South Sydney Rabbitohs v Canterbury Bulldogs
Parramatta Eels v Newcastle Knights
The high-flying Eels are likely to rest Bevan French after he pulled up with a sore hamstring from last weekend’s win with Josh Hoffman and Will Smith in the running for French’s number one jersey. Tepai Moeroa will return from a rib injury.
Nathan Brown hopes Shaun Kenny-Dowell will be right to go this week after not being risked last weekend while Nathan Ross’s (out for the season with back injury) replacement is up in the air. Peter Mata’utia is the favourite, however, Dane Gagai and Brendan Elliot are also in the running.
Brisbane Broncos v Cronulla Sharks
The Broncos accepted Joe Ofahengaue’s three-week suspension (dangerous throw) which leaves him out until the final round of the home and away season with Jai Arrow set to take his spot.
James Maloney will return in a huge boost for the Sharks, however, Jack Bird is a near certainty to miss the game against his future side after dislocating his shoulder on the weekend. Kurt Capewell will take his place in the centres.
St George Illawarra Dragons v Gold Coast Titans
Josh Dugan will be named as the Dragons look to pile on the misery for the Titans. Euan Aitken, despite requiring surgery at seasons end, is hopeful of pushing through the pain barrier and will push his case for a return this week.
Melbourne Storm v Sydney Roosters
The Storm will look to bolster their squad by including Tohu Harris and Cameron Munster in their top of the table clash.
Boyd Cordner and Jake Friend will return for the Roosters as they look to return to the winner’s list. Daniel Tupou’s groin injury will keep him out for six weeks.
Penrith Panthers v North Queensland Cowboys
Matt Moylan returns for the arguably the hottest team in the competition as rookie Tyrone May drops out.
New Zealand Warriors v Canberra Raiders
Ryan Hoffman is set to return from a calf injury which would push Simon Mannering to lock, Bunty Afoa to the right edge with Jazz Tevaga or Isaiah Papalii out of the side. David Fusitu’a must pass a concussion test if he is to line up in the side.
The Raiders are expected to go in unchanged after their best performance of 2017.
Wests Tigers v Manly Sea Eagles
The Tigers are set to have the same 17 while the Sea Eagles welcome back Addin Fonua-Blake. Brian Kelly could return to the side after being rested on the weekend.