Round 11 teams are in with injuries and suspensions from “Tragic round” causing selection chaos for a host of clubs. Plus our KFC SuperCoach NRL analysis.
Round 11 teams are in with injuries and suspensions from “Tragic round” causing selection chaos for a host of clubs.
See all the team changes and out KFC SuperCoach analysis of each club for the round.
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COWBOYS V KNIGHTS
Thursday 20 May, Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville, 7:50pm
1. Valentine Holmes, 2. Kyle Feldt, 3. Javid Bowen, 4. Connelly Lemuelu, 5. Murray Taulagi, 6. Scott Drinkwater, 7. Jake Clifford, 8. Tom Gilbert, 9. Reece Robson, 10. Jordan McLean, 11. Shane Wright, 12. Mitchell Dunn, 13. Jason Taumalolo
Bench: 14. Jake Granville, 15. Lachlan Burr, 16. Francis Molo, 17. Helium Luki
Reserves: 18. Corey Jensen, 19. Daejarn Asi, 20. Ben Condon, 21. Kane Bradley
TEAMS COMMENT: Coen Hess (concussion) is unavailable due to the five-day turnaround. Tom Gilbert takes his place in the back row with Heilum Luki to debut off the bench.
1. Tex Hoy, 2. Starford To’a, 3. Enari Tuala, 4. Bradman Best, 5. Brayden Musgrove, 6. Kurt Mann, 7. Phoenix Crossland, 8. David Klemmer, 9. Jayden Brailey, 10. Daniel Saifiti, 11. Tyson Frizell, 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 13. Mitchell Barnett
Bench: 14. Connor Watson, 15. Jacob Saifiti, 16. Sauaso Sue, 17. Brodie Jones
Reserves: 18. Simi Sasagi, 19. Josh King, 20. Gehamat Shibasaki, 21. Blake Green
TEAMS COMMENT: Just the one change with Hymel Hunt (hamstring) replaced on the wing by Brayden Musgrove, who returns from a rib injury. But there could be game-day alterations with Blake Green (ribs) named on an extended bench. Kalyn Ponga (groin) remains sidelined. Sauaso Sue and Jacob Saifiti both passed gameday HIAs but will be monitored.
WARRIORS V WESTS TIGERS
Friday 21 May, Central Coast Stadium, Gosford, 6:00pm
1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 2. Marcelo Montoya, 3. Adam Pompey, 4. Euan Aitken, 5. Ken Maumalo, 6. Kodi Nikorima, 7. Chanel Harris-Tavita, 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown, 9. Wayde Egan, 10. Kane Evans, 11. Jack Murchie, 12. Ben Murdoch-Masila, 13. Tohu Harris
Bench: 14. Jazz Tevaga, 15. Leeson Ah Mau, 16. Bunty Afoa, 17. Reece Walsh
Reserves: 18. Eliesa Katoa, 20. Taniela Otukolo, 21, Edward Kosi, 22. Sean O’Sullivan
TEAMS COMMENT: Josh Curran (elbow) is out and expected to miss 2-4 weeks and Bayley Sironen (knee) was not considered for selection which sees Jack Murchie start on an edge. Changes in the backline with Marcelo Montoya coming in for Rocco Berry (concussion).
1. Daine Laurie, 2. David Nofoaluma, 3. Adam Doueihi, 4. Joseph Leilua, 5. Tommy Talau, 6. Moses Mbye, 7. Luke Brooks, 8. James Tamou, 9. Jacob Liddle, 10. Alex Twal, 11. Luke Garner, 12. Luciano Leilua, 13. Joe Ofahengaue
Bench: 14. Jock Madden, 15. Shaun Blore, 16. Alex Seyfarth, 17. Thomas Mikaele
Reserves: 18. Michael Chee Kam, 19. James robertsn, 20. Stefano Utoikamanu, 21. Tom Amone
TEAMS COMMENT: No changes after a big win, with Adam Doueihi remaining at centre and Moses Mbye at five-eighth after a successful switch last week.
