NRL Rd 4 – ‘THE MAIL’: Rabbitohs vs Roosters

RABBITOHS v ROOSTERS

ANZ Stadium –  Thursday at 8.05pm AEDT

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LAST TIME THEY MET


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TEAM


1. Cody Walker 2. Alex Johnston 3. Siosifa Talakai 4. Robert Jennings 5. Bryson Goodwin 6. John Sutton 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Tom Burgess 9. Robbie Farah 10. Jason Clark 11. Angus Crichton 12. Kyle Turner 13. Sam Burgess (c). Interchange: 14. Damien Cook 15. Anthony Cherrington 16. Robbie Rochow 17. Zane Musgrove 19. Tyrell Fuimaono 21. Sitiveni Moceidreke


GAME DAY MAIL


Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire has been forced to make changes to his squad, with the suspensions to Hymel Hunt (suspension, round 8), George (suspension, round 6) and Braidon Burns (suspension, round 5).

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Whispers have developed that Sitiveni Moceidreke could be a late inclusion in the starting 17 which would cause a massive reshuffle before kickoff.

If the Fijian Flyer Moceidreke comes in the starting side, it would send Cody Walker back to 5/8, Alex jonhson back to fullback, John Sutton back to the back row and Angus Crichton back to bench. Anthony Cherrington would be the likely player to drop off the bench.

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TEAM


1. Michael Gordon 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Latrell Mitchell 4. Joseph Manu 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 6. Luke Keary 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 17. Connor Watson 10. Dylan Napa 11. Boyd Cordner (c) 12. Mitchell Aubusson 13. Aidan Guerra. Interchange: 14. Isaac Liu 15. Zane Tetevano 16. Ryan Matterson 18. Chris Smith 19. Paul Carter 22. Mitchell Cornish


GAME DAY MAIL


The Roosters suffered a huge blow for their round 4 match with rival the Rabbitohs, with captain Jake ruled out with a facial injury. Connor Watson has been named to start at hooker to replace Friend.

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Blake Ferguson has also been officially ruled out and is expected to be back the following week, as he is still recovering from a rib cartilage injury

Chris Smith comes into the side, but it is understood that NRL Bad Boy – Paul Carter will take his place and could share hooking duties with Watson during the match.