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Bulldogs strengthen back-row with signing of Waddell

New Canterbury Bulldogs signing Corey Waddell

The Canterbury Bulldogs have strengthened their forward pack with the signing of Manly Sea Eagles back-rower Corey Waddell.

Appearing in 34 NRL games to date with Manly, Waddell brings professionalism and hard-running to the Bulldogs club.

Waddell is no stranger to incoming Bulldogs coach Trent Barrett with the two working together at the Penrith Panthers.

Bulldogs CEO Andrew Hill is pleased to add a player like Waddell to their roster.

“We are continuing to construct our squad for 2021 and beyond and Corey will be an important part of that process,” said Hill.

“He is a hard-working footballer who is a strong defender and someone who will bring additional quality and depth to our forward pack.

We look forward to Corey joining us next season.”

NRL Teams Rd 19

Newcastle Knights fullback Kalyn Ponga

 

 

 

 

 

Another week and another round of NRL teams. 

The top eight may be set but the jostling for positions within it continues. Can teams maintain their standing?

Or will we see the make-up of the sides change depending on results?

Let us get straight into it; here are the teams for Round 19 of the NRL Telstra Premiership:

South Sydney Rabbitohs v Canterbury Bulldogs (#NRLSouthsBulldogs); ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park; Thursday, September 17. Kick-off: 7:50 pm. 

Souths: 1. Corey Allan 2. Alex Johnston 3. Campbell Graham 4. Steven Marsters 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds (C) 8. Liam Knight 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Jaydn Su’A 12. Bayley Sironen 13. Cameron Murray.

Interchange: 14. Mark Nicholls 15. Jed Cartwright 16. Hame Sele 17. Keaon Koloamatangi.

Reserves: 18. Tevita Tatola 19. Patrick Mago 20. Troy Dargan 21. Cory Denniss.

Coach: Wayne Bennett

Bulldogs: 1. Will Hopoate 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Reimis Smith 4. Tim Lafai 5. Jayden Okunbor 6. Jake Averillo 7. Lachlan Lewis 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Luke Thompson 11. Josh Jackson (C) 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 13. Chris Smith.

Interchange: 14. Brandon Wakeham 15. Renouf To’Omaga 16. Sione Katoa 17. Sauaso Sue.

Reserves: 19. Dean Britt 20. Katoa 21. Nick Meaney 23. James Roumanos.

Coach: Steve Georgallis.


North Queensland Cowboys v Penrith Panthers (#NRLCowboysPanthers); Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville; Friday, September 18. Kick-off: 6 pm. 

Cowboys: 1. Valentine Holmes 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Murray Taulagi 4. Esan Marsters 5. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Jake Clifford 8. Corey Jensen 9. Reuben Cotter 10. Jordan McLean (C) 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Mitchell Dunn 13. Francis Molo.

Interchange: 14. Daejarn Asi 15. Emry Pere 16. Tom Gilbert 7. Ben Condon.

Reserves: 18. Jason Taumalolo 19. Jake Granville 20. Peter Hola 21. Ben Hampton.

Coach: Josh Hannay.

Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Josh Mansour 3. Brent Naden 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Mitch Kenny 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo (C).

Interchange: 14. Tyrone May 15. Spencer Leniu 16. Kurt Capewell 17. Jack Hetherington.

Reserves: 18. Dean Whare 19. Billy Burns 20. Matt Burton 21. Charlie Staines.

Coach: Ivan Cleary.


Parramatta Eels v Brisbane Broncos (#NRLEelsBroncos); Bankwest Stadium, Parramatta; Friday, September 18. Kick-off: 7:55 pm. 

Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson (C) 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Jai Field 7. Mitch Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Nathan Brown.

Interchange: 14. Will Smith 15. Andrew Davey 16. Kane Evans 17. Oregon Kaufusi.

Reserves: 18. Haze Dunster 19. Stefano Utoikamanu 20. George Jennings 21. Daniel Alvaro.

Coach: Brad Arthur.

Broncos: 1. Darius Boyd 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Richard Kennar 6. Tyson Gamble 7. Tom Dearden 8. Joe Ofahengaue 9. Issac Luke 10. Ben Te’o 11. David Fifita 12. Alex Glenn 13. Patrick Carrigan (C).

