The Cowboys and Panthers are forced into major reshuffles with several star players unavailable due to home state duties.
Panthers coach Ivan Cleary, however, is prepared, equipping some of his New South Wales Cup players last week.
The Warriors and Sea Eagles get a timely boost with key players returning from injury and suspension.
Since this is a split round, eight teams will get a chance to rest and recharge with the bye.
Read below for Round 13 Team Tips!
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Gold Coast Titans vs North Queensland Cowboys 7:50 PM at Cbus Super Stadium
Last week’s Titans team: 1. Jayden Campbell 2. Corey Thompson 3. Brian Kelly 4. Esan Marsters 5. Jamayne Isaako 6. AJ Brimson 7. Toby Sexton 10. Jarrod Wallace 9. Erin Clark 11. Isaac Liu 12. Beau Fermor 16. Sam McIntyre 13 Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 14. Tanah Boyd 15. Jaimin Jolliffe 17. Sam Lisone 23. David Fifita 19. Aaron Booth
Team tips† David Fifita’s injury is the big news for the Titans. The star second rower aggravated his MCL injury that sidelined him for rounds 9-11 and will now be sidelined for another two to three weeks. Moeaki Fotuaika is a chance to return from an ankle injury and would fall back into the starter pack, making Isaac Liu to pan to an edge and Sam McIntrye fall back on the couch.
Last week’s Cowboys team†1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Peta Hiku 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Tom Dearden 7. Chad Townsend 8. Jordan McLean 9. Reece Robson 10. Reuben Cotter 11. Tom Gilbert 12. Jeremiah Nanai 13. Coen Hess 14. Jake Granville 15. Heilum Luki 16. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 17. Griffin Neame
Team tips: Coach Todd Payten will be forced to reshuffle his team after six players were selected from the Maroons’ expanded roster. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, Valentine Holmes, Murray Taulagi, Tom Dearden, Reuben Cotter and Jeremiah Nanai have joined the Queensland squad in the camp. Jason Taumalolo is expected to return in time, so will fall in the lock with Coen Hess will likely switch to prop, but Payten will have to dive into his reserve class teams to fill the rest of the gaps. Heilum Lukic replaces Nanai on the starting second row with Ben Condon or new recruit Brendan Freic join the bank. Brendan Elliot, Connelly Lemuelu and Laitia Moceidreke are the likely men to fill the backline while Ben Hampton is the option on five-eighths — unless Scott Drinking water is moved from fullback. However, there is a chance that Queensland national team manager Billy Slater will allow Tabuai-Fidow and Taulagic to leave camp to play, which would be a huge help to the Cowboys, but Dearden may not be able to given that he has been named the 18th man.
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Penrith Panthers vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 7:55 PM at BlueBet Stadium
Last week’s Panthers team: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Taylan May 3. Izack Tago 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12 Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Mitch Kenny 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Spencer Leniu 17. Jaeman Zalm
Team tips: Penrith will be without Stephen Crichton, Brian To’o, Jarome Luai, Nathan Cleary, Apisai Koroisau, Liam Martin and Isaah Yeo after being selected in the NSW Origin side. But Panthers coach Ivan Cleary prepared for this, resting a pile of reserve players last week. To expect Charlie Staines and Robert Jennings to replace To’o and Crichton. Sean O’Sullivan will fill in for Cleary as he did earlier this season and expect Kurt Falls to make his NRL debut in halves. Mitch Kenny will be promoted to No.9 with Soni Luke join the bank. Scott Sorensen moves to the start side with Chris Smith join the bank and J’maine Hopgood or Matt Eisenhuth will eventually replace Yeo. Jaeman Zalm can, however, fill in for Martin in the second row Izack Tago is also an option and could shift there with salmon playing in the centers. Like the Cowboys, Penrith will be hopeful Koroisau may return to club land as he is not in Brad Fittkler’s 17.
