in the second half and they were too good. They had the edge in just lots of little things tonight. I think they wanted it a little bit more than us.”

It was a different story for the Eels who perhaps did not have the first half they were after, though the second half belonged to them as they dug deep, finished their sets and made the most of their opportunities.

All the talk post-game was on halfback Chris Sandow who was playing in his first game of the season and the general consensus from Eels coach Brad Arthur was that he had a good start but can and will get better.

“He was solid. Still some things that we need to get better, but he was solid,” Arthur offered first up.

“As long as he gets better next week, we’ll have a look at it again after that.”

“Goalkicking helps, and I thought he deserved his opportunity.”

For captain Tim Mannah, it was the team effort that helped his side towards the victory, with all of the players playing for each other.

“It was good [having him there], but everyone made it easy for each other. Everyone worked hard for each other,” Mannah said.

Someone who knows Sandow well and has played alongside him before is Eels hooker Nathan Peats and for the dynamic hooker – who had another stellar game – he says that the man himself is no different to the one he played with at Souths.

“He’s the same. Chip and chasing, going himself. It was good to see him playing with some confidence considering he hasn’t played first grade in a while. It was good to see and hopefully he gets better and better,” Peats said.

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2. Jarryd Hayne
1. Manu Ma’u

The flying fish stars as the Warriors rout the Tigers

Glen Fisiiahi

Their fans would be the first to admit that their season has been riddled with inconsistency but when on song, they are a dangerous side and for the New Zealand Warriors, they have put in what is perhaps their best performance of the season so far with a resounding win over the Wests Tigers.

It was the Tigers who burst out of the blocks and were leading 12-0, before the Warriors went on a scoring spree and put on 5 unanswered tries.

To further complicate matters for the Tigers, both James Tedesco and Cory Paterson went off with concussion related injuries and it took its toll on the Tigers side, forced to play out the game with just 15 men.

There was also an injury for Tigers forward Sauaso Sue, who will miss a few weeks as a result.

There were also injury concerns for the Warriors, with centre Jerome Ropati suffering a suspected broken jaw – an injury that is likely to keep him out of action for a while.

The win was one that finally ended the Warriors hoodoo in Wellington – a venue that saw previous wins elude them – as they put on a clinical display to overpower the Tigers side.

The win was the Warriors first at Wellington in seven visits since 2001.

Although the players and the team are excited about the win, they are all disappointed to see Ropati injured again, who has had a bad run of injuries over the last few seasons.

“The boys are pretty down, it’s hard to get too excited in there because we’re all down about that,” Elliott said.

“The boys were enjoying having him in the team, he brings a real solidarity around him so he’s going to be sorely missed.”

With a solid display by all it was Glenn ‘The Fish’ Fisiiahi that was the star finisher, as he recorded an astonishing four tries – a feat rarely seen in rugby league these days.

The result means that both teams now sit and 2 wins and 2 losses and for the Tigers, it was the back end portion of the game that coach Mick Potter feels let his side down.

“At the back end of the game we weren’t in good shape in terms of who could play,” Potter said.

“And because we did have people out of position, we weren’t as fluent as we should have been.”

3. Glen Fisiiahi
2. Konrad Hurrell
1. Sam Tomkins

Dragons suffer first loss at the hands of the Broncos

Sam Thaiday

They were flying high coming into the game with three straight wins but the momentum ended there, as the St George Illawarra Dragons could not go toe-to-toe with the Brisbane Broncos and lost their round four clash to the Brisbane side, 36-20.

In front of just over 10,000 fans at Wollongong, the Broncos were just too strong as they recorded their seventh straight win over the Dragons and their third in four games, to cement their spot as an early front-runner in the competition.

In what was a relatively entertaining clash, it was the Broncos who led the game from start to finish – they raced out to a 12-0 lead early on – as the Dragons were unable to wrestle back enough momentum to eventually take the lead, as the Broncos forwards led the way.

The signs early in the season are good for the Broncos as they appear to be clicking as they should be, recording their highest points total of the season so far in last night’s clash.

After the disappointment of last week, Broncos coach Anthony Griffin was pleased that his side managed to bounce back and put in a solid performance.

Said disappointment emerged from a last-minute loss to the Roosters, a game that had the Broncos won, it would have been an upset.

“Just emotionally, we could’ve come down here with our tails between our legs,” he said.

“It was a hard one to swallow last week, but we bounced back, trained great all week and we just needed to come down and get that one done tonight and we did.”

With Ben Hunt firing on all cylinders last week, Griffin knows that his performance this week whilst not as good, was steady – praising the halfback for his performance.

