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Newtown Jets v Mounties
Shark Park
Saturday, 23 March - 12.45pm
Live on Fox League

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Jets is number 1 William Kennedy
    Fullback for Mounties is number 1 Brad Abbey
  • Winger for Jets is number 2 Isaac Lumelume
    Winger for Mounties is number 2 Tony Satini
  • Centre for Jets is number 3 Bronson Xerri
    Centre for Mounties is number 3 Reubenn Rennie
  • Centre for Jets is number 4 Jackson Ferris
    Centre for Mounties is number 4 Sebastian Kris
  • Winger for Jets is number 5 Matt Evans
    Winger for Mounties is number 23 Bailey Simonsson
  • Five-Eighth for Jets is number 15 Braydon Trindall
    Five-Eighth for Mounties is number 6 Ata Hingano
  • Halfback for Jets is number 7 Kyle Flanagan
    Halfback for Mounties is number 20 Sam Williams

Forwards

  • Prop for Jets is number 8 Jaimin Jolliffe
    Prop for Mounties is number 24 Jack Murchie
  • Hooker for Jets is number 9 James Segeyaro
    Hooker for Mounties is number 9 Tom Starling
  • Prop for Jets is number 10 Braden Hamlin-Uele
    Prop for Mounties is number 10 Royce Hunt
  • 2nd Row for Jets is number 16 Josh Carr
    2nd Row for Mounties is number 11 Reuben Porter
  • 2nd Row for Jets is number 12 Siosifa Talakai
    2nd Row for Mounties is number 12 Hudson Young
  • Lock for Jets is number 13 Greg Eastwood
    Lock for Mounties is number 13 Luke Bateman

Interchange

  • Interchange for Jets is number 14 Billy Magoulias
    Interchange for Mounties is number 7 Brendan O'Hagan
  • Interchange for Jets is number 17 Daniel Vasquez
    Interchange for Mounties is number 22 JJ Collins
  • Interchange for Jets is number 21 Wesley Lolo
    Interchange for Mounties is number 8 Emre Guler
  • Interchange for Jets is number 11 Anthony Moraitis
    Interchange for Mounties is number 21 Steve Tavita

The Jets welcome back Kyle Flanagan at halfback in a huge boost for the side after an opening round loss to the Knights. Expect them to thrive in-front of their home crowd at Henson Park. 

The Mounties can take confidence from their 28-all draw against the Dragons after trailing early in the first-half with back-rower Hudson Young coming off a strong performance after crossing for two tries and working tirelessly in defence. 

Soward says: Going into Round One you're excited to play but for the Mounties coming away with a draw is a bit of a weird feeling, but they had their chances and they probably surprised a few people with their performance. For the Jets, they get Kyle Flanagan back who is an NRL-quality player and it will be interesting to see how he plays without Blayke Brailey. They're at Henson Park which is a huge advantage but I like the Mounties. Mounties by 4. 

South Sydney Rabbitohs v St George Illawarra Dragons
Metricon High Performance Centre.
Saturday, 23 March - 2.00pm
Rabbitohs v Dragons

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Rabbitohs is number 1 Corey Allan
    Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Tristan Sailor
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 2 Mawene Hiroti
    Winger for Dragons is number 2 Lachlan Maranta
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 3 Jacob Gagan
    Centre for Dragons is number 19 Zac Lomax
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 4 Cory Denniss
    Centre for Dragons is number 4 Steven Marsters
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 18 Dylan O'Connor
    Winger for Dragons is number 5 Jonus Pearson
  • Five-Eighth for Rabbitohs is number 6 Bayley Sironen
    Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Jai Field
  • Halfback for Rabbitohs is number 11 Jack Johns
    Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Eli Levido

