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In-depth analysis of NRL trial teams

Discussion in 'News' started by Jethro, Feb 5, 2014.

By Jethro on Feb 5, 2014 at 8:43 PM
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Discussion in 'News' started by Jethro, Feb 5, 2014.

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      CHECK out our analysis of the weekend trial teams, including the SuperCoach players to look out for.

      Friday 7 February, Dragons v Mudgee, WIN Jubilee Oval, 7pm AEDT

      DRAGONS: Leeson Ah Mau, Josh Ailaomai, Gerard Beale, Jack Bird, Mike Cooper, Jack de Belin, Josh Drinkwater, Josh Dugan, Dylan Farrell, Tyson Frizell, Craig Garvey, Kiti Glyman, Matt Groat, Nathan Green, Bronson Harrison, Willie Mataka, Peter Mata Uta'Utia, Will Matthews, Trent Merrin, Adam Quinlan, Mitch Rein, Charly Runciman, Kyle Stanley, Jack Stockwell, Joel Thompson, Gareth Widdop, Sam Williams

      Analysis: The "new-look" Dragons take the field for the first time. Coach Steve Price will be out to solve his halves puzzle, with four potential contenders named - Gareth Widdop, Kyle Stanley, Sam Williams and Josh Drinkwater (although Michael Witt has been left out due to a minor injury). Price has named all his recruits in Josh Ailaomai, Mike Cooper, Dylan Farrell, Matt Groat, Willie Mataka, Peter Mata Uta'Utia, Joel Thompson, Gareth Widdop and Sam Williams. Gerard Beale and Stanley will take the field for the first time since suffering ACL injuries last year. World Cup stars Jason Nightingale and Brett Morris have been left out, but star forward Trent Merrin has been named after missing Australian selection. Ben Creagh and Dan Hunt won't play due to minor injuries.

      Notable inclusions: Gerard Beale, Josh Dugan, Dylan Farrell, Trent Merrin, Mitch Rein, Kyle Stanley, Joel Thompson, Gareth Widdop, Sam Williams

      Notable absentees: Jason Nightingale, Brett Morris (World Cup), Ben Creagh, Dan Hunt, Michael Witt (minor injuries, ready for round one)

      SuperCoach players to watch: All eyes will be on the battle for game time at hooker. Mitch Rein will become a keeper if he can become an 80 minute man. Conversely, young gun Craig Garvey could become a cheapie if he can steal game time off Rein. SuperCoaches will also be looking to see how Gerard Beale, a potential cheapie at only $124,500, has recovered from a knee reconstruction. The battle for goalkicking honours could also create SuperCoach opportunities following the departure of Jamie Soward. Josh Dugan, Kyle Stanley and Gareth Widdop are in the running.


      Friday 7 February, Sharks v Sea Eagles, Remondis Stadium, 7:30pm AEDT

      SHARKS: Nathan Stapleton, Sosaia Feki, Jonathan Wright, Blake Ayshford, Eric Grothe Jr, Todd Carney, Jeff Robson, Bryce Gibbs, Isaac De Gois, Tim Robinson, Wade Graham, Matt Prior, Sam Tagataese, Daniel Holdsworth, Michael Lichaa, Tupou Sopoaga, Ricky Leutele, Siosaia Vave, Jacob Gagan, Junior Roqica, Sione Masima, Pat Politoni, Michael Morris, Scott Sorenson, Valentine Holmes, Fa'amanu Brown

      Analysis: Paul Gallen and Andrew Fifita have been rested following a tough World Cup campaign, although star players Todd Carney and Wade Graham are key inclusions. Recruits Blake Ayshford, Eric Grothe Jr, Matt Prior and Daniel Holdsworth make their first appearances for the club. Michael Gordon, Chris Heighington and Beau Ryan have been left out due to injury, but will be available for round one. Luke Lewis (shoulder) and Anthony Tupou (knee) are out long term.

