SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 02: Kalyn Ponga of the Knights in action during the round 13 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Newcastle Knights at ANZ Stadium on June 2, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Broncos v Sharks

Anthony Milford looks set to line up against the Sharks after coping a fine for pulling the hair of Penrith’s Corey Harawira-Naera in their round 19 clash. Jamayne Isaako (leg injury), and Kodi Nikorima (groin injury) will be pushing for selection, with Darius Boyd likely to stay out wide if Isaako can prove his fitness.

After picking up a groin injury in Cronulla’s win against the Raiders, Wade Graham could be named for their clash with the Broncos but is in some doubt to play. Josh Dugan and Luke Lewis will return from injury, with Lewis likely to fill Graham’s back row position if he is ruled out.

Cowboys v Knights

North Queensland are expected to continue their experimentation of Jake Clifford in the halves and Te Maire Martin at fullback as the Cows try to end the season on a positive note. Despite battling a neck complaint, Matt Scott might make his comeback this weekend.

Newcastle will be ecstatic their rising star Kalyn Ponga is returning from a hamstring injury, while Sione Mata’utia is set to be named on the extended bench after an early return from his fractured eye socket. Nick Meaney could replace Nathan Ross on the wing after a great performace at fullback last round.

Bulldogs v Wests Tigers

Clay Priest is in some doubt after sustaining an elbow injury against the Eels last week, while Ofahiki Ogden could be brought back into the squad after being dropped last week in favour for veteran Greg Eastwood.

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The Wests Tigers look set to remain unchanged for their clash with the Dogs, but will be sweating on hooker Robbie Farah and winger David Nofoaluma passing the concussion protocol after failing their HIAs against the Rabbits last week.

Sea Eagles v Panthers

Dylan Walker could find himself in a halves position this week against the Panthers, meanwhile Lewis Brown and Jack Gosiewski are expected to be named after returning from injury.

After being a late withdrawal in Round 19 for the Panthers with a hamstring injury, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak is expected to be named at fullback, while Jarome Luai sustained an ankle injury and won’t return to the squad.

Rabbitohs v Eels

The severity of Alex Johnston’s knee injury is yet to be determined, meaning Souths will need to fill the fullback position. Richie Kennar is an outside chance of making the team after returning from injury, meanwhile Greg Inglis is not expected to be named.

The Eels look set to enter the match unchanged, following their win over the Bulldogs last Thursday night.

Storm v Raiders

The Storm look set to copy and paste the same team list with youngster Jahrome Hughes looking to have secured the halfback position after some strong performances over the past few weeks.

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Raiders second rower Joseph Tapine will return from suspension, while Shannon Boyd who was kept out with a calf injury is expected to be named. The halves combination of Sam Williams and Blake Austin will stay the same with Aidan Sezer still sidelined.

Titans v Warriors

AJ Brimson will undergo concussion protocol to prove his fitness, whilst Will Matthews could replace Leilani Latu on the interchange bench. Jai Arrow appeared to have aggravated a previous grade one posterior cruciate ligament injury and is in doubt to play.

Adam Blair is expected to be forced out of the side to serve a one-match suspension, but the club is confident Blake Green will be right to return to the halves. Despite not finishing the game against the Storm due to a calf issue, hooker Isaac Luke is in some doubt for Round 20 but is expected to be named.

Roosters v Dragons

Big hitter Dylan Napa should return from a knee injury to help boost the Roosters forward pack. Isaac Liu is a chance of returning after being a withdrawal from the Round 19 team.

After being rested with a hamstring complaint, Tyson Frizell looks set to return for the Red V. Nene MacDonald will miss 1-3 weeks with a foot injury with Jordan Pereira is expected to maintain his spot.

2 COMMENTS

  1. If I was MacGregor Periera retains his spot for 2018. Geez who are the unlucky 2 to be dropped from the Roosters round 19 top 17.

  2. Baptiste is a possibility with Aubusson or Radley are capable of filling in for friend for 10-15 minuets if Friend needs a rest which frees up a precious bench spot for another big forward. Why teams have 2 hookers has always got me baffled when they have versatile forwards as the Roosters have for back up hookers.

    8 JWH
    9 Friend
    10 Napa
    11 Cordner
    12 Taukeiako
    13 Radley

    14 Tetevano
    15 Liu
    16 Matterson
    17 Aubusson

    18 Collins
    19 Baptiste

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