Forwards

  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 8 Tom Amone
    Prop for Dragons is number 22 Luciano Leilua
  • Hooker for Rabbitohs is number 9 Billy Brittain
    Hooker for Dragons is number 9 Reece Robson
  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 10 Rhys Kennedy
    Prop for Dragons is number 21 Mitchell Allgood
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 17 Trent Peoples
    2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Joe Lovodua
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 12 Dean Britt
    2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Jackson Ford
  • Lock for Rabbitohs is number 13 Keaon Koloamatangi
    Lock for Dragons is number 17 Josh Kerr

Interchange

  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 14 Ky Rodwell
    Interchange for Dragons is number 3 Charly Runciman
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 15 Lucky Taavale
    Interchange for Dragons is number 8 Pio Sokobalavu
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 16 Brock Gray
    Interchange for Dragons is number 10 Lachlan Timm
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 20 Lyndon Hills
    Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Jayden Morgan

The Rabbitohs opened their 2019 campaign with an 18-14 victory over the North Sydney Bears on the back of dominant performances from Billy Brittain, Dean Britt and Tom Amone. 

They will rue the loss of Amone as they take on a Dragons forward-pack who boasts the likes of Jackson Ford and Mitchell Allgood. The Dragons will be desperate to record their first win of the season but losing Darren Nicholls to a fractured scapula will significantly hurt their chances. 

Soward says: I like the Rabbitohs after their performance last week and Connor Tracey just looks outstanding and they have a nice hard working forward-pack. I think they'll get the job done this week against the Dragons – they have no Darren Nicholls and when you lose your halfback it's hard to bring guys in. It will be interesting to see how they go, especially Reece Robson and Jai Field. Rabbitohs by 10. 

Newcastle Knights v Penrith Panthers
McDonald Jones Stadium
Saturday, 23 March - 3.15pm

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Knights is number 1 Tex Hoy
    Fullback for Panthers is number 1 Caleb Aekins
  • Winger for Knights is number 2 Kiah Cooper
    Winger for Panthers is number 21 Brent Naden
  • Centre for Knights is number 3 Mitchell Andrews
    Centre for Panthers is number 3 Jed Cartwright
  • Centre for Knights is number 18 Heath Gibbs
    Centre for Panthers is number 4 Tyrone Phillips
  • Winger for Knights is number 5 Jacob Gagai
    Winger for Panthers is number 5 Brian To'o
  • Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Phoenix Crossland
    Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 17 Jarome Luai
  • Halfback for Knights is number 7 Mason Lino
    Halfback for Panthers is number 7 Liam Coleman

Forwards

  • Prop for Knights is number 8 Jirah Momoisea
    Prop for Panthers is number 15 Tim Grant
  • Hooker for Knights is number 9 Zac Woolford
    Hooker for Panthers is number 9 Mitchell Kenny
  • Prop for Knights is number 10 Tevita Alifa
    Prop for Panthers is number 13 Kaide Ellis
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Beau Fermor
    2nd Row for Panthers is number 11 Matheson Johns
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Brodie Jones
    2nd Row for Panthers is number 18 Liam Martin
  • Lock for Knights is number 13 Jamie Buhrer
    Lock for Panthers is number 10 Paea Pua

Interchange

  • Interchange for Knights is number 14 Chris Randall
    Interchange for Panthers is number 6 Isaac Thompson
  • Interchange for Knights is number 15 Sam Stone
    Interchange for Panthers is number 8 Nick Lui-Toso
  • Interchange for Knights is number 16 Zac Hosking
    Interchange for Panthers is number 12 Billy Burns
  • Interchange for Knights is number 17 Ben Thomas
    Interchange for Panthers is number 16 Vasilli Tsikrikas

The Knights surprised plenty with an upset victory over the Jets on Friday afternoon and they have a perfect chance to cement their credentials against the Panthers. 

They welcome experienced campaigner Mason Lino into the side while Tautau Moga was again named in the centres. The Panthers will take confidence from their 22-12 win over Wentworthville Magpies with Caleb Aekins continuing his blistering 2018 form with a strong showing in the No.1 jersey. 