“There’s a few times [Hunt] didn’t continue [with good form], but he’s getting there,” he said. “He’s come up with a couple of big plays there in the middle of the second half. One to score, and one to put us in a position to score. And he’s doing that every week.

“As I said a few times this year, [Hunt] finished the season very well last year, so he came into this season with some form on the board.

“Hoffy’s just doing a good job just running the football when he gets his opportunity. And also teaming up with Ben [Hunt] and Benny Barba, there’s still a long way to go with that. But tonight, we got 36 which was the best we’ve done for the year. So it’s going okay.”

For the Dragons, what confused coach Steve Price was why his side could not get any penalties. Despite that, Price was pleased with his side’s efforts in what was their first loss of the season.

“It certainly has [been a good month]. As I said, we’re still learning about ourselves. It has been a very positive start and we put ourselves in a position tonight to win that footy game, to get back within two,” he said.

“We’ll live and learn, dust ourselves off and get ready for next week. It was tough to get a ten metre penalty viagra online order there tonight.”

Price also made mention of a 5-8 minute block in the second half that changed the game and resulted in a Broncos win.

“I thought it was a very fast game. There weren’t many penalties blown,” he said. “We spoke about that, [Brisbane] pride themselves on starting fast [and]they certainly did that.

“Credit to our guys, I thought we got back into the arm wrestle really well. We come back after halftime, scored a tremendous try, and [got] within two but didn’t play with any composure or any smarts there for a number of minutes.

“And [that] put us on the back foot and I thought that’s where the game was won, in that five to eight minute block there.”

3. Sam Thaiday
2. Gerard Beale
1. Matt Gillett

Defensive prowess sees Manly overpower the Roosters

Kieran Foran

As the old rugby league saying goes, ‘defence wins games’ and for the Manly Sea Eagles, it rings true, as their defensive fortitude shone through in a tough, grinding affair against the Sydney Roosters overnight.

Moving to 3 wins and 1 loss after last night’s victory, Manly’s defence was impenetrable as they held the Roosters scoreless for the first time since early 2012.

With the two grand finalists of 2013 facing off, it was the same gritty and dogged affair that you come to expect from the two sides and last night was no exception, as both teams went back and forth to try and penetrate the other, with the only try coming off a nice play down the left hand side for Manly.

The loss leaves the Roosters in the middle of the pack with 2 wins and 2 losses and although they are still a premiership force, there is work for them to do if they are to surge towards the competition lead.

The gritty side of Manly was there for all to see as they were down to 16 men at one stage after Glenn Stewart went off due to concussion and it was that mental fortitude and grit that most pleased coach Geoff Toovey.

“It does [show a lot about our character] but you don’t want to rely on that every week, it’ll wear you down eventually,” said Toovey.

“Losing Glenn so early in the match, when you’re down to three replacements is always difficult, but that’s what makes it so pleasing – the result, and the effort the players put in.”

Toovey was more than willing to give praise to his team for the way they played and for shutting out the Roosters.

“I thought physically our forwards did a fantastic job, they really worked hard.

“They defended soundly for each other. They were very effective. We had a lot of ball in the first half, which helped, but I thought they were great.”

One player who was sound and valiant in his game was Kieran Foran, who was just about playing on one leg – praising the toughness of the Manly side across the park.

“I think the guys that have come in are just doing an enormous job for us. Look at some of our forwards that don’t really get the headlines,” he said.

“Guys like Sene-Lefao, Starling, Lui, they’re just tough.

“They’re doing a job for us every week and Choccy’s (Anthony Watmough) leading the forward pack and he’s bringing those young guys into that sort of tough environment and they’re learning from him and Jason King and guys like that.

“They’re what are winning us games at the moment.”

As for Robinson, although he knows his side have to improve, there was one aspect of the game that he was disappointed with. The referees.

Conceding a whopping 38 penalties so far this season and receiving just 22, Robinson was far from impressed with the referees after the game.

“It was unacceptable from Ben Cummins,” said Robinson.

“I can’t answer why we’re not receiving penalties.”

“This has been the case against the Roosters over decades, so I can’t answer that.”

There was also an insinuation from Robinson about a reason as to why the Roosters concede more penalties, with the Roosters coach claiming that teams deliberately lie down in tackles in an attempt to accrue penalties.

“We don’t play for penalties. We openly talk about it. We say we are not going to lie down, we’re going to stand up and keep fighting.

“It’s not in the spirit of the game. People are talking about lots of different areas of the game and what they need to police.

