BULLDOGS V COWBOYS
ANZ Stadium – Thursday at 7.50pm
Josh Reynolds is sidelined with a Hamstring and is not expected to return for a least a fortnight. Matt Frawley will come into the starting side at halfback, to partner Moses Mbye who will shift to five-eighth to replace Reynolds.
Star halfback Johnathan Thurston has been ruled out with a shoulder injury, that he sustained in the Australia vs New Zealand match. It’s believed Thurston’s will miss a minimum of a month of football, which is good news for the Cowboys as it was feared JT may have required surgery, which would have been season ending possibly even career ending.
Lachlan Coote is predicted to make a return from a calf complaint that has seen him out of the side and could possibly replace Thurston’s in the halves. John Asiata is also an option Paul Green has at his disposal.
Jake Granville is edging closer to a return to the NRL as the Cowboys hooker recovers from a broken leg.
DRAGONS V SHARKS
UOW Jubilee Oval – Friday, at 6pm
The Dragons will be without star fullback Josh Dugan for at least 3 weeks, after suffering a fractured cheekbone in a collision with Dragons teammate Russell Packer in the Australia vs New Zealand match.
Jason Nightingale is the man expected to replace Dugan at fullback, as he has done on previous occasions.
Dragons Coach will also be sweating on Utility Taane Milne as he will need to prove his fitness after copping a head knock playing for Fiji, that has landed him in the concussion protocol.
Luke Lewis will come straight back into the side and is expected to replace Tony Williams, whose debut with the Sharks has been short lived, after receiving a ankle injury whilst representing Tonga over the weekend and need to be carried from the field.
TIGERS V RABBITOHS
ANZ Stadium – at Friday 7.50pm
Ivan Cleary will need to find a replacement for Aaron Woods who will miss at least the next 2 weeks with a groin injury, he suffered in round 9. Tim Grant is a possible replacement as he is likely to be given the green light by the club doctor for his shoulder issue.
David Nofoaluma is likely to miss round 10 with a knee injury. Moses Suli is likely to replace him on the wing and Jamal Idris returns to the side after over coming a hamstring complaint.
Michael Maguire is expected to make no changes, as all his players got through the Rep rounds will nil injury concerns. Which would be pleasing for a coach desperate for a win.
PANTHERS V WARRIORS
Pepper Stadium – Saturday at 3pm
Te Maire Martin is expected to miss another week as he continues to struggle with a neck injury. Bryce Cartwright is expected to remain in the halves with young Cleary.
James Fisher-Harris has overcome a should injury and is expected to make a return for the Panthers.
Stephen Kearney will add some much needed attacking power on his edges with the expected return of Manu Vatuvei and Solomone Kata into his starting line-up.
Young Gun Charnze Nicoll-Kolkstad the man to make way