      Notable inclusions: Blake Ayshford, Eric Grothe Jr, Todd Carney, Wade Graham, Matt Prior, Daniel Holdsworth, Michael Lichaa, Siosaia Vave

      Notable absentees: Paul Gallen, Andrew Fifita (World Cup), Michael Gordon, Chris Heighington, Beau Ryan (injured, ready for round one), Luke Lewis, Anthony Tupou (injured long-term), Tinirau Arona, David Fifita

      SuperCoach players to watch: SuperCoaches hope cheapie Michael Lichaa can put pressure on John Morris and Isaac De Gois for a hooking spot. Forward depth will be tested following the exits of Ben Ross, Tyrone Peachey, Jayson Bukuya, Jon Green and Mark Taufua - so keep an eye on fringe forwards (although fancies Tinirau Arona and David Fifita have missed selection). The form of Todd Carney will be key given he starts the year comparatively cheap at $266,800.

      SEA EAGLES: 1. Brett Stewart 2. Peta Hiku 3. Jamie Lyon (c) 4. Steve Matai 5. David Williams 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Josh Starling 9. Matt Ballin 10. Brenton Lawrence 11. Anthony Watmough 12. Jamie Buhrer 13. Glenn Stewart. Interchange: 14. James Hasson 15. Dunamis Lui 16. Tom Symonds 17. Jesse Sene-Lefao 18. Manaia Rudolph 19. Kayne Lawton 20. Clinton Gutherson 21. Cheyse Blair 22. Jake Trbojevic 23. Mitch Manson 24. Ligi Sao 25. Tony Satini 26. Tyson Andrews 27. Santana Palmer 28. Michael Chee Kam 28. Jack Littlejohn 30. Delroy Berryman 31. Mark O'Dare 32. Domenic Reardon 33. Matt Ikuvalu.

      Analysis: The Sea Eagles have included all their stars in an enormous 33-man squad. The only key players to miss out are Jason King, Jorge Taufua and Justin Horo. King is continuing his recovery from a serious shoulder injury and is aiming for round one. Taufua and Horo picked up minor strains at training. Recruits Josh Starling, Dunamis Lui, Manaia Rudolph, Cheyse Blair and Delroy Berryman make their club debuts.

      Notable inclusions: All their stars, apart from the injured trio. Brett Stewart, Jamie Lyon, Steve Matai, David Williams, Kieran Foran, Daly Cherry-Evans, Matt Ballin, Brenton Lawrence, Anthony Watmough, Jamie Buhrer, Glenn Stewart

      Notable absentees: Jason King (shoulder), Jorge Taufua, Justin Horo (muscle strains)

      SuperCoach players to watch: With David Gower (Eels), Joe Galuvao (retired), Brent Kite (Panthers), George Rose (Storm) and Richie Fa'aoso (retired) having left the club, SuperCoaches are focussed on the front row pecking order at the Sea Eagles. Backers of Jason King, who starts at an all-time low of $150,900, will be disappointed he has been left out as he continues his recovery from a long-term shoulder injury. In the absence of King, Manly features just one recognised prop in Brenton Lawrence. From there, it's only cheapies. Former Rabbitoh Josh Starling ($103,000) has been named to start in the front row. James Hasson and Jesse Sene-Lefao (both just $102,500) also score spots in the 17, although they are more noted as backrowers. Fellow bargains Jake Trbojevic, Ligi Sao, Dunamis Lui (all $102,500) and Tyson Andrews ($87,500) have been named on an extended bench.

      Saturday 8 February, Storm v Raiders, AAMI Park, 6:30pm AEDT

      STORM: 1. Cameron Munster 2. Young Tonumaipea 3. Justin O'Neill 4. Mahe Fonua 5. Matt Duffie 6. Ben Hampton 7. Cody Walker 8. Jordan McLean 9. Joel Romelo 10. George Rose 11. Tohu Harris 12. Kevin Proctor 13. Mitch Garbutt. Interchange: 14. Dayne Weston 15. Slade Griffin 16. Ben Roberts 17. Kurt Mann 18. Matt Lodge 19. Felise Kaufusi 20. Richie Kennar 21. Hymel Hunt 22. Christian Welch 23. Rhys Kennedy 24. Niua Finua Puaka 25. Tremaine Jensen

      Analysis: Young gun Cody Walker takes the halfback spot of Cooper Cronk (shoulder), while Cameron Munster fills in at fullback for Billy Slater (knee). Fellow World Cup stars Cameron Smith and Jesse Bromwich have been rested. Ben Hampton has been given the chance to impress in the No. 6 jersey recently vacated by Gareth Widdop. Recruits George Rose, Hymel Hunt, Felise Kaufusi and Joel Romelo will play their first games for the club.

