Stilesy’s Late Mail – Round 13

Round 13 threw up one helluva TLT and unfortunately we’re not out of the fire yet with numerous late outs and Covid breaches hammering our already threadbare squads. If you can field a halfway decent 17 this round it may be a big moving week for you with many struggling just to get warm bodies on the park.

As always, you can follow me on Twitter @AStilesAuthor for the round updates and I will complete this article Thursday night with the remaining mail.

St George-Illawarra Dragons vs Sydney Roosters, Thursday 7:50pm

Paul Vaughan must go into 14 day quarantine for breaching the Covid bubble after allegedly having breakfast at a cafe and not signing in. This likely sees Josh Kerr move to the front row and Kaide Ellis join the interchange. I was very surprised to see Euan Aitken named after a hamstring injury looked to keep him out for several weeks but he will play. Jacob Host and Jason Saab dropped out Wednesday night. Update: Vaughan out, Kerr prop, Ellis bench.

The Roosters have dramas of their own with Josh Morris dropping out again with an ongoing calf injury (he really can’t play without his brother!) and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves also missing with a calf complaint of his own. Currently, Sitili Tupouniua has been named at centre with Lindsay Collins being promoted to prop and Nat Butcher to the edge. However, Mitch Aubusson is being tipped to move to centre with Tupouniua back to the edge. Daniel Fifita and debutante Max Bailey join the interchange. Robbo confirmed that Kyle Flanagan was indeed dropped and not rested as initially believed, and that TKO will take over the kicking duties. Update: J. Morris and JWH out, Aubo centre, Collins prop, Butcher edge, Fifita/Bailey bench

Manly Sea Eagles vs New Zealand Warriors, Friday 6:00pm

Manly will be without both starting edges, with Joel Thompson (ankle) and Curtis Sironen (knee) dropping out Thursday evening at first team cut. Haumole Olakau’atu and Corey Waddell will replace them with Morgan Boyle joining the interchange.

No changes expected for the Warriors with Gerard Beale and Jack Murchie cut 24 hours out.

South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Brisbane Broncos, Friday 7:55pm

Jaydn Su’a has been scratched for one week at the judiciary and is replaced on the edge by Jack Johns. Adam Reynolds should also be right to play after copping a shoulder burner last round. Troy Dargan was also omitted 24 hours out.

Matt Lodge will make his return from a knee injury this round and will replace Rhys Kennedy on the interchange. Cory Paix and Ethan Bullemor dropped out Thursday night.

Melbourne Storm vs Canterbury Bulldogs, Saturday 3:00pm

No changes expected for the Storm, should be 1-17.

Ditto for the Bulldogs, expected to be 1-17.

Newcastle Knights vs West Tigers, Saturday 5:30pm

Kalyn Ponga was almost another Covid breach casualty after being pictured with teammates in a restaurant, however he was just waiting for takeaway. Phew. Lachlan Fitzgibbon is now the main concern and must pass concussion protocols after exchanging faces with Chris Randall last week.

No changes expected for the Tigers after a massive TLT.

Penrith Panthers vs Canberra Raiders, Saturday 7:35pm

The Panthers are expected to be 1-17.

The Raiders should also run out unchanged.

Gold Coast Titans vs North Queensland Cowboys, Sunday 2:00pm

Jai Arrow will play for the Titans after passing HIA protocols throughout the week. No other changes expected.

JT’s boy Michael ‘White Lightning’ Morgan could miss his first match back in months due to the birth of his child (that’s Morgo and his wife, not Morgo and JT). Jake Clifford will replace him if needed. No other changes expected.

Cronulla Sharks vs Parramatta Eels, Sunday 4:05pm

Josh Dugan, Matt Moylan and Jesse Ramien are all expected to return this round as named. Toby Rudolph shifts to the bench every week so expect to see Jack Williams at lock come kickoff.

Marate Niukore is the only man in doubt for the Eels and must pass concussion protocols. He will be replaced by Andrew Davey if he isn’t good to go.

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gcchooks
gcchooks (@gcchooks)
1 month ago

Rooster forum aubo to centres and sitili back row

The Duke
The Duke (@the-duke)
Reply to  gcchooks
1 month ago

The replacement Toupou experiment didn’t work last week so that’s likely.

gcchooks
gcchooks (@gcchooks)
Reply to  The Duke
1 month ago

opposition is better this week with lomax and aitkin

I don't pray to God; I pray to DCE
I don't pray to God; I pray to DCE (@nrlsupercoach00)
1 month ago

Top marks for keeping us updated with the late mail this season, Stilesy!

hazarch
hazarch (@hazarch)
1 month ago

Does anyone have any mail on Carrigan? Really need to know before tonight’s kick off.
Cheers

douche
douche (@douche)
1 month ago

Stilesy thanks for all the work, never thought anyone would be as good if not better than old wacko.

Do you think mbye really plays hooker?

The SOL Man
The SOL Man (@the-sol-man)
1 month ago

Any news on Randall at Newcastle. There was some talk somewhere about him coming into 17. Determines whether Smith is a hold or not. Be nice for him or Fermor to get a run. Horror week!

hazarch
hazarch (@hazarch)
1 month ago

Any word on Jahrome Hughes Stilesy? Saw something online about him being in doubt. Need him for draft semi.
Thanks for all your efforts mate

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