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NRL Teams Rd 12

Another week and another set of team-lists, this time for Rd 12. Once again, the time flies, as teams shape up for a crucial period over the next 4-6 weeks with the Origin period well and truly upon us. Who will be rested for club games, if anyone? Will some players back up and play for their clubs? Time will tell.

Without further adieu, here are the Rd 12 teams:

Penrith Panthers v Parramatta Eels (#NRLparbri); Pepper Stadium, Penrith; Friday May 29. Kick-off: 7:45pm.

Panthers: 1. Matt Moylan 2. Josh Mansour 3. Waqa Blake 4. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 5. David Simmons 6. Jamie Soward 7. Peter Wallace (C) 8. Nigel Plum 9. James Segeyaro 10. Sam McKendry 11. Lewis Brown 12. Isaah Yeo 13. Elijah Taylor.

Interchange: 14. Bryce Cartwright 15. Jeremy Latimore 16. Sika Manu 17. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 18. Apisai Koroisau (One to be omitted).

Coach: Ivan Cleary.

Eels: 1. Reece Robinson 2. Semi Radradra 3. Will Hopoate 4. Brad Takairangi 5. Ryan Morgan 6. Corey Norman 7. Chris Sandow 8. Danny Wicks 9. Nathan Peats 10. Tim Mannah (C) 11. Manu Ma’u 12. Tepai Moeroa 13. Anthony Watmough.

Interchange: 14. Junior Paulo 15. Joseph Paulo 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Pauli Pauli.

Coach: Brad Arthur.


Gold Coast Titans v South Sydney Rabbitohs (#NRLgldsou); Cbus Super Stadium, Robina; Saturday May 30. Kick-off: 3pm.

Titans: 1. Josh Hoffman 2. Anthony Don 3. James Roberts 4. Will Zillman 5. Kevin Gordon 6. Aidan Sezer 7. Kane Elgey 8. Luke Douglas 9. Kierran Moseley 10. Nate Myles (C) 11. Ryan James 12. David Taylor 13. Lachlan Burr.

Interchange: 14. Matt White 15. Eddy Pettybourne 16. Ben Ridge 17. Daniel Mortimer 18. Mark Ioane (One to be omitted).

Coach: Neil Henry.

Souths: 1. Greg Inglis 2. Alex Johnston 3. Dylan Walker 4. Bryson Goodwin 5. Aaron Gray 6. John Sutton 7. Luke Keary 8. Thomas Burgess 9. Issac Luke 10. David Tyrrell 11. Ben Lowe 12. Chris McQueen 13. Jason Clark.

Interchange: 14. Cam McInnes 15. Nathan Brown 16. Tim Grant 17. George Burgess 18. Chris Gresvmuhl 19. John Olive.

Coach: Michael Maguire.


Canberra Raiders v Brisbane Broncos (#NRLcanbri); GIO Stadium, Canberra; Saturday May 30. Kick-off: 5:15pm.

Raiders: 1. Jack Wighton 2. Edrick Lee 3. Jarrod Croker (C) 4. Sisa Waqa 5. Jeremy Hawkins 6. Blake Austin 7. Sam Williams 8. Paul Vaughan 9. Josh Hodgson 10. David Shillington 11. Josh Papalii 12. Iosia Soliola 13. Shaun Fensom.

Interchange: 14. Kurt Baptiste 15. Jarrad Kenned 16. Frank-Paul Nuuausala 17. Luke O’Donnell.

Coach: Ricky Stuart.

Broncos: 1. Darius Boyd 2. Jordan Kahu 3. Jack Reed 4. Justin Hodges (C) 5. Lachlan Maranta 6. Anthony Milford 7. Ben Hunt 8. Josh McGuire 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Sam Thaiday 11. Alex Glenn 12. Matt Gillett 13. Corey Parker.

Interchange: 14. Jarrod Wallace 15. Adam Blair 16. Corey Oates 17. Francis Molo 18. Daniel Vidot 19. Joe Ofahengaue 20. David Stagg (Three to be omitted).

Coach: Wayne Bennett.


North Queensland Cowboys v Manly Sea Eagles (#NRLnqlman); 1300 Smiles Stadium, Townsville; Saturday May 30. Kick-off: 7:30pm.

