Injuries galore this week, so let’s get stuck straight into the Round 6 minutes.
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A few minor injury concerns, namely Fitzgibbon (67) who is finally back from a hamstring issue, then he went off early for a HIA, which he passed.
Mann (59) left the field after getting hit awkwardly, which saw Hoy (21) replace him at five eighth.
Klemmer (51) and DSaif (53) were monsters but yet again DSaif plays bigger minutes than his front row partner. JSaif (51), Glasby and Ese’ese (34) rotated through the middle, with Guerra (23) spending some time on the edge while Fitzgibbon was off and also 10 minutes in the middle.
Mata’utia played the full 80 minutes on the right edge
No new injuries for the Broncos however Isaako (70) and Carrigan (49) both got sinbinned during the game. Boyd (80) dropped back to fullback while Isaako was off.
Haas (59) was given a breather for the second time in three weeks, with Lodge (53) stepping up his minutes yet again even though he appears to be struggling with the pace of the game. Flegler (27), JoeO (27) and Teo (22) all rotated through the middle, although Teo also got a few minutes on the left edge at the end after Glenn (73) came off early with the result well in hand for the Knights.
Pangai played the full 80 minutes on the right edge.
Issac Luke (48) had a longer than expected stint in hooker, with Paix (32) giving Luke a break at hooker.
The Rabbitohs lost Tom Amone (17) to a knee injury but realistically he wasn’t likely to play more than another 5-10 minutes at most, so minimal impact overall on the rotations.
Tatola (48), Turgess (52) and Murray (60) played close to their usual minutes as starters, with support from Knight (38) and Mago (25) in the middle.
Lowe and Cook both held down 80 minutes as usual while Su’A (63) shared his edge with Sironen (17).
Cody Walker (70) was sinbinned.
The Warriors had injury concerns for Katoa (54), who left the field to get attention for his ankle, and also for Burr (10) and Fusitu’a (40) – both concussion-related. This saw increased minutes for Murchie (66) who came on after 14 minutes when Katoa went off.
Blair (60) moved from the middle to the left edge, then later Katoa replaced the Fus in the second half, forcing a reshuffle with Lawton (59) to centre (he had previously been playing hooker with Egan (80) spending some time in the middle.
With the scoreline the way it was, Tohu Harris (72) got an early shower but it looks likely that the ‘start on right edge for 15-20, move to lock for the remaining 60-65 mins’ plan will continue.
Faamausili (50), Yung Maynie (41) and Paasi (28) shared the remaining middle forward minutes. Nikorima (70) was sinbinned.
No injuries this week that impacted rotations which saw more interesting rotations.
Kikau (68) didn’t see the whole game, nor did Liam Martin (65), who was also sinbinned in the final minute. Billy Burns (26) appeared to take minutes off both backrowers. The good news is that Yeo (80) stayed on for the whole game, so lock him in for safety.
JFH (55), Tamou (42), Letoa (27) and Tetevano (36) shared the remaining middle forward minutes. Matt Burton (0) didn’t make it onto the field.
No injuries for the Storm, so a fairly normal rotation. CSmith, KBrom and Kaufusi all played 80 minutes.
Finucane (58), JBrom (44), BSmith (36), Tino (40), Welch (30) and NAS (26) all shared the middle forward minutes.
Eisenhuth (6) got some junk time to really live up to his nickname of AEisenhuth.
Poor Titans, they definitely got hit with the injury stick this week. Apologies in advance if I get something wrong here, it was a mess!
Firstly, new signing Corey Thompson (24) left the field due to a head knock, and failed his HIA. This saw Peachey (56) come onto the field and play right centre, with Young Tonumaipea (52) moving to fullback.
Then Sami (50) went off with a leg injury (that has turned out to be a cork), which then saw Hipgrave (53) move into the centres. Or maybe that was after Tonu left as well with a hamstring (?) injury. Either way, it was just messy AF. I think Clark (61) started at hooker and maybe finished at fullback.
Tanah Boyd (50) ended playing big minutes at hooker too. So Fotuaika (75) played hugeeeeeee minutes, while Arrow (63), Jolliffe (46) and Lisone (31) also played more minutes. What a mess!
No major injuries for the Dragons, aside from a HIA for Clune (71) which saw Hunt (56) move from hooker to the halves, which saw McInnes (80) move back to hooker for the last 9 minutes. Otherwise, McInnes played hooker until Hunt came on around the 24 minute mark, when he then moved to lock afterwards.
Frizell also played 80 minutes on the right edge this week, with Fuimaono (58) again sharing minutes with Host (22) on the other edge.
