Without a win, struggling to score points and facing a team flying high at the top of the table, Tigers coach Michael Maguire has made a massive playmaker call. Get all the R6 teams here.
Without a win, struggling to score points and facing a team flying high at the top of the table, Tigers coach Michael Maguire has made a massive playmaker call.
Get all the big Round 6 changes here for the Easter weekend of footy.
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ROUND 6 TEAMS
RAIDERS v COWBOYS
Thursday, 7.50pm, GIO Stadium, Canberra
1. Charnze Nicholl-Klokstad, 2. Nick Cotric, 3. Matt Timoko, 4. Semi Valemei, 5. Jordan Rapana, 6. Jack Wighton, 7. Brad Schneider, 8. Josh Papalii, 9. Tom Starling, 10. Joseph Tapine, 11. Corey Harawira-Naera, 12. Elliott Whitehead, 13. Ryan Sutton
Bench: 14. Xavier Savage, 15. Emre Guler, 16. Adam Elliott, 17. Corey Horsburgh
Reserves: 18. Sebastian Kris, 19. Hudson Young, 20. Matt Frawley, 21. Albert Hopoate, 22. Jarrod Croker, 23. Trey Mooney, 24. Peter Hola
TEAM NEWS: Coach Ricky Stuart has dropped utility half/hooker Matt Frawley off his bench in favour of speed machine Xavier Savage. Jarrod Wallace (reserves) has been strong in NSW Cup and is a chance to come into the starting lineup. Ryan Sutton is still preferred to Hudson Young at lock.
1. Scott Drinkwater, 2. Kyle Feldt, 3. Valentine Holmes, 4. Peta Hiku, 5. Murray Taulagi, 6. Tom Dearden, 7. Chad Townsend, 8. Jordan McLean, 9. Reece Robson, 10. Coen Hess, 11. Tom Gilbert, 12. Jeremiah Nanai, 13. Jason Taumalolo
Bench: 14. Jake Granville, 15. Helium Luki, 16. Reuben Cotter, 17. Connely Lemuelu
Reserves: 18. Emry Pere, 19. Brendan Elliot, 20. Riley Price, 21. Daejarn Asi, 22. Ben Condon, 23. Ben Hampton, 24. Tomas Chester
TEAM NEWS: The return of Coen Hess pushes Reuben Cotter to the bench, but it’s not doom and gloom for the popular SuperCoach buy as he is joined on the bench by centre-cum-second-row Connely Leumuelu, hooker Jake Granville and second-rower Heilum Luki. Cotter should still play plenty of minutes with Griffin Neme and Jamayne Taunoa-Brown (both Covid protocols) out.
RABBITOHS v BULLDOGS
Friday, 4pm, Accor Stadium, Sydney
1. Blake Taaffe, 2. Alex Johnston, 3. Taane Milne, 4. Campbell Graham, 5. Josh Mansour, 6. Cody Walker, 7. Lachlan Ilias, 8. Tevita Tatola, 9. Damien Cook, 10. Thomas Burgess, 11. Keaon Koloamatangi, 12. Jai Arrow, 13. Cameron Murray
Bench: 14. Hame Sele, 15. Jacob Host, 16. Davvy Moale, 17. Liam Knight
Reserves: 18. Siliva Havili, 19. Isaiah Tass, 20. Peter Mamouzelos, 21. Richard Kennar, 22. Dean Hawkins, 23. Jaxson Paulo, 24. Terrell Kalo Kalo
TEAM NEWS: Latrell Mitchell (hamstring) is out for approximately eight weeks which sees Blake Taafe slot into fullback in his place. Hame Sele is the man to fill Taaffe’s bench spot despite many thinking Siliva Havili might get the job.
1. Matt Dufty, 2. Brent Naden, 3. Braidon Burns, 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. Tevita Pangai Jr, 13. Josh Jackson
Bench: 14. Brandon Wakeham, 15. Chris Patolo, 16. Max King, 17. Joe Stimson
Reserves: 19. Bailey Biondi-Odo, 20. Reece Hoffman, 21. Aaron Schoupp, 22. Jackson Topine, 23. Ava Seumanufagai, 24. Josh Cook, 25. Corey Allen
TEAM NEWS: Coach Barrett has stuck by Kyle Flanagan in the halves and declined to make wholesale changes just swapping Chris Patolo from the reserves to the interchange in place of Ava Seumanufagai.