Cowboys: 1. Lachlan Coote 2. Matt Wright 3. Justin O’Neill 4. Kane Linnett 5. Antonio Winterstein 6. Michael Morgan 7. Johnathan Thurston (C) 8. Matt Scott (C) 9. Jake Granville 10. James Tamou 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Ethan Lowe 13. Jason Taumalolo.

Interchange: 14. Ray Thompson 15. Ben Spina 16. Ben Hannant 17. Sam Hoare 18. John Asiata 19. Rory Kostjaysn 20. Patrick Kaufusi (Three to be omitted).

Coach: Paul Green.

Manly: 1. Brett Stewart 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Jamie Lyon (C) 4. Steve Matai 5. Peta Hiku 6. Tom Symonds 7. Kieran Foran 8. Jake Trbojevic 9. Matt Ballin 10. Luke Burgess 11. Blake Leary 12. Justin Horo 13. Dunamis Lui.

Interchange: 14. Feleti Mateo 15. Willie Mason 16. James Hasson 17. Ligi Sao.

Coach: Geoff Toovey.


New Zealand Warriors v Newcastle Knights (#NRLwarnew); Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland; Sunday May 31. Kick-off: 2pm.

Warriors: 1. Sam Tomkins 2. Jonathan Wright 3. Tuimoala Lolohea 4. Solomone Kata 5. Manu Vatuvei 6. Chad Townsend 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Jacob Lillyman 9. Nathan Friend 10. Ben Matulino 11. Bodene Thompson 12. Ryan Hoffman 13. Simon Mannering (C).

Interchange: 14. Siliva Havili 15. Sebastine Ikahihifo 16. Sam Lisone 17. Albert Vete.

Coach: Andrew McFadden.

Knights: 1. Dane Gagai 2. James McManus 3. Sione Mata’utia 4. Joey Leilua 5. Akuila Uate 6. Kurt Gidley (C) 7. Tyrone Roberts 8. Kade Snowden 9. Adam Clydsdale 10. David Fa’alogo 11. Beau Scott 12. Tariq Sims 13. Jeremy Smith.

Interchange: 14. Tyler Randell 15. Chris Houston 16. Korbin Sims 17. Jack Stockwell 18. Jospeh Tapine (One to be omitted).

Coach: Rick Stone.


St George Illawarra Dragons v Cronulla Sharks (#NRLsgicro); WIN Jubille Oval, Wollongong; Sunday May 31. Kick-off: 4pm.

Dragons: 1. Josh Dugan 2. Eto Nabuli 3. Euan Aitken 4. Peter Mata’utia 5. Jason Nightingale 6. Gareth Widdop 7. Benji Marshall 8. Leeson Ah Mah 9. Mitch Rein 10. Mike Cooper 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Joel Thompson 13. Trent Merrin.

Interchange: 14. Heath L’Estrange 15. Ben Creagh (C) 16. Jack de Belin 17. Will Matthews 18. Jake Marketo (One to be omitted).

Coach: Paul McGregor.

Sharks: 1. Ben Barba 2. Valentine Holmes 3. Gerard Beale 4. Blake Ayshford 5. Michael Gordon 6. Jack Bird 7. Jeff Robson 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Michael Ennis 10. Matt Prior 11. Jayson Bukuya 12. Wade Graham (C) 13. Luke Lewis.

Interchange: 14. Sami Sauiluma 15. Tinirau Arona 16. David Fifita 17. Sam Tagataese 19. Tim Robinson.

Coach: Shane Flanagan.


Sydney Roosters v Melbourne Storm (#NRLsydmel); Allianz Stadium, Moore Park; Monday June 1. Kick-off: 7pm.

Roosters: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Michael Jennings 4. Mitch Aubusson 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 6. James Maloney 7. Mitch Pearce (C) 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend (C) 10. Sam Moa 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Aidan Guerra 13. Isaac Liu.

Interchange: 14. Jackson Hastings 15. Sio Siua Taukeiaho 16. Kane Evans 17. Dylan Napa.

Coach: Trent Robinson.

Storm: 1. Billy Slater 2. Mahe Fonua 3. Will Chambers 4. Kurt Mann 5. Marika Koroibete 6. Blake Green 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cam Smith (C) 10. Tim Glasby 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Tohu Harris 13. Dale Finucane.

Interchange: 14. Ryan Hinchcliffe 15. Kenny Bromwich 16. Dayne Weston 17. Felise Kaufusi 18. Christian Welch 19. Ben Hampton 20. Hymel Hunt.