      Notable inclusions: Justin O'Neill, Mahe Fonua, Matt Duffie, Ben Hampton, Cody Walker, Joel Romelo, George Rose, Tohu Harris, Kevin Proctor, Ben Roberts, Felise Kaufusi, Hymel Hunt

      Notable absentees: Jesse Bromwich, Cameron Smith (World Cup), Cooper Cronk (shoulder, aiming for round one), Billy Slater (knee, aiming for round one), Ryan Hinchcliffe, Ryan Hoffman, Will Chambers, Bryan Norrie, Sisa Waqa

      SuperCoach players to watch: With Cronk and Slater in doubt for round one, the performances of potential cheapies Ben Hampton, Cody Walker and Cameron Munster will be crucial. Also look out for youngsters Hymel Hunt, Young Tonumaipea and Felise Kaufusi, who could emerge as cash cows later in the year.

      RAIDERS: Jack Ahearn, Matt Allwood, Luke Bateman, Shannon Boyd, Mitch Cornish, Mitch Cronin, Joel Edwards, Jake Foster, Jeremy Hawkins, Andrew Heffernan, Jarrad Kennedy, Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, Brenko Lee, Jeff Lynch, Patrick Mago, Sam Mataora, Josh McCrone, Matt McIlwrick, Mark Nicholls, Mosese Pangai, Tevita Pangai Junior, Jordan Rapana, Reece Robinson, Sami Sauiluma, Lagi Setu, David Shillington, Dane Tilse, Bill Tupou, Jack Wighton

      Analysis: New recruit Lagi Setu will play his former club Melbourne, while the Raiders will be anchored by the experience of established NRL stars Joel Edwards, Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, Josh McCrone, Reece Robinson, David Shillington, Dane Tilse and Jack Wighton. The squad includes 13 uncapped NRL players including NYC players Luke Bateman, Andrew Heffernan, Brenko Lee, Patrick Mago and Tevita Pangai Junior, while a number of graduating 2013 NYC players including Mitch Cornish, Jack Ahearn, Jeremy Hawkins and Jeff Lynch will have their first chance to impress after their first full pre-season as NRL squad members.

      Notable inclusions: Mitch Cornish, Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, Josh McCrone, Reece Robinson, Lagi Setu, David Shillington, Dane Tilse, Bill Tupou, Jack Wighton

      Notable absentees: Glen Buttriss, Terry Campese, Jarrod Croker, Shaun Fensom, Edrick Lee, Anthony Milford, Josh Papalii, Brett White

      SuperCoach players to watch: Mitch Cornish will be out to impress as he pushes for the starting halfback spot in round one. Jack Wighton is also in line for a halves spot (Terry Campese will be the other half, with Josh McCrone making a move to hooker and Anthony Milford a fullback candidate). Also keep an eye on exciting young outside back Jack Ahearn, while Lagi Setu starts cheap due to limited opportunities at the Storm last year.

      Saturday 8 February, Newcastle Knights v First Nation Goannas, Hunter Stadium, 7pm AEDT

      KNIGHTS: Sione Mata'utia, Jake Mamo, Dane Gagai, Chanel Mata'utia, Josh Mantellato, Michael Dobson, Tyrone Roberts (c), Zane Tetevano, Travis Waddell, Korbin Sims, Alex McKinnon, Joseph Tapine, Clint Newton, Chad Redman, Tyler Randell, Toka Likiliki, Paterika Vaivai, Pat Mata'utia, Brenton Horwood, Matt Minto

      Analysis: The Knights have named a weak side for the exhibition match, with only four first grade regulars named - Dane Gagai, Tyrone Roberts, Alex McKinnon and recruit Clint Newton. Wayne Bennett has instead stacked his Auckland Nines side with NRL talent, including Joseph Leilua, Akuila Uate, Jarrod Mullen, Willie Mason, Adam Clydsdale, Chris Houston, Beau Scott, Robbie Rochow and Jeremy Smith. Michael Dobson and Tyrone Roberts have been named in both teams as they battle for the halfback spot.