With McInnes taking big minutes at lock, it meant Vaughan (50), Lawrie (39), Kerr (38), Merrin (35) and Graham (31) had to share the remaining middle forward minutes.
The Tigers had a few injury issues too, with firstly Musgrove (26) suffering a foot injury, Twal (29) going down with a knee issue (had to be chaired off!) and then Rennings (31) suffering a hamstring injury. Chee-Kam (49) came on and played in the backline.
Mikaele (29) saw very low minutes surprisingly, and Eisenhuth (60) and Aloiai (57) were the main beneficiaries of the bigger minutes along with the debutant McIntyre (45).
Garner (80) and Grant (80) both played the full game. Lucy Leilua was already nursing an injury and he came off at the 74 minute mark.
No major injuries for the Cowboys but they had disrupted interchanges due to HIA – Feldt (68) went off but passed his, with Hampton (12) being an AE for owners in that time. Dunn (74) only came off due to use of a free HIA interchange for Hola (17) who passed to return to the game.
Lolo (72), McGuire (58), Molo (42) all played big minutes, with Robson (80) playing the full game.
Jensen (27) got his usual minutes, while Hess (80) also spent some time in the middle when Cooper (30) was on the field.
The big news was Teddy (60) getting flattened and KO’d by Sivo, which saw BMoz (80) moving to fullback for the remaining 20 minutes, with Aubo (20) coming on to play right centre and Manu (80) moving to the right wing.
JMoz (78) was given an early shower (lol) with Tupouniua (25) getting a few extra minutes there.
Friend, Cordner and Crichton all played 80 minutes in their respective positions, with Radley (44) also going off for HIA although he passed to return for the final minute.
JWH (52), TKO (57) and Liu (37) did most of the heavy lifting in the middle, with Butcher (27) in support too.
No injuries for the Eels aside from Blake (79) who left the field in the final minute before halftime and passed the HIA over the break, and Lane (70) who also passed his HIA to return to the field.
Big minutes again for Paulo (54), Brown (62) and RCG (50) with BA appearing not to really trust his bench aside from Niukore (36) – only 30 minutes for Kaufusi, 11 for Terepo and 8 for Stone.
Mahoney and Matto both played 80 minutes as usual.
Jennings (70) was sinbinned.
No issues for the Raiders aside from Croker (79) who went off for a HIA in the final minute of the game.
Hodgson and Whitehead both played 80 minutes, however the presence of Hudson Young (23) appears disastrous for Tapine (65), who went off for Young (who took over on the right edge), and then Tapine went back on for Sutton (36) at lock, then went off again for Havili (34) about 8 minutes later. Not sure why!
Papalii (54), Horsburgh (47) and Guler (41) saw the bulk of the middle forward minutes with Soliola (21) starting but not getting much game time.
A rough week for the Sea Eagles with the early loss of Walker (3) to a foot injury, Parker (4) to a head knock into a failed HIA, and then obviously Tommy Turbo (52) to a hamstring injury (again).
Croker (77) came on at 5/8 for Walker, and Gosiewski (76) into the centres for Parker. Later, we saw Elliott (80) move to fullback for Tommy and then another reshuffle with Boyle (55) onto an edge. I can’t recall who actually ended up in the centres (a kind Sea Eagles fan may be able to help out here).
AFB (56), Keppie (44) and Paseka (33) shared the middle forward minutes the whole back row of JTurbo, Thompson and Sironen, plus Levi, all playing 80 minutes. It was a mammoth effort for the Sea Eagles!
No major injuries for the Sharks aside from the whiplash to Moylan (67) late in the second half. DWZ got him good! Dugan (80) took over at fullback, with Talakai (45) pushing out in to left centre while Moylan was off (I think, anyway. Sharks fans can correct me if wrong!). I was shocked that Moylan passed his HIA.
The minutes for the middles are confusing – Woods (48), Rudolf (43) off the bench, Williams (42) as a starter, Fifita (31) off the bench and also Uele (27) as starter! Even Talakai got more minutes in the middle than Uele. Hunt (17) didn’t get much game time.
Brailey, Graham and Nikora played the full game in their respective positions – aside from the 10 minutes Nikora spent in the bin.
No injuries for the Dogs so the rotation was interesting again. Elliott, RFM and Jackson all played the full 80 – first time for Elliott – although I wouldn’t get too excited with Tolman back and Thompson into the mix soon.
To’omaga (36), Napa (48) and Britt (39) shared the majority of the minutes at prop, with support from Sue (26) and Ogden (11).
JMK (55) and Holland (25) shared minutes at hooker.