Last week was an absolute disaster so SuperCoaches are crossing all fingers and toes that the late mail is far kinder for round 4. Also keep in mind the staggered game times across the weekend and into Monday so you’re not caught out when making last minute trades and last reserve decisions.
As always, you can follow me on Twitter @AStilesAuthor for all the 24 hour and game day updates across the weekend.
Good luck for Round 4, and stay safe and healthy over the long weekend!
BULLDOGS V RABBITOHS, FRIDAY 4:05AEDT
Bulldogs: No changes expected, should be 1-17. Jake Averillo and Chris Smith were omitted 24 hours out.
Rabbitohs: Tevita Tatola is nursing a hamstring complaint but at this stage is expected to play with no other changes expected. Dean Hawkins and Troy Dargan were the first cut.
STORM V BRONCOS, FRIDAY 8:05AEDT
Storm: Ryan Papenhuyzen is cleared for takeoff but Tom Eisenhuth is in doubt after his ribs copped a battering in the last match. Tui Kamakamica got the late call-up last week to start at lock in place of Nelson Asofa-Solomona so I’m not ruling out that happening again. Tyson Smoothy and Darryn Schonig both dropped out of the 17 at first cut with Aaron Pene and Nicho Hynes replacing them on the interchange.
Broncos: Coach Kevvie is out here playing 5D chess with Tom Dearden and he likely replaced John Asiata like he last week, but who can be 100% sure at this stage. No other players are in doubt. Rhys Kennedy and Richie Kennar were omitted Thursday night.
SHARKS V COWBOYS, SATURDAY 5:30AEDT
Sharks: Copped some heavy casualties through injury and suspension last round and of those named, Wade Graham and Will Kennedy should both line up at this stage with no other changes expected.
Cowboys: No changes, should be 1-17.
TITANS V RAIDERS, SATURDAY 7:35AEDT
Titans: Brian Kelly is lurking on the extended bench as he tries to recover from a broken hand and could be a late inclusion in place of Phillip Sami but it’s unlikely at this stage. No other changes expected.
Raiders: Hudson Young should be right to play this week however both Ryan James and Sebastian Kris must make it through concussion protocols to line up. Emre Guler and Semi Valemei are the only players on the extended bench who would replace them respectively, so first team cut will give us some idea of how they are progressing but both appear likely.
KNIGHTS V DRAGONS, SUNDAY 4:05PM
Knights: Mitch Barnett is nursing a calf strain but it’s considered minor and according to Barry Toohey, Barnett himself has said he should be right to play however he likely relinquishes the kicking as he did during the game after sustaining the injury. Connor Watson is well and truly the new Toby Rudolf so by now I just expect he’ll be benched for Sauaso Sue. Kalyn Ponga is nearing return – hopefully in 1-2 weeks.
Dragons: No changes expected unless Trent Merrin failed to make it through concussion protocols.
ROOSTERS V WARRIORS, SUNDAY 6:15PM
Roosters: There’s been some wild “Tedesco to five-eighth” rumours doing the rounds and while there will be some game day spine changes that isn’t one of them. According to Fox Sports, Drew Hutchison will move to hooker, Freddy Lussick drops to the bench, Joey Manu moves to five-eighth with Brett Morris pushing to centre and Matt Ikuvalu making an appearance on the wing. Despite gaining clearance by the NRL, Joseph Suaalii doesn’t look like he’ll be a late inclusion.
Warriors: The Warriors held off on their pack reshuffles for the first couple of rounds that we were accustomed to last year, but round three saw the Tohu Harris edge/Jazz Tevaga lock/Bayley Sironen bench dance that I’d half expected since the opener so I’d be on the lookout for something similar. No other changes expected.
TIGERS V EELS, MONDAY 4:00PM
Tigers: A photo of James Roberts breaching social distancing at the Tim Tsyzo fight have been doing the rounds Thursday afternoon which the NRL has begun investigating. There is a chance he is a late out, potentially for Joey Leilua, but at this stage I’d expect he plays unless there are any new developments. No other changes anticipated.
Eels: Mitch Moses and Ryan Matterson both look likely to overcome HIAs and the team should run out 1-17.