      Notable inclusions: Dane Gagai, Michael Dobson, Tyrone Roberts, Zane Tetevano, Korbin Sims, Alex McKinnon, Clint Newton

      Notable absentees: Adam Clydesdale, Adam Cuthbertson, David Fa'alogo, Kurt Gidley, Matt Hilder, Chris Houston, Joseph Leilua, Willie Mason, James McManus, Jarrod Mullen, Robbie Rochow, Beau Scott, Jeremy Smith, Kade Snowden, Timana Tahu, Akuila Uate

      SuperCoach players to watch: Korbin Sims may offer value at $119,700, but has plenty of cattle in front of him. SuperCoaches will need to wait until the Nines for a look at cheap bench hooker candidate Adam Clydsdale.

      GOANNAS: Joshua Benjamin, Malcolm Congoo, Davin Crampton, Adrian Davis, Phil Dennis, Rex Johnson, James Livock, Bobby Nona, Kareel Phillips, Matthew Pittman, Reggie Saunders, Roy Smith, Rickki Sutherland, Noel Underwood, Kieran Vale, Javarn White, Nathan Blacklock, Rod Jensen, Dennis Moran, David Peachey

      Saturday 8 February, Tigers v Panthers, Kirkham Oval, Camden, 7:30pm AEDT

      TIGERS: Braith Anasta, Blake Austin, Adam Blair, Robbie Farah, Asipeli Fine, James Gavet, Dene Halatau, Marika Koroibete, Chris Lawrence, Keith Lulia, Mitchell Moses, David Nofoaluma, Cory Paterson, Pat Richards, Kurtis Rowe, Curtis Sironen, Martin Taupau, James Tedesco, Bodene Thompson, Aaron Woods

      Analysis: The Tigers have named 23 players with NRL experience for their upcoming trials (note they play two trials on Saturday, one in Camden, the other in Alice Springs. We analyse both their sides here). Budding superstar Luke Brooks has been left out due to injury. Brooks is recovering from a back issue and will resume full contact work shortly. He is expected to feature later in the pre-season and is not in doubt for round one. Other notable absentees include Liam Fulton, Keith Galloway (toe), Tim Simona (shoulder) and Nathan Brown (pectoral). But other than the injured brigade, coach Mick Potter has named strong squads, with star players Robbie Farah, Aaron Woods and Chris Lawrence to all take the field. Recruits Blake Austin, Martin Taupau, Keith Lulia and Cory Paterson will play in Wests Tigers colours for the first time, along with returning crowd favourites Dene Halatau and Pat Richards.

      Notable inclusions: Braith Anasta, Blake Austin, Adam Blair, Robbie Farah, Dene Halatau, Marika Koroibete, Chris Lawrence, David Nofoaluma, Cory Paterson, Pat Richards, Curtis Sironen, Martin Taupau, James Tedesco, Bodene Thompson, Aaron Woods, Jack Buchanan, Yileen Gordon, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Ava Seumanufagai,

      Notable absentees: Liam Fulton, Keith Galloway (toe), Tim Simona (shoulder) and Nathan Brown (pectoral)

      SuperCoach players to watch: Recruit Dene Halatau will become a good cheapie if he can push into the starting back row. SuperCoaches will also be hoping potential cheapie Blake Austin ($110,200) can push Braith Anasta for the five-eighth spot. Young prop Nathan Brown won't play due to injury, but SuperCoaches will be assessing the form of perennial favourite Robbie Farah, who has a great bye schedule this year.

