NRL Teams Rd 3

Another week and here we are again, NRL Teams and teamlist Tuesday! 

It is certainly not panic stations yet but some teams need to get their backsides in order before the season is lost.

As they look to bounce back, can the surprise packets of the season continue their momentum?

Can we expect any changes to sides or will they remain largely the same?

Here we are, the teams for round 3 of the NRL Telstra Premiership:

Melbourne Storm v North Queensland Cowboys (#NRLmelnql); AAMI Park, Melbourne; Thursday, March 22. Kick-off: 8:05 pm. 

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 15. Kenny Bromwich 16. Christian Welch 17. Sam Kasiano.

Reserves: 18. Young Tonumaipea 19. Tui Kamikamica 20. Billy Walters 21. Brandon Smith.

Coach: Craig Bellamy.

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. Matt Scott (C) 9. Jake Granville 10. Jordan McLean 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Coen Hess13. Jason Taumalolo.

Interchange: 14. Te Maire Martin 15. John Asiata 16. Scott Bolton 17. Coen Hess.

Reserves: 18. Corey Jensen 19. Kyle Laybutt 20. Francis Molo 21. Enari Tuala.

Coach: Paul Green.

Ricky’s View: Perhaps the match of the round. These two have formed a big rivalry of late but both have started the season inconsistently. Will the rivalry bring the best out of both sides again as we all hope it will? It should be a close, tense affair but the Storm get the nod for mine. Just. Storm by 6. 


Canterbury Bulldogs v Penrith Panthers (#NRLcbypen); ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park; Friday, March 23. Kick-off: 6 pm.

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. Josh Jackson 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 13. Aiden Tolman. 

Interchange: 14. Adam Elliott 15. Asipeli Fine 16. Danny Fualalo 17. Fa’amanu Brown.

Reserves: 19. Francis Tualau 20. Kerrod Holland 21. Renouf Toomaga 22. John Olive.

Coach: Dean Pay.

Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Josh Mansour 3. Waqa Blake 4. Dean Whare 5. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 6. James Maloney 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Peter Walllace 10. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Isaah Yeo 13. Trent Merrin.

Interchange: 14. Tyrone Peachey 15. Corey Harawira-Naera 16. Moses Leota 17. James Fisher-Harris.

Reserves: 18. Sione Katoa 19. Nick Tui-Loso 20. Jarome Luai 21. Christian Crichton.

Coach: Anthony Griffin.

Ricky’s View: Penrith may have two wins to their name but their slow starts have to be a cause for concern. The Dogs are in poor shape themselves, as their attack still needs to find a mojo of its own. With that all in mind, Penrith’s attack looks more fluid and up against a Bulldogs defence some view as week, that could be the deal-breaker. Penrith by 10.


Wests Tigers v Brisbane Broncos (#NRLwstbri); Campbelltown Stadium; Friday, March 23. Kick-off: 8:05 pm.

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 9. Pita Godinet 10. Ben Matulino 11. Chris Lawrence 12. Robbie Rochow 13. Matthew Eisenhuth. 

Interchange: 14.  Matt McIlwrick 15. Alex Twal 16. Michael Chee-Kam 17. Josh Aloiai.

Reserves: 18. Tyson Gamble 19. Sauaso Sue 20. Tim Grant 21. Taane Milne.

Coach: Ivan Cleary.

Broncos: 1. Darius Boyd (C) 2. Corey Oates 3. James Roberts 4. Tom Opacic 5. Jamayne Isaako 6. Anthony Milford 7. Kodi Nikorima 8. Matt Lodge 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Tevita Pangai Jr. 11. Alex Glenn 12. Matt Gillett 13. Josh McGuire. 

Interchange: 14. Sam Thaiday 15. Joe Ofahengaue 16. Korbin Sims 17. Jaydn Su’A.

Reserves: 18. Sam Tagataese 19. Jack Bird 20. Jonus Pearson 21. Todd Murphy.

Coach: Wayne Bennett.

Ricky’s View: Only a brave man would have expected the Tigers to knock off the Roosters and Storm in successive rounds, but they did. Is it luck, a fluke, or have they genuinely fine-tuned their roster into a successful one? For the Broncos, they bounced back after a poor round one performance. As Milford and Nikorima find their way in the halves, can they step back. The Broncos might just have too much class in this one as they continue their momentum. Broncos by 4. 


Canberra Raiders v New Zealand Warriors (#NRLcanwar); GIO Stadium, Canberra; Saturday, March 24. Kick-off: 3 pm.

Raiders: 1. Jack Wighton 2. Nick Cotric 3. Jarrod Croker (C) 4. Joey Leilua 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Aidan 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.

Reserves: 18. Joseph Tapine 19. Ata Hingano 20. Michael Oldfield 21. Royce Hunt.

Coach: Ricky Stuart.

Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (C) 2. David Fusitu’a 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 13. Ligi Sao. 

Interchange: 14. Jazz Tevaga 15. Agnatius Paasi 16. Sam Lisone 17. Bunty Afoa.