Coach: Craig Bellamy.


Warriors forward heads overseas and signs with Huddersfield

Sam Rapira

The New Zealand Warriors confirmed his release a little while ago and Sam Rapira now has a new home, with the veteran forward opting to go overseas.

Rapira’s new club will be English Super League the Huddersfield Giants, in what represents a new challenge for the 28-year old.

Having been a part of the Warriors organisation for so long, he relishes the new challenge with his new team.

“After 10 years at the Vodafone Warriors, I can’t wait for the new challenge of playing English Super League,” said Rapira.

“I decided to sign up with the Giants because I’ve heard positive things about the club and they have shown a lot of enthusiasm in getting me over there.”

Knowing how crucial the game of rugby league is for his career and family was a big factor for Rapira and he sought the advice of current team-mates who are also headed to England.

I’m really grateful for this opportunity and I look forward to working with Paul Anderson and the boys,” said Rapira.

“The thought of moving to the other side of the world with our two daughters is a bit daunting but our friends and family have been supportive throughout this process and we are excited to experience a new country and culture.

We’ve had lots of advice from Sam Tomkins and his partner Charlotte and it’s nice to know that we’ll have a few English friends over there in addition to our Kiwi friends.”

With the need for some forwards next season, Giants coach Paul Anderson believes Rapira is a great player to have come into the club.

“He has played at the very highest level throughout his career and to choose us to spend time with in the UK is great testament to what we have built up over the years here and a clear message of where we want the club to be,” said Anderson.

“Sam is a winner and a tough competitor who will enjoy the conditions here after he has finished his outstanding NRL career. He had options here and in Australia so we are delighted he has joined our club in the face of a lot of other possibilities.

“He is an out and out prop forward and someone who we will look to for the simple but effective and necessary role in getting the side moving forwards and making our middle unit a tough spot to run into.”

Dragons re-sign Samoan international for three more seasons

Leeson Ah Mau

Yesterday it was Mike Cooper, today it is Leeson Ah Mau, with the St George Illawarra Dragons re-signing the Samoan international on a new 3-year deal.

Ah Mau has played in 59 first-grade games for the Dragons and a total of 94 games to date, since arriving at the Dragons from the North Queensland Cowboys.

The Samoan international has played in a total of eight Tests for Samoa, most recently in the Pacific Test win over Tonga.

Ah Mau is pleased to have re-signed with the club and is grateful for the opportunities he has been given.

“I am really happy to be able to continue representing the Club for at least another three years,” said Ah Mau.

“It has been great learning under Head Coach Paul McGregor and all the other coaching staff and I am very thankful for the opportunity to remain here.

“I intend to work hard to repay the faith that has been shown in me.

“We have a great squad and a really positive environment here at the Dragons and I am very happy to be able to stay.”

The club are also pleased to re-sign the Samoan international, well aware of how far he has come as a player.

“We were keen to see Leeson extend his stay and are pleased that we have been able to come to an arrangement that will see him remain at the Dragons at least until the end of 2018,” said Dragons Head of Recruitment and Retention, Peter Mulholland.

“Leeson has established himself as a quality starting prop in his time at the Club and will be a key part of our squad make-up over the next few years”.

Former NRL forward returns and signs with the Knights

Mickey Paea

Way back in 2005, Mickey Paea was given a first-grade opportunity with the Sydney Roosters and became a mainstay of their side for a number of years.

Now, he returns to the NRL following a stint in England, with the Newcastle Knights re-signing with the club for two seasons.

Paea played in 56 first-grade games during his first stint in the NRL before he made the move to England. Most recently, he has been playing for Hull FC but sought an opportunity to return to Australia, one that was granted by the English club.

The club are excited to have an experienced forward like Paea in their ranks from next season, with Director of Football Michael Hagan confident Paea can add some starch to their pack.

“Mickey will add some size, strength and experience to our forward pack,” Director of Football Michael Hagan said.

“He comes highly recommended and we are delighted to have him join our football club from next season.”

For Paea, the opportunity to return to the NRL after four seasons in the Super League was too good to refuse and it was the Knights offer that intrigued him most.

“I am delighted to be able to return to the NRL after four years in the UK Super League,” Paea said.

“Whilst I have enjoyed every minute of the UK Super League and experience living life in Hull, I’m very excited to be returning to the NRL.

