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Rabbitohs notch big last-round win over Tigers

South Sydney Rabbitohs back-rower John Sutton

A hamstring injury to Sam Burgess has taken the shine off a huge South Sydney Rabbitohs win over the Wests Tigers.

With a chance to gain some momentum and make a statement heading into the finals, the Bunnies did just that.

Despite an average first-half, the second was where it all came to life as the Bunnies ran rampant against a poor Tigers side.

The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the cardinal and myrtle side as they move into second spot behind Melbourne.

Playing strongly, Burgess left the field just before the midway point of the second half but coach Anthony Seibold says he will be fine.

“Sam is fine. He could have gone back on towards the back end of the game but I just thought it was important to give him a spell – same with Greg. I brought Greg off early and then [Damien] Cooky with five or so minutes to go,” Seibold said.

“It’s just a matter of giving those guys a rest and I didn’t think they needed to go back on because of the scoreline.”

The Tigers were in the contest early and actually took the lead as veterans Benji Marshall and Chris Lawrence combined.

A trademark Souths scrumplay then saw Robert Jennings continue his rich vein of try-scoring form.

Tigers winger David Nofoaluma then hit back with a try of his own but from there, it was one way traffic.

Angus Crichton would burst onto a pass and cross the line to score an easy try.

Cody Walker then extended Souths lead before the break with his nifty skills and footwork.

It went further downhill for the Tigers, as Campbell Graham, Adam Reynolds, Thomas Burgess, John Sutton and Alex Johnston all got on the scoresheet.

The numbers did not lie, with Souths comprehensively dominating every statistic throughout the entire game.

Post-game, Wests Tigers coach Ivan Cleary again remained adamant that he would see out his contract.

“I have a contract here and I’ve said all that I’ve needed to say,” Cleary said.

“I get [that] people want to discuss it.

“I get that there’s an agenda about various things outside the game.”

Despite concern over his hamstring, Burgess says he will find a way to play for his team.

“I’m not the only one [hurting],” Burgess said.

“I feel good; I’m alright. I know mentally I can get myself up for a game.

“I’ll play next week 100 per cent. I know I’ll play.

“I’m not too worried about it.

“I’ll find a way to get on the field and do my job for the team.”

Player of the Game:

3. John Sutton

2. Cody Walker

  1. Angus Crichton

Influential Tigers duo Marshall and Farah sign on for one more year

Wests Tigers hooker Robbie Farah

Already Wests Tigers legends, Robbie Farah and Benji Marshall will go around for one more season after agreeing to new deals. 

Already inducted as life members of the club – the first two players to be handed this honour – fans will be pleased at the news.

Both debuted back in 2003 and won a premiership soon after in 2005, with Benji’s flick pass firmly etched in every fans’ mind.

Farah is the most capped Wests Tigers player in history with 255 games and Marshall has 221 games for the club.

With the decision made, Farah looks forward to his final season.

“It’s exciting to finally get it done,” Farah said.

“I wanted to take my time with the decision and I’m glad it’s done now.

“I want to embrace everything and take it all in now knowing it’s going to be my last year, and hopefully leave a legacy once I’m gone.

“I want to leave the club in a better place once Benji and I are gone, and I’m really looking forward to playing that role.”

Even after he departed the club initially to play for the St George Illawarra Dragons, Benji always wanted to return to the Tigers.

“It was always my intention coming back here to finish my career here,” Marshall said.

“I think it’s pretty special to start and finish my career at the same place, and to be able to do it with Robbie is something I never could have imagined happening.”

Like Robbie, Benji is excited to go around for one more season.

“You can’t get that opportunity to play again if you decide to retire and I didn’t want to have any regrets,” the Tigers legend continued.

I still feel like I have plenty to offer, so I’m just hoping that with a big pre-season and an off-season I can stay injury-free and contribute again next year.”

Wests Tigers five-eighth Benji Marshall

Hulking winger Maumalo signs new long-term Warriors contract

New Zealand Warriors winger Ken Maumalo

Fresh off re-signing David Fusitu’a, the New Zealand Warriors have their wing pairing for the long-term, now securing Ken Maumalo. 

The news for Maumalo is made even better on the back of he and his partner having their first child.

Having initially come into first-grade with some trepidation, the club has nurtured him and he is now a quality winger.

