Team Tips, Round 21, Latrell Mitchell, Reece Walsh, Nathan Cleary, Reece Walsh suspension, rugby league news, NRL scores

The Friday night fixture between the Rabbitohs and Broncos promises to be a mouthwatering clash with 10 stars returning, headlined by fullbacks Latrell Mitchell and Reece Walsh.

Nathan Cleary will be named at halfback for the Panthers, with their four Game III reps expected to play as well.

Meanwhile, the Knights welcome back experienced centre Dane Gagai.

Read on for the Team Tips for Round 17.

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St George Illawarra Dragons vs Wests Tigers at WIN Stadium, 7.50pm AEST

Last week’s Dragons team: 1. Paul Turner 2. Mathew Feagai 3. Moses Suli 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Talatau Amone 7. Jayden Sullivan 8. Francis Molo 9. Jacob Liddle 10. Blake Lawrie 11. Ben Murdoch-Masila 22. Billy Burns 13. Jack de Belin 14. Moses Mbye 15. Michael Molo 16. Toby Couchman 17. Dan Russell

Team Tips: Ben Hunt will return from Origin duties and start at halfback. Jayden Sullivan (hamstring) is likely to miss the rest of the season as will Jaydn Su’A (shoulder). The Sullivan injury means Moses Mbye likely retains his spot on the interchange bench. The Dragons have a fullback quandry with Tyrell Sloan (calf) and Paul Turner (hip) sustaining last start injuries, however both could be available for selection. If not, Mbye may be asked to step up at the back. Jack Bird returned from injury through the NSW Cup last week and will likely slot into the starting back row for Ben Murdoch-Masila (knee) who will miss three-four weeks.

Last week’s Tigers team: 1. Jahream Bula 2. Asu Kepaoa 3. Starford To’a 4. Tommy Talau 5. Junior Tupou 6. Will Smith 7. Brandon Wakeham 8. Stefano Utoikamanu 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. David Klemmer 11. Isaiah Papali’i 12. John Bateman 13. Fonua Pole 14. Jake Simpkin 15. Shawn Blore 16. Alex Twal 17. Alex Seyfarth

Team Tips: Charlie Staines may return from illness this week and if he’s ready, he’ll likely find himself on one wing at the expense of either Junior Tupou or Asu Kepaoa.


Warriors vs Canberra Raiders at Go Media Stadium, 6.00pm AEST

Last week’s Warriors team: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Rocco Berry 4. Adam Pompey 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Luke Metcalf 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 16. Tom Ale 10. Mitchell Barnett 11. Jackson Ford 13. Tohu Harris 12. Josh Curran 14. Freddy Lussick 15. Bayley Sironen 17. Dylan Walker.

Team Tips: Shaun Johnson came off early against the Sharks but he should be fine to go this week. Bunty Afoa (concussion) will return.

Last week’s Raiders team: 1. Sebastian Kris 2. Albert Hopoate 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Matthew Timoko 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Jamal Fogarty 13. Ata Mariota 9. Zac Woolford 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 18. Matt Frawley 8. Emre Guler 14. Tom Starling 15. Trey Mooney 17. Peter Hola

Team Tips: The Raiders’ forward pack will benefit from the return of Josh Papalii (hamstring) and Corey Horsburgh (Origin duties). Peter Hola and Trey Mooney are likely the two players who will make way. Jack Wighton played in the forwards in the win over the Dragons, but will move back to five-eighth, pushing Matt Frawley out of the side.

SJ stars in Warriors big win over Sharks | 02:21

South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Brisbane Broncos at Sunshine Coast Stadium, 8.00pm AEST

Last week’s Rabbitohs team: 1. Blake Taaffe 2. Alex Johnston 3. Isaiah Tass 18. Richard Kennar 5. Tyrone Munro 6. Dean Hawkins 7. Lachlan Ilias 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Siliva Havili 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Ben Lovett 4. Taane Milne 13. Shaquai Mitchell 14. Peter Mamouzelos 15. Tallis Duncan 16. Davvy Moale 21. Liam Knight

Team Tips: Huge news for the Rabbitohs, with Latrell Mitchell back in the side. He’ll play fullback with the in-form Blake Taaffe likely to be an unlucky omission. South Sydney’s Origin stars Cody Walker, Cam Murray, Damien Cook and Keaon Kolomatangi return, as does Campbell Graham, who will line up at centre at the expense of Richard Kennar. Jai Arrow is close to a return. Jacob Host is available for selection as well.

