Team Tips, Round 2, teams, ins and outs, injuries, suspensions, Roosters, Dom Young, Shane Flanagan, Dragons, Luciano Leilu, Josh Addo-Carr, Bronson Xerri, Bulldogs


The Roosters are set to receive a huge boost with a superstar recruit firming for a Round 2 return in the backline.

The Dragons are set to welcome two quality forwards into their pack after a strong performance against the Titans.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs are set for a backline reshuffle that could see Bronson Xerri earn a club debut.

Read on for the Team Tips for Round 2.

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Brisbane Broncos vs South Sydney Rabbitohs at Suncorp Stadium, 8.00pm AEDT

Last week’s Broncos team: 1. Reece Walsh 2. Jesse Arthars 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Selwyn Cobbo 5. Deine Mariner 6. Ezra Mam 7. Adam Reynolds 21. Martin Taupau 9. Billy Walters 10. Payne Haas 11. Brendan Piakura 12. Jordan Riki 13. Patrick Carrigan 8. Corey Jensen 14. Tyson Smoothy 15. Fletcher Baker 16. Kobe Hetherington

Team Tips: The Broncos haven’t taken the field since last Sunday and with a long rest Kevin Walters will be hoping his side are fresh. Brendan Piakura suffered an ugly head knock but the Broncos are reportedly hopefully he will recover in time to take on the Rabbitohs. If he’s ruled out Jaiyden Hunt could be a straight swap, while Xavier Willison is also an option after being left out in place of Martin Taupau in Las Vegas. Walters also admitted Piakura’s injury hampered Brisbane’s middle forwards, with Pat Carrigan shifting to an edge. The Broncos coach could bring Willison onto the bench to cover the backrow in the event of an injury, replacing Taupau. Adam Reynolds is also recovering from a knee injury but should get the green light to play against his former side.

Last week’s Rabbitohs team: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Isaiah Tass 4. Richard Kennar 5. Jacob Gagai 6. Cody Walker 7. Lachlan Ilias 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Sean Keppie 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jai Arrow 13. Cameron Murray 14. Siliva Havili 15. Jacob Host 16. Davvy Moale 17. Thomas Burgess

Team Tips: Jason Demetriou’s under staffed Rabbitohs went down against the Sea Eagles and they will have to wait another week to get their star recruit back. Jack Wighton is set to return in Round 3 while Campbell Graham will sit out for an extended period with a sternum injury. The Rabbitohs are unlikely to see any changes to their forward pack.


Cronulla Sharks vs Canterbury Bulldogs at PointsBet Stadium, 6.00pm AEDT

Last week’s Sharks team: 1. William Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Siosifa Talakai 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Braydon Trindall 7. Nicho Hynes 8. Oregon Kaufusi 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Royce Hunt 11. Briton Nikora 12. Teig Wilton 13. Cameron McInnes 14. Dale Finucane 15. Jack Williams 16. Toby Rudolf 17. Thomas Hazelton 18. Kayal Iro

Team Tips: The Sharks were excellent in front of a sold out Warriors crowd in Auckland. However, they are set for a forward pack reshuffle with Braden Hamlin-Uele set to return from a knee injury. It’s a tough call to make considering the performance his pack put in, but Craig Fitzgibbon will have to drop either Jack Williams, Oregon Kaufusi or Tom Hazelton out of the 17. Siosifa Talakai also suffered an ankle injury but Craig Fitzgibbon was confident he will be fit to take the field. If ruled out Round 1 replacement player Kayal Iro is in the box seat to replace him in the centres.

Last week’s Bulldogs team: 1. Blake Taaffe 2. Blake Wilson 3. Jacob Kiraz 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Matt Burton 7. Drew Hutchison 8. Max King 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Poasa Faamausili 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Jacob Preston 13. Jaeman Salmon 14. Kurt Mann 15. Samuel Hughes 16. Josh Curran 17. Kurtis Morrin

Team Tips: The Bulldogs avoided disaster when Josh Addo-Carr’s shoulder injury was cleared of any fracture, instead suffering an AC joint injury. He will be sidelined for two to four weeks, meaning the return of Bronson Xerri could be on the cards. Jacob Kiraz could make a switch to the wing, bringing Xerri into the centres. Jeral Skelton is another option to take Addo-Carr’s wing spot. Jaeman Salmon played 80 minutes against the Eels and will likely remain in the No.13. Starting prop Poasa Faamausili only featured for 19 minutes and could lose his starting spot to Josh Curran who played 63 off the bench.

Penrith Panthers vs Parramatta Eels at BlueBet Stadium, 8.00pm AEDT

Last week’s Panthers team: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Sunia Turuva 3. Izack Tago 4. Taylan May 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Luke Sommerton 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Luke Garner 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo 15. Lindsay Smith 16. Liam Henry 17. Matt Eisenhuth 19. Soni Luke

Team Tips: The Panthers will likely welcome Scott Sorensen back into this team, replacing Luke Garner on an edge after battling with a leg injury. Garner is set to shift Matt Eisenhuth off the pine. Meanwhile, suspended star Mitch Kenny is also due to return from suspension and will take his No.9 jersey back from young gun Luke Sommerton. It remains to be seen whether Tyrone Peachey, Soni Luke or Sommerton will get the nod as the utility, with Ivan Cleary pulling a switch in Round 1. Having started at hooker it looks likely Sommerton will be the man to win the selection battle, with Luke Garner’s ability to play in the centres meaning Peachey’s versatility isn’t required.