SHARKS V DRAGONS
Friday 21 May, Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Sydney, 7:55pm
1 Will Kennedy, 2 Mawene Hiroti, 3 Josh Dugan, 4 Will Chambers, 5 Connor Tracey, 6 Matt Moylan, 7 Chad Townsend, 8 Aiden Tolman, 9 Blayke Brailey, 10 Aaron Woods, 11 Briton Nikora, 12 Wade Graham, 13 Toby Rudolf
Bench: 14. Braydon Trindall, 15. Teig Wilton, 16. Jack Williams, 17. Andrew Fifita
Reserves: 18. Shaun Johnson, 19. Billy Magoulias, 20. Franklin Pele, 21. Jenson Taumoepeau
TEAMS COMMENT: No changes to the 17 but Shaun Johnson (hamstring) has been named on the extended bench and is considered a strong chance to play. He must pass a final fitness test. Andrew Fifita only lasted 19 minutes against the Rabbitohs last week due to a hamstring issue. He has been named and is rated a 50/50 chance. Billy Magoulias is the likely replacement if Fifita’s fitness bid falls short. Ronaldo Mulitalo (knee) will sit out another week, while Sione Katoa (knee) could miss another fortnight.
1. Cody Ramsey, 2. Max Feagai, 3. Jack Bird, 4. Billy Burns, 5. Jordan Pereira, 6. Corey Norman, 7. Ben Hunt, 8. Blake Lawrie, 9. Andrew McCullough, 10. Paul Vaughan, 11. Josh Kerr, 12. Jackson Ford, 13. Poasa Faamausili
Bench: 14. Kaide Ellis, 15. Jaiyden Hunt, 16. Daniel Alvaro, 17. Junior Amone
Reserves: 18. Adam Clube, 19. Billy Brittain, 20. Hayden Lomax, 21. Gerard Beale
TEAMS COMMENT: Complete overhaul with Josh McGuire (five weeks), Tyrell Fuimaono (five weeks), Mikaele Ravalawa (two weeks) and Tariq Sims (one week) all suspended, while fullback Matt Dufty (shoulder) is looking at an extended period on the sideline. Cody Ramsey shifts from wing to fullback to replace Dufty with Jordan Pereira (suspension) returning on the wing. Max Feagai is the other winger in place of Ravalawa. Billy Burns comes into the centres for Fuimaono while the new back-rowers are Jackson Ford and Poasa Faamausili. Jaiyden Hunt (debut), Junior Amone, Kaide Ellis and Daniel Alvaro join the bench. This week’s recruit Gerard Beale has been named on an extended bench.
TITANS V BULLDOGS
Saturday 22 May, Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast 3:00pm
1. AJ Brimson, 2. Anthony Don, 3. Brian Kelly, 4. Esan Marsters, 5. Phillip Sami, 6. Tanah Boyd, 7. Jamal Fogarty, 8. Jarrod Wallace, 9. Mitch Rein, 10. Moeaki Fotuaika, 11. Kevin Proctor, 12. Beau Fermor, 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui
Bench: 14. Erin Clark, 15, Sam Stone, 16. Jaimin Jolliffe, 17. Sam McIntyre
Reserves: 18. Jai Whitbread, 19. Jayden Campbell, 20. Toby Sexton, 21. Ashley Taylor
TEAMS COMMENT: Herman Ese’ese (three weeks) and Tyrone Peachey (two weeks) are both out suspended. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui shifts from prop to lock to replace Peachey with Moeaki Fotuaika coming into the starting side at prop. Sam Stone and Erin Clark come into the 17 on the bench. Ash Taylor (hip) is lurking on the reserves list and could come in for Tanah Boyd.
1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, 2. Nick Cotric, 3. Will Hopoate, 4. Aaron Schoupp, 5. Nick Meaney, 6. Brandon Wakeham, 7. Jake Averillo, 8. Ava Seumanufagai, 9. Sione Katoa, 10. Luke Thompson, 11. Matt Doorey, 12. Chris Smith, 13. Renouf Atoni
Bench: 14. Bradley Deitz, 15. Corey Waddell, 16. Adam Elliott, 17. Dylan Napa
Reserves: 19. Tuipulotu Katoa, 20. Joe Stimson, 21. Kyle Flanagan, 23. Ofahiki Ogden
TEAMS COMMENT: Tui Katoa (concussion) is out after copping Josh Papalii’s shoulder, for which the Origin star was sent off. Debutant Aaron Schoupp comes into the starting side at centre with Nick Meaney moving to the wing. Dylan Napa (shoulder) returns on the bench for Ofahiki Ogden. Adam Elliott (knock), Corey Waddell (knee) and Ogden (head knock) will need to be checked. Josh Jackson (calf) and Jeremy Marshall-King (foot) have been saved another week.