      PANTHERS: 1. Matt Moylan 2. Kevin Naiqama 3. Wes Naiqama 4. Will Smith 5. Etonia Nabuli 6. Isaac John 7. Daniel Foster 8. Sam McKendry 9. James Segeyaro 10. Tim Grant 11. Matt Robinson 12. Tyrone Peachey 13. Ryan Simpkins. Interchange: 14. Shaun Spence 15. Jeremy Latimore 16. Sam Anderson 17. Josh Mansour 18. Vaipuna Tia Kilifi

      Analysis: The Panthers have omitted a host of key stars, including Lewis Brown, Jamal Idris, Kevin Kingston, Brent Kite, Sika Manu, Nigel Plum, David Simmons, Jamie Soward, Elijah Taylor, Peter Wallace and Dean Whare. But even so, only one player in the side is yet to play NRL. NSW Cup excitement machine Etonia Nabuli has been handed a spot on the wing. Recruits Kevin Naiqama, Tyrone Peachey and Shaun Spence make their club debuts.

      Notable inclusions: Matt Moylan, Kevin Naiqama, Wes Naiqama, Etonia Nabuli, Isaac John, Sam McKendry, James Segeyaro, Tim Grant, Matt Robinson, Tyrone Peachey, Ryan Simpkins, Josh Mansour

      Notable absentees: Lewis Brown, Adam Docker, Jamal Idris, Kevin Kingston, Brent Kite, Sika Manu, Nigel Plum, James Roberts, David Simmons, Jamie Soward, Elijah Taylor, Peter Wallace, Dean Whare

      SuperCoach players to watch: Excitement machine Etonia Nabuli will be at the top of all watch lists after Phil Gould recently confirmed the NSW Cup top tryscorer will get a crack at first grade this year. James Segeyaro starts at hooker, with Kevin Kingston left out. If Segeyaro plays 80 minutes this year, he will become the best hooker in SuperCoach given his incredible points per minute rate. Kingston is his main threat for game time.

      Saturday 8 February, Broncos v Cowboys, Dolphin Oval, Redcliffe, 8:15pm AEDT (7:15pm QLD)

      BRONCOS: 1. Jordan Kahu 2. Lachlan Maranta 3. Dale Copley 4. Jharal Yow Yeh 5. Stewart Mills 6. Zach Strasser 7. Kodi Nikorima 8. Martin Kennedy 9. Jake Granville 10. Jon Green 11. Joe Ofahehgaue 12. David Stagg 13. Todd Lowrie. Interchange: 14. Cameron Cullen 15. Marmin Barba 16. Daniel Vidot 17. Jordan Drew 18. David Hala 19. Jarrod Wallace 20. Frank Molo 21. Sebastian Martins

      Analysis: Jharal Yow Yeh makes his long-awaited return from a sickening broken leg. However, the Broncos have essentially picked a second string team, with 12 top-liners left out - Ben Barba, Matt Gillett, Alex Glenn, Ben Hannant, Josh Hoffman, Ben Hunt, Andrew McCullough, Josh McGuire, Corey Oates, Corey Parker, Jack Reed and Sam Thaiday. With Scott Prince, Peter Wallace and Corey Norman no longer at the club, Zach Strasser gets first chance to impress at the vacant five-eighth spot. His main rival for the position, Jordan Kahu, has been named at fullback, while young gun Kodi Nikorima gets a chance at halfback. Key recruits Martin Kennedy and Todd Lowrie make their club debuts.

      Notable inclusions: Jordan Kahu, Dale Copley, Jharal Yow Yeh, Zach Strasser, Martin Kennedy, Jon Green, Todd Lowrie, Daniel Vidot

      Notable absentees: Ben Barba, Matt Gillett, Alex Glenn, Ben Hannant, Josh Hoffman, Ben Hunt, Andrew McCullough, Josh McGuire, Corey Oates, Corey Parker, Jack Reed, Sam Thaiday

      SuperCoach players to watch: SuperCoaches will be over the moon that $87,500 cheapie Zach Strasser has been given first chance at the vacant five-eighth spot, with his main rival Jordan Kahu named at fullback. Jharal Yow Yeh starts very cheap following injury issues and could surge through the rankings if he shows form. Jake Granville gets a chance at hooker. He could become a cheapie if he can take game time off Andrew McCullough. Conversely, if Granville plays poorly in the trials and McCullough is named as the sole 80 minute hooker for round one, McCullough will become a keeper. Also take a look at Kodi Nikorima, although he'll only earn a spot for the early rounds if there are injuries.