“The Newcastle Knights greatly appealed to me as I know members of the coaching staff and I’m impressed with their vision for the first team in 2016 and beyond.”

Young Cowboys forward signs new deal

John Asiata

Enjoying a prolonged starting stint in light of some injuries to other players, John Asiata has shined and made the most of it and has since been rewarded as a result.

Asiata, a young, emerging forward, has been re-signed by the North Queensland Cowboys for a further two seasons until the end of 2017.

The club are excited that he has opted to stay with the club and look forward to helping him develop as a player.

“John is a fantastic young player and the club is delighted that he will continue his football and personal development with the Cowboys,” Cowboys General Manager of Football Peter Parr said.

“He is improving with every match and we look forward to him continuing his career at the club that gave him his NRL debut.”

Playing in 13 NRL games over the past two seasons, his debut came in Rd 12 of 2014, as he has cemented a spot in the Cowboys top 17 each week.

For Asiata himself, he is pleased to have re-signed with the club that has given him support.

“The Cowboys have been brilliant for my rugby league career and I look forward to continuing to represent the club on and off the field,” he said.

“(Cowboys head coach) Paul Green gave me my NRL start and I’m loving running around with my Cowboys teammates each weekend.”

Dragons re-sign their in-form Englishman

Mike Cooper

Coming to the NRL can be daunting for an overseas player given the expectation but after a terrific start to his 2015 season, St George Illawarra Dragons prop Mike Cooper is here to stay.

The Englishman has been a leader of the forward pack for the Dragons and has signed a new deal that will see him remain with the club until the end of the 2017 season.

Playing in 32 games for the Dragons to date after joining from the Warrington Wolves, Cooper has played in a grand total of 154 games across different leagues to date.

Named in the English Four Nations squad last season, the Latchford Albion junior knew that it was an easy decision to make in terms of remaining with the club.

“It was a very easy decision for me to make in regards to extending my stay here with the Dragons,” said Cooper.

”I didn’t put too much pressure on myself when I first came out here, I just wanted to make the starting 17 and play NRL and things have gone from there.

“The players and the coaching staff are first class and I think everyone is getting the best out of me, my game is developing here and I just really want to be a part of the future here at the Dragons.”

Forging a reputation on hard work and hard hits, Cooper has become a mainstay in the Dragons side and the club are pleased to have retained him.

“Mike is a quality person, he has adapted well and has really improved his game in the Dragons and NRL environment,” said the Dragons Director of Recruitment and Retention, Peter Mulholland.

“He is an enthusiastic and important part of our squad and everyone at the Club is happy to see him remain for at least a further two seasons.”

Rd 11 Holden Cup Teams

Holden Cup is always full of excitement, scintillating tries and plays and some bad defence. But it is the arena where stars are mad and plenty will ply their trade and look to make an impact to earn the next contract in their careers. With just the four games this week, a lot can happen. Some teams need a win and others want to cement wins.

Here are the teams for Rd 11 of the Holden Cup:

South Sydney Rabbitohs v Parramatta Eels (#NYCsoupar); Friday May 22; ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park. Kick-off: 5:15pm.

Bunnies: 1. Devon Makaore-Boyce 2. Damon Goolagong 3. Jordie Hedges 4. Irae Simone 5. Josh Ellison 6. Chad O’Donnell 7. Eli Levido 8. Clayton Williams 9. Liam Coleman 10. Zane Musgrove 11. Jacob McCudden 12. Haimona Hiroti 13. Eden Syme.

Interchange: 14. Jimmy Widders-Lecce 15. Wallace Tangiiti 16. Gabe Hamlin 17. Siosifa Talakai.

Coach: Troy Finch.

Eels: 1. Nathan Davis 2. Abbas Miskie 3. Tyrell Fuimaono 4. Tui Oloapu 5. Suliasi Suli 6. Michael Dooaln 7. Troy Dargan 8. Brandon Raeli 9. Dylan Izzard 10. Alex Twal (C) 11. Jordan Muna 12. Jack Morris 13. Jeff Markus.

Interchange: 14. Denzal Tonise 15. Tom Amone 16. Craig Field 17. Tepai-Tepu Smith 18. Aaron Pene (One to be omitted).

Coach: Steven Hales.


Wests Tigers v North Queensland Cowboys; Campbelltown Stadium; Saturday May 23. Kick-off: 3pm.