“Stop people lying down. We don’t want to have to lie down to get penalties. It’s not what we do here and we’re proud of that.”

To further complicate matters for the Roosters, representative prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was put on report for a high tackle.

3. Kieran Foran
2. Brenton Lawrence
1. Daly Cherry-Evans

Former Raiders assistant joins New Zealand Rugby League

Andrew McFadden

They were on the lookout for some new assistants after a minor overhaul of the coaching structure and the New Zealand Rugby League have found their man, with former Raiders assistant coach Andrew McFadden joining the NZRL as an assistant coach.

On top of that, McFadden also enjoyed stints as an assistant coach at the New Zealand Warriors and with Super League side, the Catalan Dragons.

To go even further back, some fans will remember him as a player during his time with the Canberra Raiders, Melbourne Storm and Parramatta Eels.

At this stage, it looks as if McFadden will be the only assistant, with NZRL High Performance Manager Tony Iro stating that the organisation has opted to go in this direction for the time being.

“We looked at the option of appointing two assistants to share the load with Stephen,” says NZ Rugby League high performance manager Tony Iro.

“But with such a short preparation time, we decided to keep things really simple this time – we may reassess that for the Four Nations later in the year.

“Andrew provides a good link with the NZ-based players, who have given him a ringing endorsement.”

With the now Penrith Panthers coach Ivan Cleary pulling out of the race and former Kiwi David Kidwell also in the running, the NZRL ultimately opted for McFadden as assistant, believing that he is the best man for the job.

“We felt, under the circumstances, Andrew offered more specific experience in the role as offensive coach and was a better fit for what we needed at this time,” says Iro.

For McFadden himself, he is excited in the new role that awaits him and says there is no concern or issue when it comes to allegiances.

“I’m extremely excited,” says McFadden, who claims no confusion over his mixed allegiances. “It’s a massive honour to be involved with the Kiwis.

“One thing you learn in rugby league is that your loyalty is to the team you’re with at that time.

“When I moved from Canberra to the Warriors, they became my team. Now, it’s no different for the Kiwis.”

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Logan City youngster signs with the Bulldogs

Guy Hamilton

Recruiting players can take you anywhere and for the Canterbury Bulldogs, their newest player has come from an area that is deemed as Brisbane’s heartland – Logan City.

The player in question – Guy Hamilton- is a highly-rated youngster who is rated by current Queensland Chairman of Selectors, Des Morris.

Signing a 2-year deal with the Dogs is one that has the youngster happy and he is keen to make the most of the opportunity.

“I’m just really overwhelmed because it is something I have worked pretty hard for and I’m really happy,” Hamilton said.

“It is a massive and successful club and these opportunities don’t come around much so you have to take them when they come.”

Having been a part of the Broncos system ages 14 and 15, it was strong performances in the Intrust Super Cup for the Easts Tigers that caught the eye of Bulldogs scouts.

“It was probably one of the most important games I have ever played in,” Hamilton said.

“I grew up watching those players and to be in the position to play against them was massive.”

The young halfback is a player that has the potential to go places and he was quick to thank Easts Tiers coach Craig Ingebrigtsen for helping him to believe in himself as a player.

“Trigger (Ingebrigtsen) has made me feel really confident and gave me the self-belief to back myself,” Hamilton said.

“He and the whole coaching staff have taught me so much and I wouldn’t be in the position I am without them.”

The Easts Tigers coach can see the raw ability in Hamilton and knows he has the potential to go far in the NRL.

“He is a wonderful young man with the football world at his feet,” Ingebrigtsen said.

“He is an outstanding athlete with great footwork and a good kicking game. He is very smart and years ahead of his time.

“There are a lot of robots playing the game at the moment but he plays what he sees and that’s a good quality to have.”

Des Morris, QLD Chairman of Selectors said:

“He is a great natural footballer and reads the game well,” Morris said.

“He has got some skills and the Storm were impressed with him. He certainly has the potential and you never know where that can lead to.”

NRL Teams Rd 4

Hard to believe it is already round 4. The time flies. Some injuries have hit sides, so what changes will they make? Are you anticipating any surprise selections?

Here are the NRL teams for Rd 4:

Sydney Roosters v Manly Sea Eagles (#NRLsydman); Allianz Stadium; Friday March 28. Kick-off: 7:40pm.

Roosters: 1. Anthony Minichiello 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Michael Jennings 4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 5. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 6. James Maloney 7. Mitch Pearce 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Sam Moa 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Mitch Aubusson 13. Frank-Paul Nuuausala.

