TLT was an absolute train wreck for SuperCoaches and whaddya know, we launch straight into Teddy-watch and perhaps the most disastrous week of combined TLT/Late Mail when our sides are already hanging by threadbare strings. What have we done to anger you SuperCoach gods?
As always, I will update the article with the remaining games on Thursday night/Friday morning and you can follow me on Twitter @AStilesAuthor for the 24 hour and game day updates.
Good luck for Round 7!
Penrith Panthers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs, Thursday 7:50pm
Josh Mansour is set to be a big late out tonight, which be a disaster for some of our teams. There was a rumour doing the rounds that Nathan Cleary would be a late out due to an infection. He didn’t train much during the week but is being tipped to play. Viliame Kikau also copped a big knock at training and is in doubt but should also play. Mitch Kenny and Jack Hetherington were omitted Wednesday night.
Low-key FRF downgrade option Patrick Mago drops out of the Rabbitohs side along with Corey Allan 24 hours out. Hame Sele joins the interchange in Mago’s place. Coach Bennett also confirmed that his back line would run out as is with James Roberts on the interchange to begin the game but still wants to get some minutes in his legs. What this means could differ depending on how the game is going, but he could come on in the centres and push Campbell Graham to the wing and Alex Johnston to the interchange based on lineup preferences earlier in the season.
Melbourne Storm vs New Zealand Warriors, Friday 6:00pm
Brenko Lee has picked up a hamstring injury at training and has been ruled out. He has been replaced at centre by Paul Momirovski. Jahrome Hughes will overcome his broken hand to line up at halfback and I expect to see the same Welch/Finucane/Brandon Smith swap that Bellamy has pulled the last few rounds. Nicho Hynes also dropped out at first team cull.
David Fusitu’a and Lachlan Burr both failed to pass their concussion tests after knocks last week and were both ruled out Thursday night. Poasa Faamausili will switch to prop with Gerard Beale joining the wing and Josh Curran being promoted to the interchange.
Sydney Roosters vs St George-Illawarra Dragons, Friday 7:55pm
James Tedesco is a massive late out as a precaution after his concussion last week at the hands of Sivo. Josh Morris has also been ruled out with a calf complaint. Brett Morris shifts to fullback, Mitch Aubusson moves to centre and Ryan Hall comes onto the wing.
Adam Clune is the only player in any doubt after copping a head knock in the 70th minute of last round’s match but he will play if he makes it through captain’s run and the relevant concussion protocols. Tim Lafai and Billy Brittain were omitted Thursday night.
North Queensland Cowboys vs Newcastle Knights, Saturday 3:00pm
Connelly Lemuelu (shoulder) and Mitch Dunn (groin) have both been ruled out 24 hours out. Tom Opacic moves to the wing and Jordan McLean named on the edge. Kyle Feldt is right to play after leaving round 6 for a HIA.
No late changes expected for the Knights, should run out 1-17. Brodie Jones and Phoenix Crossland were omitted at first cut.
Brisbane Broncos vs Gold Coast Titans, Saturday 5:30pm
What to make of this Broncos side? It was torn apart on TLT and will have at least one further change on game day with Tom Dearden coming onto the interchange in place of Jamayne Isaako, who drops out of the side altogether. Siebold stated that Dearden will spell Issac Luke at hooker and this was confirmed at captain’s run today. Dearden’s presence is also a warning for Milford to perform. Niu was given a new one year deal during the week as well which bodes well for his (short term at least) potential to hold the fullback position. Isaako did train there at captain’s run as well but this is normal given he could be called up again due to injury. Herbie Farnworth will goal kick with Issac Luke as backup.
The Titans seem to have half their team in the “’round 7” casualty ward including Dale Copley, Corey Thompson and Phillip Sami. All are expected to play at this stage barring anything major at captain’s run. Tyrone Roberts is also apparently “good to go” according to the coach so could be a late inclusion.
Parramatta Eels vs Canberra Raiders, Saturday 7:35pm
Nathan Brown has Grandpa Simpson’d in and out of the Eels after two matches, this time copping a two week suspension. Marata Niukore will replace him at lock with Daniel Alvaro or David Gower joining the interchange. No other changes expected.
Joe Tapine is out with a minor knee injury. Hudson Young will start with Simonsson joining the bench.
Manly Sea Eagles vs Cronulla Sharks, Sunday 4:05pm
Brad Parker is in some doubt after basically knocking himself out last week on the turf. Based on the extended squad, Abbas Miski would be the man to replace him if needed. Marty Taupau looks likely barring any setbacks over the weekend with his dislocated thumb.
Matt Moylan came off at the 61st minute last week for a HIA, which he passed. He’ll still need to pass relevant protocols this week meaning we have yet another round of Moylan-Kennedy watch. Sigh. He should play at this stage however. No major changes expected to the rest of the 17 barring the usual swap somewhere in the forward pack before kick-off.
Canterbury Bulldogs vs Wests Tigers, Sunday 6:30pm
Aiden Tolman and Nick Meaney are both chances of returning this round. The former would push Renauf To’omaga back to the bench with Ofahiki Ogden dropping out. The latter would have implications for Holland and Cogger. Jake Averillo likely retains the kicking duties in either scenario, for this round at least.
After a bad run of injuries in round 6, the Tigers appear set to run out 1-17.