PANTHERS v BRONCOS
Friday, 7.55pm, BlueBet Stadium, Penrith
1. Dylan Edwards, 2. Charlie Staines, 3. Izack Tago, 4. Stephen Crichton, 5. Taylan May, 6. Jarome Luai, 7. Nathan Cleary, 8. Matthew Eisenhuth, 9. Api Koroisau, 10. James Fisher-Harris, 11. Viliame Kikau, 12. Liam Martin, 13. Isaah Yeo. Bench: 14. Mitch Kenny, 15. Scott Sorensen, 16. Spencer Leniu, 17. Jaeman Salmon
Reserves: 18. Robert Jennings, 19. Chris Smith, 20. J’Maine Hopgood, 21. Lindsay Smith, 22. Soni Luke, 23. Christian Chrichton, 24. Sean O’Sullivan
TEAM NEWS: Unchanged in a gift to rugby league journos on TLT.
1. Tesi Niu, 2. Corey Oates, 3. Kotoni Staggs, 4. Herbie Farnworth, 5. Selwyn Cobbo, 6. Billy Walters, 7. Adam Reynolds, 8. Keenan Palasia, 9. Jake Turpin, 10. Corey Jensen, 11. Kurt Capewell, 12. Jordan Riki, 13. Kobe Hetherington
Bench: 14. Ryan James, 15. Rhys Kennedy, 16. TC Robati, 17. Cory Paix
Reserves: 18. Tyson Gamble, 19. Delouise Hoeter, 20. Jordan Pereira, 21. Ezra Mam, 22. Te Maire Martin, 23. Ethan Quai-Ward, 24. Logan Bayliss
TEAM NEWS: Corey Jensen has big shoes to fill replacing Payne Haas (suspended) in the starting lineup. Rhys Kennedy joins the interchange.
SEA EAGLES v TITANS
Saturday, 5.30pm, 4 Pines Park, Sydney
1. Reuben Garrick, 2. Jason Saab, 3. Brad Parker, 4. Tolatau Koula, 5. Christian Tuipulotu, 6. Kieran Foran, 7. Daly Cherry-Evans, 8.Josh Aloiai, 9. Lachlan Croker, 10. Martin Taupau, 11. Haumole Olakau’atu, 12. Andrew Davey, 13. Jake Trbojevic
Bench: 14. Dylan Walker, 15. Karl Lawton, 16. Sean Keppie, 17. Taniela Paseka
Reserves: 18. Ethan Bullemor, 19. Ben Trbojevic 20. Toafofoa Sipley, 21. Jorge Taufua, 22. Kurt De Luis, 23. Kaeo Weekes, 24. James Roumanos
TEAM NEWS: Is this yet another work of fiction from Des Hasler? Marty Taupau has been named to start at prop but is not expected to play. Elsewhere, Tolu Koula has been named at centre, replacing Morgan Harper (Covid), and Reuben Garrick at fullback a combination that may eventuate unlike when Hasler named Koula at fullback a fortnight ago.
1. Jamayne Isaako, 2. Phillip Sami, 3.Brian Kelly, 4. Patrick Herbert, 5. Greg Marzhew, 6. AJ Brimson, 7. Toby Sexton, 8. Moeaki Fotuaika, 9. Erin Clark, 10. Isaac Liu, 11. David Fifita, 12. Beau Fermor, 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui
Bench: 14. Will Smith, 15. Sam Lisone, 16. Jaimin Jolliffe, 17. Jarrod Wallace
Reserves: 18. Paul Turner, 19. Kevin Proctor 20. Herman Ese’ese, 21. Sam McIntyre 22. Corey Thompson 23. Tanah Boyd 24. Sosefo Fifita
TEAM NEWS: Young fullback Jayden Campbell has not yet recovered gifting Jamayne Isaako another start at fullback for the Titans. Brian Kelly does return though which sees veteran Corey Thompson dropped to the reserves. The Titans have opted to run a three prop bench with Sam Lisone called in to replace Kevin Proctor.