ROOSTERS V BRONCOS
Saturday 22 May, Sydney Cricket Ground,Sydney 5:30pm
1. James Tedesco, 2. Daniel Tupou, 3. Josh Morris, 4. Joey Manu, 5. Matt Ikuvalu, 6. Lachlan Lam, 7. Sam Walker, 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreave, 9. Ben Marschke, 10. Isaac Liu, 11. Angus Crichton, 12. Sitili Tupouniua, 13. Victor Radley
Bench: 14. Adam Keighran, 15. Daniel Suluka-Fifita, 16. Nat Butcher, 17. Siosiua Taukeiaho
Reserves: 18. Naufahu Whyte, 19. Fletcher Baker, 20. Egan Butcher, 21. Joseph Suaalii
TEAMS COMMENT: For once this season the Roosters came out of a game with no major injuries, just a few bumps and bruises with Daniel Tupou (ankle), Angus Crichton (head knock) and Sam Walker (shoulder) all set to play with no changes to the 17. Sitili Tupouniua and Crichton are free to play after copping fines from the match review committee.
1. Jamayne Isaako, 2. Xavier Coates, 3. Herbie Farnworth, 4. Jesse Arthars, 5. David Mead, 6. Albert Kelly, 7. Tyson Gamble, 8. Matt Lodge, 9. Jake Turpin, 10. Payne Haas, 11. Keenan Palasia, 12. Tevita Pangai Jnr, 13. Thomas Flegler
Bench: 14. Kobe Hetherington, 15. John Asiata, 16. Ethan Bullemor, 17. Rhys Kennedy
Reserves: 18. TC Robati, 19. Dale Copley, 20. Brendan Piakura, 21. Danny Levi
TEAMS COMMENT: The Broncos have named their fifth halves combination in 11 games with Albert Kelly to make his Brisbane debut, his first NRL appearance in six years. The 30-year-old playmaker trained in the halves, alongside Tyson Gamble, on Tuesday morning with million-dollar man Anthony Milford dropped to the reserves squad. Kelly has been in red hot form for his Intrust Super Cup side Souths Logan Magpies this year — scoring four tries, setting up 12 others and making 25 tackle busts across six games. Karmichael Hunt was poised to make his NRL return this week but injured his knee in the Intrust Super Cup.. Keenan Palasia will make his NRL debut in the starting pack in place of Jordan Riki, while hooker Kobe Hetherington has been named to make his NRL debut off the bench in place of Danny Levi. Meanwhile, David Mead comes onto the wing in place of Corey Oates.
RAIDERS v STORM
Saturday 22 May, GIO Stadium, Canberra 7:35pm
1. Caleb Aekins, 2. Bailey Simonsson, 3. Sebastian Kris, 4. Curtis Scott, 5. Semi Valemei, 6. Sam Williams, 7. George Williams, 8. Dunamis Lui, 9. Tom Starling, 10. Emre Guler, 11. Corey Harawira-Naera, 12. Elliott Whitehead, 13. Hudson Young
Bench: 14. Brad Schneider, 15. Ryan Sutton, 16, Corey Horsburgh, 17. Ryan James
Reserves: 18. Matthew Timoko, 19. Iosia Soliola, 20. Siliva Havili, 21. Harry Rushton
TEAMS COMMENT: Hit hard by suspension with Josh Papalii (three games), Jack Wighton (one game) and Josh Hodgson (one game) all out. Sam Williams replaces Wighton at five-eighth. Debutant halfback Brad Schneider has been named on the bench to replace Hodgson. Papalii is replaced at prop by Dunamis Lui with Ryan Sutton (elbow) joining the bench. Corey Harawira-Naera suffered a head clash in final minutes on weekend and could be in some doubt whilst Corey Horsburgh should be fit to play after suffering what looked to be sternum injury, only to go off under HIA which he passed. Jarrod Croker continues to be unavailable due to shoulder and knee injuries.
1 Nicho Hynes, 2 George Jennings 3 Reimis Smith, 4 Justin Olam, 5 Josh Addo-Carr, 6 Chris Lewis, 7 Jahrome Hughes, 8 Jesse Bromwich, 9 Brandon Smith, 10 Christian Welch, 11 Felise Kaufusi,12 Keny Bromwich, 13 Dale Finucane
Bench: 14. Aaron Pene 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Tom Eisenhuth 17. Nelson Asofa-Solomona
Reserves: 18 Aaron Booth, 19. Cooper Johns 20. Trent Loiero, 21. Dean Ieremia
TEAMS COMMENT: Ryan Papenhuyzen (concussion) is out which sees Nicho Hynes play fullback. Chris Lewis is a shock choice to partner Jahrome Hughes in the halves, but keep an eye on late mail. Tyson Smoothy (knee) is missing due to a knee injury but that is offset by Brandon Smith returning from suspension at hooker. Harry Grant (hamstring) and Cameron Munster (foot) remain sidelined for at least another week.
