SEA EAGLES v DRAGONS
Lottoland – Saturday at 3pm
Coach Trent Barrett feared the worse for Hooker Apisai Koroisau, after it appeared he had done a serious shoulder injury and could miss considerable time. But, after he dusted himself off the club doctors declared it was just a stinger and that there was no structural damage was done to the joint. Koroisau is believed to be sore, but, nothing a needle won’t fix before the game, should be good to go.
It is understood Darcy Lussick has put his injured wrist up for selection and could make a return for the Sea Eagles, but Barrett maybe reluctant to make a change to his side having won 3 in a row and sitting 5th on the table.
Predicted Sea Eagles team
: 1 Tom Trbojevic, 2 Jorge Taufua, 3 Dylan Walker, 4 Brian Kelly, 5 Akuila Uate, 6 Blake Green, 7 Daly Cherry-Evans, 8 Brenton Lawrence, 9 Api Koroisau, 10 Martin Taupau, 11 Frank Winterstein, 12 Curtis Sironen, 13 Jake Trbojevic. Interchange: 14 Lewis Brown, 15 Shaun Lane, 16 Nate Myles, 17 Addin Fonua-Blake.
Dragons Coach Paul McGregor will be forced to make a change, with star fullback Josh Dugan injuring his hamstring, which could see him sit on the sidelines up to a month.
McGregor does has options though, with Jason Nightingale who is coming off a hat-trick to fill the void, or McGregor may flirt with rookie sensation Matt Dufty, who the Dragons are grooming to become their long-term fullback. Kurt Mann is another option McGregor has at his disposal.
Euan Aitken is expected to be a certain starter after a minor hamstring complaint kept him from taking part in the match against the Wests Tigers.
Predicted Dragons team
1. Jason Nightingale 2. Nene Macdonald 3. Euan Aitken 4. Tim Lafai 5. Kurt Mann 6. Gareth Widdop 7. Josh McCrone 8. Russell Packer 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Joel Thompson 13. Jack de Belin 14. Tariq Sims 15. Leeson Ah Mau 16. Jacob Host 17. Taane Milne