“It’s wonderful for us knowing we have Ken signed for another four seasons after this,” said Vodafone Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney.

“He has shown tremendous progress this season with his consistency and attitude.

Together with David, he gives us so much value at both ends of the field and has plenty of improvement in him.”

With 63 NRL games to his name in total, the recent Kiwi test winger is excited with his new deal.

“I’m so grateful to my family and to everyone at the club for the way they’ve supported me throughout my career so far,” said Maumalo.

“It’s a huge privilege to be able to play for the Vodafone Warriors.

“I owe them so much for giving me the opportunity and showing faith in me.”

Maumalo admits that his footy is better because he is more relaxed.

“I feel a lot better about playing in the NRL now,” the winger continued.

“I’m more relaxed and I am enjoying my footy.

“That’s the most important thing.”

Maumalo leads the Warriors in post-contact metres this season and is seventh overall, as the club are pleased to offer him a new deal.

“Ken is yet another wonderful young player who has come through our system,” Vodafone Warriors General Manager Brian Smith said.

“The coaching staff have worked hard to develop Ken into a valued first grader and he has responded.

He’s having a terrific season and richly deserves the security this long-term contract gives him.”

Sharks top four chances alive after big win over Knights

Cronulla Sharks back-rower Wade Graham

The Cronulla Sharks have put an emotional week behind them to move into the top four (pending other results) after a strong win against the Newcastle Knights.

The week started with all the controversy over Josh Dugan and Andrew Fifita and then with the terrible news about the passing of Lance Thompson.

Itwith a 38-12 demolition over a gallant Knights, making it eight wins in a row against the Novacastrians.

Young gun Kalyn Ponga being ruled before the match was always going to make it an uphill battle for the Knights.

When they did not manage to find touch from a first minute penalty, you had a feeling that it was not going to be a great afternoon.

Back-to-back penalties for the Sharks had them in great field position to strike early but the Knights defence held strong.

Another penalty to the Sharks gifted them a penalty goal, and Valentine Holmes made no mistake, giving them an early 2-0 lead.

It was an error-riddled opening twenty minutes for both sides, with a total of 10 errors between them.

Another Sharks penalty – their sixth in a row – had them in good field position when rookie and coach’s son Kyle Flanagan managed a great offload to Chad Townsend.

The half summed up the situation perfectly with a beautiful floating ball over the top to Josh Dugan who would score for the Sharks.

There was an extensive delay in play after a sickening head clash for Knights backrower Lachlan Fitzgibbon, which resulted in him being knocked out.

He would leave the field with a terrible head wound that would end his afternoon.

After the delay, Holmes converted the Dugan try to give the Sharks an 8-0 lead.

It was the Knights who would be next to score, after a crunching tackle from Sione Mata’utia caused a knock on from Wade Graham, and give the Knights the ball.

A kick on the last by Mitchell Pearce took a lucky deflection to bounce up perfectly for Nick Meaney to get the Knights on the board.

On the replay, however, it looked like young Meaney was lucky as it seemed like he may have bobbled it when putting it down.

Ken Sio converted the try and it was now 8-6 to the Sharks.

With the first half winding down, Aidan Guerra would be sin binned after one too many infringements by the Knights.

Chad Townsend again stepped up, and with another perfect floating pass over the top which would put Edrick Lee over in the corner.

Valentine Holmes again converted and it was a 14-6 half time lead to the Sharks.

This brought to an end a very sloppy half of football from both teams, with 13 errors in total (9 to the Sharks, 4 to the Knights) and 12 penalties (9 to the Sharks, 3 to the Knights).

The second half started the same as it ended for the Knights with another early error to give the ball back to the Sharks.

Again, it would be the Sharks who would score first; a great show of hands from Flanagan to Townsend who would link with Valentine Holmes.

He then delivered the final ball to Sosaia Feki to score. Holmes could not convert this time, and the Sharks had an 18-6 lead.

Thing were going from bad to worse for the Knights as they lost another playmaker in Connor Watson to a groin injury, and he would not return.

As the Knights have shown all season, they should never be written off.

A beautiful ball from Josh King sent Daniel Safiti  crashing over under the posts.

After a Ken Sio conversion, it was back to a 6-point game with the Sharks now leading 18-12.

Wade Graham would come up with a massive play charging down a Mitchell Pearce kick and giving the Sharks the ball in good field position.