      COWBOYS: 1. Lachlan Coote 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Javid Bowen 4. Kane Linnett 5. Curtis Rona 6. Doug Hewitt 7. Robert Lui 8. Scott Bolton 9. Anthony Mitchell 10. Ashton Sims 11. Jason Taumalolo 12. Tariq Sims 13. John Asiata. Interchange: 14. Zac Santo 15. Rory Kostjasyn 16. Ricky Thorby 17. Glenn Hall 18. Sam Hoare 19. Cameron King 20. Ethan Lowe 21. Matthew Wright 22. Patrick Kaufusi

      Analysis: World Cup stars Matt Scott, James Tamou, Brent Tate and Johnathan Thurston have been held back, while fellow top-liners Gavin Cooper, Joel Riethmuller, Ray Thompson and Antonio Winterstein have been rested. Recruit Lachlan Coote gets a chance to push for Matt Bowen's vacant fullback spot, while Cameron King will be out to score a bench hooker spot. Destructive back rower Jason Taumalolo, branded a problem child by former coach Neil Henry, gets the chance to show his worth to new coach Paul Green after being named in the starting back row.

      Notable inclusions: Lachlan Coote, Kane Linnett, Robert Lui, Jason Taumalolo, Tariq Sims, Glenn Hall, Cameron King

      Notable absentees: Gavin Cooper, Joel Riethmuller, Matt Scott, James Tamou, Brent Tate, Ray Thompson, Johnathan Thurston, Antonio Winterstein

      SuperCoach players to watch: Formerly a $300,000 player, Lachlan Coote starts at just $184,100 following injury-interrupted seasons. Anthony Mitchell and Cameron King have been named as the two hookers, but SuperCoaches will be hoping Ray Thompson (rested) scores an 80 minute role for round one - a position he starred in at the end of 2013. Jason Taumalolo has huge SuperCoach potential and could be the biggest beneficiary from the axing of coach Neil Henry. He says he has a great relationship with new mentor Paul Green, which could translate into SuperCoach points. With Wayne Ulugia sacked recently, Kyle Feldt is next in line for a wing spot. But keep an eye on cheapie Curtis Rona, who is highly-rated and may score a spot later in the year when injuries hit, or when Brent Tate plays Origin.

      Saturday 8 February, Eels v Tigers, ANZAC Oval, Alice Springs NT, 9:10pm AEDT (7:40pm NT)

      EELS: Daniel Alvaro, Mitch Allgood, Zach Dockar-Clay, Kenny Edwards, Toby Evans, Liam Foran, John Folau, David Gower, Ben Jones, Luke Kelly, Taniela Lasalo, Lorenzo Ma'afu, Manu Ma'u, Tim Mannah, Fuifui Moimoi, Ryan Morgan, Pauli Pauli, Semi Radradra, Chris Sandow, Brenden Santi, Ken Sio, Ben Smith, Peni Terepo, Vai Toutai

      Analysis: World Cup star Jarryd Hayne will be rested, while new coach Brad Arthur has also held back key recruits Will Hopoate, Justin Hunt, Lee Mossop, Corey Norman and Nathan Peats. But the Eels still feature 17 players of NRL experience. Livewire Chris Sandow gets a chance to push for a return to the NRL following well-documented gambling issues.

      Notable inclusions: Mitch Allgood, David Gower, Luke Kelly, Tim Mannah, Fuifui Moimoi, Chris Sandow, Ken Sio

      Notable absentees: Evander Cummins, Daniel Harrison, Jarryd Hayne, Will Hopoate, Justin Hunt, Jacob Loko, Darcy Lussick, Lee Mossop, Corey Norman, Joseph Paulo, Nathan Peats, Kelepi Tanginoa, Willie Tonga

      SuperCoach players to watch: SuperCoaches will have to wait to get a look at highly-fancied SuperCoach buys Evander Cummins, Jarryd Hayne, Nathan Peats, Will Hopoate and Willie Tonga. But keep an eye on young tackling machine Brenden Santi, who has all the ingredients of a SuperCoach gun.