Tigers: 1. Jeremy Marshall-King 2. Ryland Jacobs 3. Watson Heletea 4. John Tohi 5. Jayden Wheelhouse 6. Te Maire Martin (C) 7. Vieru Mapesone 8. JJ Felise 9. Jack Wheelhouse 10. Dwayne Lemafa 11. Tyler Cassell 12. Esan Marsters 13. Matt Woods (C).

Interchange: 14. Junior Tatola 15. Pio Sokobalavu 16. Tom Harris 17. Bayley Sironen 18. Pifeleti Pifeleti (One to be omitted).

Coach: Brett Kimmorley.

Cowboys: 1. Yamba Bowie 2. Gideon Mosby 3. Akeripa Tia-Kilifi 4. Conor Carey 5. Scott Schulte 6. Ty Carucci 7. Cooper Bambling 8. Viliame Kikau 9. Andrew Niemoller 10. Ross Bella 11. Coen Hess 12. Temone Power 13. Kieran Quabba (C).

Interchange: 14. Kyle Laybutt 15. Jordan Kenworthy 16. David Munro 17. Braden Uele.

Coach: Todd Payten.


Canberra Raiders v Canterbury Bulldogs (#NYCcancby); GIO Sports Stadium, Canberra; Sundya May 24. Kick-off: 1:45pm.

Raiders: 1. Chevi Lewis 2. Thomas Cronan 3. Brenko Lee 4. Tevita Aroha-Tuinauvai 5. Cameron Booth 7. Lachlan Lewis 7. Lachlan Croker 8. Tevita Pangai Jr. 9. Dylan McGrath 10. Brett Solomon 11. Jack Williams 12. Jared McIlwrick 13. Daniel Dole.

Interchange: 14. Jack Hickson 15. Ezra Howe 16. Jordan Aiono 17. Morgan Boyle.

Coach: Michael Mantelli.

Bulldogs: 1. Josh Bergamin 2. Reimis Smith 3. Reubenn Rennie 4. Michael Morgan 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Brendan Cox 7. Guy Hamilton 8. Jake Kamire 9. Brad Keighran 10. Brandon Luamanu 11. Renouf To’omaga 12. Harry Pondekas 13. Piki Rogers.

Interchange: 14. Bronson Garlick 15. Darcy Maroske 16. Royce Hunt 17. Siaopo Tagaloa.

Coach: Scott Murray.


Newcastle Knights v Brisbane Broncos; Monday May 25; Hunter Stadium, Newcastle. Kick-off: 4:45pm.

Knights: 1. Dylan Phythian 2. Fuimamao Uta 3. Josh Birch 4. Braden Robson 5. Ken Tofilau 6. Brock Lamb 7. Jack Cogger 8. Jacob Saifiti 9. Danny Levi (C) 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Bradie Smith 12. Luke Yates 13. Faitotoa Faitotoa.

Interchange: 14. Jake McNamara 15. Ben Stone 16. Josh King 17. Sam Apthorpe 18. Scott Sofa-Timoteo 19. Bryce Donovan (Two to be omitted).

Coach: Troy Pezet.

Broncos: 1. Paul Byrnes 2. Jonas Pearson 3. Jordan Drew 4. Jarryd Dodd 5. Jack Tuttle 6. Jayden Nikorima 7. Will Brimson 8. Sam Lavea 9. Jayden Berrell 10. Lindsay Collins 11. Jaydn Su’a 12. Jai Arrow 13. Alex Barr (C).

Interchange: 14. Kalolo Saitaua 15. Keegan Hipgrave 16. George Fai 17. Lachlan Lanskey.

Coach: Craig Hodges.

State of Origin Game 1 Teams

It’s back. The spectacle that is State of Origin has returned for another year and with a lot on the line for both sides, it is sure to be another fiery series. Both sides will have some subtle changes, as speculation grows as to who will or will not play. Can NSW create a dynasty and win their second straight series or will the QLD side reverse the momentum and continue their overall dominance on the Origin arena.

A lot of questions to be answered, as the teams are named shortly. Here are the NSW and QLD sides for Game 1 of the 2015 State of Origin series:

NSW: 1. Josh Dugan 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Michael Jennings 5. Will Hopoate 6. Mitch Pearce 7. Trent Hodkinson 8. Aaron Woods 9. Robbie Farah 10. James Tamou 11. Beau Scott 12. Ryan Hoffman & 13. Josh Jackson.

