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STORM V RAIDERS, 7:50PM
STORM: Nelson Asofa-Solomona was a late out Wednesday night due to a hamstring issue and has been replaced on the bench by Tom Eisenhuth. Ryan Papenhuyzen looked gone again for all money with a knee injury during last week’s game but he saw it out and while still being listed in the casualty ward I haven’t seen anything placing him in doubt this week. Similarly, no news seems to be good news for Jahrome Hughes this round after being the most asked about player last weekend on Twitter, with the Cheese stating in a pre-match interview that he didn’t even realise Hughes was meant to be in doubt. Jordan Grant was the other player to be trimmed 24 hours out. Update: Per the mail. NAS out and Eisenhuth bench. Moeroa 18th man.
RAIDERS: Bailey Simonsson seems to have ticked all the boxes he needs in order to return from his toe injury and Sticky said that he will start at fullback with Jordan Rapana moving to the wing. Josh Papali’i actually started last week despite being an on-again-off-again late benching but it is always on the cards on game day. While not relevant for this round, it seems Charnze Nicholl-Klokstad could make his return at fullback next week despite seeming lost for the season which would trigger another shuffle in the backline. Matt Frawley and Siliva Havili were the first players cut. Update: Sutton bench, Soliola lock, Kris 18th man.