Kevin Walters has a Broncos selection headache amid Patrick Carrigan’s looming ban, but will welcome back an Origin flyer.
Meanwhile Manly will be boosted by the return of the seven players who boycotted the Pride jersey, while the Eels need a replacement for Mitchell Moses.
The Sharks have also been dealt a brutal blow, with a star spine player sidelined.
Read on for all the Team Tips for Round 21.
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Sydney Roosters vs Brisbane Broncos 7.50pm at SCG
Last week’s Roosters team: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Joseph Manu 5. Joseph Suaalii 6. Luke Keary 7. Sam Walker 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Sam Verrills 10. Lindsay Collins 11. Angus Crichton 12. Nat Butcher 13. Victor Radley 14. Connor Watson 15. Egan Butcher 16. Drew Hutchison 17. Matthew Lodge.
Team Tips: Prop Lindsay Collins is unlikely to play due to a sickening concussion suffered against the Sea Eagles and given he was only just returning from a concussion from Origin III he looks like missing a couple of weeks at least. Bench forward Egan Butcher will serve a one week suspension for a careless high tackle. In a timely boost Siosiua Taukeiaho is due to return from a cheekbone injury and could come off the bench with Matt Lodge to start. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves will be free to play despite being fined for a dangerous contact on Zac Fulton.
Last week’s Broncos team: 1. Tesi Niu 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Deine Mariner 5. Delouise Hoeter 6. Ezra Mam 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Thomas Flegler 9. Billy Walters 10. Payne Haas 11. Kurt Capewell 12. Jordan Riki 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. Cory Paix 15. Kobe Hetherington 16. Corey Jensen 17. Keenan Palasia
Team Tips: Lock Patrick Carrigan is facing a lengthy suspension for his hip-drop tackle that broke Jackson Hastings’ leg, after he was referred directly to the judiciary. Kobe Hetherington looms as the likely replacement after playing lock on seven occasions this year. That could mean Xavier Willison could be in line for just his second game of the season or Kevin Walters could go with Rhys Kennedy on the pine. Origin star Selwyn Cobbo is set to return from concussion with Delouise Hoeter set to make way. Rookie Deine Mariner impressed on debut and is likely to hold his spot in the centres. Half Albert Kelly is due back from a foot injury but is unlikely to come into the team. TC Robati is due back from an arm injury and could come into calculations for the bench.
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Melbourne Storm vs Gold Coast Titans 6pm at AAMI Park
Last week’s Storm team: 1. Nick Meaney 2. Dean Ieremia 3. Marion Seve 4. Justin Olam 5. Grant Anderson 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Harry Grant 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 15. Tui Kamikamica 13. Josh King 14. Tyran Wishart 16. Alec McDonald 21. Tom Eisenhuth
Team Tips: Brandon Smith returns from suspension and is a chance to start at lock, but could be eased back via the bench. Xavier Coates is set to play his first game after a long lay-off due to an ankle injury in Origin I, with Dean Ieremia to make way. Nick Meaney is in doubt after he suffered a shoulder injury against the Warriors. Cameron Munster could be an option to switch to fullback, but Tyran Wishart looms as the logical replacement in order to cause the least disruption to the side’s attack. David Nofoaluma could be rushed in after the Tigers confirmed his loan deal to the Storm for the rest of the season, with Grant Anderson the man likely to make way. Prop Nelson Asofa-Solomona escaped sanction for his elbow on Wayde Egan and is free to play. Jack Howarth and Tepai Moeroa are due to return from shoulder injuries, while Will Warbrick is set to return from a quad injury, but will struggle to break into the 17.
Last week’s Titans team: 1. AJ Brimson 2. Sosefo Fifita 3. Phillip Sami 4. Brian Kelly 5. Patrick Herbert 6. Tanah Boyd 7. Toby Sexton 8. Moeaki Fotuaika 9. Aaron Booth 10. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 11. David Fifita 12. Beau Fermor 13. Erin Clark 14. Jayden Campbell 15. Herman Ese’ese 16. Isaac Liu 17. Jaimin Jolliffe
Team Tips: The Titans have no troops returning from injury, but Justin Holbrook may be forced to shake things up to save his job. Corey Thompson and Greg Marzhew could come into contention for wing spots, while Paul Turner is an option at five-eighth after Tanah Boyd and Toby Sexton struggled against the Raiders.