Last week’s Broncos team: 1. Tristan Sailor 16. Jesse Arthars 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Selwyn Cobbo 6. Ezra Mam 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Keenan Palasia 9. Billy Walters 10. Corey Jensen 11. Kurt Capewell 12. Brendan Piakura 13. Kobe Hetherington 14. Tyson Smoothy 15. Xavier Willison 17. Martin Taupau 18. Deine Mariner

Team Tips: Reece Walsh (suspension) returns for this blockbuster as does Pat Carrigan, Payne Haas and Tom Flegler. Adam Reynolds didn’t finish the Bulldogs clash but Kevin Walters said that was precautionary so he’ll take the field against his old club.

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Gold Coast Titans vs Sydney Roosters at Cbus Super Stadium, 3.00pm AEST

Last week’s Titans team: 14. Jayden Campbell 2. Alofiana Khan-Pereira 3. Brian Kelly 17. Jojo Fifita 5. Phillip Sami 6. Kieran Foran 7. Tanah Boyd 8. Moeaki Fotuaika 9. Sam Verrills 15. Chris Randall 11. David Fifita 12. Klese Haas 13. Isaac Liu 4. Aaron Schoupp 10. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 16. Erin Clark 19. Jacob Alick

Team Tips: The big news for the Titans is the suspension of Tino Fa’asuamaleaui, who will miss the next three games with an early plea for a shoulder charge. Chris Randall likely starts in his place with Tino’s brother Iszac to come off the bench. Jayden Campbell will go back to the pine with AJ Brimson returning from a week off (rested). After missing a week because of a concussion, Joe Stimson will return to the forward pack at the expense of Klese Haas.

Last week’s Roosters team: 4. Joseph Manu 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Billy Smith 5. Joseph Suaalii 21. Fetalaiga Pauga 6. Luke Keary 7. Sandon Smith 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Turpin 10. Lindsay Collins 11. Victor Radley 12. Nat Butcher 13. Nathan Brown 14. Brandon Smith 15. Egan Butcher 16. Siua Wong 17. Naufahu Whyte

Team Tips: Captain James Tedesco is back in the line up after being rested against the Storm. Joey Manu will move back into the centres with Joseph Suaalii shifting to wing. Sam Walker is still battling injury with no timeline for his return.

Roosters finals hopes on the ropes | 04:37

Newcastle Knights vs Melbourne Storm at McDonald Jones Stadium, 5.30pm AEST

Last week’s Knights team: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Dominic Young 19. Enari Tuala 4. Bradman Best 5. Greg Marzhew 6. Tyson Gamble 7. Jackson Hastings 8. Daniel Saifiti 9. Phoenix Crossland 10. Leo Thompson 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 13. Adam Elliott 14. Kurt Mann 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Jack Hetherington 17. Mathew Croker

Team Tips: Newcastle will be boosted by the return of Dane Gagai from a foot injury. He’ll replace Enari Tuala in the starting line up.

Last week’s Storm team: 1. Nick Meaney 2. William Warbrick 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 5. Xavier Coates 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Tui Kamikamica 9. Harry Grant 10. Christian Welch 11. Trent Loiero 12. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 13. Josh King 14. Tyran Wishart 15. Tom Eisenhuth 16. Tariq Sims 19. Alec MacDonald

Team Tips: Expect Craig Bellamy to name the same side that handily defeated the Roosters last week although Elisea Katoa (eye) is edging closer to a return.

North Queensland Cowboys vs Parramatta Eels at Queensland Country Bank Stadium, 7.35pm AEST

Last week’s Cowboys team: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Semi Valemei 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. Luciano Leilua 12. Jeremiah Nanai 13. Reuben Cotter 14. Jake Granville 15. Griffin Neame 16. Jason Taumalolo 17. Kulikefu Finefeuiaki

Team Tips: The Cowboys are flying with this line up and importantly are mostly “healthy” according to coach Todd Payten. The exception is Heilum Luki (facial fracture), who is is due to return shortly.

