Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Panthers welcome Nathan Cleary back as Matt Burton steps down center, while Manly directs Jason Saab

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The roster for the NRL’s fourth round has arrived, with the return of ace Penrith Nathan Cleary forcing the club to find room for Matt Burton in centers.

Burton, the 21-year-old who joins Canterbury in 2022, normally plays at half-time, but Cleary’s return after a concussion, as well as Burton’s starring role in last week’s victory over Melbourne, have left the coach Ivan Cleary with no choice but to keep a child.

Elsewhere, Manly fired Jason Saab, an off-season rookie, as coach Des Hasler lacks patience with his underperforming team, who are currently 16th and bottom in the standings.

But perhaps the most notable name among the announcements is the debut of Roosters teenage prodigy Sam Walker, who will enter halves amid the club’s injury crisis.

Joseph Suaalii was also named to Trent Robinson’s extended squad.

Manly Sea Eagles v Penrith Panthers, Lottoland, 8:05 p.m. (AEDT) Thursday

Virile: 1. Dylan Walker 2. Jason Saab 3. Brad Parker 4. Moses Suli 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Taniela Paseka 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Martin Taupau 11. Jack Gosiewski 12. Josh Schuster 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Cade Cust 15. Morgan Boyle 16. Sean Keppie 17. Josh Aloiai 18. Tevita Funa 19. Morgan Harper 20. Toafofoa Sipley 21. Christian Tuipulotu

Ins-Outs: Morgan Boyle joins the bench at the expense of Toafofoa Sipley. No other changes for Des.

Panthers: 1. Stephen Crichton 2. Charlie Staines 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Matt Burton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Mitch Kenny 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Tyrone May 15. Spencer Leniu 16. Matthew Eisenhuth 17. Liam Martin 18. Scott Sorensen 19. Billy Burns 20. J’maine Hopgood 21. Jaeman Salmon

Ins-Outs: Stephen Crichton passes back to injured Dylan Edwards. Matt Burton goes to centers, Nathan Cleary returns to half-back.

Canterbury Bulldogs v South Sydney Rabbitohs, Stadium Australia, 4:05 p.m. (AEDT) Friday

Bulldogs: 1. Nick Meaney 2. Corey Allan 3. Will Hopoate 4. Nick Cotric 5. Tuipulotu Katoa 6. Lachlan Lewis 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Dylan Napa 9. Sione Katoa 10. Jack Hetherington 11. Adam Elliott 12. Corey Waddell 13. Renouf Atoni 14. Jackson Topine 15. Dean Britt 16. Joe Stimson 17. Ofahiki Ogden 19. Jake Averillo 20. Chris Smith 21. Brandon Wakeham 22. Matt Doorey

Ins-Outs: Sione Katoa replaces injured Jeremy Marshall-King at half the model.

Rabbitohs: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Dane Gagai 4. Campbell Graham 5. Josh Mansour 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Thomas Burgess 9. Damien Cook 10. Tevita Tatola 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jaydn Su’A 13. Cameron Murray 14. Benji Marshall 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Patrick Mago 17. Jai Arrow 18. Jacob Host 19. Dean Hawkins 20. Troy Dargan 21. Steven Marsters

Ins-Outs: No change for Bennett’s bunnies.

Melbourne Storm v Brisbane Broncos, AAMI Park, 8:05 p.m. (AEDT) Friday

Storm: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. George Jennings 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Brandon Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Tom Eisenhuth 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 14. Tyson Smoothy 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Chris Lewis 17. Darryn Schonig 18. Aaron Pene 19. Nicholas Hynes 20. Trent Loiero 21. Dean Ieremia

Ins-Outs: Nicho Hynes is pushed back to the reserves with the return of Ryan Papenhuyzen who is back from a neck injury.

Broncos: 1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Xavier Coates 3. Herbie Farnworth 4. Tesi Niu 5. David Mead 6. Anthony Milford 7. Brodie Croft 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. Alex Glenn 12. Jordan Riki 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. John Asiata 15. Thomas Flegler 16. Tevita Pangai Junior 17. Ben Te’o 18. Tom Dearden 19. Rhys Kennedy 20. Richard Kennar 21. Ethan Bullemor

Ins-Outs: Payne Haas and Matt Lodge return in a huge boost for the Broncos. Tevita Pangai and Thomas Flegler move on the bench alongside John Asiata, who returns from a neck complaint.

Cronulla Sharks v North Queensland Cowboys, Sunshine Coast Stadium, 5:30 p.m. (AEDT) Saturday

The Sharks: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Mawene Hiroti 3. Josh Dugan 4. Connor Tracey 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Chad Townsend 8. Braden Hamlin-Uele 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Teig Wilton 12. Wade Graham 13. Toby Rudolf 14. Braydon Trindall 15. Aiden Tolman 16. Jack Williams 17. Billy Magoulias 18. Franklin Pele 19. Nene Macdonald 20. Andrew Fifita 21. Jenson Taumoepeau

Ins-Outs: Mawene Hiroti replaces injured Sione Katoa on the wing. Teig Wilton replaces suspended Briton Nikora. Wade Graham and Will Kennedy have been nominated to play but have yet to go through concussion protocols.