Interchange: 14. Cory Paix 15. Jamil Hopoate 16. Xavier Coates 17. Ethan Bullemor.

Reserves: 18. Kobe Hetherington 19. Pride Petterson-Robati 20. Sean O’Sullivan 21. Jesse Arthars.

Coach: Peter Gentle.


Manly Sea Eagles v Gold Coast Titans (#NRLManlyTitans); Lottoland, Brookvale; Saturday, September 19. Kick-off: 3 pm.

Manly: 1. Tevita Funa 2. Albert Hopoate 3. Brad Parker 4. Morgan Harper 5. Abbas Miski 6. Lachlan Croker 7. Daly Cherry-Evans (C) 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Danny Levi 10. Martin Taupau 11. Jack Gosiewski 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic.

Interchange: 14. Morgan Boyle 15. Corey Waddell 16. Sean Keppie 17. Taniela Paseka.

Reserves: 18. Haumole Olakau’atu 19. Reuben Garrick 20. Ben Trbojevic 21. Tom Trbojevic.

Coach: Des Hasler.

Titans: 1. Alexander Brimson 2. Anthony Don 3. Treymain Spry 4. Young Tonumaipea 5. Corey Thompson 6. Ashley Taylor 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Mitch Rein 10. Moeaki Fotuaika 11. Kevin Proctor (C) 12. Sam Stone 13. Tyrone Peachey.

Interchange: 14. Tanah Boyd 15. Jai Arrow 16. Sam Lisone 17. Jai Whitbread.

Reserves: 18. Darius Farmer 19. Brian Kelly 20. Toby Sexton 21. Nathan Peats.

Coach: Justin Holbrook.


Melbourne Storm v Wests Tigers (#NRLStormTigers); Sunshine Coast Stadium, Kawana Waters; Saturday, September 19. Kick-off: 5:30 pm. 

Storm: 1. Nicho Hynes 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Brenko Lee 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith (C) 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenny Bromwich 13. Nelson Asofa-Solomona.

Interchange: 14. Ryley Jacks 15. Tino Faasuamaleaui 16. Tom Eisenhuth 17. Tui Kamikamica.

Reserves: 18. Brandon Smith 19. Issac Lumelume 20. Max King 21. Paul Momirovski.

Coach: Craig Bellamy.

Tigers: 1. Adam Doueihi 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Joseph Leilua 4. Chris Lawrence 5. Asu Kepaoa 6. Josh Reynolds 7. Benji Marshall 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Harry Grant 10. Thomas Mikaele 11. Sam McIntyre 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Alex Twal.

Interchange: 14. Zane Musgrove 15. Matthew Eisenhuth 16. Russell Packer 17. Luke Garner.

Reserves: 18. Tommy Talau 19. Michael Chee-Kam 20. Jock Madden 21. Jacob Liddle.

Coach: Michael Maguire.


Sydney Roosters v Cronulla Sharks (#NRLRoostersSharks); Sydney Cricket Ground, Moore Park; Saturday, September 19. Kick-off: 7:35 pm. 

Roosters: 1. Joseph Manu 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Mitch Aubusson 5. Brett Morris 6. Luke Keary 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend (C) 10. Lindsay Collins 11. Boyd Cordner (C) 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Isaac Liu.

Interchange: 14. Freddy Lussick 15. Angus Crichton 16. Nat Butcher 17. Sonny Bill Williams.

Reserves: 18. Poasa Faamausili 19. Drew Hutchison 20. Daniel Fifita 21. Matt Ikuvalu.

Coach: Trent Robinson.

Sharks: 1. William Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Josh Dugan 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Connor Tracey 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Braden Hamlin-Uele 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Briton Nikora 12. Siosifa Talakai 13. Toby Rudolf.

Interchange: 14. Teig Wilton 15. Jack Williams 16. Andrew Fifita 17. Royce Hunt.

Reserves: 18. Scott Sorenson 19. Bryson Goodwin 20. Braydon Trindall 21. Billy Magoulias.

Coach: John Morris.


Canberra Raiders v New Zealand Warriors (#NRLRaidersWarriors); GIO Stadium, Canberra; Sunday, September 20. Kick-off: 2 pm.

Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Semi Valemei 3. Jarrod Croker (C) 4. Jordan Rapana 5. Nick Cotrick 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papalii 9. Siliva Havili 10. Dunamis Lui 11. John Bateman 12. Eliott Whitehead 13.  Joseph Tapine

Interchange: 14. Tom Starling 15. Ryan Sutton 16. Tom Starling 17. Corey Harawira-Naera.

Reserves: 18. Sam Williams 19. Matt Frawley 20. Matt Timoko 21. Iosia Soliola.

Coach: Ricky Stuart.

Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Adam Pompey 3. Adam Keighran 4. Peta Hiku 5. Hayze Perham 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Chanel Harris-Tavita 8. Lachlan Burr 9. Karl Lawton 10. Isaiah Papali’i 11. Jack Murchie 12. Tohu Harris 13. Jazz Tevaga.

Interchange: 14. Wayde Egan 15. Adam Blair 16. Eliesa Katoa 17. Tom Ale.

Reserves: 18. Josh Curran 19. Paul Turner 20. Gerard Beale 21. Rocco Berry.

Coach: Todd Payten.


Newcastle Knights v St George Illawarra Dragons (#NRLKnightsDragons); McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle; Sunday, September 20. Kick-off: 4:05 pm.

Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Edrick Lee 3. Enari Tuala 4. Hymel Hunt 5. Starford To’A 6. Tex Hoy 7. Mitchell Pearce (C) 8. David Klemmer 9. Chris Randall 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Aidan Guerra 13. Mitch Barnett.

Interchange: 14. Phoenix Crossland 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Herman Ese’ese 17. Sione Mata’utia.

Reserves: 18. Josh King 19. Pasami Saulo 20. Mason Lino 21. Tautau Moga.

Coach: Adam O’Brien.

Dragons: 1. Matthew Dufty 2. Jordan Pereira 3. Euan Aitken 4. Zac Lomax 5. Cody Ramsey 6. Corey Norman 7. Adam Clune 8. Kaide Ellis 9. Ben Hunt 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Jackson Ford 13. Cameron McInnes (C).

Interchange: 14. Tariq Sims 15. Josh Kerr 16. Blake Lawrie 17. Max Feagai.

Reserves: 18. Eddie Blacker 19. Tyrell Fuimaono 20. Brayden Wiliame 21. Jayden Sullivan.

Coach: Dean Young.


North Queensland Cowboys hulking forward Jason Taumalolo

Papalii set to finish his career at the Raiders

Canberra Raiders forward Josh Papalii

In a huge boost for the Canberra Raiders, veteran prop Josh Papalii has signed a deal likely for life. 

Already contracted until 2022, talk had begun that Papalii would make a move away from the nation’s capital.

Papalii’s new deal with the Raiders runs for three seasons, with the final year an option.

An integral part of the Raiders system for many years now, the three-time Mal Meninga medallist continues to impress.

Papalii recently played in his 200th NRL game and to date, has played 215 games in his career.

The Raiders club is all Papalii knows and to be able to stay is a relief for him.

“I love this club and I love Canberra,” Papalii said.

“This is my home now and my family and I are very happy to be remaining with the Raiders and in Canberra.

“I came here as a junior player, made my debut here, and played my 200th NRL game here and there’s no other club I want to play for.”

Establishing himself as an elite prop of the game, the Raiders knew that keeping Papalii was imperative.

“There’s no doubt Josh has developed into one of the all-time greats of our club and he is now recognised among the game’s elite superstars,” club CEO Don Furner said.

“His commitment to the club and the city of Canberra is wonderful to see and we know we have a player who we can continue to be a big part of our club for years to come.”

Canberra Raiders forward Josh Papalii

Former NRL player Tuimavave extends Hull FC stay

Hull FC centre and halfback Carlos Tuimavave

His NRL stint may have been short but Carlos Tuimavave has seen success in the Super League with Hull FC and has re-signed with the club.

Tuimavave, who played in 14 NRL games for the New Zealand Warriors and Newcastle Knights, has been with Hull FC since 2016.

Also a Samoan international, Tuimavave has been in stellar form for the black and whites alongside another former NRL player in Mahe Fonua.

Tuimavave is pleased to have his future sorted and was quick to thank the city and its fans.

“I’m really happy to sign at the club long term, it was an easy decision as my family are really happy and settled in Hull,” said Tuimavave.

