Ryan Matterson could switch to an edge.
Ryan Matterson could switch to an edge.

Late Mail: Matterson switch, Nikora doubts

TEAM changes and gossip heading into Round 20.


Thursday, Leichhardt Oval, 7.50pm

Tigers: 1. Corey Thompson 2. Paul Momirovski 3. Moses Mbye 4. Esan Marsters 5. David Nofoaluma 6. Benji Marshall 7. Luke Brooks 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Robbie Farah 10. Oliver Clark 11. Luke Garner 12. Michael Chee-Kam 13. Ryan Matterson. Interchange: 14. Matthew Eisenhuth 15. Thomas Mikaele 16. Alex Twal 17. Chris Lawrence. Reserves: 19. Tommy Talau 20. Chris McQueen

Players cut: 18. Jacob Liddle 21. Josh Reynolds

Late Mail: Tigers have Michael Chee-Kam in doubt due to concussion after he was stretchered off last Friday up in Newcastle. He has been cleared of serious injury but would need to pass required protocols. Reports indicate he will play but I wouldn't be surprised to see the medical team err on the side of caution with Ryan Matterson to move back to his preferred right edge, Matt Eisenhuth starting at lock and Chris McQueen coming onto the bench. Jacob Liddle and Josh Reynolds were omitted 24 hours before kick-off with Tommy Taulau the other player remaining in the 19-man squad along with McQueen.


Cowboys: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Coen Hess 4. Tom Opacic 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Michael Morgan 7. Jake Clifford 8.Josh McGuire 9. Jake Granville 10. Jordan McLean 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Shane Wright 13. Jason Taumalolo. Interchange: 14. John Asiata 15. Matt Scott 16. Scott Bolton 17. Francis Molo. Reserves: 19. Tom Gilbert 20. Gideon Gela-Mosby

Players cut: 18. Corey Jensen 21. Reuben Cotter

Late Mail: Cowboys could have one change with Kyle Feldt in doubt due to concussion with Gideon Gela-Mosby, who returned two weeks ago from a shoulder injury in Queensland Cup, set to come onto the right wing. Michael Morgan will return after missing a number of games due to concussion. He has returned to full training, passed all required protocols, took part in captain's run and is a confirmed starter. Coen Hess is set to continue playing left centre after a late positional switch last weekend due to form not injury. Reuben Cotter and Corey Jensen were omitted 24 hours before kick-off with rookie Tom Gilbert set to be 18th man.

Issac Luke has been suspended for three weeks.
Issac Luke has been suspended for three weeks.


Friday, Mt Smart Stadium, 6pm

Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Gerard Beale 3. Peta Hiku 4. Blake Ayshford 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Blake Green 8. Agnatius Paasi 18. Karl Lawton 10. Leeson Ah Mau 11. Adam Blair 12. Isaiah Papali'i 13. Jazz Tevaga. Interchange: 14. Lachlan Burr 15. Sam Lisone 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Chanel Harris-Tavita. Reserves: 20. Josh Curran 21. Adam Pompey 22. Adam Keighran

Players cut: 9. Issac Luke

Late Mail: Warriors' injured trio of Jazz Tevaga (arm), Kodi Nikorima (ankle) and Karl Lawton (shoulder) all trained with the squad during the week and will all play provided they get through captain's run on Thursday. The only change to the 17 will be Issac Luke ruled out after being suspended for three weeks at the judiciary on Tuesday night with Lawton coming in at hooker.

Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Bailey Simonsson 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Michael Oldfield 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Aidan Sezer 8. Josh Papalii 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Sia Soliola 11. John Bateman 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Joseph Tapine. Interchange: 14. Siliva Havili 15. Emre Guler 16. Corey Horsburgh 17. Dunamis Lui. Reserves: 18. Sam Williams 19. Hudson Young 20. Sebastian Kris 21. Royce Hunt

Late Mail: Raiders' line-up is fairly settled with the squad travelling directly to New Zealand after last weekend with no injury concerns and will be 1-17.

