PENRITH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26: Reagan Campbell-Gillard of the Panthers celebrates scoring a try during the round 12 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Panthers Stadium on May 26, 2018 in Penrith, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Bulldogs v Broncos

David Klemmer will miss the clash with the Broncos after accepting a one-match suspension for a dangerous contact charge on former teammate Moses Mbye in what was the club’s best performance of the season last weekend. Clay Priest is at least a week away from returning to the side, otherwise, Canterbury are most likely expected to be unchanged.

Despite ending Round 20 with a wrist injury, Alex Glenn is set to named for the Broncos after scans revealed no fracture to the wrist. Tevita Pangai Junior will also have to prove his fitness after suffering a minor groin injury, but is expected to play. Kotoni Staggs is likely to be named in the 17 again, despite not making it off the bench against Cronulla.

Knights v Wests Tigers

Connor Watson was a late withdrawal from the Knights Round 20 team, but is expected to line up against the Tigers this weekend. Jack Coggers fortune of staying in first grade could come at the expense of Danny Levi who is in doubt with a hamstring injury.

Luke Garner could be rested this weekend as he battles with the effects of a second concussion in two weeks, with coach Ivan Cleary considering injecting some new blood to the Tigers after their lackluster performance against the Dogs last weekend.

Rabbitohs v Storm

The return of superstar Greg Inglis could be at least another week away as he fully recovers from his broken thumb injury to be ready for finals. Apart from that, the Rabbitohs are expected to be unchanged.

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Veteran Ryan Hoffman is expected to make a return to the starting line up for the Storm after missing last weekend due to neck soreness, which pushes Joe Stimson to the bench. Billy Slater will also line up in the Storm’s ‘top of the table’ clash with Souths after receiving a knock to his knee in their triumph win over the Raiders.

Dragons v Warriors.

Dragons Early Mail still to come.

The Warriors are looking to lock down a top eight finish but will most likely have to do it without stars Tohu Harris (knee) and Issac Luke (calf) as they continue to recover from their respective injuries.

Eels v Titans

The Eels will need to replace hooker Kaysa Pritchard who suffered a shoulder injury and is set to be out for an extended period of time. Reed Mahoney is the front runner, with Will Smith also close to returning from injury to rotate the hooker position with Mahoney. David Alvaro must past concussion protocols after undertaking a HIA last match.

Gold Coast Titans are expected to remain unchanged after their stellar performance against the Warriors last weekend.

Roosters v Cowboys

Roosters coach Trent Robinson will have selection headaches after Luke Keary suffered a knee injury and must be replaced in the halves. Young gun Sean O’Sullivan could fill the void left by Keary after stepping into numerous positions in first grade over the past month. Ryan Matterson could provide a more experience to the playmaker position if Robinson opts to move him from the forward pack. Dylan Napa is expected to return from injury.

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Ben Hampton could miss their clash with the Roosters after copping a serious knock to the rib area last weekend.

Sharks v Sea Eagles

The Sharks could be boosted with the return of duo Wade Graham (groin) and Josh Dugan (stress fracture) as they have recovered from their injuries.

The Sea Eagles woes look set to continue with hooker Api Koroisau expected to be out for at least another week. It’s a great opportunity for rookie Manase Fainu to retain the number 9 position.

Panthers v Raiders

Reagan Campbell-Gillard will need to pass a final contact session but is a good chance of returning from his broken jaw. Coach Anthony Griffin will weight up whether to continue with the Tyrone Peachey fullback experiment or move Dallin Watene-Zelezniak back there.

The Raiders horrible run with injury will continue as Michael Oldfield is set to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, meaning Coach Ricky Stuart might have no choice but the field the same team that dished up a dismal performance against the Storm.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I guess I’m going Broncos, Titans, Roosters, to win to keep my Manly off the very bottom for one more week. I’m expecting a Sea Eagles loss, but stranger things have happened before.
    What a s*** season we’ve had.
    Our only hope is to avoid the spoon, and that a full pre-season of training for some of the younger blokes makes us better.
    And we hire a tackling coach between now and the start of next season.

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