“We love the club, the city, and the fans.

“It is a place we have made our home and I’m fully focused now on playing my best footy for the team and seeing where the next few years take us.”

Tuimavave also thanked the club and knows that Hull FC are going places in the league.

“The club is ambitious and we want to be challenging for honours and that is something I want to play a part in,” continued Tuimavave.

“I’d like to thank the club for their ongoing support, and to Adam and James who have been great to me and my family since we got here.

“I really couldn’t see myself playing anywhere else.”

Andy Last, Hull FC’s interim head coach, expressed his satisfaction in retaining the now veteran at the club.

“We have two of the best strike centres in the competition and they have been our in-form and most consistent players this season, as Carlos has been since he arrived at the club in 2016,” Last said.

“When you talk about building a squad around culture, consistency and professionalism, Carlos is the epitome of that.

“At his age and experience, he is in his prime and I know he really has aspirations to help take his career and the club forward.

“We are looking for him to take a leading role in our group, as well as help nurture an exciting crop of young backs we have in our system.”

Carlos Tuimavave in his playing days for the Newcastle Knights

Knights enforcer Guerra calls time on his career

Retiring Newcastle Knights veteran Aidan Guerra

After 11 seasons and more than 200 games, Newcastle Knights veteran Aidan Guerra has announced his retirement. 

With a premiership from his time at the Roosters and appearances for Queensland and Australia, Guerra has done it all.

 

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Hey everyone, I’ve decided that after 13 years of living my dream in the NRL I will be retiring at the end of the season. It’s a decision I am very comfortable with and am excited to see what the future holds for me, Bel and our little family. Thank you to my friends, family and all the great people I’ve met along the way that have supported me, helped me, doubted me or influenced me in any way. I never could have dreamed of having a career like this, and I couldn’t have done it without you all. I’ve been fortunate to have played with some of the best and toughest players this game has seen, coached by some of the best coaches and am happy to call some of them my mates for life. Anyone who knows me knows that it’s always been about more than football, it’s the good times shared off the field that makes what you achieve on the field so special, and I’m lucky to have plenty of those memories in the bank ? Looking forward to finishing my career off with the great group of blokes here at the Knights and am excited for what life will bring after the final hooter sounds Cheers Dos ??

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In a heartfelt Instagram post, Guerra thanked the two clubs he played for and the fans.

With a young family, Guerra now looks forward to the next chapter of his life.

At the time of his Knights move, many questioned his decision but it was the starting point for the club’s resurgence.

Aidan Guerra during his Sydney Roosters days

Johnston ignores rival overtures to re-sign at Rabbitohs

South Sydney Rabbitohs utility back Alex Johnston

He was slated for a move elsewhere but Alex Johnston has instead decided to stay at the South Sydney Rabbitohs. 

Blessed with raw speed, Johnston has become a fan favourite in his years in the cardinal and myrtle.

His new deal, which is for two seasons, gives Rabbitohs fans the chance to continue to see him in action.

Johnston, a La Perouse junior, has so far played 138 NRL games and scored 97 tries in that time.

Johnston has also represented both Papua New Guinea and Australia at the international level.

For the Rabbitohs, being able to retain a player of Johnston’s pedigree is pleasing to them.

“Alex is a very important member of our team and we’re very happy that we’ve been able to come to an agreement with him to stay on for at least another two seasons,” Rabbitohs Head of Football Mark Ellison said.

“Alex is a Souths junior, a potent try scorer, and has been a mainstay of our backline for a number of seasons, be it on the wing or at fullback.

“We’re all very happy that we’ve been able to secure Alex to stay with the Club he loves.

“We’re looking forward to seeing him break through the 100-try mark very shortly as we head towards the Finals.”

Johnston is pleased to have his future sorted for at least two more seasons and was quick to praise the fans.

“Firstly I would like to thank all of the Members and fans for their support. It’s been overwhelming to be honest,” Johnston said.

“I’m absolutely stoked to be staying and continuing my dream of being a one-club man.”

With his contract sorted, Johnston just wants to get on with scoring tries and winning premierships.

“I’m relieved to finally have my contract sorted so I can now just concentrate on footy and scoring more tries,” Johnston continued.

“I’m really looking forward to the next couple of years and playing with this group of men we have here at Souths.”