      TIGERS: Sitaleki Akauola, Sonny Bristow, Corey Brown, Jack Buchanan, Michael Bullock, Jarred Farlow, Andy Fiagatusa, Yileen Gordon, Jy Hitchcox, Sam Hollis, Inno Innosesio, Joel Luani, Allan McGrath, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Ava Seumanufagai, Setefano Taukafa, Nathan Waters, Luke Williams

      Analysis: See Tigers analysis above

      Sunday 9 February, Warriors v Titans, North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, 2pm AEDT (4pm NZ)

      WARRIORS: Jordan Baldwinson, Ray Faitala-Mariner, Glen Fisiiahi, David Fusitua, Charlie Gubb, Konrad Hurrell, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Solomone Kata, Ngani Laumape, Mason Lino, Metia Lisati, Sam Lisone, Tuimoala Lolohea, Sione Lousi, Suaia Matagi, Agnatius Paasi, Abraham Papalii, Nathaniel Peteru, Dominique Peyroux, Michael Sio, Carlos Tuimavave, Albert Vete

      Analysis: The side features just eight players of NRL experience, with the Warriors saving Shaun Johnson, Sam Tomkins and Jayson Bukuya for the Nines. But 11 players - Nathan Friend, Ben Henry, Thomas Leuluai, Jacob Lillyman, Kevin Locke, Simon Mannering, Feleti Mateo, Ben Matulino, Dane Nielsen, Sam Rapira and Manu Vatuvei - won't feature in either game. Sione Lousi plays his first game since a knee reconstruction.

      Notable inclusions: Glen Fisiiahi, Charlie Gubb, Konrad Hurrell, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Ngani Laumape, Sione Lousi, Suaia Matagi, Carlos Tuimavave

      Notable absentees: Jayson Bukuya, Nathan Friend, Ben Henry, Shaun Johnson, Thomas Leuluai, Jacob Lillyman, Kevin Locke, Simon Mannering, Feleti Mateo, Ben Matulino, Dane Nielsen, Sam Rapira, Sam Tomkins, Manu Vatuvei

      SuperCoach players to watch: SuperCoaches will have to wait for a look at mid-range smokey Feleti Mateo, but potential cheapies Carlos Tuimavave and Charlie Gubb have both been named.

      TITANS: 1. Anthony Don 2. Kalifa FaiFai Loa 3. Siuatonga Likiliki 4. Brad Tighe 5. Steve Michaels 6. Aidan Sezer 7. Albert Kelly 8. Ryan James 9. Paul Carter 10. Luke Douglas 11. Ben Ridge 12. Mark Minichiello 13. Tom Kingston. Interchange: 14. Matt White 15. Caleb Binge 16. Mark Ioane 17. Christian Hazard 18. Jamal Fogarty 19. Cody Nelson 20. Maurice Blair 21. Jamie Dowling 22. Matt Beddow

      Analysis: The Titans will take the field with a full-strength halves pairing in Aidan Sezer and Albert Kelly, but a host of front-liners have been left out, including forward big guns Greg Bird, Nate Myles and Dave Taylor. Paul Carter gets a chance at starting hooker following injuries to regular rakes Beau Falloon (hamstring), Matt Srama (shoulder) and Sam Irwin (ankle). Backline recruits Kalifa FaiFai Loa, Siuatonga Likiliki, Brad Tighe and Maurice Blair make their club debuts.

      Notable inclusions: Brad Tighe, Aidan Sezer, Albert Kelly, Ryan James, Paul Carter, Luke Douglas, Mark Minichiello

      Notable absentees: Greg Bird, Nate Myles (World Cup), Beau Falloon (hamstring), Matt Srama (shoulder), Sam Irwin (ankle), Luke Bailey, Kevin Gordon, Ashley Harrison, David Mead, Brad Takairangi, Dave Taylor, Will Zillman

      SuperCoach players to watch: SuperCoaches will be hoping cheap centre Siuatonga Likiliki can impress and push past the likes of Brad Tighe, Maurice Blair and Brad Takairangi. Ryan James finished with a bang in 2013 - and SuperCoaches will be hoping he continues that form into the trials. He is one of the better mid-priced options at this stage given his great points per minute rate - now he just needs the minutes to match. Paul Carter looms as a potential cheapie due to the injuries to Falloon, Srama and Irwin, although only Srama is set to miss round one.