Last week’s Eels team: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Bailey Simonsson 3. Viliami Penisini 4. Morgan Harper 5. Sean Russell 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Joey Lussick 16. Joe Ofahengaue 11. Shaun Lane 12. Bryce Cartwright 13. J’maine Hopgood 10. Junior Paulo 14. Brendan Hands 15. Ryan Matterson 17. Kelma Tuilagi

Team Tips: Mitchell Moses has been given the green light to take the field, having been cleared of a groin injury suffered in Round 1. Elsewhere, the Eels got through their clash with the Bulldogs unscathed and are a chance of welcoming Wiremu Greig back into the team, having been battling with a hamstring injury. He will replace Kelma Tuilagi if he is fit to play.

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Canberra Raiders vs Wests Tigers at GIO Stadium, 3.00pm AEDT

Last week’s Raiders team: 1. Jordan Rapana 2. Nick Cotric 3. Matthew Timoko 4. Albert Hopoate 5. Xavier Savage 6. Ethan Strange 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Danny Levi 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Zac Hosking 13. Morgan Smithies 14. Tom Starling 15. Emre Guler 16. Ata Mariota 17. Pasami Saulo

Team Tips: The Raiders were missing Elliott Whitehead from their Round 1 side, but in his absence Zac Hosking stepped up in a big way scoring a try and assisting another. Morgan Smithies NRL debut also proved a huge success and he’s solidified a spot in Canberra’ middle rotation. Meanwhile, Danny Levi suffered a quad cork but should be good to go against the Tigers. Sebastian Kris is also due to return from suspension and will likely replace Nick Cotric, with Albert Hopoate potentially moving back to the wing.

Predicted Tigers team: 1. Jahream Bula 2. Brent Naden 3. Justin Olam 4. Starford To’a 5. Junior Tupou 6. Jayden Sullivan 7. Aidan Sezer 8. David Klemmer 9. Api Koroisau 10. Stefano Utoikamanu 11. John Bateman 12. Isaiah Papali’i 13. Alex Seyfarth 14. Jake Simpkin 15. Asu Kepaoa 16. Fonua Pole 17. Alex Twal

Team Tips: The Tigers enjoyed the bye in Round 1 after their last pre-season clash was a loss against the Dragons. In pre-season Alex Seyfarth was very solid in the middle and could edge out Fonua Pole for the lock role. The utility spot is another heated battle, with Jake Simpkin potentially wearing the No.14. However, young gun Lachlan Galvin will be hot on his heels after showing his versatility in pre-season. Benji Marshall’s forward pack picks itself outside of the lock role, while Charlie Staines and Brent Naden are also set to fight for a wing spot.

North Queensland Cowboys vs Newcastle Knights at Queensland Country Bank Stadium, 5.30pm AEDT

Last week’s Cowboys team: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Zac Laybutt 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Tom Dearden 7. Chad Townsend 8. Jordan McLean 9. Reece Robson 10. Jason Taumalolo 11. Heilum Luki 12. Jeremiah Nanai 13. Reuben Cotter 14. Jake Granville 15. Griffin Neame 16. Sam McIntyre 17. Kulikefu Finefeuiaki

Team Tips: The Cowboys looked dangerous against the Dolphins and got through their clash unscathed. It looks likely Todd Payten won’t have to make any changes but expect a big game from Jason Taumalolo this week after only featuring for 22 minutes in Round 1.

Last week’s Knights team: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Enari Tuala 3. Dane Gagai 4. Bradman Best 5. Greg Marzhew 6. Tyson Gamble 7. Jackson Hastings 8. Jacob Saifiti 9. Phoenix Crossland 10. Leo Thompson 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Dylan Lucas 13. Adam Elliott 14. Jack Cogger 15. Daniel Saifiti 16. Jack Hetherington 17. Kai Pearce-Paul

Team Tips: Jayden Brailey is a potential in for the Knights this week, having battled a hamstring injury in pre-season. His return is set to cause a huge headache for the Knights, with Jack Cogger also on the bench. Adam O’Brien may have to drop one of Jackson Hastings or Tyson Gamble to accommodate his new recruit in the spine, with Phoenix Crossland dropping back to the bench. Enari Tuala also looks likely to miss the Knights’ Round 2 clash after suffering a quad strain. He’s set to be replaced by Tom Jenkins while Dylan Lucas will be waiting to see if he gets the green light to take the field after a head knock.