STORM v SHARKS
Saturday, 7.35pm, AAMI Park, Melbourne
1. Ryan Papenhuyzen, 2. Nick Meaney, 3. Reimis Smith, 4. Justin Olam, 5. Xavier Coates, 6. Cameron Munster, 7. Jahrome Hughes, 8. Jesse Bromwich, 9. Harry Grant, 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 11. Felise Kaufusi, 12. Kenny Bromwich, 13. Josh King
Bench: 14. Brandon Smith, 15. Tyran Wishart, 16. Trent Loiero, 17. Tepai Moeroa
Reserves: 18. Chris Lewis, 19. Alec MacDonald, 20. Marion Seve, 21. Jordan Grant, 22. Jayden Nikorima, 23. Will Warbrick, 24. Sualauvi Faalogo
TEAM NEWS: Just one change, the Storm have dropped young prop Alec MacDonald off the bench in place of backup hooker Tyran Wishart indicating Brandon Smith will play though the middle.
1. Will Kennedy, 2. Sione Katoa, 3. Jesse Ramien, 4. Siosifa Talakai, 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo, 6. Matt Moylan, 7. Nicho Hynes, 8. Toby Rudolf, 9. Blayke Brailey, 10. Braden Hamlin-Uele, 11. Briton Nikora, 12. Teig Wilton, 13. Dale Finucane
Bench: 14. Aiden Tolman, 15. Cameron McInnes, 16. Jack Williams, 17. Andrew Fifita
Reserves: 18. Braydon Trindall, 19. Mawene Hiroti, 20. Lachlan Miller 21. Royce Hunt 22. Kade Dykes, 23. Jonaiah Lualua, 24. Franklin Pele
TEAM NEWS: He may be the NRL’s strongest man, but Royce Hunt cannot muscle his way onto the Cronulla bench, dropped in favour of Aiden Tolman in the only change.
ROOSTERS v WARRIORS
Sunday, 2pm, SCG, Sydney
1. James Tedesco, 2. Daniel Tupou, 3. Paul Momirovski, 4. Joey Manu, 5. Billy Smith, 6. Sam Walker, 7. Luke Keary, 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 9. Sam Verrills, 10. Lindsay Collins, 11. Nat Butcher, 12. Sitili Tupouniua, 13. Victor Radley
Bench: 14. Connor Watson, 15. Fletcher Baker, 16. Angus Crichton, 17. Siosiua Taukeiaho
Reserves: 18. Lachlan Lam, 19. Naufahu Whyte, 20. Adam Keighran, 21. Renouf Atoni, 22. Daniel Suluka-Fifita, 23. Joseph Suaalii 24. Drew Hutchison
TEAM NEWS: Key return for the Roosters with first-choice hooker Sam Verrills to play his first game of the season, coming straight into the starting lineup with Drew Hutchison dropping to the reserves. Veteran Siosiua Taukeiaho returns after missing last week and returns via the bench. Daniel Suluka-Fifita joins Hutchison in the reserves.
1. Reece Walsh, 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, 3. Jesse Arthars, 4. Adam Pompey, 5. Edward Kosi, 6. Chanel Harris-Tavita, 7. Shaun Johnson, 8. Addin Fonua-Blake, 9. Wayde Egan, 10. Matt Lodge, 11. Euan Aitken, 12. Bayley Sironen, 13. Josh Curran
Bench: 14. Kodi Nikorima, 15. Bunty Afoa, 16. Aaron Pene 17. Eliesa Katoa
Reserves: 18. Taniela Otukolo, 20. Viliami Vailea, 21. Pride Patterson-Robati, 22. Rocco Berry 23. Otukinekina Kepu , 24. Junior Ratuva, 25. Valingi Kepu
TEAM NEWS: With Marcelo Montoya to face the judiciary (contrary conduct) he has not been named and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak named in his place. Eliesa Katoa comes on to the bench in place of Jack Murchie
DRAGONS v KNIGHTS
Sunday, 4.05pm, WIN Stadium, Wollongong
1. Moses Mbye, 2. Mathew Feagai, 3. Moses Suli, 4. Zac Lomax, 5. Mikaele Ravalawa, 6. Jack Bird, 7. Ben Hunt, 8. Francis Molo, 9. Andrew McCullough, 10. Josh Kerr, 11. Tariq Sims, 12. Jaydn Su’A, 13. Jack De Belin
Bench: 14. Talatau Amone, 15. Blake Lawrie, 16. Josh McGuire, 17. George Burgess
Reserves: 18. Tautau Moga, 19. Jackson Ford, 20. Aaron Woods, 21. Tyrell Sloan, 22. Jack Gosiewski, 23.
