NRL Late Mail: Round 16 – Saifiti Returns; Origin stars to play

All late entry for round 16 of the 2022 NRL Telstra Premiership.

NRL Late Mail: Round 16

Knights v Titans, Friday at McDonald Jones Stadium

Knights: Daniel Saifiti (knee) is late on the bench after going through a final training session without Pasami Saulo on Thursday. Bradman Best (elbow) will not play after being removed from the extended roster. Star fullback Kalyn Ponga (concussion) was ruled out after Origin II with his place being taken by Tex Hoy. Lachlan Fitzgibbon and Jake Clifford remain in the reserves.

Titans: Superstar David Fifita (knee) returns from the bench for his first game since round 12. Veteran Kevin Proctor (biceps) fell off the extended bench on Thursday, but Corey Thompson (knee) remains in the reserves. Captain Tino Fa’asuamaleaui is ready to back up from Origin, while Moeaki Fotuaika is ready to leave after representing Tonga on Saturday.

Panthers v Roosters, Friday at BlueBet Stadium

panthers: Nathan Cleary, Jarome Luai, Brian To’o, Stephen Crichton, Liam Martin, Isaah Yeo and Api Koroisau were all named as Origin II backups and have been through training this week. Fiji sensation Sunia Turuva and Matt Eisenhuth will remain in the reserves if late changes are made on match day.

cocks: Just the only change for Trent Robinson’s side in the 24-hour update with Fletcher Baker replaced by Daniel Suluka-Fifita on the bench. Playmaker Luke Keary (concussion) is getting some rest, so Sam Walker will play halfback with Drew Hutchison coming in five-eighth. A huge bet for the Roosters with Victor Radley coming back from an ankle injury at the lock so Nat Butcher goes to the bench. Origin reps James Tedesco, Daniel Tupou, Angus Crichton and Lindsay Collins are determined to back it up.

Bulldogs v Sharks, Saturday at CommBank Stadium

Bulldogs: Coach Mick Potter is sticking to the same 17 that took care of the Tigers in round 15, but will miss the game itself due to covid protocols. Matt Burton is expected to back up after his stunning Origin debut and his presence would be a huge boost. Kurt Morrin has been benched despite a shoulder injury on his debut against the Tigers and should be right to play.

sharks: The Sharks will roll out the same way the Titans defeated with Siosifa Talakai and Nicho Hynes returning from the victorious Blues camp and Ronaldo Mulitalo riding high after a fine test debut for the Kiwis. Skipper Dale Finucane will be all the better for the run after returning on round 15 after three games on the sidelines.

Cowboys v Broncos, Saturday at the Queensland Country Bank Stadium

Cowboys: All eyes will be on the Maroon contingent, with Valentine Holmes, Murray Taulagi and Jeremiah Nanai coming through the match unscathed. Jason Taumalolo played 67 minutes for Tonga against the Kiwis and will back up. Mid-season recruit Luciano Leilua officially joined the Cowboys on the rematch and will make his club debut in what will be his 100th NRL appearance.

Broncos: A huge boost with captain Adam Reynolds returning from a rib injury, while Blues supporter Payne Haas has been named despite an ankle injury in Origin. Patrick Carrigan and Kurt Capewell each played more than 60 minutes in the loss to the Maroons, but they have been named to back up alongside Selwyn Cobbo, as have Kotoni Staggs (Tonga) and Keenan Palasia (Samoa).

Rabbitohs v Eels, Saturday at Accor Stadium

rabbits: Latrell Mitchell is back from a long injury layoff for his first game since round five, so Kodi Nikorima returns to the bench and Blake Taaffe to the reserves. Damien Cook came off the bench for NSW in 46 minutes and is ready to back up. Cameron Murray suffered a head injury but passed an HIA and should be good to go despite a brief turnaround.

eel: Parramatta had only Junior Paulo to worry about after Origin II, with the big man coming through for 43 minutes on Sunday night. The Eels’ international contingent, which includes Dylan Brown, Marata Niukore, Waqa Blake and Maika Sivo, came through Test matches unscathed and with a seven day turnaround they will all be ready to go.

Warriors v Wests Tigers, Sunday at Mount Smart Stadium

warriors: Euan Aitken (concussion) is back on deck in the centers, so Adam Pompey drops to the reserves. Elisa Katoa is the new face on the bench instead of Dunamis Lui. Forwards Jazz Tevaga, Addin Fonua-Blake and Bunty Afoa all made it through their international appearances on Saturday.

western tigers: James Roberts made a successful return from back surgery in the NSW Cup two weeks ago and has been named to play his first NRL game since round six. Stefano Utoikamanu (foot) is also good to go. Fa’amanu Brown is named to start at whore with Jacob Liddle going to the reserves.

Dragons v Raiders, Sunday at WIN Stadium

dragons: Skipper Ben Hunt has been named and will be checked after sustaining a leg injury in Origin Two. Hunt got a fumble in the second half but finished the game and will be crucial for the side’s chances.

robbers: Jack Wighton (COVID protocols) returns to the side with Matt Frawley the man to drop out. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad has been named to return from a hamstring injury on the bench, replacing James Schiller, who will be out for 2-3 weeks with a shoulder injury sustained against the Knights.

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