Rabbitohs v Tigers
Braidon Burns sustained an injury and was a withdrawal last round, but with Souths’ backline now fit and firing, he may not get back into the side. Robert Jennings is aiming to return from his hamstring injury early, but is possibly still a week away.
Elijah Taylor is expected to return from a cork, while its likely the Tigers will run with the extra hooker on the bench again in the likes of Jacob Little.
Warriors v Raiders
After sitting out last round due to injury, Blake Green and Gerard Beale will return to the starting line up. Green will slot straight back into the five-eighth position while Mason Lino and Peta Hiku are the likely omissions.
Aidan Sezer is expected to make his return from a hamstring injury after falling just short of the line last week. This will create selection headaches for coach Ricky Stuart with Sam Williams and Blake Austin all fit. Austin could find himself in the centre position or on the bench to accommodate for all three players.
Storm v Panthers
If Jahrome Hughes can overcome his knee injury, he’ll enter the race for the highly contested halfback position. Brodie Croft filled the position last weekend, with Ryley Jacks being axed from the bench. Coach Craig Bellamy will be looking to lock down the halfback position ahead of finals. Suliasi Vunivalu, Nelson Asofa-Solomona and Brandon Smith will miss another week but are expected to be fit for the first week of finals.
Dean Whare is likely to miss the remainder of the season after suffering a broken arm, with James Maloney set to make his comeback from a neck and knee injury. Tyrone Peachey could be named despite limping off their clash with the Warriors. Wayde Egan picked up a knee injury, so Sione Katoa expected to play hooker if Peachey can’t prove his fitness.
Knights v Dragons
Kalyn Ponga is expected to sit out with an ankle injury unless coach Nathan Brown believes he is 100% fit to play. If not, Nick Meaney will continue at fullback. Connor Watson could be named in the halves but is in some doubt with a groin complaint. Lachlan Fitzgibbon must past concussion protocols if he is to play.
Retiring veteran Jason Nightingale will miss this week’s game with a dislocated elbow, while Matt Dufty is expected to slot back into the fullback role. Euan Aitken sustained a hamstring injury and will miss out and Cameron McInnes needs also pass concussion protocols. Paul Vaughan was earlier ruled out for the season with a foot injury, and its anyone’s guess if the Red V will risk playing Gareth Widdop who is recovering from a dislocated shoulder.
Titans v Cowboys
No changes expected for the Titans who challenged the Storm last weekend.
An ankle injury sustained at training last week means Te Maire Martin could miss the final game of the season for the Cowboys. Ben Hampton will remain at fullback, meanwhile Shaun Fensom is aiming to make a return to play what perhaps could be his final game for the Cowboys if he doesn’t resign with the club.
Eels v Roosters
No changes expected for the Eels.
Dylan Napa is facing a 3 week suspension for a dangerous tackle meanwhile Jared Waerea-Hargreaves is back to full training this week and could feature against the Eels. If not, he’ll be fit for the finals.
Bulldogs v Sharks
Rhyse Martin limped off with a knee injury last week against the Dragons and is in some doubt, otherwise, no changes are expected.
Matt Moylan will return from his leg injury which sees him replace youngster Kyle Flanagan in the halves. Jesse Ramien could make a return from an ankle injury while Ricky Leutele could be a week away still.
Broncos v Sea Eagles
After being on the receiving end of a horrific Dylan Napa tackle, Andrew McCullough is in serious doubt after sustaining a concussion which saw him stretchered from the field. Jake Turpin, Troy Dargan and Kotoni Staggs are the players being considered by coach Wayne Bennett to fill the hooker position this weekend.
Api Koroisau could return from injury but is in some doubt, as the Sea Eagles are expected to remain unchanged for their last game of the 2018 season.