TEAM NEWS: Coach Anthony Griffin is shuffling his deckchairs Aaron Woods dropped to the reserves and Josh Kerr named to start. Josh McGuire returns from suspension and is named on the interchange, joined there by George Burgess. Tyrell Sloan is still in the reserves and Talatau Amone on the interchange with the coach not trusting his young playmakers.
1. Kalyn Ponga, 2. Edrick Lee, 3. Dane Gagai, 4. Bradman Best, 5. Enari Tuala, 6. Jake Clifford, 7. Adam Clune, 8. David Klemmer, 9. Chris Randall, 10. Daniel Saifiti, 11. Tyson Frizell, 12. Brodie Jones, 13. Kurt Mann
Bench: 14. Phoenix Crossland, 15. Jacob Saifiti, 16. Leo Thompson 17. Sauaso Sue
Reserves: 18. Simi Sasagi, 19. Pasami Saulo, 20. Tex Hoy, 21. Jack Johns, 22. Jaron Purcell, 23. Dylan Lucas, 24. Brayden Musgrove
TEAM NEWS: Big Edrick Lee is finally back in the NRL and just in time too replacing the injured Dom Young on the wing. David Klemmer’s return is also fortuitous and he returns to the starting front row which sees Jacob Saifiti slide to the interchange.
EELS v TIGERS
Monday, 4pm, CommBank Stadium, Sydney
1. Clint Gutherson, 2. Will Penisini, 3. Tom Opacic, 4. Marata Niukore, 5. Bailey Simonsson, 6. Dylan Brown, 7. Mitchell Moses, 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard, 9. Reed Mahoney, 10. Oregon Kaufusi, 11. Shaun Lane, 12. Isaiah Papali’i, 13. Nathan Brown
Bench: 14. Makahesi Makatoa, 15. Ryan Matterson, 16. Hayze Perham, 17. Mitch Rein
Reserves: 18. Bryce Cartwright, 19. Jake Arthur, 20. Wiremu Greig, 21. Ky Rodwell, 22. Samuel Loizou, 23. Elie El-Zakhem, 24. Zac Cini
TEAM NEWS: Speaking of fortuitous returns, Marata Niukore is ready to play his first game of the season and he slots straight into centre allowing Will Penisini to move out to the wing replacing the injured Waqa Blake. Junior Paulo (suspended) is out so Oregon Kaufusi is set to start at prop. Shaun Lane pushed on to an edge, Ryan Matterson to the bench.
1. Daine Laurie, 2. Nofoaluma, 3. James Roberts, 4. Luke Garner, 5. Starford To’a, 6. Luke Brooks, 7. Jackson Hastings, 8. James Tamou, 9. Jake Simpkin, 10. Zane Musgrove, 11. Kelma Tuilagi, 12. Luciano Leilua, 13. Joe Ofahengaue.Bench: 14. Jock Madden, 15. Alex Twal, 16. Thomas Mikaele, 17. Alex Seyfarth
Reserves: 18. Tyrone Peachey, 19. Jacob Liddle, 20. Oliver Gildart, 21. Ken Maumalo, 22. Tukimihia Simpkins. 23. Junior Tupou, 24. Austin Dias
TEAM NEWS: Michael Maguire has had enough – and some injured players return. Jackson Hastings (suspension) returns, but he will swap positions with Luke Brooks and is named at seven instead of six. Daine Laurie (Covid) is back and starts at fullback which sees Star To’a move to the wing. James Roberts returns in the centres. Ken Maumalo may be a captain but he is not in the team and he is joined in the reserves by Jacob Liddle and Tyrone Peachey.
Originally published as NRL Round 6: Live teams talk, late mail and KFC SuperCoach NRL trade tips