Reserves: 18. Charnze Nicholl-Klokstad 20. Anthony Gelling 20. Chris Satae 21. Mason Lino.

Coach: Stephen Kearney.

Ricky’s View: The Raiders will have to lick their wounds and hope they heal quickly, as they face a rampant Warriors side. In fine form and with their big guns firing, it is hard to see anything but a win for them. However, they have been inconsistent in the past, so there is always that chance it can happen again. Nevertheless, it is a Warriors win for us even away from home. Warriors by 20.


South Sydney Rabbitohs v Manly Sea Eagles (#NRLsouman); ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park; Saturday, March 24. Kick-off: 5:30 pm. 

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.

Reserves: 18. Robbie Farah 19. Jason Clark 20. Braidon Burns 21. Kyle Turner.

Coach: Anthony Seibold.

Manly: 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. JakeTrbojevic.

Interchange: 14. Jackson Hastings 15. Shaun Lane 16. Lloyd Perrett 17. Kelepi Tanginoa.

Reserves: 18. Matthew Wright 19. Jack Gosiewski 20. Frank Winterstein 21. Darcy Lussick.

Coach: Trent Barrett.

Ricky’s View: Very different fortunes here. The Bunnies need a win to reverse their stagnant ways and Manly want a win to remain consistent. These games are always good and both teams show up to the party but you would think Manly possess too much firepower. Manly by 16.


Parramatta Eels v Cronulla Sharks (#NRLparcro); ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park; Saturday, March 24. Kick-off: 7:35 pm.

Eels: 1. Bevan French 2. Josh Hoffman 3. Michael Jennings 4. Jarryd Hayne 5. Kirisome Auva’a 6. Corey Norman 7. Mitch Moses 8. Daniel Alvaro 9. Cameron King 10. Tim Mannah (C) 11. Manu Ma’u 12. Tepai Moeroa 13. Nathan Brown.

Interchange: 14. Beau Scott (C) 15. Kenny Edwards 16. Suaia Matagi 17. Kane Evans.

Reserves: 18. Will Smith 19. Peni Terepo 20. David Gower 21. Kaysa Pritchard.

Coach: Brad Arthur.

Sharks: 1. Josh Dugan 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Ricky Leutele 5. Valentine Holmes 6. Matt Moylan 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. Ava Seumanufagai 17. Joseph Paulo.

Reserves: 18. Kurt Dillon 19. Jack Williams 20. Edrick Lee 21. Luke Lewis.

Coach: Shane Flanagan.

Ricky’s View: Not too sure that many would have seen the Eels and the Sharks winless after two rounds but guess what, they are! With a huge need to bounce back and return to the winners circle, picking a winner is difficult. They have struggled for different reasons but the time to kick-start their season is now. A close affair is expected. Eels by 2. 


Gold Coast Titans v St George Illawarra Dragons (#NRLgldsgi); Clive Berghofer Stadium, Toowoomba; Sunday, March 25. Kick-off: 4:10 pm. 

Titans: 1. Michael Gordon 2. Anthony Don 3. Dale Copley 4. Konrad Hurrell 5. Philip Sami 6. Kane Elgey 7. Ash Taylor 8. Jai Arrow 9. Nathan Peats 10. Leilani Latu 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Ryan James (C) 13. Bryce Cartwright.

Interchange: 14. Mitch Rein 15. Will Matthews 16. Morgan Boyle 17. Jarrod Wallace.

Reserves: 18. Keegan Hipgrave 19. Joe Greenwood 20. AJ Brimson 21. Tyronne Roberts-Davis.

Coach: Garth Brennan.

Dragons: 1. Matt 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.

Reserves: 18. Jeremy Latimore 19. Zac Lomax 20. Reece Robson 21. Blake Lawrie.

Coach: Paul McGregor.

Ricky’s View: Although the Titans are a spirited bunch and have a renewed ticker under coach Garth Brennan, seeing a win here is hard. The Dragons have looked good with star halves duo Gareth Widdop and Ben Hunt firing. You have to expect they will continue that but the scoreline shouldn’t be a blowout. Dragons by 10. 


Sydney Roosters v Newcastle Knights (#NRLsydnew); Allianz Stadium, Moore Park; Sunday, March 25. Kick-off: 6:30 pm.

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. Mitch Aubusson 17. Victor Radley.

Reserves: 18. Nat Butcher 19. Kurt Baptiste 20. Mitchell Cornish 23. Frank-Paul Nuuausala.

Coach: Trent Robinson.

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

Interchange: 14. Brock Lamb 15. Chris Heighington 16. Jamie Buhrer (C) 17. Daniel Saifiti.

Reserves: 18. Ken Sio 19. Jacob Saifiti 20. Danny Levi 21. Luke Yates.

Coach: Nathan Brown.

Ricky’s View: The Knights, along with the Tigers, are this year’s surprise packets. Many expected early form would take a while for them but they have produced great footy, led by Mitch Pearce and Kalyn Ponga. The buildup is all about Pearce and his former club; can his new one get a one-up over his old one? Very tough to pick. Knights by 1 and Pearce to kick the winning field goal. 


 

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