SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 23: Josh Mansour of the Panthers looks on during the NRL trial match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Penrith Panthers at Redfern Oval on February 23, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

Broncos vs Dragons

After a big win over the Cowboys last weekend, Anthony Seibold is set to stick with the same 17 when they face St George Illawarra on Thursday night. Seibold will have a decision to make ahead of round four, as Matt Lodge serves the final game of his two-match ban this week.

Korbin Sims returns from suspension for the Dragons, with Paul McGregor likely to drop Josh Kerr out of the side for Sims, who will debut for the club. Zac Lomax continues to wait for his chance to get back into the side, although he may have to wait another week.

Raiders vs Knights

For the hosts, Joseph Tapine is in doubt with a suspected broken thumb, while could see John Bateman shift out wide, and Josh Papalii and Sia Soliola moved into the middle. Juck Murchie could come into the side after being named in the 21-man squad for the opeing two weeks.

For the Knights, Lachlan Fitzgibbon remains in doubt to play with a calf complaint, although if he’s fit, Newcastle could go in unchanged.

Eels vs Roosters

The Eels got through their win over the Dogs unscathed, although they’ll need to make room in their backline for Michael Jennings, who returns from suspension. Josh Hoffman could be the unlucky man to make way.

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For the Roosters, Cooper Cronk and Jake Friend missed their round two clash, although both are set to return this weekend. Latrell Michell and Victor Radley would revert back to their more familiar roles, while Sydney will also be missing Brett Morris after he sustained a knee injury against Manly.

Sea Eagles vs Warriors

Manly are set to shuffle some pieces around the board, with Tom Trbojevic a “strong chance” to return to the Sea Eagles’ line up this Saturday according to coach Des Hasler. That could see Brandan Elliot dropped from the side, although he could find himself on a wing if Hasler prefers him to Reuben Garrick. Moses Suli and Curtis Sironen are under injury clouds, while Addin Fonua-Blake and Taniela Paseka should return from suspension and injury respectively.

Cowboys vs Sharks

The Cowboys have experienced a huge injury loss, with star forward Jason Taumalolo out for the next 6-10 weeks with a knee injury. Coen Hess could move into the starting 13 to replace the Togan enforcer. Nene Macdonald and John Asiata will both be named, but will need to prove they’re over their concussion symptoms.

Cronulla could be without Sosaia Feki, which could open the door for youngster Bronson Xerri.

Panthers vs Storm

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The Panthers could welcome back Josh Mansour, after he missed their clash with the Knights with a shoulder injury. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak will make way for Mansour if named.

The Storm will likely line up 1-17, unless Joe Stimson can return from a back injury in time for Saturday night’s fixture.

Tigers vs Bulldogs

David Nofoaluma could return for the ladder-leading Tigers, although he’ll have to prove his fitness before coming into the team.

According to The Daily Telegraph, Christian Crichton, Marcelo Montoya, Raymond Faitala-Mariner, and Danny Fualalo will all be dropped by coach Dean Pay, which could open the door for the likes of Rhyse Martin, Nick Meaney, Jayden Okunbor, and Ofahiki Ogden to come into the side.

Rabbitohs vs Titans

Liam Knight is facing suspension, and would likely be replaced by Rhys Kennedy if he’s ruled out of Sunday’s clash. John Sutton should be named after suffering a chest injury last weekend.

For the Titans, Ash Taylor will be given every chance to prove his fitness, and if he does get it, it would be a straight swap for Ryley Jacks.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Who wrote this?! Hess to 13? With McGuire already starting there the last two weeks… And Segeyaro out? He hasn’t been there all year, his contract is non existent. Blayke Brailey has taken his place not Flanagan. At least research what you are writing about.

  2. Tigers vs Bulldogs
    David Nofoaluma will NOT be playing in the top 17 anytime soon.

    Cowboys vs Sharks
    You’d expect Josh Mcguire to take taumalolo’s spot

    Sea Eagles vs Warriors
    Doubt if Tom Trbojevic will play. Most likely round 4

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