When Matt Prior came up with a crucial offload, Holmes showed a ton of speed to burst through the line and get try number 19 for the season.

He then converted his own try and the Sharks lead 24-12.

With ten minutes left to play and defending their own line, the Knights gave away a crucial last tackle penalty.

It was deemed that Andrew Fifita was on the end of a crusher tackle and Holmes stepped up to convert the penalty and lead was now 26-12.

There would be two more tries for the Sharks to finish off the afternoon.

The first was a leaping double tap back from Josh Dugan to Edrick Lee to score his second of the afternoon, but they left the best for last.

Sosaia Feki made a bursting run down the sideline and in motion put a spectacular banana kick back into the middle of the field where Chad Townsend caught it and scored under the posts.

Departing winger Edrick Lee converted the try and gave the Sharks a convincing 38-12 victory.

Andrew Fifita bounced back after a tough week with a strong display, running for over 180 metres.

The Sharks will now be cheering on the Bulldogs, to hopefully hold on to fourth position going into the final round.

Player of the game:

Wade Graham (Sharks) – 3

Chad Townsend (Sharks) – 2

Andrew Fifita (Sharks) – 1

Second half resolve sees Storm snatch victory from Titans

Gold Coast Titans utility back AJ Brimson

In a tale of two halves, the Melbourne Storm found something extra in the second to record a narrow win over a spirited Gold Coast Titans side.

In what was Billy Slater’s last game in Queensland, it would be his opponents, the Titans, who came out the stronger.

With just 37 percent possession in the first half, the Storm failed to make the most of any chances they had.

The Titans, however, did not. AJ Brimson scored the first try of the match, slicing through off a Kane Elgey pass.

A further penalty goal then put the Titans up 8-0 and they seemed in command of the match.

Chances then ensued as the Storm spilled the ball close to the line before the Titans were denied courtesy of a try-saver from Josh Addo-Carr.

With the weight of possession, the Titans would have been ruing their inability to score further points.

The errors and penalties creeped into the Titans game and the Storm are a team that you do not give such luxury to.

The signs were looking ominous and in true Storm fashion, they pounced via Curtis Scott.

Scott ducked inside Titans centre Konrad Hurrell before beating Will Matthews to score and it was game-on.

Cameron Munster then flipped the game on its head when he went it alone, dummying three times before ducking through a gap.

The Storm took the lead for the first time when Smith slotted the conversion.

The win puts the Storm two points ahead of their nearest rivals with a game to play as they chase a third consecutive minor premiership.

Titans coach Garth Brennan was critical of his side’s inability to control the game and the possession.

“Game management is so important, and the players around Ash (Taylor) and ‘Elg’ [Elgey] need to help them out more,” Brennan admitted.

“There were times in the second half when we defended a set and got the ball back and we were just hanging on instead of showing some tough energy and actually doing something with the ball.

“We need to be finishing our sets better instead of just playing dumb football on the last tackle.”

Despite Brodie Croft playing his part in the Storm win, coach Craig Bellamy admits they are still undecided on who should play the halfback role.

“Brodie did a really good job last week and I thought he did a really good job today (against the Titans),” Bellamy said.

“We’ll have a look at today’s game and have a discussion with a couple of senior players and make a decision from there.

“It’s not an easy one without a doubt but we will do what we think is best for the team.

“The amount of footy those guys have played is not a lot, especially for that position.”

Player of the Game:

3. AJ Brimson

2. Billy Slater

  1. Cameron Munster

Rabbitohs minor premiership hopes take a hit with loss to Raiders

Canberra Raiders utility Blake Austin

It was a match the South Sydney Rabbitohs were expected to win but the Canberra Raiders had other plans. 

In their final home game of the season, departing trio Junior Paulo, Shannon Boyd and Blake Austin capped it off with a win.

The signs are starting to become worrisome for the Bunnies who have now lost three games in a row.

It was the Rabbitohs who started the brighter of the two sides; Cody Walker scoring first, slicing and dicing his way over to score.

The return of Greg Inglis seemed to galvanise the Bunnies troops and the captain would score, brushing off Joey Leilua to dive over.

An Adam Reynolds penalty goal from almost right in front then gifted the cardinal and myrtle faithful a 12-0 lead.