Matt Gillett is in doubt. Picture: Adam Head
Matt Gillett is in doubt. Picture: Adam Head


Friday, Suncorp Stadium, 7.55pm

Broncos: 1. Anthony Milford 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Alex Glenn 5. Jamayne Isaako 6. Darius Boyd 7. Jake Turpin 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Payne Haas 11. David Fifita 12. Matt Gillett 13. Thomas Flegler. Interchange: 14. James Segeyaro 15. Joe Ofahengaue 16. Rhys Kennedy 17. Pat Carrigan. Reserves: 18. Tom Dearden 20. Herbie Farnworth 21. Xavier Coates 22. Shaun Fensom

Late Mail: Broncos will once again be without Matt Gillett after he failed to train with the squad during the week due to groin/back injuries. This will see rookie Xavier Coates come in at left centre with Alex Glenn, who will overcome his own groin injury, moving to left edge with David Fifita switched to right edge to cover Gillett. Tom Dearden is expected to return in Queensland Cup after recovering from an ankle injury despite being named in the 21 man squad.

Storm: 1. Jahrome Hughes 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Will Chambers 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Brodie Croft 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane. Interchange: 14. Brandon Smith 15. Christian Welch 16. Joe Stimson 17. Ryan Papenhuyzen. Reserves: 18. Marion Seve 19. Tui Kamikamica 20. Tino Faasuamaleaui 21. Sandor Earl

Late Mail: Storm have both Jesse Bromwich (sternum) and Christain Welch (concussion) in some doubt. Bromwich trained with the squad during the week and will play. Welch must pass required protocols with either Tui Kamikamica or Tino Fa'asuamaleaui coming onto the bench should Welch be ruled out.


Saturday, Lottoland, 3pm

Sea Eagles: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Brad Parker 4. Moses Suli 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Dylan Walker 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Manase Fainu 10. Martin Taupau 11. Joel Thompson 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic. Interchange: 14. Lachlan Croker 15. Corey Waddell 16. Morgan Boyle 17. Taniela Paseka. Reserves: 18. Jack Gosiewski 19. Apisai Koroisau 20. Brendan Elliott 21. Lloyd Perrett

Late Mail: Sea Eagles look set to be 1-17. Api Koroisau (ankle) and Jack Gosiewski (groin) returned to full training last week and are on the extended bench but both are expected to be given another week off to get to full fitness.

Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 3. Hymel Hunt 4. Tautau Moga 5. Kurt Mann 6. Mason Lino 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. David Klemmer 9. Connor Watson 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Mitchell Barnett 13. Tim Glasby. Interchange: 14. Jacob Saifiti 15. James Gavet 16. Sione Mata'utia 17. Aidan Guerra. Reserves: 18. Jamie Buhrer 19. Beau Fermor 20. Jirah Momoisea 21. Chris Randall

Late Mail: Knights coach Nathan Brown promised to swing the axe on Tuesday and he certainly did. The team named will be 1-17 with Lachlan Fitzgibbon returning after missing a couple of weeks due to an elbow injury. Kurt Mann moves to left wing whilst Hymel Hunt switches sides and will line up at right centre. Connor Watson is expected to play the full 80 minutes at hooker.

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Saturday, Bankwest Stadium, 5.30pm

Bulldogs: 1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2. Nick Meaney 3. Kerrod Holland 4. Will Hopoate 5. Reimis Smith 6. Jack Cogger 7. Lachlan Lewis 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Michael Lichaa 10. Dylan Napa 11. Josh Jackson 12. Corey Harawira-Naera 13. Adam Elliot. Interchange: 14. Jeremy Marshall-King 15. Renouf Toomaga 16. Danny Fualalo 17. Chris Smith. Reserves: 19. Raymond Faitla-Mariner 20. Brandon Wakeham 21. Jayden Okunbor 22 Ofahiki Ogden

Late Mail: Bulldogs have no injury concerns leading into the game and are expected to be 1-17 with Raymond Faitala-Mariner the 18th man.

Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Josh Mansour 3. Dean Whare 4. Brent Naden 5. Brian To'o 6. James Maloney 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Mitch Kenny 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Liam Martin 12. Frank Winterstein 13. Isaah Yeo. Interchange: 14. Wayde Egan 15. Jarome Luai 16. Moses Leota 17. Reagan Campbell-Gillard. Reserves: 18. Spencer Leniu 19. Jed Cartwright 20. Stephen Crichton 21. Hame Sele

Late Mail: Panthers have no issues leading into the game and are expected to be 1-17 with Liam Martin to continue playing left edge with Isaah Yeo starting in the middle then moving to the edge during the game.

Wade Graham returns from a hamstring injury.
Wade Graham returns from a hamstring injury.