Melbourne Storm vs Warriors at AAMI Park, 7.35pm AEDT

Last week’s Storm team: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. William Warbrick 3. Reimis Smith 4. Nick Meaney 5. Xavier Coates 20. Jonah Pezet 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Tui Kamikamica 9. Harry Grant 10. Josh King 11. Joe Chan 12. Eliesa Katoa 13. Trent Loiero 14. Tyran Wishart 15. Christian Welch 16. Chris Lewis 17. Alec MacDonald

Team Tips: Craig Bellamy said the Storm won’t “rush” Munster back into the side with his niggling groin injury still giving him grief. Jonah Pezet will remain at five-eighth while Nelson Asofa-Solomona is also set to return and will likely replace either Chris Lewis or Alec MacDonald on the bench.

Last week’s Warriors team: 1. Taine Tuaupiki 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Rocco Berry 4. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Luke Metcalf 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Mitchell Barnett 11. Jackson Ford 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Tohu Harris 14. Freddy Lussick 15. Tom Ale 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Dylan Walker 18. Adam Pompey

Team Tips: The Warriors are sweating on the fitness of Wayde Egan after he suffered an elbow injury. It remains to be seen whether he has seriously injured himself, with scans to show the full extent of the blow. If he’s ruled out expect to see Freddy Lussick start at No.9 with Jazz Tevaga a chance of joining the bench, while Dylan Walker could also give Andrew Webster some minutes in the No.9.

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Manly Sea Eagles vs Sydney Roosters at 4 Pines Park, 4.05pm AEDT

Last week’s Sea Eagles team: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jason Saab 3. Tolutau Koula 4. Reuben Garrick 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Luke Brooks 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Taniela Paseka 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Josh Aloiai 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Ben Trbojevic 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Karl Lawton 15. Corey Waddell 16. Ethan Bullemor 17. Nathan Brown

Team Tips: A hamstring injury to Jason Saab looks to be the only change Anthony Seibold will be forced to make after a strong win over the Rabbitohs. Both Raymond Vaega or Tommy Talau are in line to win the wing spot, with Saab set to be sidelined for at least one round.

Last week’s Roosters team: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 4. Joseph Manu 5. Joseph-Aukuso Suaalii 18. Junior Pauga 6. Luke Keary 7. Sam Walker 8. Spencer Leniu 9. Brandon Smith 10. Lindsay Collins 11. Siua Wong 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Victor Radley 14. Sandon Smith 15. Naufahu Whyte 16. Nat Butcher 17. Terrell May

Team Tips: The Roosters are set to welcome veteran Jared Waerea-Hargreaves back into this team, serving his suspension. He will likely start in place of Spencer Leniu who is set for a lengthy suspension in the wake of the racism scandal that took place during their Las Vegas clash. Billy Smith is also battling a hamstring injury after being ruled out of the club’s Round 1 clash, but a off-season recruit is set for a return. Watching his brother Alex play Penrith in NSW Cup, superstar flyer Dom Young told spectators he was good to go for Round 2 and will likely take Junior Pauga’s spot on the wing after a neck injury kept him sidelined in Vegas. Siua Wong has been cleared of any injury and will likely remain in the backrow, while it remains to be seen whether Sitili Tupouniua will be good to go, having suffered a groin injury. If he’s ruled out Nat Butcher will take his place and Angus Crichton is a chance of coming onto the bench.

Dolphins vs St George Illawarra Dragons at Kayo Stadium, 6.15pm AEDT

Last week’s Dolphins team: 1. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 2. Jamayne Isaako 3. Tesi Niu 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Jack Bostock 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Sean O’Sullivan 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Thomas Flegler 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Connelly Lemuelu 13. Ray Stone 14. Josh Kerr 15. Max Plath 16. Kenny Bromwich 17. Mark Nicholls

Team Tips: It was a big loss for the Dolphins in Round 1 and Wayne Bennett wont be afraid to make changes. Connelly Lemuelu suffered a suspected broken kneecap and he will likely be replaced by Kenny Bromwich in the backrow with Jarrod Wallace or Euan Aitken coming onto the bench. Bromwich could also replaced Ray Stone at No.13 after he failed his HIA and as such is set to sit out for Round 2. That will likely see Aitken then start in the backrow. Jake Averillo could also be set for his Dolphins debut, with the backline on the chopping block. However it remains to be seen whether he can force his way into the equation.

Last week’s Dragons team: 1. Tyrell Sloan 2. Zac Lomax 3. Moses Suli 4. Jack Bird 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Kyle Flanagan 7. Ben Hunt 8. Francis Molo 9. Jacob Liddle 13. Jack de Belin 12. Jaydn Su’A 17. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 11. Tom Eisenhuth 14. Connor Muhleisen 15. Michael Molo 16. Viliami Fifita 18. Ben Murdoch-Masila

Team Tips: Shane Flanagan had his side firing in Round 1. Even without key prop Blake Lawrie the Dragons were on fire, and he’s set to return to the front row, pushing Francis Molo to the bench and Viliami Fifita or Ben Murdoch-Masila out of the team. Luciano Leilua is also set to return but following Raymond Faitala-Mariner’s performance on an edge, he could move into the middle rotation. However it looks likely the Cowboys recruit will play in the backrow, meaning Faitala-Mariner either shifts to lock or the bench depending on whether Tom Eisenhuth stays in the run on side.

Bye: Gold Coast Titans


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