The Raiders would finally get on the board in the 30th minute when Michael Oldfield just reached a Josh Hodgson grubber before it went dead.

The momentum then began to shift in the second half in favour of the Raiders.

First, Jason Clark was sin-binned for the Bunnies for a professional foul.

This was soon followed by a second try to Oldfield, who thundered onto a Josh Hodgson pass and found his way over to score.

It just got worse for the Rabbitohs. Their next try came after a towering Blake Austin bomb left Souths fullback Alex Johnston wrong-footed.

The ensuing play saw Austin and Iosia Soliola combine, with the forward coasting over with ease.

Nick Cotric then made his presence felt, with raw power and nifty feet before planting the ball down to score.

A late penalty goal to Sam Williams and that was all she wrote, giving the Raiders a win in their last home game of 2018.

In the last two weeks, the Raiders have shown that they are capable of playing good footy.

Though if they want to get serious about finals footy, coach Ricky Stuart knows they need this sort of form much earlier.

“I’m very excited about the quality of football and the way we won over the last two weeks,” Stuart said.

“I know as a coach we’ve got that in us and we’ve got to get more of it for our fans and for us.

“But we’ve got to get more resilience and composure, which we showed is in us over the last two games.”

Anthony Seibold slammed his Rabbitohs outfit, particularly their consistent errors that denied them numerous chances to attack.

“The Raiders were outstanding last week, so we were prepared for their best,” Seibold said.

“I thought our effort areas were much improved from last week, I’m really disappointed with our performance today, but our effort areas were really high.

“From our point of view, it is just unacceptable to make continual errors, and then expect to win games at NRL level.”

Player of the Game:

3. Blake Austin

2. Michael Oldfield

  1. Josh Hodgson

Thurston’s Townsville farewell sees Cowboys crush Eels

North Queensland Cowboys half Jake Clifford

In his last game in Townsville, Johnathan Thurston has gone out on a high, with the North Queensland Cowboys crushing a woeful Parramatta Eels outfit.

It would be the last time that Thurston would wear Cowboys colours at 1300 Smiles Stadium and the second last game of his career.

The send-off was fitting for a true Cowboys legend, in a game that the Townsville side thoroughly dominated from start to finish.

Three consecutive penalties eventually saw Thurston kick for goal to give the Cowboys an early lead.

Then it started to get ugly for the Eels. Ben Hampton scored a quick-fire double; slicing through for one and then capitalising on quick hands for his second.

The young apprentice in Jake Clifford then stepped up to the plate, perfectly chipping to the corner for Kyle Feldt to score his first try.

Some trademark Feldt acrobatics then ensued as the winger was again on the receiving end of a Clifford pass for his second try.

It just got worse for the Eels as opposite winger Gideon Gela-Mosby scooted down the sideline to give the Cowboys a 32-0 half-time lead.

A moment to forget for Corey Norman saw the next try scored.

A Clifford grubber trickled across the in-goal and Norman’s indecisiveness led to a third try for Kyle Feldt.

The Cowboys would then go up 44-0 when Gavin Cooper scored, the eighth consecutive game in which he has scored a try, equalling Frank Burge’s record.

This was on the back of Brad Takairangi being sent to the sin-bin.

The Eels would finally get on the board when Jarryd Hayne made a break down the right side and found Michael Jennings who scored.

The Eels, to their credit, dug deep in defence after this and repelled attacks from the Cowboys, desperate to score the 50 points which never came.

With just one game left in his playing career, Thurston wants to pass the mantle and praised Clifford as the man to take over.

“We’ve been into him the last few weeks to step up and play his part, and he did that tonight,” Thurston said.

“The pleasing part about that is that is he’s getting a lot of confidence to call the ball.

“With the players we’ve got coming through and the players we’ve got on the sideline, there’s going to be a lot of success in the future.”

Eels coach Brad Arthur just called it like he saw it; his side were outplayed, out-manned and out-gunned.

“It’s embarrassing the score line, but we’ve got to deal with it, we’ve got to move on,” Arthur said.

“They were just way too good for us tonight.

“With the weight of possession we just couldn’t handle them, they just steamrolled us.”

Player of the Game:

3. Jake Clifford

2. Johnathan Thurston

  1. Kyle Feldt

Warriors clinch finals spot with easy win over Penrith

New Zealand Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson

New Zealand Warriors fans are cheering after a comprehensive win over the Penrith Panthers gifting them their first finals appearance since 2011. 