Bench: 14. Trent Merrin 15. Boyd Cordne 16. David Klemmer 17. Andrew Fifita.

Coach: Laurie Daley.

QLD: 1. Billy Slater 2. Darius Boyd 3. Greg Inglis 4. Justin Hodges 5. Will Chambers 6. Johnathan Thurston 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Matt Scott 9. Cam Smith (C) 10. Nate Myles 11. Aidan Guerra 12. Sam Thaiday 13. Corey Parker.

Bench: 14. Daly Cherry Evans 15. Josh McGuire 16. Matt Gillett 17. Jacob Lillyman 18. Dylan Napa (One to be omitted).

Coach: Mal Meninga.

NRL Teams Rd 11

Some big results in the last week of the NRL. Some unexpected, others expected, as teams jostle to get themselves out of wooden-spoon contention and others plan to solidify top eight spots. Just the four games this week in the NRL given the Origin period is upon us but four clashes that are sure to be interesting given the selected Origin players.

So, with some changes to the sides expected, here are the teams for Rd 11:

South Sydney Rabbitohs v Parramatta Eels (#NRLsoupar); ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park; Friday May 22. Kick-off: 7:45pm.

Bunnies: 1. Alex Johnston 2. Joel Reddy 3. Dylan Walker 4. Bryson Goodwin 5. Aaron Gray 6. John Sutton (C) 7. Luke Keary 8. George Burgess 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Dave Tyrrell 11. Ben Lowe 12. Chris McQueen 13. Jason Clark.

Interchange: 14. Issac Luke 15. Nathan Brown 16. Tim Grant 17. Thomas Burgess 18. Daryl Millard 19. Chris Grevsmuhl (Two to be omitted).

Coach: Michael Maguire.

Eels: 1. Reece Robinson 2. Semi Radradra 3. Ryan Morgan 4. Brad Takairangi 5. John Folau 6. Corey Norman 7. Luke Kelly 8. Tim Mannah (C) 9. Nathan Peats 10. Danny Wicks 11. Manu Ma’u 12. Tepai Moeroa 13. Anthony Watmough.

Interchange: 14. Junior Paulo 15. Richie Fa’aoso 16. Peni Terepo 17. Pauli Pauli.

Coach: Brad Arthur.


Wests Tigers v North Queensland Cowboys (#NRLwstnql); Campbelltown Stadium; Saturday May 23. Kick-off: 7:30pm.

Tigers: 1. James Tedesco 2. Kevin Naiqama 3. David Nofoaluma 4. Chris Lawrence 5. Pat Richards 6. Mitch Moses 7. Luke Brooks 8. Matt Lodge 9. Dene Halatau (C) 10. Keith Galloway 11. Curtis Sironen 12. Kyle Lovett 13. Martin Taupau.

Interchange: 14. Ava Seumanufagai 15. Jack Buchanan 16. Sauaso Sue 17. Delouise Hoeter 18. Brenden Santi 20. Joel Luani (Two to be omitted).

Coach: Jason Taylor.

Cowboys: 1. Lachlan Coote 2. Matt Wright 3. Justin O’Neill 4. Kane Linnett 5. Antonio Winterstein 6. Michael Morgan 7. Ray Thompson 8. Sam Hoare 9. Jake Granville 10. Ben Hannant 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Ethan Lowe 13. John Asiata.

Interchange: 14. Rory Kostjaysn 15. Glenn Hall 16. Ben Spina 17. Kelepi Tanginoa.

Coach: Paul Green.


Canberra Raiders v Canterbury Bulldogs (#NRLcancby); GIO Stadium, Canberra; Sunday May 24. Kick-off: 4pm.

Raiders: 1. Jack Wighton 2. Edrick Lee 3. Jarrod Croker (C) 4. Sisa Waqa 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Blake Austin 7. Mitch Cornish 8. Paul Vaughan 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Frank-Paul Nuuausala 11. Josh Papalii 12. Iosia Soliola 13. Shaun Fensom.

Interchange: 14. Kurt Baptiste 15. Jarrad Kennedy 16. David Shillington 17. Shannon Boyd.

Coach: Ricky Stuart.

Dogs: 1. Sam Perrett 2. Curtis Rona 3. Tim Lafai 4. Chase Stanley 5. Corey Thompson 6. Josh Reynolds 7. Moses Mbye 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Michael Lichaa 10. James Graham (C) 11. Frank Pritchard 12. Tony Williams 13. Greg Eastwood.

