Teams: Broncos’ SOS to rookie amid injury crisis

Brisbane has been decimated by Origin and injury as coach Kevin Walters teams up with a team to defeat the Dragons in Round 17.

The Broncos are without Payne Haas, Te Maire Martin, Corey Jensen, TC Robati and Brendan Piakura this week due to various ailments. Kurt Capewell, Selwyn Cobbo, Pat Carrigan and Thomas Flegler have been eliminated due to pledges in Queensland.

Zac Hosking – the son of former Manly prop David Hosking – will make his NRL debut on their back row as a result.

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The Knights are getting a welcome boost, with both Bradman Best and Jayden Brailey returning from injury.

Hooker Brailey plays his first game of the season, but starts on the bench.

THURSDAY

Cronulla Sharks vs Melbourne Storm at PonitsBet Stadium, 7:50 PM

Referee: Adam Gee

sharks1. Will Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Connor Tracey 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Nicho Hynes 8. Toby Rudolf 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Royce Hunt 11. Brit Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Dale Finucane 14. Aiden Tolman 15. Cameron McInnes 16. Teig Wilton 17. Andrew Fifita 18. Braydon Trindall 19. Jesse Colquhoun 20. Quay Dykes 21. Braden Hamlin-Uele 22. Lachlan Miller

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Storm1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Dean Ieremia 3. Marion Seve 4. Justin Olam 5. Grant Anderson 6. Nick Meaney 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Brandon Smith 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Chris Lewis 12. Kenny Bromwich 13. Josh King 14. Tyrant Wishart 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Alec MacDonald 17. Jordan Grant 18. Bronson Garlick 19. Young Tonumaipea 20. Jack Howarth 21. Jayden Nikorima 22. Tyson Smoothy

Analysis: The Sharks lose Siosifa Talakai to the Blues camp, and Connor Tracey comes to replace him. Melbourne puts Nick Meaney in the half, Jayden Nikorima drops to the reserves and Cameron Munster goes back to Origin camp. Dean Ieremia steps on the wing to replace Origin-bound Xavier Coates, while Brandon Smith heads to the whore to replace Harry Grant.

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FRIDAY

Newcastle Knights vs South Sydney Rabbitohs at McDonald Jones Stadium, 7:55 PM

Referee: Todd Smith

knights1. Tex Hoy 2. Edrick Lee 3. Enari Tuala 4. Bradman Best 5. Dominic Young 6. Anthony Milford 7. Adam Clune 8. David Klemmer 9. Chris Randall 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Mitchell Barnett 13. Kurt Mann 14. Jayden Brailey 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Leo Thompson 17. Mathew Croker 18. Simi Sasagi 19. Pasami Saulo 20. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 21. Hymel Hunt 22. Jake Clifford

rabbits1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Taane Milne 4. Isaiah Tass 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Cody Walker 7. Lachlan Ilias 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Silvia Havilic 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jed Cartwright 13. Mark Nicholls 14. Kodi Nikorim 15. Blake Taaffe 16. Michael Chee Kam 17. Davvy Moale 18. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 19. Ben Lovett 20. Richard Kennar 21. Shaq Mitchell 22. Dean Hawkins

Analysis: The Knights welcome Bradman Best back from injury, as well as Jayden Brailey who will play his first game of the season, from the bench. South Sydney will keep Latrell Mitchell at fullback after choosing not to be available for New South Wales. Campbell Graham and Hame Sele are injured while Cameron Murray and Damien Cook are absent on Origin duties.

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SATURDAY

Wests Tigers vs Parramatta Eels at Leichhardt Oval, 7:35 PM

Referee: Chris Butler

tigers1. Daine Laurie 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Starford To’a 4. Adam Doueihi 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Luke Brooks 7. Jackson Hastings 8. James Tamou 9. Fa’amanu Brown 10. Zane Musgrove 11. Luke Garner 12. Kelma Tuilagic 13. Joe Ofahengaue 14. Stefano Utoikamanu 15. Justin Matamua 16. Jacob Liddle 17. Fonua Pole 18. Austin Dias 19. Alex Seyfarth 20. Junior Tupou 21. Asu Kepaoa 22. Jock Madden

eel1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Waqa Blake 4. Vilami Penisini 5. Bailey Simonsson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahogany 10. Marata Niukore 11. Shaun Lane 12. Isaiah Papali’i 13. Ryan Matterson 14. Makahesi Makatoa 15. Tom Opacic 16. Oregon Kaufusia 17. Ky Rodwell 18. Nathan Brown 19. Jacob Arthur 20. Sean Russell 21. Wiremu Greig 22. Hayze Perham

Analysis: The Tigers bring back James Tamou as Justin Matamua makes his NRL debut on the bench. Adam Doueihi starts in the middle and pushes James Roberts out the side. The Eels lose Junior Paulo to Blues duties, with Marata Niukore moving to start at prop and Ryan Matterson coming in at lock.

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SUNDAY

Brisbane Broncos vs St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium, 4:05 PM

Referee: Grant Atkins

Broncos1. Tesi Niu 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Brenko Lee 5. Jordan Pereira 6. Ezra Mam 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Keenan Palasia 9. Billy Walters 10. Ryan James 11. Zac Hosking 12. Jordan Rickic 13. Kobe Hetherington 14. Cory Paix 15. Rhys Kennedy 16. Xavier Willison 17. Tyson Gamble 18. Delouise Hoeter 19. Jake Turpin 20. Deine Mariner 21. Tyrone Roberts 22. Logan Bayliss-Brow

dragons1. Cody Ramsey 2. Mathew Feagaic 3. Moses Sulic 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Talatau Amone 7. Jayden Sullivan 8. Jack de Belin 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Blake Lawrie 11. Jack Vogel 12. Jaydn Su’A 13. Tariq Sims 14. Moses Mbye 15. Francis Molo 16. Aaron Woods 17. Michael Molo 18. Jayden Hunt 19. Tautau Moga 20. Josh Kerr 21. Billy Burns 22. Jonathon Reuben

Analysis: Zac Hosking, the son of former Manly prop David Hosking, makes his NRL debut for the Broncos in the back row. Tesi Niu also returns in time to replace the injured Te Maire Martin at fullback. The Broncos have eliminated a large number of players due to injury.

For the Dragons, the unavailability of Ben Hunt due to Origin causes the young weapon Jayden Sullivan to come in as a halfback. It is the first time that Sullivan has started an NRL competition in the number 7 jumper, which is his favorite position.

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