The Warriors, who have been notoriously poor finishers in the past few seasons have bucked the trend in a big way in 2018.

Led by winger David Fusitu’a who scored a hat-trick – and getting close to Francis Meli’s best season total of 23 tries by a Warriors player, they were in cruise control.

The points flowed early for the Warriors, as Shaun Johnson calmly slotted a penalty goal to put the Warriors up 2-0.

Agnatius Paasi scored a rare try, dummying opposite number Reagan Campbell-Gillard to score from dummy half.

A sweeping back-line play soon followed as Fusitu’a scored his 19th try of the season.

It went from bad to worse for Campbell-Gillard; a crucial miss on Mason Lino saw the replacement half glide past him and over to score for an 18-0 lead.

Some deft soccer skills by Josh Mansour before he eventually regathered for a try gave the Panthers some hope.

That was soon dashed, however, as the sheer weight of possession saw the Warriors score a fourth try.

It was Fusitu’a again for his 20th try of the season, as he crashed over to score.

His 21st and hat-trick came soon after when he was there to receive a pass after an initial Shaun Johnson bust.

Two late consolations to Waqa Blake and Trent Merrin gave the Penrith faithful something to cheer about.

However, it will do little to stem the tide and the worrying concern of poor starts that have littered their 2018 season.

To make matters worse, Penrith will be without centre Dean Whare for up to a month with an arm injury and Wayde Egan will also undergo scans for possible medial damage.

Warriors coach Stephen Kearney has not been afraid to tell his players what he thinks as he had nothing but praise for Shaun Johnson.

“Quite honestly, I thought that was Shaun’s best performance of the year,” said Kearney.

“What pleased me the most was the way he defended to be honest.

They’re not an easy team on that side with [Viliame] Kikau and [Waqa] Blake, they’d put anyone under pressure, but I thought Shaun did really well.

“I think he’s been pretty consistent for most of the year.

“I thought he was good last week [in the one point loss to the Bulldogs] on the attaching side of the game but tonight he really just took charge of what we needed him to do.”

Panthers coach Cameron Ciraldo tried to remain optimistic despite a largely poor performance.

‘We were doing some good things out there,” Ciraldo said.

“You know the scoreline didn’t show that but, it was good to finish the game off like that.”

Player of the Game:

3. Shaun Johnson

2. David Fusitu’a

  1. Agnatius Paasi

Tigers plant a small seed of hope

The rollercoaster that the 2018 NRL season has been only continued tonight with a bizarre performance between the Manly Sea Eagles and Wests Tigers at Campbelltown Stadium for Thursday night football.

An abundance of errors, 3 tries in 5 minutes, an estimated 70 metre attempted conversion and another win for the Wests Tigers to plant the smallest of hope in the hearts of their fans.

Early on, it appeared that Manly had come to play and redeem themselves from the devastating second half beat down from the week before.

However, after Daly Cherry-Evans put the first 6 points on the board, it seemed there was nothing but errors to follow.

The Tigers’ attack seemed to be struggling to gel and find any composure.

25 minutes later however, they were finally able to put a complete set together to put points on the board.

Kevin Naiqama grabbed a nice offload from Mahe Fonua who pushed the defensive line strong and hard and proving that when it is on, the Tigers’ attack is amazing to watch.

As the half time siren rang, Cherry-Evans pounced on a careless Tigers penalty to put his team up 8-6 leading into the second half.

Both teams displaying incredibly poor first half statistics, particularly the Tigers with only a 67% completion rate and 29 missed tackles.

Ivan Cleary and his boys were obviously not impressed with these statistics too, however as they came out absolutely firing in the second half.

Only 7 minutes into the half, Robbie Farah put a feather touched kick into the in goal for a flying Chris Lawrence to pounce on. Esan Marsters cleared the conversion for a 12-8 lead.

The Sea Eagles kicked off to the Tigers and just 2 minutes after the first try, they were on the board again after an Alex Twal line break which displayed some very worrying defensive signs from the Sea Eagles.

Fighting the desire to score himself, Twal eventually passed off to Mbye who scored between the post for an easy conversion.

Just another 3 minutes on the clock and the Tigers were in again for a Kevin Naiqama double.