Interchange: 14. Sam Kasiano 15. Tim Browne 16. Lloyd Perrett 17. Antonio Kaufusi 19. Danny Fualalo 22. Herman Ese’ese (Two to be omitted).

Coach: Des Hasler.


Newcastle Knights v Brisbane Broncos (#NRLnewbri); Hunter Stadium, Newcastle; Monday May 25. Kick-off: 7pm.

Knights: 1. Dane Gagai 2. James McManus 3. Sione Mata’utia 4. Joey Leilua 5. Akuila Uate 6. Kurt Gidley 7. Tyrone Roberts 8. Kade Snowden 9. Tyler Randell 10. David Fa’alogo 11. Joseph Tapine 12. Tariq Sims 13. Jeremy Smith.

Interchange: 14. Chad Redman 15. Chris Houston 16. Korbin Sims 17. Jack Stockwell.

Coach: Rick Stone.

Broncos: 1. Jordan Kahu 2. Daniel Vidot 3. Jack Reed 4. Dale COpley 5. Lachlan Maranta 6. Anthony Milford 7. Ben Hunt 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Andrew McCullough (C) 10. Adam Blair 11. Alex Glenn 12. David Stagg 13. Joe Ofahengaue.

Interchange: 14. Joe Boyce 15. Francis Molo 16. Corey Oates 17. Kodi Nikorima.

Coach: Wayne Bennett.


VB NSW Cup Wrap-Up Rd 10

There was just one name on the lips of the NSW Cup fans and it was Chris Sandow. Demoted to the NSW Cup for a minor indiscretion, was his form good enough to return to first-grade and to lead the Magpies to a win? There were some great clashes yet again and some surprising upsets. Here is our take on the week’s action.

Wentworthville Magpies 48 (B Faraimo 2, Z Docker-Clay 2, T Lasalo, J Folau, J Aloiai, D Alvaro tries; C Sandow 8 goals) bt NZ Warriors 6 (J Bell try; M Lino goal)
Ricky’s View: Galvanised by the addition of Chris Sandow in the side, the Wentworthville Magpies put in their best performance of the year. By far. It was Sandow who led the way, kicking a 40/20, kicking goals at will and putting on a masterclass with deft kicking and passing. A return to form for the enigmatic half.


Canterbury Bulldogs 26 (T Tasi 3, L Dodd, S Lane tries; Dodd 3 goals) bt Newtown Jets 24 (N Gardner, C Brown, N Mataitinga, R Moujalli tries; Gardner 4 goals).
Ricky’s View: A fast finish by the Jets was not enough to clutch an astonishing win, despite their best efforts. The Dogs have struggled in 2015 so far and after a 40-point drubbing last week, were after a win. It was set up nicely with a first-half hat-trick for utility back Tautalatasi Tasi.


North Sydney Bears 26 (D Millard, J Garlick, F Junior Mauala, C Walker, D Nicholls tries; Nicholls 3 goals) bt Penrith Panthers 18 (E Alono, C Smith, T Eisenhuth tries; W Smith 3 goals).
Ricky’s View: The upset of the round and perhaps the season. The lesser-fancied Bears side managed to overpower a usually strong Panthers side. It was veteran Daryl Millard who led the way and called the shots from his favoured centre position. The match was poised with ten minutes to go but two late tries for the Bears sealed the win.


Wyong Roos 30 (B Elliot 2, N MacDonald 2, N Stapleton, O Slaimankhel tries; Stapleton 3 goals) bt Mounties 14 (J Ahearn, B Tupou, L Bateman tries; S Duggan goal).
Ricky’s View: Another upsets of sorts as competition heavyweights Mounties were let down by some poor play and ball control in the second half. Wyong, however, managed to capitalise and ran over the top of the Mounties side in the second half. It was a closely fought first-half but the momentum was with Wyong for the entirety of the second half.


Wests Tigers 20 (L Liolevave, J Sila, T Moltzen, N Milone tries; J Drinkwater 2 goals) bt Newcastle Knights 18 (H Tuha 3, N Ross tries; D Phythian goal).
The Knights will be disappointed with themselves after letting a lead slip, as the Tigers fought their way back to win the contest. It was the return of Tim Moltzen that eventually galvanised the Tigers side and it proved to be enough, as the deficit was clawed back, giving the Tigers a crucial win.