James Roberts and Xavier Coates ruled out of Round 18 action

The Wests Tigers will be without James Roberts after he attended an exposure site with a known Covid test.

Elsewhere, the Brisbane Broncos will be without Xavier Coates this week, with the winger failing to back up after Origin III.

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Meanwhile, the Penrith Panthers are expected to welcome back their Origin stars against a heavily-rotated Warriors outfit.


North Queensland Cowboys vs Roosters at Queensland Country Bank Stadium, 3pm

Cowboys team: 3. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 2. Kyle Feldt 19. Javid Bowen 4. Connelly Lemuelu 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Tom Dearden 8. Francis Molo 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Shane Wright 12. Mitchell Dunn 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Jake Granville 15. Tom Gilbert 16. Coen Hess 17. Peter Hola 18th man: 21. Daejarn Asi

Players cut: 1. Valentine Holmes 22. Kane Bradley 18. Lachlan Burr 20. Ben Condon

Late Mail: The Cowboys will be without star fullback Valentine Holmes after he suffered a shoulder injury in Origin III. Javid Bowen has been named as his replacement, with Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow shifting to fullback.

Confirmation from the Maroons of an AC joint injury for Valentine Holmes, not expected to require surgery (rarely required for isolated AC joint sprains). Use of sling indicative of a likely grade 2-3 sprain, if confirmed most return within 2-4 weeks (some Gr3’s slightly longer) pic.twitter.com/BmVGBdcphy

Roosters team: 4. Joseph Manu2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 19. Billy Smith 5. Matt Ikuvalu 6. Drew Hutchison 7. Sam Walker 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Sam Verrills 10. Isaac Liu 15. Nat Butcher 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Victor Radley 14. Lachlan Lam 11. Angus Crichton 16. Egan Butcher 17. Fletcher Baker 18th man: 20. Adam Keighran

Players cut: 1. James Tedesco 21. Tukupa Hau Tapuha 18. Ben Thomas

Late Mail: James Tedesco will be rested after his Origin campaign, but teammate Angus Crichton will play. Joey Manu moves to fullback and Billy Smith comes in to play his second game for the year. Angus Crichton starts on the bench.

Referee: Ashley Klein

Canberra Raiders vs Cronulla Sharks at Cbus Super Stadium, 5.30pm

Raiders team: 1. Xavier Savage 2. Semi Valemei 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Sebastian Kris 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Sam Williams 8. Josh Papalii’i 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Emre Guler 11. Corey Harawira-Naera 12. Hudson Young 13. Ryan Sutton 14. Tom Starling 15. Joseph Tapine 16. Iosia Soliola 17. Ryan James 18. Matthew Timoko 19. Trey Mooney

Players cut: 20. Matt Frawley 21. Harley Smith-Shields

Late Mail: No changes expected for the Raiders.

Sharks team: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Connor Tracey 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Braydon Trindall 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Briton Nikora 12. Teig Wilton 13. Toby Rudolf 14. Mawene Hiroti 15. Siosifa Talakai 16. Jack Williams 17. Braden Hamlin-Uele 19. Royce Hunt 21. Luke Metcalf

Players cut: 20. Andrew Fifita 18. Billy Magoulias

Late Mail: Royce Hunt has been named in the reserves and is eyeing a return from a knee injury.

Referee: Grant Atkins

The Storm are hoping its Origin stars including Cameron Munster will be able to back up against the Knights. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images

Melbourne Storm vs Newcastle Knights at Cbus Super Stadium, 7.35pm

Storm team: 1. Nicholas Hynes 2. George Jennings 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 19. Dean Ieremia 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Brandon Smith 15. Tui Kamikamica 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane 14. Aaron Booth 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Chris Lewis 17. Aaron Pene 18. Isaac Lumelume 20. Cooper Johns

Players cut: 5. Josh Addo-Carr 10. Christian Welch

Late Mail: Josh Addo-Carr and Christian Welch have been rested. Melbourne is sweating on Origin players fellow Cameron Munster, Felise Kaufusi, and Dale Finucane. Coach Craig Bellamy said “we’ll see how the boys pull up” on Saturday morning before making a call.

Knights team: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Dominic Young 3. Kurt Mann 4. Enari Tuala 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Jake Clifford 22. Phoenix Crossland 8. Jacob Saifiti 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 13. Mitchell Barnett 14. Connor Watson 15. David Klemmer 16. Josh King 17. Brodie Jones 18. Jack Johns 20. Tex Hoy

Players cut: 7. Mitchell Pearce 19. Simi Sasagi 21. Jirah Momoisea

Late Mail: Halfback Mitchell Pearce is out with Phoenix Crossland drafted in the play halfback after getting an NRL exemption.