Last week’s Eels team: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Will Penisini 4. Bailey Simonsson 5. Sean Russell 6. Daejarn Asi 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Brendan Hands 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Bryce Cartwright 13. J’maine Hopgood 14. Luca Moretti 15. Joe Ofahengaue 16. Andrew Davey 17. Ryan Matterson

Team Tips: Parra cop a double blow with Maika Sivo and Reagan Campbell-Gillard to be suspended for three and four weeks respectively with early pleas. Isaac Lumelume and Ofahiki Ogden are the two would come into the side for Sivo and Campbell-Gillard.

Maika Sivo will miss three weeks if he takes an early plea for a high shot.Source: Getty Images


Penrith Panthers vs Canterbury Bulldogs at BlueBet Stadium, 2.00pm AEST

Last week’s Panthers team: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Sunia Turuva 3. Izack Tago 21. Tyrone Peachey 22. Tom Jenkins 6. Jarome Luai 7. Jack Cogger 8. Moses Leota 9. Mitch Kenny 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Scott Sorensen 18. Zac Hosking 19. Matt Eisenhuth 14. Soni Luke 15. Lindsay Smith 16. Spencer Leniu 17. Jaeman Salmon 18. Zac Hosking 19. Matt Eisenhuth 20. Luke Garner

Team Tips: Coach Ivan Cleary has confirmed his son, Nathan will return against the Bulldogs. Last week’s game against the Dolphins was initially the target, but Penrith elected to err on the side of caution with the star halfback. Jack Cogger has done an admirable job in Cleary’s absence but will be omitted. Origin reps Brian To’o, Stephen Crichton, Isaah Yeo and Liam Martin are all back after being rested.

Last week’s Bulldogs team: 1. Jake Averillo 2. Blake Wilson 3. Braidon Burns 4. Jacob Kiraz 20. Jeral Skelton 6. Matt Burton 7. Toby Sexton 8. Max King 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 11. Jackson Topine 12. Jacob Preston 13. Corey Waddell 14. Kyle Flanagan 15. Kurtis Morrin 16. Tevita Pangai Junior 17. Jayden Okunbor

Team Tips: Braidon Burns didn’t return after injuring his abdomen against the Broncos. He’s unlikely to play so expect Hayze Perham to regain his spot in the first grade side. Toby Sexton failed a HIA after copping a forearm/knee combo from Selwyn Cobbo and has been stood down for the mandatory 11-day period. Kyle Flanagan likely replaces him in the halves. Josh Addo-Carr isn’t expected to return for a few more weeks after injuring a hamstring in Origin Game III.

Toby Sexton has been stood down for the mandatory 11-day period for failing a HIA after a collision with Broncos winger Selwyn Cobbo.Source: Supplied

Cronulla Sharks vs Manly Sea Eagles at PointsBet Stadium, 4.05pm AEST

Last week’s Sharks team: 1. William Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Siosifa Talakai 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Nicho Hynes 8. Oregon Kaufusi 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Toby Rudolf 11. Briton Nikora 12. Teig Wilton 13. Cameron McInnes 14. Wade Graham 15. Thomas Hazelton 16. Jack Williams 17. Jesse Colquhoun.

Team Tips: Captain Dale Finucane (suspension) and Braden Hamlin-Uele (rib injury) are back for the Sharks. They’ll probably be without consistent second rower Teig Wilton for some time after he was helped off against the Warriors with a knee injury.

Last week’s Sea Eagles team: 1. Reuben Garrick 2. Jason Saab 3. Brad Parker 4. Tolutau Koula 5. Christian Tuipulotu 6. Josh Schuster 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Taniela Paseka 9. Lachlan Croker 17. Josh Aloiai 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Kelma Tuilagi 13. Jake Trbojevic 10. Toafofoa Sipley 14. Dean Matterson 15. Aaron Woods 16. Ethan Bullemor

Team Tips: Sea Eagles coach Anthony Seibold was disappointed in his bench against the Cowboys, stating “We need more from the rest of our bench. I feel as though they need to add a bit more when they come on.” This, coupled with new recruit Matt Lodge’s best afield performance for Blacktown in NSW Cup could see the prop named in the first grade side.

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