Manly Sea Eagles vs Parramatta Eels 7.55pm at 4 Pines Park
Last week’s Sea Eagles team: 1. Reuben Garrick 2. Pio Seci 3. Morgan Harper 4. Dylan Walker 5. Alfred Smalley 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Taniela Paseka 9. Lachlan Croker 16. Martin Taupau 11. Ethan Bullemor 12. Andrew Davey 13. Jake Trbojevic 10. Kurt De Luis 14. James Segeyaro 17. Morgan Boyle 18. Zac Fulton
Team Tips: The Manly seven will return after boycotting the Pride Jersey, with Josh Aloiai, Jason Saab, Christian Tuipulotu, Josh Schuster, Haumole Olakau’atu, Tolutau Koula and Toafofoa Sipley expected to come straight back in to face the Eels. Pio Seci, Ethan Bullemor, Kurt De Luis, James Segeyaro, Morgan Boyle and Zac Fulton will make way. Debutant Alfred Smalley has copped a one-game suspension for his high tackle on Sam Verrills. Andrew Davey will need to pass concussion protocols after failing an HIA against the Roosters. Ben Trbojevic is due back from concussion and will come into calculations.
Last week’s Eels team: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Viliami Penisini 21. Tom Opacic 4. Waqa Blake 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Isaiah Papali’i 13. Ryan Matterson 14. Makahesi Makatoa 15. Bryce Cartwright 16. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Marata Niukore
Team Tips: Star halfback Mitchell Moses could miss the remainder of the regular season with a broken finger, with Jakob Arthur the man expected to replace him.
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South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Warriors 3pm at Sunshine Coast Stadium
Last week’s Rabbitohs team: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Jed Cartwright 4. Isaiah Tass 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Cody Walker 7. Lachlan Ilias 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jai Arrow 13. Cameron Murray 14. Kodi Nikorima 15. Davvy Moale 16. Siliva Havili 17. Thomas Burgess
Team Tips: Prop Tom Burgess has accepted a one-game suspension for a high tackle on Ronaldo Mulitalo, which saw him sent off. Blake Taaffe or Shaq Mitchell will likely fill Burgess’ bench spot. Centre Jed Cartwright is in doubt with a hamstring injury that ended his game against the Sharks, with Taane Milne the man most likely to replace him.
Last week’s Warriors team: 1. Reece Walsh 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Marcelo Montoya 4. Adam Pompey 5. Edward Kosi 6. Chanel Harris-Tavita 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Tohu Harris 11. Euan Aitken 12. Josh Curran 13. Jazz Tevaga 14. Freddy Lussick 15. Bunty Afoa 16. Eliesa Katoa 17. Jackson Frei
Team Tips: Five-eighth Chanel Harris-Tavita could miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, with Daejarn Asi or Ronald Volkman looming as his replacement. Hooker Wayde Egan will visit a dentist after cracking several teeth from Nelson Asofa-Solomona’s tackle that went unpunished and is no certainty to play. Aaron Pene (illness), Bayley Sironen (eye-socket), Rocco Berry (toe) and Jack Murchie (parental leave) will all come into consideration for the struggling Warriors who are desperate for a win.
Canberra Raiders vs Penrith Panthers 5.30pm at GIO Stadium
Last week’s Raiders team: 1. Xavier Savage 2. Nick Cotric 3. Matthew Timoko 4. Sebastian Kris 5. Albert Hopoate 6. Jack Wighton 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Zac Woolford 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Adam Elliott 14. Tom Starling 15. Ryan Sutton 16. Emre Guler 17. Corey Harawira-Naera
Team Tips: Lock Adam Elliott suffered a hip injury against the Titans, but Ricky Stuart said it was just a precaution. Jordan Rapana is due back from suspension and will likely replace Albert Hopoate on the wing. James Schiller is due back from an ankle injury but is unlikely to force his way into the 17.
Last week’s Panthers team: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Taylan May 3. Izack Tago 4. Robert Jennings 5. Brian To’o 6. Sean O’Sullivan 7. Nathan Cleary 22. Moses Leota 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Jaeman Salmon 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Spencer Leniu 17. Charlie Staines
Team Tips: Superstar Nathan Cleary is out until the finals after copping a five week suspension for his lifting tackle on Dylan Brown. Sean O’Sullivan will shift to halfback, with Jaeman Salmon or Kurt Falls coming into the No.6 jersey. Falls is scheduled to return from shin bruising. Falls may have the edge to allow Salmon to maintain his bench utility role. Stephen Crichton is an outside chance to return from his ear injury, but likely won’t be rushed back, with Robert Jennings the player to make way if he is deemed fit. Mitch Kenny is a chance for a bench spot as he bids for a return from a knee injury. Mavrik Geyer (thumb) and Eddie Blacker (hamstring) are due back from injury, but unlikely to force their way into the squad.