South Sydney Rabbitohs utility back Alex Johnston

NRL Teams Rd 18

Gold Coast fullback AJ Brimson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The final stretch is upon us but still spots are up for grabs with round 18 upon us. 

It will not be easy but where there’s a will, there’s a way and teams will hope one win can change their fortunes.

So, let us get right into it; here are the teams for round 18 of the NRL Telstra Premiership.

Wests Tigers v South Sydney Rabbitohs (#NRLTigersSouths); Bankwest Stadium, Parramatta; Thursday, September 10. Kick-off: 7:50 pm. 

Tigers: 1. Moses Mbye 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Joseph Leilua 4. Adam Doueihi 5. Asu Kepaoa 6. Benji Marshall 7. Luke Brooks (C) 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Harry Grant 10. Thomas Mikaele 11. Luke Garner 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Alex Twal.

Interchange: 14. Matthew Eisenhuth 15. Elijah Taylor 16. Jacob Liddle 17. Sam McIntyre

Reserves: 18. Chris Lawrence 19. Tommy Talau 20. Josh Reynolds 21. Russell Packer.

Coach: Michael Maguire.

Souths: 1. Corey Allan 2. Alex Johnston 3. Campbell Graham 4. Steven Marsters 5. Dane Gagai 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds (C) 8. Liam Knight 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Jaydn Su’A 12. Bayley Sironen 13. Cameron Murray.

Interchange: 14. Mark Nicholls 15. Jed Cartwright 16. Patrick Mago 17. Keaon Koloamatangi.

Reserves: 18. Jaxson Paulo 19. Ky Rodwell 20. Troy Dargan 21. Cory Denniss.

Coach: Wayne Bennett.


Canterbury Bulldogs v Manly Sea Eagles (#NRLBulldogsManly); ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park; Friday, September 11. Kick-off: 6 pm. 

Bulldogs: 1. Will Hopoate 2. Nick Meaney 3. Reimis Smith 4. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 5. Jayden Okunbor 6. Jake Averillo 7. Lachlan Lewis 8. Ofahiki Ogden 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Aiden Tolman 11. Josh Jackson (C) 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 13. Luke Thompson.

Interchange: 14. Brandon Wakeham 15. Renouf To’Omaga 16. Matt Doorey 17. Sauaso Sue.

Reserves: 19. Dean Britt 20. Tuipolutu Katoa 21. Tim Lafai 22. Chris Smith.

Coach: Steve Georgallis.

Manly: 1. Tevita Funa 2. Albert Hopoate 3. Brad Parker 4. Morgan Harper 5. Abbas Miski 6. Cade Cust 7. Daly Cherry-Evans (C) 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Danny Levi 10. Martin Taupau 11. Jack Gosiewski 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic.

Interchange: 14. Lachlan Croker 15. Corey Waddell 16. Sean Keppie 17. Taniela Paseka.

Reserves: 18. Haumole Olakau’atu 19. Luke Metcalf 20. Morgan Boyle 21. Ben Trbojevic.

Coach: Des Hasler.


Penrith Panthers v Parramatta Eels (#NRLPanthersEels); Panthers Stadium, Penrith; Friday, September 11. Kick-off: 7:55 pm. 

Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Josh Mansour 3. Brent Naden 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo.

Interchange: 14. Tyrone May 15. Spencer Leniu 16. Moses Leota 17. Zane Tetevano.

Reserves: 18. Mitch Kenny 19. Kurt Capewell 20. Matt Burton 21. Charlie Staines.

Coach: Ivan Cleary.

Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson (C) 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Jai Field 7. Mitch Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Nathan Brown.

Interchange: 14. Ray Stone 15. Andrew Davey 16. Kane Evans 17. Oregon Kaufusi.

Reserves: 18. Haze Dunster 19. Stefano Utoikamanu 20. Will Smith 21. Samuel Hughes.

Coach: Brad Arthur.


St George Illawarra Dragons v Canberra Raiders (#NRLDragonsRaiders); WIN Stadium, Wollongong; Saturday, September 12. Kick-off: 3 pm.

Dragons: 1. Matthew Dufty 2. Jordan Pereira 3. Euan Aitken 4. Zac Lomax 5. Cody Ramsey 6. Corey Norman 7. Adam Clune 8. Kaide Ellis 9. Ben Hunt 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Jacob Host 13. Cameron McInnes (C).