Cowboys: 1. Valentine Holmes 2. Murray Taulagi 3. Justin O’Neill 4. Connelly Lemuelu 5. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Ben Hampton 8. Francis Molo 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Shane Wright 12. Ben Condon 13. Josh Mcguire 14. Jake Granville 15. Coen Hess 16. Corey Jensen 17. Lachlan Burr 18. Peter Hola 19. Esan Marsters 20. Griffin Neame 21. Jake Clifford

Ins-Outs: Jake Clifford and Esan Marsters are abandoned. Mitchell Dunn is sidelined with injury. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow goes to the wing. Justin O’Neill moves from wing to crosses and will partner Connelly Lemuelu.

Gold Coast Titans v Canberra Raiders, Cbus Super Stadium, 7:35 p.m. (AEDT) Saturday

Titans: 1. Alexander Brimson 2. Anthony Don 3. Phillip Sami 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Corey Thompson 6. Tanah Boyd 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Mitch Rein 10. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 11. Kevin Proctor 12. David Fifita 13. Tyrone Peachey 14. Moeaki Fotuaika 15. Sam Lisone 16. Jaimin Jolliffe 17. Erin Clark 18. Beau Fermor 19. Herman Ese’ese 20. Sam McIntyre 21. Brian Kelly

Ins-Outs: Gold Coast was named 1-17 with last week’s pre-game trade in mind. This sees Tyrone Peachey entering the team at the lock and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui switching to the propeller.

Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Bailey Simonsson 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Sebastian Kris 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Dunamis Lui 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Ryan Sutton 14. Tom Starling 15. Siliva Havili 16. Iosia Soliola 17. Ryan James 18. Sam Williams 19. Semi Valemi 20. Caleb Aekins 21. Emre Guler

Ins-Outs: Dunamis Lui and Hudson Young return. Ryan Sutton backs down to lock in place of injured Joseph Tapine. Sebastian Kris moves to crosses to take the place of injured Curtis Scott.

Newcastle Knights v St George Illawarra Dragons, McDonald Jones Stadium, 4:05 p.m. (AEDT) Sunday

Knights: 1. Tex Hoy 2. Starford To’a 3. Enari Tuala 4. Gehamat Shibasaki 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Kurt Mann 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. David Klemmer 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Mitchell Barnett 13. Connor Watson 14. Sauaso Sue 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Josh King 17. Blake Green 18. Brodie Jones 19. Dominic Young 20. Simi Sasagi 21. Pasami Saulo

Ins-Outs: Injured Bradman Best is replaced by Gehamat Shibasaki. Starford To’a fits into the wing. Star rookie Blake Green is first nominated for the Knights on the Bench.

Dragons: 1. Matthew Dufty 2. Cody Ramsey 3. Brayden Wiliame 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Adam Clune 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Josh Kerr 12. Tariq Sims 13. Tyrell Fuimaono 14. Poasa Faamausili 15. Trent Merrin 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Jackson Ford 18. Kaide Ellis 19. Jordan Pereira 20. Max Feagai 21. Eddie Blacker

Ins-Outs: Adam Clune replaces injured Ben Hunt. Brayden Wiliame replaces the suspended Jack Bird.

Sydney Roosters v New Zealand Warriors, Sydney Cricket Ground, 6:15 p.m. (AEDT) Sunday

Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Joseph Manu 5. Brett Morris 6. Drew Hutchison 7. Sam Walker 8. Isaac Liu 9. Freddy Lussick 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Victor Radley 14. Matt Ikuvalu 15. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 16. Nat Butcher 17. Fletcher Baker 18. Nat Butcher 19. Benjamin Marsce 20. Joseph Suaalii 21. Tukupa Hau Tapuha

Ins-Outs: Victor Radley returns from injury. Isaac Liu replaces injured Lindsay Collins. Sam Walker replaces injured Luke Keary at half-back and Drew Hutchison takes over from Lachlan Lam at five-eighths.

Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. David Fusitu’a 3. Adam Pompey 4. Marcelo Montoya 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Sean O’Sullivan 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Bunty Afoa 11. Eliesa Katoa 12. Bayley Sironen 13. Tohu Harris 14. Jazz Tevaga 15. Ben Murdoch-Masila 16. Leeson Ah Mau 17. Jack Murchie 18. Tom Ale 20. Paul Turner 21. Kane Evans 22. Rocco Berry

Ins-Outs: Marcelo Montoya intervenes for Peta Hiku, injured. Jazz Tevaga will start from the bench.

Wests Tigers v Parramatta Eels, Stadium Australia, 4:00 p.m. (AEDT) Monday

Tigers: 1. Daine Laurie 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Tommy Talau 4. James Roberts 5. Asu Kepaoa 6. Adam Doueihi 7. Luke Brooks 8. Zane Musgrove 9. Jacob Liddle 10. James Tamou 11. Luke Garner 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Alex Twal 14. Moses Mbye 15. Thomas Mikaele 16. Stefano Utoikamanu 17. Joe Ofahengaue 18. Russell Packer 19. Joseph Leilua 20. Michael Chee-Kam 21. Alex Seyfarth

Ins-Outs: No change for Madge after the Tigers find ways to win for the first time this season.

Eels: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Tom Opacic 4. Marata Niukore 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Nathan Brown 14. Oregon Kaufusi 15. Isaiah Papali’i 16. Will Smith 17. Ray Stone 18. Jordan Rankin 19. Haze Dunster 20. Keegan Hipgrave 21. Bryce Cartwright

Ins-Outs: Ryan Matterson returns forcing Isaiah Papali’i to the bench. Fullback Mitchell Moses (header) is nominated but must pass concussion protocols.

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