Saturday, PointsBet Stadium, 7.35pm

Sharks: 1. Matt Moylan 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Bronson Xerri 4. Josh Dugan 5. Josh Morris 6. Shaun Johnson 7. Chad Townsend 8. Aaron Woods 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Matt Prior 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Paul Gallen. Interchange: 14. Kurt Capewell 15. Jack Williams 16. Andrew Fifita 17. Braden Hamlin-Uele. Reserves: 18. Billy Magoulias 19. Blayke Brailey 20. Ronaldo Mulitalo 21. Kyle Flanagan

Late Mail: Sharks will welcome back Andrew Fifita (suspension), Matt Moylan (hamstring) and Wade Graham (hamstring) but have Briton Nikora (ankle) and Matt Prior in some doubt. Both will be checked at captain's run but the side is expected to be 1-17. Josh Dugan (eye) and Chad Townsend (foot) will both play. Josh Morris will line up at left wing outside Bronson Xerri.

Rabbitohs: 1. Adam Doueihi 2. Dane Gagai 3. James Roberts 4. Braidon Burns 5. Campbell Graham 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Tevita Taola 9. Damien Cook 10. Tom Burgess 11. John Sutton 12. Sam Burgess 13. Cameron Murray. Interchange: 14. Liam Knight 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Ethan Lowe 17. Kyle Turner. Reserves: 18. Connor Tracey 20. Corey Allan 21. Jaydn Su'A 21. Dean Britt

Late Mail: Rabbitohs' only concern leading into the game is Sam Burgess. He trained with the squad on Wednesday with a final call to be made on Friday. Jaydn Su'A or Dean Britt will come into the 17 if Burgess is ruled out but reports on Thursday morning indicate Burgess will play.

Damien Cook is a risky captaincy option this week.
Damien Cook is a risky captaincy option this week.


Sunday, SCG, 2pm

Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Latrell Mitchell 4. Joey Manu 5. Brett Morris 6. Luke Keary 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Isaac Liu 9. Sam Verrills 10. Zane Tetevano 11. Angus Crichton 12. Mitch Aubusson 13. Victor Radley. Interchange: 14. Nat Butcher 15. Poasa Faamausili 16. Lindsay Collins 17. Sitili Tupouniua. Reserves: 18. Matt Ikuvalu 19. Drew Hutchison 20. Lachlan Lam 21. Max Bailey

Late Mail: Roosters have been hit hard by injuries and suspension with a number of players missing but they are set to be 1-17 with Nat Butcher set to return after missing last week's game to manage a rib injury with Matt Ikuvalu set to be 18th man.

Titans: 1. Michael Gordon 2. Anthony Don 3. Kallum Watkins 4. Brian Kelly 5. Phillip Sami 6. Tyrone Roberts 7. Ryley Jacks 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Nathan Peats 10. Jack Stockwell 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Sam Stone 13. Jai Whitbread. Interchange: 14. Tyrone Peachey 15. Moeaki Fotuaika 16. Brenko Lee 17. Bryce Cartwright. Reserves: 18. Ash Taylor 19. Mitch Rein 20. Will Matthews 21. Leilani Latu

Late Mail: Titans could have a couple of changes with Phillip Sami in doubt due to concussion. If he is ruled out we would see Brenko Lee come onto the wing with Leilani Latu coming onto the bench. Ryley Jacks is in some doubt due to a rib injury and could be managed again with Ash Taylor a chance to return to NRL after missing a number of weeks due to personal reasons.


Sunday, Jubilee Oval, 4pm

Dragons: 1. Corey Norman 2. Jason Saab 3. Euan Aitken 4. Tim Lafai 5. Zac Lomax 6. Gareth Widdop 7. Ben Hunt 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Tariq Sims 13. James Graham. Interchange: 14. Jeremy Latimore 15. Korbin Sims 16. Patrick Kaufusi 17. Luciano Leilua. Reserves: 18. Tristan Sailor 19. Josh Kerr 20. Matt Dufty 21. Mikaele Ravalawa

Late Mail: Dragons are expected to be 1-17 with Jeremy Latimore named to return from a knee injury from the bench whilst Paul Vaughan will play despite picking up a knock to the ankle last weekend. Tristan Sailor is set to be 18th man.

Eels: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Waqa Blake 5. Brad Takairangi 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Kane Evans 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Manu Ma'u 13. Nathan Brown. Interchange: 14. Marata Niukore 15. Daniel Alvaro 16. David Gower 17. Tepai Moeroa. Reserves: 18. Josh Hoffman 19. Peni Terepo 20. Jaeman Salmon 21. Andrew Davey

Late Mail: Eels will welcome back both Michael Jennings (knee) and Shaun Lane (finger) after both returned to training this week. Maika Sivo (knee) and Marata Niukore (concussion) are both expected to play.