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
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
Penrith Panthers v North Queensland Cowboys
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