RABBITOHS V PANTHERS
Sunday 23 May, Apex Oval, Dubbo 2:00pm
1 Latrell Mitchell, 2 Alex Johnston, 3 Dane Gagai, 4 Braidon Burns, 5 Josh Mansour 6 Cody Walker, 7 Adam Reynolds, 8 Tom Burgess, 9 Damien Cook, 10 Tevita Tatola, 11 Keon Koloamatangi, 12 Jaydn Su’a, 13 Liam Knight
Bench: 14. Benji Marshall, 15. Mark Nicholls, 16. Jacob Host, 17. Jai Arrow
Reserves: 18. Dean Hawkins, 19. Hame Sele, 20. Patrick Mago, 21. Campbell Graham
TEAMS COMMENT: The Rabbitohs have a massive inclusion with Latrell Mitchell (suspension) returning at fullback. This allows Cody Walker to move back to his preferred five-eighth position with Benji Marshall dropping to the bench. Josh Mansour (hamstring) returns on the wing for Taane Milne.
1 Dylan Edwards, 2 Charlie Staines, 3 Stephen Crichton, 4 Matt Burton, 5 Brian To’o, 6 Jarome Luai, 7 Nathan Cleary, 8 Moses Leota, 9 Apisai Koroisau, 10 James Fisher-Harris, 11 Viliame Kikau, 12 Kurt Capewell, 13 Isaah Yeo
Bench: 14. Tyrone May, 15. Scott Sorensen, 16. Matt Eisenhuth, 17 Liam Martin
Reserves: 18. Spencer Leniu, 19. Mitch Kenny, 20. J’maine Hopgood, 21. Paul Momirovski TEAMS COMMENT: Welcome back Kurt Capewell after he missed Magic Round to due concussion with Liam Martin moving back to the bench and J’maine Hopgood dropping out of the 17. Stephen Crichton (ribs) and Moses Leota (shoulder) will need to be checked after suffering minor injuries on Sunday night. Tyrone May also suffered a head knock and could be in some doubt. Moses Leota and Dylan Edwards escaped with fines and will take their places.
EELS V SEA EAGLES
Sunday 23 May, Bankwest Stadium, Sydney 4:05pm
1 Clint Gutherson, 2 Maika Sivo, 3 Tom Opacic, 4 Waqa Blake, 5 Blake Ferguson, 6 Jakob Arthur, 7 Mitchell Moses, 8 Reagan Campbell-Gillard, 9 Reed Mahoney, 10 Junior Paulo, 11 Isaiah Papali’i, 12 Ryan Matterson, 13 Nathan Brown
Bench: 14. Oregon Kaufusi, 15. Shaun Lane, 16. Joey Lussick, 17. Bryce Cartwright
Reserves: 18. Ray Stone, 19. Keegan Hipgrave, 20. Haze Dunster, 21. Jordan Rankin
TEAMS COMMENT: Joey Lussick comes onto the bench for Ray Stone in the only change. The Eels have a few players with bumps and bruises but all should overcome them with Clint Gutherson (ankle), Mitch Moses (calf), Blake Ferguson (leg) and Tom Opacic (cork) all expected to play.
1. Tom Trbojevic, 2. Jason Saab, 3. Brad Parker, 4. Morgan Harper, 5. Reuben Garrick, 6. Cade Cust, 7. Daly Cherry-Evans, 8. Taniela Paseka, 9. Lachlan Croker, 10. Martin Taupau, 11. Haumole Olakau’tau, 12. Josh Schuster, 13. Jake Trbojevic
Bench: 14. Moses Suli, 15. Zac Saddler, 16. Sean Keppie, 17. Toafofoa Sipley
Reserves: 18. Ben Trbojevic, 19. Tevita Funa, 20. Christian Tuipulotu, 21. Jorge Taufua
TEAMS COMMENT: Without Kieran Foran after he suffered a broken hand in Magic Round. This sees Cade Cust come into the five-eighth hot seat but don’t be surprised if Josh Schuster takes the spot on game day.