Stilesy’s Late Mail – Round 18

As usual the remaining mail will be updated on Thursday evening and you can follow me on Twitter @AStilesAuthor for all the updates across the round.

Wests Tigers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs, Thursday 7:50pm

Moses Mbye (knee) and Joey Leilua (ankle) have been ruled out for the Tigers which sees Adam Doueihi revert to fullback with Tommy Talau and Chris Lawrence playing centre. The Tigers got in first this week and omitted Josh Reynolds and Russell Packer at first team cut but they were recalled with the above news, only to be cut again.

The Rabbitohs should be 1-17. Dane Gagai appears likely to finally return from a hamstring injury and Keaon Koloamatangi has seemingly passed concussion protocols. Troy Dargan and Cory Denniss were cut 24 hours out.

Canterbury Bulldogs vs Manly Sea Eagles, Friday 6:00pm

There is a mass shuffle in the Bulldogs pack. Starters Luke Thompson and Ofahiki Ogden have both been cut 24 hours out, which shifts Renouf To’omaga to prop, Josh Jackson to lock, Matt Doorey to the edge and both Dean Britt and Chris Smith scoring interchange spots.

No changes expected for the Sea Eagles, with potential debutantes Ben Trbojevic and Luke Metcalf culled 24 hours out.

Penrith Panthers vs Parramatta Eels, Friday 7:55pm

The Panthers should be 1-17. Matt Burton and Charlie Staines dropped out Thursday night.

Reed Mahoney has been ruled out with a shoulder injury. Ray Stone replaced him at hooker and Will Smith joins the interchange. Samuel Hughes was the other man omitted 24 hours out.

St George-Illawarra Dragons vs Canberra Raiders, Saturday 3:00pm

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

Josh Papalii’s season was hanging after a shoulder injury, but he was miraculously named and is looking likely to play this round with no other changes expected.

Gold Coast Titans vs Brisbane Broncos, Saturday 5:30pm

The only potential change for the Titans is Treymain Spry, who trained this week at centre and could replace Young Tonumaipea.

The Broncos look set to run out 1-17.

Sydney Roosters vs Newcastle Knights, Saturday 7:35pm

James Tedesco has played at least the last 7 games of the regular season in his two years at the Roosters so I don’t see why Robbo would ditch the trend this week. With all the returning cavalry he would want them to form/reinforce combinations and rotations as they approach the playoffs. Ryan Hall is on the extended bench as cover for Josh Morris, who copped a nose knock, but he is expected to play. Boyd Cordner left the bubble for family reasons so his status is currently unknown. Depending on the situation he may or may not need to isolate before re-entering. Angus Crichton would replace him on the edge and Mitch Aubusson would return to the bench if he does not return.

Phoenix Crossland must pass concussion protocols to play and will be replaced by Chris Randall if he is ruled out. The only other potential change would be Daniel Saifiti starting with brother Jacob moving to the bench.

Melbourne Storm vs North Queensland Cowboys, Sunday 4:05pm

Tui Kamikamica could be a late inclusion after not playing since the early rounds and could replace either Nelson Asofa-Solomona, who is listed on the casualty ward with a calf injury, or a bench player.

No changes expected for the Cowboys unless they opt to replace Gavin Cooper on the edge again this week with Tom Gilbert.

Cronulla Sharks vs New Zealand Warriors, Sunday 6:30pm

Death. Taxes. Toby Rudolph dropping to the bench on game day. Though this week it is likely Jack Williams who will replace him. Shaun Johnson and Sione Katoa both seem set to play despite being listed on the casualty ward.

The Warriors seem set for 1-17.

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evilmacca (@evilmacca)
Reply to  Stilesy
1 month ago

well done as always good sir!

Smirto (@smirto)
1 month ago

Onya Stilesy, appreciate your work. Very interested to see what happens with Crighton.

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