Interchange: 14. Billy Brittain 15. Josh Kerr 16. Blake Lawrie 17. Jackson Ford.

Reserves: 18. Eddie Blacker 19. Tyrell Fuimaono 20. Brayden Wiliame 21. Max Feagai.

Coach: Dean Young.

Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicholl-Klokstad 2. Semi Valemei 3. Jarrod Croker (C) 4. Jordan Rapana 5. Nick Cotric 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papalii 9. Tom Starling 10. Ryan Sutton 11. John Bateman 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Joseph Tapine.

Interchange: 14. Siliva Havili 15. Dunamis Lui 16. Hudson Young 17. Corey Harawira-Naera.

Reserves: 18. Sam Williams 19. Matt Frawley 20. Matthew Timoko 21. Iosia Soliola.

Coach: Ricky Stuart.


Gold Coast Titans v Brisbane Broncos (#NRLTitansBroncos); Cbus Super Stadium, Robina; Saturday, September 12. Kick-off: 5:30 pm. 

Titans: 1. Alexander Brimson 2. Anthony Don 3. Beau Fermor 4. Young Tonumaipea 5. Corey Thompson 6. Ashley Taylor 7. Jamal Fogarty (C) 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Mitch Rein 10. Moeaki Fotuaika 11. Sam Stone 12. Keegan Hipgrave 13. Tyrone Peachey.

Interchange: 14. Erin Clark 15. Jai Whitbread 16. Jai Arrow 17. Sam Lisone.

Reserves: 18. Tanah Boyd 19. Treymain Spry 20. Darius Farmer 21. Nathan Peats.

Coach: Justin Holbrook.

Broncos: 1. Darius Boyd 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Richard Kennar 6. Sean O’Sullivan 7. Tom Dearden 8. Rhys Kennedy 9. Issac Luke 10. Payne Haas 11. David Fifita 12. Alex Glenn 13. Patrick Carrigan (C).

Interchange: 14. Cory Paix 15. Ben Te’o 16. Xavier Coates 17. Joe Ofahengaue.

Reserves: 18. Jesse Arthars 19. Ethan Bullemor 20. Brodie Croft 21. Pride Petterson-Robati.

Coach: Peter Gentle.


Sydney Roosters v Newcastle Knights (#NRLRoostersKnights); Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney; Saturday, September 12. Kick-off: 7:35 pm. 

Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Joseph Manu 5. Brett Morris 6. Luke Keary 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend (C) 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Isaac Liu.

Interchange: 14. Nat Butcher 15. Lindsay Collins 16. Angus Crichton 17. Sonny Bill Williams.

Reserves: 18. Poasa Faamausili 19. Mitch Aubusson 20. Freddy Lussick 21. Ryan Hall.

Coach: Trent Robinson.

Knights: 1. Tex Hoy 2. Edrick Lee 3. Enari Tuala 4. Gehamat Shibasaki 5. Starford To’A 6. Mason Lino 7. Mitch Pearce (C) 8. David Klemmer 9. Kurt Mann 10. Jacob Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Aidan Guerra 13. Herman Ese’ese.

Interchange: 14. Phoenix Crossland 15. Daniel Saifiti 16. Josh King 17. Brodie Jones.

Reserves: 18. Sione Mata’utia 19. Pasami Saulo 20. Tautau Moga 21. Chris Randall.

Coach: Adam O’Brien.


Melbourne Storm v North Queensland Cowboys (#NRLStormCowboys); Sunshine Coast Stadium, Kawana Waters; Sunday, September 13. Kick-off: 4:05 pm. 

Storm: 1. Nicho Hynes 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Brenko Lee 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith (C) 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenny Bromwich 13. Tino Faasuamaleaui.

Interchange: 14. Ryley Jacks 15. Darryn Schonig 16. Albert Vete 17. Issac Lumelume.

Reserves: 18. Tom Eisenhuth 19. Sandor Earl 20. Tui Kamikamica 21. Max King.

Coach: Craig Bellamy.