Interchange: 14. Daniel Mortimer 15. Aidan Guerra 16. Dylan Napa 17. Kane Evans 18. Sio Siua Taukeiaho. (One to be omitted).

Coach: Trent Robinson.

Manly: 1. Peta Hiku 2. Cheyse Blair 3. Jamie Lyon (C) 4. Steve Matai 5. David Williams 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Josh Starling 9. Matt Ballin 10. Brenton Lawrence 11. Anthony Watmough 12. Justin Horo 13. Glenn Stewart.

Interchange: 14. James Hasson 15. Dunamis Lui 16. Jamie Buhrer 17. Jesse Sene-Lefao 18. Tony Satini.

Coach: Geoff Toovey.


St George Illawarra Dragons v Brisbane Broncos (#NRLsgibri); WIN Stadium, Wollongong; Friday March 28. Kick-off: 8pm.

Dragons: 1. Adam Quinlan 2. Brett Morris 3. Dylan Farrell 4. Gerard Beale 5. Jason Nightingale 6. Gareth Widdop 7. Sam Williams 8. Tyson Frizell 9. Mitch Rein 10. Dan Hunt 11. Leeson Ah Mau 12. Ben Creagh (C) 13. Trent Merrin.

Interchange: 14. Jack De cialis online generic Belin 15. Kyle Stanley 16. Joel Thompson 17. Mike Cooper 20. Jack Stockwell 25. Bronson Harrison (Two to be omitted).

Coach: Steve Price.

Broncos: 1. Ben Barba 2. Daniel Vidot 3. Jack Reed 4. Dale Copley 5. Lachlan Maranta 6. Josh Joffman 7. Ben Hunt 8. Josh McGuire 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Corey Parker (C) 11. Alex Glenn 12. Sam Thaiday 13. Matt Gillett.

Interchange: 14. Corey Oates 15. Martin Kennedy 16. Todd Lowrie 17. Jarrod Wallace 18. David Hala (One to be omitted).

Coach: Anthony Griffin.


Canterbury Bulldogs v Melbourne Storm (#NRLcbymel); NIB Stadium, Perth; Saturday March 29. Kick-off: 4:30pm (local time). 7:30pm AEDST.

Dogs: 1. Sam Perrett 2. Corey Thompson 3. Josh Morris 4. Tim Lafai 5. Mitch Brown 6. Josh Reynolds 7. Trent Hodkinson 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Michael Ennis (C) 10. James Graham 11. Frank Pritchard 12. Tony Williams 13. Dale Finucane.

Interchange: 14. Josh Jackson 15. Pat O’Hanlon 16. Tim Browne 17. David Klemmer 18. Drury Low. (One to be omitted).

Coach: Des Hasler.

Storm: 1. Billy Slater 2. Sisa Waqa 3. Will Chambers 4. Mahe Fonua 5. Young Tonumaipea 6. Ben Hampton 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cam Smith (C) 10. Bryan Norrie 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Ryan Hoffman 13. Ryan Hinchcliffe.

Interchange: 14. Kenny Bromwich 15. Tohu Harris 16. Jordan McLean 17. George Rose.

Coach: Craig Bellamy.


New Zealand Warriors v Wests Tigers (#NRLwarwst); Westpac Stadium, Wellington; Saturday March 29. Kick-off: 5pm (local). 3pm AEDST.

Warriors: 1. Sam Tomkins 2. Glen Fiisiahi 3. Dane Nielsen 4. Jerome Ropati 5. Manu Vatuvei 6. Chad Townsend 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Sam Rapira 9. Nathan Friend 10. Ben Matulino 11. Jayson Bukuya 12. Simon Mannering (C) 13. Sione Lousi.

Interchange: 14. Jacob Lillyman 15. Suaia Matagi 16. Konrad Hurrell 17. Thomas Leuluai.

Coach: Matt Elliott.

Tigers: 1. James Tedesco 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Keith Lulia 4. Tim Simona 5. Pat Richards 6. Braith Anastsa 7. Luke Brooks 8. Aaron Woods 9. Robbie Farah (C) 10. Keith Galloway 11. Cory Paterson 12. Bodene Thompson 13. Adam Blair.

Interchange: 14. Martin Taupau 15. Ava Seumanafagai 16. Sauaso Sue 17. James Gavet.

Coach: Mick Potter.


Parramatta Eels v Penrith Panthers (#NRLparpen); Parramatta Stadium; Saturday March 29. Kick-off: 5:30pm.