Cronulla Sharks vs St George Illawarra 7.35pm at PointsBet Stadium
Last week’s Sharks team: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Connor Tracey 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Siosifa Talakai 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Nicho Hynes 8. Toby Rudolf 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Royce Hunt 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 15. Cameron McInnes 14. Teig Wilton 16. Braden Hamlin-Uele 17. Andrew Fifita 19. Aiden Tolman
Team Tips: The Sharks have been dealt a massive blow with Will Kennedy set for an extended stint on the sidelines. The No.1 suffered a syndesmosis injury in Round 20, playing on after an ugly tackle from Rabbitohs prop Tevita Tatola in the 63rd minute. Fitzgibbon will be without his regular fullback for five or six weeks and is due for surgery on Monday. The club are hopeful he can return for the final week of the regular season or the first week of finals. One-game rookie Lachie Miller is the likely man to take over at the back. Prop Royce Hunt is in doubt after suffering a shoulder injury against the Rabbitohs, with Aiden Tolman most likely to replace him if he is ruled out. Jesse Colquhoun or Braydon Trindall would then vie for the final bench spot.
Last week’s Dragons team: 1. Moses Mbye 2. Mathew Feagai 3. Jack Bird 4. Zac Lomax 5. Tautau Moga 6. Talatau Amone 7. Ben Hunt 8. Jack de Belin 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Blake Lawrie 11. Billy Burns 12. Jaydn Su’A 13. Tariq Sims 14. Tyrell Sloan 15. Aaron Woods 16. Francis Molo 17. Josh McGuire
Team Tips: The Dragons have no troops due back next week, which could force Anthony Griffin to stick solid, despite their big loss to the Cowboys. Tyrell Sloan was an odd choice as the bench utility and got limited opportunities, so he could either start or drop out of the 17. Michael Molo is a chance to join the bench with Aaron Woods potentially making way.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs North Queensland Cowboys 2pm at Salter Oval, Bundaberg
Last week’s Bulldogs team: 1. Jake Averillo 2. Jacob Kiraz 3. Aaron Schoupp 4. Braidon Burns 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Matt Burton 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Max King 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Jackson Topine 15. Tevita Pangai Junior 13. Josh Jackson 14. Zach Dockar-Clay 16. Joe Stimson 17. Chris Patolo 22. Harrison Edwards
Team Tips: Raymond Faitala-Mariner is due back from a rib injury, with rookie Harrison Edwards the man most likely to make way. Paul Alamoti is due back from a cheekbone injury and will come into calculations.
Last week’s Cowboys team: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Peta Hiku 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Tom Dearden 7. Chad Townsend 8. Coen Hess 9. Reece Robson 16. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 11. Tom Gilbert 12. Jeremiah Nanai 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 10. Luciano Leilua 17. Griffin Neame 20. Reuben Cotter
Team Tips: Winger Kyle Feldt is in doubt with a hamstring injury suffered against the Dragons. Skipper Jason Taumalolo was placed on report against the Dragons, but is unlikely to be suspended. Prop Jordan McLean is scheduled to return from a hamstring injury, which could see a shake-up to their pack, with Griffin Neame the man most likely to make way.
Wests Tigers vs Newcastle Knights 4.05pm at Campbelltown Sports Stadium
Last week’s Tigers team: 1. Daine Laurie 2. Brent Naden 3. Starford To’a 4. Asu Kepaoa 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Adam Doueihi 18. Jock Madden 8. James Tamou 9. Fa’amanu Brown 10. Joe Ofahengaue 11. Alex Seyfarth 12. Kelma Tuilagi 13. Jackson Hastings 14. Fonua Pole 15. Zane Musgrove 16. Austin Dias 17. Tyrone Peachey
Team Tips: Lock Jackson Hastings is out for the season after breaking his leg against the Broncos. Tyrone Peachey was impressive off the bench and either he or Joe Ofahengaue will switch to lock. Second-rower Luke Garner is due back from a neck injury, which could force a pack reshuffle. Jock Madden starred at halfback and looks set to be Luke Brooks’ replacement for the remainder of the season.
Last week’s Knights team: 1. Tex Hoy 18. Simi Sasagi 3. Dane Gagai 4. Enari Tuala 21. Dominic Young 6. Anthony Milford 20. Jake Clifford 8. David Klemmer 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Mitchell Barnett 13. Brodie Jones 14. Phoenix Crossland 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Pasami Saulo 17. Mathew Croker
Team Tips: Winger Edrick Lee was a late scratching against the Bulldogs due to his nagging foot injury, but could come into consideration for a return against the Tigers. Lock Kurt Mann is a chance to return from a leg injury after being named in the reserves in recent weeks. Hymel Hunt was also a late scratching with a shoulder injury with his return date to be confirmed. Second-rower Lachlan Fitzgibbon is still sidelined with a shoulder injury.