The Tigers capitalising on a penalty conceded saw Moses Mbye put the Fijian over in the corner.

Manly fans surely were feeling sick to their stomachs with deja vu as the score board flashed 22-8 with just under half an hour to go in the half.

Keen to avoid a repeat of last week, the Manly players dug deep and fought hard even after a no try from a questionable forward pass call.

Trent Hodkinson spotted a weak spot in a tired Tigers defensive line and found himself converting his own try to even up the difference a little.

Manly fans were left feeling even more unwell when Brian Kelly bombed what could have been a sure try with a fumble over the white line.

However, with the clock quickly ticking and breathing fire down their necks, Tom Trbojevic stepped up.

Jack Gosiewski broke through a weak defensive line to let off a floating pass to Tom Trbojevic who managed to grab the ball one handed, just scraping clear of the ground and then quickly passing back to Cherry-Evans for his double of the night.

Not only a possible contender for try of the year with the amazing hands of Trbojevic, but also a crucial try to keep Manly in the game.

Unfortunately, for the men in maroon and white, it wasn’t enough.

The Tigers defended strong and managed to keep Manly out of the game with that two point margin proving just enough.

Cherry-Evans wasn’t willing to give up with 10 seconds to go however, opting to take the conversion from a penalty practically on the sideline at the half way mark.

The kick was swift, straight and just short proving the Tigers victorious in front of 8,163 fans at home.

After a tumultuous week of rumour and innuendo, Manly coach Trent Barrett was proud of his side’s effort.

“I think everyone knows what I think of the players and I love the blokes I’ve got there,” Barrett said.

“We’ve had our fair share of adversity to deal with this year, and they don’t give up and that’s what makes it hard to take.

“I feel for them because they put themselves in positions to win so many games this year and they haven’t been able to get over the line. I can count probably eight [games] that are just like that.”

Keeping their slim finals hopes alive, the Tigers now have to rely on other results to go their way.

“There’s a certain No.7 over in Auckland who knows what he’s going to do,” Cleary said.

“Hopefully, they can do their job over there.

“I’ll sit there and watch it, what can you do? Just cross your fingers.

“It’s great we’re still alive at this point.”

Man of the Match:

3. Alex Twal

2. Tom Trbojevic

1. David Nofoaluma

NRL Teams Rd 24

NRL Teams Rd 24 will have it all; a battle for the minor premiership, other top eight spots and the wooden spoon. 

Who comes out on top with the glory and who will be down in the dumps with the doldrums?

What a week of action we have ahead of us!

Here are the teams for round 24 of the NRL Telstra Premiership:

Wests Tigers v Manly Sea Eagles (#NRLwstman); Campbelltown Stadium; Thursday, August 23. Kick-off: 7:50 pm. 

Tigers: 1. Moses Mbye 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Esan Marsters 4. Mahe Fonua 5. Kevin Naiqama 6. Benji Marshall (C) 7. Luke Brooks 8. Russell Packer 9. Robbie Farah 10. Ben Matulino 11. Chris Lawrence 12. Michael Chee-Kam 13. Matthew Eisenhuth.

Interchange: 14. Alex Twal 15. Sauaso Sue 16. Luke Garner 17. Josh Aloiai.

Reserves: 18. Jacob Liddle 19. Robbie Rochow 20. Tyson Gamble 21. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak.

Coach: Ivan Cleary

Manly: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Moses Suli 4. Brian Kelly 5. Brad Parker 6. Dylan Walker 7. Daly Cherry-Evans (C) 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Manase Fainu 10. Martin Taupau 11. Joel Thompson 12. Shaun Lane 13. Jake Trbojevic.

Interchange: 14. Trent Hodkinson 15. Kelepi Tanginoa 16. Jack Gosiewski 17. Lloyd Perrett.

Reserves: 18. Frank Winterstein 19. Matthew Wright 20. Tom Wright 21. Toafofoa Sipley.

Coach: Trent Barrett

New Zealand Warriors v Penrith Panthers (#NRLwarpen); Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland; Friday, August 24. Kick-off: 6 pm. 

Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. David Fusitu’a 3. Gerard Beale 4. Solomone Kata 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Mason Lino 7. Shaun Johnson 8. James Gavet 9. Issac Luke 10. Agnatius Paasi 11. Isaiah Papali’i 12. Adam Blair 13. Simon Mannering.