Soward says: Knights were the biggest surprise packets in Round 1, they jumped out of the gates and have some quality in their side but now they welcome Mason Lino into the side. The Panthers will roll on after they were outstanding at home on the weekend and will be interesting to see how mch better they are against the Workers. Panthers by 4.

Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles v North Sydney Bears
Lottoland
Saturday, 23 March - 5.20pm

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Leva Li
    Fullback for Bears is number 1 Kieren Moss
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Abbas Miski
    Winger for Bears is number 2 Asu Kepaoa
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Dane Aukafolau
    Centre for Bears is number 3 Ed Murphy
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Alfred Smalley
    Centre for Bears is number 4 James Tuitahi
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 5 John Tohi
    Winger for Bears is number 5 Bernard Lewis
  • Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Luke Metcalf
    Five-Eighth for Bears is number 16 Drew Hutchison
  • Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 14 Tyran Ott
    Halfback for Bears is number 7 Brock Lamb

Forwards

  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 8 Andy Saunders
    Prop for Bears is number 15 Max Bailey
  • Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 19 Zach Dockar-Clay
    Hooker for Bears is number 9 Bradley Deitz
  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 25 Lloyd Perrett
    Prop for Bears is number 8 John Tuivaiti
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Tyler Cassel
    2nd Row for Bears is number 10 Tom Freebairn
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 18 Haumole Olakau'atu
    2nd Row for Bears is number 12 Josh Curran
  • Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Sean Keppie
    Lock for Bears is number 13 Nat Butcher

Interchange

  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 12 Josh Martin
    Interchange for Bears is number 14 Sam Verrills
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 15 Francis Laloua-Tui
    Interchange for Bears is number 17 Fletcher Baker
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 22 Fred Junior Mauala
    Interchange for Bears is number 20 Jerry Key
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 24 Denzal Tonise
    Interchange for Bears is number 18 Edenn Rogers-Smith

It was a tough start for the Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles after their 23-4 loss to the Magpies on Saturday. Coach Steven Hales will be looking for an improved defensive performance, particularly against a Bears side who managed to cross for three first-half tries in dismal conditions at Redfern Oval.

Bears five-eighth Lachlan Lam starred with two try-assists and constantly threatened despite the loss, while Captain Nat Butcher put in a mammoth performance with 46 tackles and 237 run metres. 

Soward says: I really like the looks of this Bears side, and in particular Lachlan Lam – I think training under Cooper Cronk has taken his game to the next level. I'd like to see him get more involved and I thought he sat back a bit late in the game when it was on the line. The Sea Eagles, however, they tried hard but I think they're going to take some time and I think they're going to see their lack of depth show. Bears by 10. 

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v Wentworthville Magpies
Leichhardt Oval
Sunday, 24 March - 1.10pm
Live on Channel Nine and 9NOW

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Nick Meaney
    Fullback for Magpies is number 1 Josh Bergamin
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Tuipulotu Katoa
    Winger for Magpies is number 3 Damon Goolagong
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Morgan Harper
    Centre for Magpies is number 2 Josh Minhinnick
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 John Olive
    Centre for Magpies is number 4 Ethan Parry
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Jayden Okunbor
    Winger for Magpies is number 5 Greg Leleisiuao
  • Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Jesse Marschke
    Five-Eighth for Magpies is number 9 Brad Keighran
  • Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Jack Cogger
    Halfback for Magpies is number 7 Henry Raiwalui

Forwards

  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Francis Tualau
    Prop for Magpies is number 8 Mitchell Butfield
  • Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Ben Marschke
    Hooker for Magpies is number 20 Matt McIlwrick
  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Ofahiki Ogden
    Prop for Magpies is number 10 Tekina Vailea
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Bronson Garlick
    2nd Row for Magpies is number 18 Andrew Davey
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Rhyse Martin
    2nd Row for Magpies is number 21 Salesi Fainga'a
  • Lock for Bulldogs is number 20 Chris Smith
    Lock for Magpies is number 13 Ray Stone

Interchange

  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 13 James Roumanos
    Interchange for Magpies is number 6 Dylan Izzard
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Jack Nelson
    Interchange for Magpies is number 11 Haimona Hiroti
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Tony Matautia
    Interchange for Magpies is number 15 Jacob Esau
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 17 Austin Dias
    Interchange for Magpies is number 16 D'Rhys Miller

The Bulldogs held off a fast-finishing Warriors outfit to record a 19-14 victory away from home and will take that confidence into this Sunday's clash against hte Magpies. 