Eels: 1. Jarryd Hayne (C) 2. Semi Radradra 3. Will Hopoate 4. Willie Tonga 5. Ken Sio 6. Corey Norman 7. Chris Sandow 8. Tim Mannah (C) 9. Nathan Peats 10. Fuifui Moimoi 11. Kenny Edwards 12. Manu Ma’u 13. Joseph Paulo.

Interchange: 14. Kelepi Tanginoa 15. Peni Terepo 16. Mitch Allgood 17. David Gower.

Coach: Brad Arthur.

Panthers: 1. Matt Moylan 2. Kevin Naiqama 3. Dean Whare 4. Jamal Idris 5. David Simmons 6. Jamie Soward 7. Peter Wallace 8. Nigel Plum 9. Kevin Kingston (C) 10. Sam McKendry 11. Lewis Brown 12. Elijah Taylor 13. Adam Docker.

Interchange: 14. James Segeyaro 15. Jeremy Latimore 16. Tyrone Peachey 17. Tim Grant.

Coach: Ivan Cleary.


South Sydney Rabbitohs v Canberra Raiders (#NRLsoucan); ANZ Stadium; Sunday March 30. Kick-off: 2pm.

Souths: 1. Greg Inglis 2. Nathan Merritt 3. Joel Reddy 4. Bryson Goodwin 5. Lote Tuqiri 6. Dylan Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. George Burgess 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Sam Burgess 11. Chris McQueen 12. Ben Lowe 13. John Sutton (C).

Interchange: 14. Ben Te’o 15. Joe Picker 16. Kyle Turner 17. Dave Tyrrell 18. Kirisome Auva’a 19. Nathaniel Neale.

Coach: Michael Maguire.

Raiders: 1. Anthony Milford 2. Reece Robinson 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Matt Allwood 5. Bill Tupou 6. Jack Wighton 7. Terry Campese (C) 8. Shannon Boyd 9. Glen Buttriss 10. Brett White 11. Jarrad Kennedy 12. Joel Edwards 13. Shaun Fensom.

Interchange: 14. Josh McCrone 15. Paul Vaughan 16. David Shillington 17. Dane Tilse.

Coach: Ricky Stuart.


Newcastle Knights v Cronulla Sharks (#NRLnewcro); Hunter Stadium, Newcastle; Sunday March 30. Kick-off: 3pm.

Knights: 1. Matt Minto 2. James McManus 3. Dane Gagai 4. Joey Leilua 5. Akuila Uate 6. Michael Dobson 7. Tyrone Roberts 8. Kade Snowden 9. Kurt Gidley (C) 10. Willie Mason 11. Beau Scott 12. Robbie Rochow 13. Jeremy Smith.

Interchange: 14. Adam Clydsdale 15. Korbin Sims 16. David Fa’alogo 17. Adam Cuthbertson.

Coach: Wayne Bennett.

Sharks: 1. Michael Gordon 2. Nathan Stapleton 3. Blake Ayshford 4. Ricky Leutele 5. Jonathan Wright 6. Todd Carney 7. Daniel Holdsworth 8. Andrew Fifita 9. John Morris 10. Sam Tagataese 11. Matt Prior 12. Wade Graham (C) 13. Chris Heighington.

Interchange: 14. Issac De Gois 15. Tinirau Arona 16. Bryce Gibbs 17. Siosaia Vave 19. Tupou Sopoaga. (One to be omitted).

Coach: Peter Sharp.


Gold Coast Titans v North Queensland Cowboys (#NRLgldnql); CBus Super Stadium, Gold Coast; Monday March 31. Kick-off: 6:30pm (local). 7:30pm AEDST.

Titans: 1. Will Zillman 2. Kevin Gordon 3. Brad Tighe 4. Brad Takairangi 5. David Mead 6. Aidan Sezer 7. Albert Kelly 8. Luke Douglas 9. Beau Falloon 10. Nate Myles (C) 11. Greg Bird (C) 12. David Taylor 13. Ashley Harrison.

Interchange: 14. Matthew White 15. Luke Bailey 16. Mark Minichiello 17. Paul Carter 18. Ryan James 19. Ben Ridge.

Coach: John Cartwright.

Cowboys: 1. Michael Morgan 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Brent Tate 4. Kane Linnett 5. Antonio Winterstein 6. Johnathan Thurston (C) 7. Robert Lui 8. Matt Scott 9. Rory Kostjaysn 10. James Tamou 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Jason Taumalolo 13. Tariq Sims.

Interchange: 14. Ray Thompson 15. Scott Bolton 16. Glenn Hall 17. Ashton Sims.

Coach: Paul Green.