Cowboys: 1. Valentine Holmes 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Justin O’Neill 4. Esan Marsters 5. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Jake Clifford 8. Francis Molo 9. Reuben Cotter 10. Jordan McLean 11. Gavin Cooper (C) 12. Mitchell Dunn 13. Josh McGuire.

Interchange: 14. Daejarn Asi 15. John Asiata 16. Tom Gilbert 17. Corey Jensen.

Reserves: 18. Shane Wright 19. Jake Granville 20. Ben Hampton 21. Peter Hola.

Coach: Josh Hannay.


Cronulla Sharks v New Zealand Warriors (#NRLSharksWarriors); Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah; Sunday, September 13. Kick-off: 6:30 pm. 

Sharks: 1. William Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Josh Dugan 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Connor Tracey 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Braden Hamlin-Uele 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Briton Nikora 12. Siosifa Talakai 13. Toby Rudolf.

Interchange: 14. Teig Wilton 15. Jack Williams 16. Andrew Fifita 17. Royce Hunt.

Reserves: 18. Scott Sorenson 19. Bryson Goodwin 20. Braydon Trindall 21. Billy Magoulias.

Coach: John Morris.

Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (C) 2. Adam Pompey 3. Hayze Perham 4. Peta Hiku 5. George Jennings 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Chanel Harris-Tavita 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 9. Karl Lawton 10. Isaiah Papali’i 11. Jack Murchie 12. Tohu Harris 13. Jazz Tevaga.

Interchange: 14. Wayde Egan 15. Adam Blair 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Lachlan Burr.

Reserves: 18. Josh Curran 19. Paul Turner 20. Tom Ale 21. Gerard Beale.

Coach: Todd Payten.


Eels Captain Clint Gutherson.

Griffin to take over the coaching mantle at Dragons

Anthony Griffin during his days as Penrith Panthers coach

Anthony Griffin will be a head coach in the NRL once more, with the St George Illawarra Dragons signing the veteran coach for two seasons.

Griffin, who was previously at the Penrith Panthers and Brisbane Broncos, comes with a specific style and approach.

With a 55.5% win rate to his name and international experience as an assistant with Tonga, the club believe Griffin is their man.

“We are excited to announce that Anthony Griffin will be joining St George Illawarra next season,” said Dragons CEO Ryan Webb.

“Anthony is an experienced operator with a proven track record across his previous seven seasons as a head coach.

“The board of directors were unanimous in their decision on Monday afternoon in appointing Anthony ahead of the other candidates.

“Anthony has missed finals football only once which speaks to the strong discipline and ability to develop young talent of which he has exhibited both throughout his career.”

With their head coach in Griffin now sorted, the Dragons know that getting the pieces around him in the coaching ranks is crucial.

“The next steps for the Dragons are now determining the correct framework and structures to put around Anthony and the football department to ensure his tenure as coach is a successful one,” continued Webb.

Griffin is pleased to start in the role later this year.

“There is no doubt that St George Illawarra is one of the biggest and proudest clubs in the game and I am excited to commence my role as coach later in the year,” Griffin said.

“While results may not have gone in the club’s favour in recent years, I see many a positive in the playing squad and the current crop of juniors currently coming through the ranks.

“My goal is a simple one, to ensure the Dragons are a club that every member, partner and fan can be proud of moving forward.”

Eels back in the winners’ circle after tight win over resilient Warriors

Parramatta Eels fullback and captain Clint Gutherson

It was another impressive New Zealand Warriors display but just not enough, going down 24-18 to the Parramatta Eels.

The Eels win was a bonus for their hopes of remaining in the top four and for the Warriors, it may have ended their finals hopes.

The momentum may have been with the Warriors and they would have put credence in their record at Central Coast Stadium.

The Eels started the game much better than last week and it was Maika Sivo who scored. Again.

The right side play saw Shaun Lane throw a surprise cut-out pass for the Eels Fijian winger to score.

The momentum was all with the Eels and they got an extra advantage when Jazz Tevaga sent off.

Referee Grant Atkins sent Tevaga off for what he believed was a punch by the Warriors lock.

The Eels took full advantage and scored two tries to extend their lead to 16-0.

The first was a break through the middle by Clint Gutherson who had Jai Field inside to race away and score.

The second was perhaps the one most worthy of celebrating. It was Blake Ferguson who scored his opening try of the year.