      Sunday 9 February, Bulldogs v Rabbitohs, Belmore Sports Ground, 5pm AEDT

      BULLDOGS: Harlan Alaalatoa, Kayne Brennan, Mitch Brown, Tim Browne, Lachlan Burr, Brad Clarke, Damien Cook, Greg Eastwood, Michael Ennis, Dale Finucane, Jaline Graham, James Graham, Trent Hodkinson, Krisnan Inu, Josh Jackson, Sam Kasiano, Tim Lafai, Drury Low, Moses Mbye, Josh Morris, Ed Murphy, Tom Murphy, Pat O'Hanlon, Lloyd Perrett, Sam Perrett, Tyrone Phillips, Frank Pritchard, John Sila, Chase Stanley, Corey Thompson, Patrick Templeman, Aiden Tolman, Tony Williams

      Analysis: The Bulldogs have named an enormous 33-man squad that includes every player in first grade contention other than Josh Reynolds (shoulder), David Klemmer (toe) and Reni Maitua (groin), who are all on track for round one.

      Notable inclusions: All World Cup players and star individuals other than the three injured players - Greg Eastwood, Michael Ennis, James Graham, Trent Hodkinson, Krisnan Inu, Josh Jackson, Sam Kasiano, Josh Morris, Sam Perrett, Frank Pritchard, Patrick Templeman, Aiden Tolman, Tony Williams

      Notable absentees: Josh Reynolds (shoulder), David Klemmer (toe), Reni Maitua (groin)

      SuperCoach players to watch: Cheapie options Tyrone Phillips and Patrick Templeman are in a four-way battle for Ben Barba's vacant fullback spot with veterans Josh Morris and Sam Perrett.

      RABBITOHS: 1. Nathan Merritt 2. Joel Reddy 3. Beau Champion 4. Dylan Walker 5. Alex Johnston 6. Luke Keary 7. Adam Reynolds (c) 8. Dave Tyrrell 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Joe Picker 11. Chris McQueen 12. Ben Te'o 13. Ben Lowe. Interchange: 14. Irae Simone 15. Kyle Turner 16. Lote Tuqiri 17. Matt Hyland 18. Nathaniel Neale 19. Tulsa Saumamao 20. Kirisome Auva'a 21. Cameron McInnes

      Analysis: Adam Reynolds captains a side missing six World Cup stars in Sam Burgess, George Burgess, Thomas Burgess, Bryson Goodwin, Greg Inglis and Issac Luke. With John Sutton also left out, Luke Keary gets the chance to push for a starting five-eighth spot, or a permanent bench utility spot. Beau Champion makes a long-awaited return from injury, while recruits Joel Reddy, Joe Picker and Lote Tuqiri make their club debuts.

      Notable inclusions: Nathan Merritt, Beau Champion, Dylan Walker, Luke Keary, Chris McQueen, Ben Te'o, Lote Tuqiri

      Notable absentees: Sam Burgess, George Burgess, Thomas Burgess, Bryson Goodwin, Greg Inglis, Issac Luke, John Sutton

      SuperCoach players to watch: SuperCoaches will be hoping for a big game from potential cheapie Luke Keary, who is pushing John Sutton for the five-eighth spot. Keep an eye on potential bargains Alex Johnson and Kirisome Auva'a given the Rabbitiohs lack depth in the backs following the exits of Matt King (retired), Andrew Everingham (Japanese rugby), Dylan Farrell (Dragons) and Justin Hunt (Eels). The Rabbitohs will also be stretched in the pack this year following the departures of Roy Asotasi (Warrington), Jeff Lima (Catalans) and Michael Crocker (retired). SuperCoaches will therefore be hoping for big showings by cheap youngsters Kyle Turner and Nathaniel Neale, although fellow bargain Chris Grevsmuhl won't play.

      Tom Sangster


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