Interchange: 14. Jazz Tevaga 15. Tohu Harris 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Peta Hiku.

Reserves: 18. Leivaha Pulu 20. Anthony Gelling 21. Tevita Satae 22. Chris Lawton.

Coach: Stephen Kearney.

Panthers: 1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2. Josh Mansour 3. Waqa Blake 4. Dean Whare 5. Christian Crichton 6. Tyrone Peachey 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Trent Merrin 9. Wayde Egan 10. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Isaah Yeo 13. James Fisher-Harris.

Interchange: 14. Tyrone May 15. Moses Leota 16. Corey Harawira-Naerea 17. James Tamou.

Reserves: 18. Sione Katoa 19. Kaide Ellis 20. Adam Keighran 21. Liam Martin.

Coach: Cameron Ciraldo.

North Queensland Cowboys v Parramatta Eels (#NRLnqlpar); 1300 Smiles Stadium, Townsville; Friday, August 24. Kick-off: 7:55 pm. 

Cowboys: 1. Te Maire Martin 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Justin O’Neill 4. Kane Linnett 5. Gideon Gela-Mosby 6. Jake Clifford 7. Johnathan Thurston (C) 8. Matt Scott (C) 9. Jake Granville 10. Jordan McLean 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Coen Hess 13. Jason Taumalolo.

Interchange: 14. Ben Hampton 15. John Asiata 16. Francis Molo 17. Scott Bolton.

Reserves: 18. Ethan Lowe 19. Javid Bowen 20. Shaun Fensom 21. Corey Jensen.

Coach: Paul Green.

Eels: 1. Corey Norman 2. Jarryd Hayne 3. Michael Jennings 4. Clint Gutherson (C) 5. George Jennings 6. Jaeman Salmon 7. Mitch Moses 8. Kane Evans 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Siosaia Vave 11. Marata Niukore 12. Tepai Moeroa 13. Peni Terepo.

Interchange: 14. Cameron King 15. Tim Mannah (C) 16.  David Gower 17. Brad Takairangi.

Reserves: 18. Ray Stone 19. Oregon Kaufusi 20. Josh Hoffman 21. Bevan French.

Coach: Brad Arthur.

Canberra Raiders v South Sydney Rabbitohs (#NRLcansou); GIO Stadium, Canberra; Saturday, August 25. Kick-off: 3 pm. 

Raiders: 1. Brad Abbey 2. Nick Cotric 3. Michael Oldfield 4. Joey Leilua 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Blake Austin 7. Sam Williams 8. Dunamis Lui 9. Josh Hodgson (C) 10. Shannon Boyd 11. Iosia Soliola 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Josh Papalii.

Interchange: 14. Emre Guler 15. Junior Paulo 16. Siliva Havili 17. Luke Bateman.

Reserves: 18. Jack Murchie 19. Liam Knight 20. Makahesi Makatoa 21. Aidan Sezer.

Coach: Ricky Stuart

Rabbitohs: 1. Alex Johnston 2. Campbell Graham 3. Greg Inglis (C) 4. Dane Gagai 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Thomas Burgess 9. Damien Cook 10. George Burgess 11. John Sutton 12. Angus Crichton 13. Sam Burgess.

Interchange: 14. Braidon Burns 15. Cameron Murray 16. Tevita Tatola 17. Jason Clark.

Reserves: 18. Richie Kennar 19. Tyrell Fuimaono 20. Dean Britt 21. Mawene Hiroti.

Coach: Anthony Seibold.

Gold Coast Titans v Melbourne Storm (#NRLgldmel); Cbus Super Stadium, Robina; Saturday, August 25. Kick-off: 5:30 pm. 

Titans: 1. Alexander Brimson 2. Anthony Don 3. Konrad Hurrell 4. Brenko Lee 5. Philip Sami 6. Kane Elgey 7. Ashley Taylor 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Nathan Peats 10. Ryan James (C) 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Keegan Hipgrave 13. Jai Arrow.

Interchange: 14. Mitch Rein 15. Moeaki Fotuaika 16. Jack Stockwell 17. Will Matthews.

Reserves: 18. Bryce Cartwright 19. Jai Whitbread 20. Leilani Latu 21. Brendan Elliott.

Coach: Garth Brennan.