The experienced winger dashed 25 metres to score and was pumped to open his 2020 account.

The Warriors then scored two well-worked tries, and perhaps two of the best this season.

Nine sets of hands, two kicks, razzle-dazzle, offloads galore and it all ended in a spectacular try.

In the end, Chanel Harris-Tavita’s somersault like effort was enough to grant the Warriors their opening try of the game.

The second try saw Roger Tuivasa-Sheck involved, in what was another colossal effort from the Warriors fullback.

Tuivasa-Sheck’s break up the middle saw the ball bounce off Kodi Nikorima’s legs and Harris-Tavita was there to score his second.

A 16-0 deficit quickly became a 16-12 deficit at the half-time break and the Warriors were on top.

Both sides grinded it out in the opening stanza of the second half before they exchanged tries.

Waqa Blake leapt highest to reach the ball and burrowed his way over to score.

Hayze Perham then cut the Eels deficit once again when he was able to finish in the right corner.

A Mitchell Moses penalty goal extended the Eels lead to a converted try.

Some resolute cover defence by the Eels saw them hold on, however, and score a much needed win.

NRL News Player of the Game

3. Clint Gutherson (PAR)

2. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (WAR)

  1. Mitchell Moses (PAR)
New Zealand Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

Titans record back-to-back wins as Bulldogs lose Foran

Gold Coast Titans winger Corey Thompson

The Gold Coast Titans won back-to-back for the first time this season, as the Canterbury Bulldogs rued the loss of Kieran Foran.

It was a gutsy and hard fought 18-14 win at ANZ Stadium for the Titans, who are building nicely for the future.

It was on the back of Foran that the Bulldogs mounted their mini comeback before injury sadly struck.

Foran is believed to have suffered a torn pec which would rule him out for the rest of the season.

“The players are shattered themselves for him and a few of them just walked out with him to make sure he is okay,” Canterbury coach Steve Georgallis said.

“It is disappointing. He has been our form player for the past six weeks and every week he is giving 100 per cent.

I am sure he will get over this, he is a resilient type of player so I am sure he will come back.”

It took just two minutes for the Titans to score the opening try of the game through winger Corey Thompson.

It was young back-rower Beau Fermor who made the initial break.

Ash Taylor then continued his recent run of good form with a lovely cut-out pass for Thompson to score.

The Titans would lose Jaimin Jolliffe and Brian Kelly to ankle injuries, though both would return later in the game.

Despite that, Fermor, now in the centres, was the quickest one to pounce on a Jamal Fogarty grubber.

Errors and ill-discipline then crept into the Titans game and that was all the Bulldogs needed to score.

Foran showed his class and experience, with a lovely pass for Nick Meaney to score for the Bulldogs.

AJ Brimson and Fogarty then combined, with the halfback beating out Marcelo Montoya to score.

The Bulldogs could have gone into the half with a reduced deficit, had Luke Thompson not been disallowed a try.

The bunker ruled that he had promoted the ball when he was tackled short of the line.

Foran then did it all himself after each side had a try disallowed.

He powered past Fogarty to get the Bulldogs back in the contest.

Just three minutes later is when Foran would clutch at his pec and head up the tunnel. His night was over.

In the ensuing play, Thompson spotted a gap in the defensive line and kicked from the left wing to the right wing.

Waiting was Anthony Don, who shrugged off Meaney and went over to score.

Up 18-10 and winning by two scores, the Bulldogs had their work cut out to snag a win.

They came close after Lachlan Lewis ran past Fogarty to score, making things interesting.

In the end, though, it was the Titans who held on for a gutsy win.

Holbrook praised his side for their performance and knows that in the past, it was not a win that would have come their way.

“I am really happy that we went back-to-back. It means a lot to myself and the players,” said Holbrook.

“I thought we played really good in the first half and we were hanging on in the second half but that is a good sign too.

“I thought it showed the character of the boys.”

The character and the resolve of his side impressed Holbrook.

“We couldn’t have done that earlier in the year,” Holbrook continued.

If we lost two players, I would have been sitting here saying we lost a few guys through injury and we weren’t good enough.”

NRL News Player of the Game

3. Corey Thompson (GLD)

2. Kieran Foran (CBY)

  1. Beau Fermor (GLD)
Canterbury Bulldogs half Kieran Foran