Referee: Chris Sutton


Warriors vs Penrith Panthers at Suncorp Stadium, 1.50pm

Warriors team: 1. Reece Walsh 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Rocco Berry 20. Euan Aitken 4. Marcelo Montoya 5. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 21. Chad Townsend 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Matt Lodge 22. Tohu Harris 12. Bayley Sironen 13. Jazz Tevaga 6. Kodi Nikorima 11. Eliesa Katoa 14. Josh Curran 15. Leeson Ah Mau 17. Kane Evans 18. Adam Pompey

Players cut: 7. Sean O’Sullivan 16. Bunty Afoa

Late Mail: Chad Townsend is set to play after he suffered a shoulder injury against the Dragons. Tohu Harris also comes in, but on an edge rather than as a lock. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck moves to five-eighth with Kodi Nikorima dropping to the bench. Bunty Afoa and Sean O’Sullivan were cut 24 hours before kick-off.

Panthers team: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Charlie Staines 3. Stephen Crichton 4. Brent Naden 5. Brian To’o 6. Matt Burton 7. Tyrone May 8. Moses Leota 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Mitch Kenny 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Spencer Leniu 17. Liam Martin 18. Izack Tago 19. Matthew Eisenhuth

Players cut: 20. Paul Momirovski 21. Robert Jennings

Late Mail: Ivan Cleary said the Panthers are set to play with all their Origin stars. “At this stage we don’t have any plans to rest anyone this week,” he said. Cleary added that “there are a few bumps and bruises” that the club will monitor. “Sometimes you just have to keep an eye on them over each morning, sometimes they wake up a little different,” he said. “But we’re hopeful they all play, but we will see how they wake up this morning.”

Referee: Chris Butler

Brisbane Broncos vs Wests Tigers at Suncorp Stadium, 4.05pm

Broncos team: 1. Tesi Niu 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Herbie Farnworth 21. Jamayne Isaako 6. Tyson Gamble 7. Brodie Croft 8. Rhys Kennedy 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. Alex Glenn 12. TC Robati 13. Kobe Hetherington 15. Thomas Flegler 16. Keenan Palasia 17. Jordan Riki 19. Jesse Arthars 18. Ethan Bullemor

Players cut: 5. Xavier Coates 14. Cory Paix 20. Xavier Willison

Late Mail: Jamayne Isaakowill come onto the wing with Xavier Coates rested after playing in Origin III.

Late change for Broncos. Jamayne Isaako (far right) is training on the right wing in place of Xavier Coates, who is out of Sunday’s clash against the Tigers after playing in Origin III pic.twitter.com/zqzE9Nuhq6

Tigers team: 1. Daine Laurie 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Junior Pauga 19. Tommy Talau 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Adam Doueihi 7. Luke Brooks 8. Stefano Utoikamanu 9. Jacob Liddle 10. James Tamou 11. Luke Garner 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Thomas Mikaele 14. Joe Ofahengaue 15. Alex Twal 16. Tukimihia Simpkins 17. Moses Mbye 18. Michael Chee-Kam 20. Alex Seyfarth

Players cut: 4. James Roberts 21. Shawn Blore

James Roberts won’t line up for the Tigers against the Bulldogs after he was exposed to a Covid site in Sydney. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images

Late Mail: James Roberts is out after not travelling with the team to Brisbane. He was placed in a Covid hold according to the Tigers following exposure to a site in Sydney with a known case. He has returned a negative test but will remain in isolation for the next four days. It means he will miss the Broncos game. Tommy Talau replaces him.

Referee: Gerard Sutton

South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Canterbury Bulldogs at Cbus Super Stadium, 6.15pm

Rabbitohs team: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Dane Gagai 4. Campbell Graham 5. Taane Milne 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Mark Nicholls 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jaydn Su’A 13. Cameron Murray 14. Benji Marshall 15. Liam Knight 16. Patrick Mago 17. Jacob Host 18. Braidon Burns 19. Jed Cartwright 20. Blake Taaffe 21. Peter Mamouzelos 22. Jaxson Paulo 23. Josh Mansour

Players cut:

Late Mail: Benji Marshall got stuck in Sydney after opting to travel to Queensland with the NRL families rather than the club. His availability now hinges on the Queensland government decision to allow them into the state.

Bulldogs team: 1. Nick Meaney 2. Corey Allan 3. Will Hopoate 4. Aaron Schoupp 5. Falakiko Manu 6. Lachlan Lewis 7. Jake Averillo 8. Jack Hetherington 9. Sione Katoa 10. Luke Thompson 11. Corey Waddell 12. Josh Jackson 13. Renouf Atoni 14. Bailey Biondi-Odo 15. Dylan Napa 16. Ava Seumanufagai 17. Joe Stimson 19. Kyle Flanagan 20. Ofahiki Ogden 21. Matt Doorey 23. Jayden Okunbor

Players cut:

Late Mail: Jayden Okunbor has been named in the reserves and is a chance of making his return from an ACL injury.

Referee: Ben Cummins

Originally published asTigers and Broncos dealt late blows

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