Storm: 1. Billy Slater 2. Cheyse Blair 3. Justin Olam 4. Curtis Scott 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Ryley Jacks 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith (C) 10. Tim Glasby 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Joe Stimson 13. Dale Finucane.

Interchange: 14. Tui Kamikamica 15. Christian Welch 16. Kenny Bromwich 17. Ryley Jacks.

Reserves: 18. Scott Drinkwater 19. Sam Kasiano 20. Albert Vete 21. Jahrome Hughes.

Coach: Craig Bellamy.

Sydney Roosters v Brisbane Broncos (#NRLsydbri); Allianz Stadium, Moore Park; Saturday, August 25. Kick-off: 7:30 pm. 

Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Latrell Mitchell 4. Joseph Manu 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Luke Keary 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Dylan Napa 9. Jake Friend (C) 10. Sio Siua Taukeiaho 11. Boyd Cordner (C) 12. Isaac Liu 13. Victor Radley.

Interchange: 14. Nat Butcher 15. Zane Tetevano 16. Mitch Aubusson 17. Ryan Matterson.

Reserves: 18. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 19. Sean O’Sullivan 20. Paul Momirokski 21. Lindsay Collins.

Coach: Trent Robinson.

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

Interchange: 14. Kotoni Staggs 15. Joe Ofahengaue 16. Korbin Sims 17. David Fifita.

Reserves: 18. Patrick Mago 19. Troy Dargan 20. Gehamat Shibasaki 21. Sam Tagataese.

Coach: Wayne Bennett.

Cronulla Sharks v Newcastle Knights (#NRLcronew); Southern Cross Group Stadium, Cronulla; Sunday, August 26. Kick-off: 2 pm. 

Sharks: 1. Valentine Holmes 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Josh Dugan 4. Kurt Capewell 5. Edrick Lee 6. Matt Moylan 7. Chad Townsend 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Matt Prior 11. Luke Lewis 12. Wade Graham 13. Paul Gallen.

Interchange: 14. Scott Sorenson 15. Aaron Woods 16. James Segeyaro 17. Jayson Bukuya.

Reserves: 18. Joseph Paulo 19. Ava Seumanufagai 20. Sione Katoa 21. Kyle Flanagan.

Coach: Shane Flanagan.

Knights: 1. Nick Meaney 2. Ken Sio 3. Sione Mata’utia 4. Cory Denniss 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 6. Kalyn Ponga 7. Mitch Pearce (C) 8. Herman Ese’ese 9. Danny Levi 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Aidan Guerra 13. Mitch Barnett. 

Interchange: 14. Jamie Buhrer 15. Chris Heighington 16. Pasami Saulo 17. Josh King.

Reserves: 18. Jacob Lillyman 19. JJ Felise 20. Connor Watson 21. Luke Yates.

Coach: Nathan Brown.

St George Illawarra Dragons v Canterbury Bulldogs (#NRLsgicby); WIN Jubilee Oval, Wollongong; Sunday, August 26. Kick-off: 4 pm.

Dragons: 1. Matt Dufty 2. Nene Macdonald 3. Euan Aitken 4. Tim Lafai 5. Jason Nightingale 6. Kurt Mann 7. Ben Hunt 8. James Graham 9. Cam McInnes (C) 10. Leeson Ah Mau 11. Tyson Frizell (C) 12. Tariq Sims 13. Jack de Belin.

Interchange: 14. Jeremy Latimore 15. Jordan Pereira 16. Blake Lawrie 17. Luciano Leilua.

Reserves: 18. Zac Lomax 19. Jai Field 20. Paul Vaughan 21. Jacob Host.

Coach: Paul McGregor.

Bulldogs: 1. Will Hopoate 2. Brett Morris 3. Josh Morris 4. Kerrod Holland 5. Reimis Smith 6. Lachlan Lewis 7. Matt Frawley 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Michael Lichaa 10. David Klemmer 11. Josh Jackson (C) 12. Rhyse Martin 13. Adam Elliott.

Interchange: 14. Jeremy Marshall-King 15. Danny Fualalo 16. Ofahiki Ogden 17. Greg Eastwood.

Reserves: 19. Francis Tualau 20. Fa’amanu Brown 21. Renouf To’Omaga 23. John Olive.

Coach: Dean Pay.