Nick Meaney shone brightly in the No.1 jersey with a first-half try while Jack Cogger controlled the game nicely with a pin-point kicking game. 

Wentworthville had their work cut out for them against the Panthers but have the perfect chance to bounce back into the winners circle against the Bulldogs. 

Bevan French was again named on the Parramatta Eels extended bench but may take his place at fullback this Sunday. 

Soward says: I don't think the Bulldogs are playing their best squad playing in the NRL at the moment – they have so many NRL-quality players in their Canterbury Cup NSW side and I'd envision Rhyse Martin, Jack Cogger and Nick Meaney being in the first-grade team. They come up against the Magpies who I've tipped to come last but I think Rip Taylor will just be looking for some consistent efforts back-to-back and just need to find some momentum. Bulldogs by 10. 

Western Suburbs Magpies v Warriors
Campbelltown Stadium
Sunday, 24 March - 3.55pm

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Magpies is number 1 Dylan Smith
    Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Patrick Herbert
  • Winger for Magpies is number 3 Watson Heleta
    Winger for Warriors is number 2 Edward Kosi
  • Centre for Magpies is number 6 Tyson Gamble
    Centre for Warriors is number 3 Gerard Beale
  • Centre for Magpies is number 4 Kane McQuiggin
    Centre for Warriors is number 15 Paulos Latu
  • Winger for Magpies is number 5 Bilal Maarbani
    Winger for Warriors is number 18 Setu Tu
  • Five-Eighth for Magpies is number 19 Josh Reynolds
    Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Hayze Perham
  • Halfback for Magpies is number 7 Kauri Aupouri-Puketapu
    Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Chanel Harris-Tavita

Forwards

  • Prop for Magpies is number 8 Oliver Clark
    Prop for Warriors is number 8 Chris Satae
  • Hooker for Magpies is number 18 Braden Robson
    Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Karl Lawton
  • Prop for Magpies is number 21 Matthew Eisenhuth
    Prop for Warriors is number 10 Tom Ale
  • 2nd Row for Magpies is number 11 Sam McIntyre
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Blake Ayshford
  • 2nd Row for Magpies is number 15 Dylan Clifford
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Leivaha Pulu
  • Lock for Magpies is number 13 Robbie Rochow
    Lock for Warriors is number 16 Clayton Williams

Interchange

  • Interchange for Magpies is number 14 Patrice Siolo
    Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Sam Cook
  • Interchange for Magpies is number 16 Joseph Ratuvakacereivalu
    Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Preston Riki
  • Interchange for Magpies is number 20 Elia Faatui
    Interchange for Warriors is number 20 Tahi Baggaley
  • Interchange for Magpies is number 9 Soni Luke
    Interchange for Warriors is number 21 Phillip Makatoa

It was a strong performance from the Magpies in their first game of the Canterbury Cup NSW season and may welcome Josh Reynolds into the side after he was named on the Wests Tigers extended bench. 

Look for his competitive edge to prove infectious amongst the Magpies squad with a potential halves combination of Tyson Gamble and Reynolds significantly boosting their chances of back-to-back wins. 

The Warriors were disappointing in their loss to the Bulldogs but expect Hayze Perham and Chanel Harris-Tavtia to spark their side with their attacking flair.  

Soward says: It's a massive battle of the halves. The Warriors were disappointing last week but they have some quality players like Gerard Beale come into the side. The Magpies were very impressive last week, and Tyson Gamble starred. I think it's going to be one of those games where both sides get opportunities which they might miss but also come up with some big plays. I can't separate them so I'm tipping a draw.