Last week’s Bulldogs team: 1. Matt Dufty 2. Jacob Kiraz 3. Aaron Schoupp 4. Jake Averillo 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Matt Burton 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Luke Thompson 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Corey Waddell 12 Max King 13. Josh Jackson 14. Zach Dockar-Clay 16. Chris Patolo 17. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 21. Joe Stimson
Team tips† Tevita Pangai Junior hopes to return after a late scratch last week due to back cramps. That will see Joe Stimson fall out of the side. Josh Addo-Carr’s shock Origin snubbing means the star winger is free to play against the Panthers.
Manly Sea Eagles vs Warriors 7:35 PM at 4 Pines Park
Last week’s Sea Eagles team: 1. Reuben Garrick 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Morgan Harper 4. Tolutau Koula 5. Christian Tuipulotu 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Toafofoa Sipley 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Andrew Davey 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Dylan Walker 15. Josh Schuster 17. Sean Keppie 18. Kurt De Luis
Team tips: Of Daly Cherry-Evans not available due to state of origin charges, Keiran Foran will likely shift to No. 7 with Josh Schuster five-eighth play. Dylan Walker will not play after a knee injury last week. “Dylan is in a bit of trouble,” said coach Des Hasler after the game. Karl Lawton returns from suspension and will fulfill Walker’s role as bench utility while Ethan Bullemor will be on the bench for Schuster. veteran prop Martin Taupa is coming back from a quad injury and will push Kurt De Luis back to the reserves. Hasler also said: Taniela Paseka will “probably” come back. Fast Winger Jason Saab is a chance to return from a toe injury, which will see Jorge Taufua miss the 17
Last week’s Warriors team: 1. Reece Walsh 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Viliami Vailea 4. Adam Pompey 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Chanel Harris-Tavita 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Ben Murdoch-Masila 9. Freddy Lussick 10. Jazz Tevaga 11. Euan Aitken 13. Jack Murchie 12. Tohu Harris 14. Taniela Otukolo 15. Aaron Pene 16. Bunty Afoa 21. Dunamis Lui
Team tips: The Warriors get a boost with the return of Wayde Egan and Bayley Sironen† Egan will start at whore with Freddy Lussick back to the couch and Taniela Otukolo fall back into the reserves. Bayley Sironen is coming back from a groin injury but can’t force his way to the 17. star forward Josh Curran looking forward to a round 14 return from a knee injury but could be included in the extended roster this week.
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Canberra Raiders vs Sydney Roosters 4:05pm at GIO Stadium
Last week’s Raiders team: 1. Xavier Savage 2. Nick Cotric 16. Sebastian Kris 4. Matthew Timoko 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Josh Papalii 9. Zac Woolford 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13 Adam Elliott 14. Tom Starling 15. Ryan Sutton 17. Corey Horsburgh 20. James Schiller
Team tips† Josh Papalic and Jack Wighton are out because of Origin. Corey Horsburgha will probably start at prop, while Peter Hola’s impressive performance in NSW Cup could earn him a spot on the bench. Matt Frawley or Brad Schneider will come for Wighton. To expect Sebastian Kris to be named in the No. 3 jersey after being on a late shift to the centers last week following Jarrod Croker’s shoulder injury. Xavier Savage went out for an HIA late in last week’s game, but there’s no word on whether or not he ultimately passed.
Last week’s Roosters team: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Joseph Manu 5. Joseph Suaalii 6. Sam Walker 7. Luke Keary 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Drew Hutchison 10. Lindsay Collins 11. Angus Crichton 12. Nat Butcher 13. Siosiua Taukeiaho 14. Connor Watson 15. Fletcher Baker 16. Sitili Tupouniua 17. Terrell May
Team tips: Coach Trent Robinson is forced to name a new backline with James Tedesco, Daniel Tupou and Joseph Suaalii in the camp with the Blues. Lindsay Collins is also not available after being selected on the side of the Maroons. Joey Manu will shift to fullback and Billy Smith will fall in the middle. Kevin Naiqama will take a wing while Adam Keighran could take the other after trying out there in the NSW Cup last weekend, though Suaalii may return from camp to play. Fletcher Baker is the man likely to move to prop with? Daniel Suluka-Fifita join the bank.
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