True Blue and Channel Nine commentator Jamie Soward previews all the action ahead of Magic Round in the Canterbury Cup NSW. 

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v Western Suburbs Magpie
Panthers Stadium
Saturday, 18 May – 10.50am

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Connelly Leumelu
    Fullback for Magpies is number 1 Dylan Smith
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Tuipulotu Katoa
    Winger for Magpies is number 23 David Nofoaluma
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Morgan Harper
    Centre for Magpies is number 3 Paul Momirovski
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Kerrod Holland
    Centre for Magpies is number 4 Kane McQuiggin
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Christian Crichton
    Winger for Magpies is number 5 Kane Bradley
  • Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Jesse Marschke
    Five-Eighth for Magpies is number 6 Tyson Gamble
  • Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Alex Seve
    Halfback for Magpies is number 7 Kauri Aupouri-Puketapu

Forwards

  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Jack Nelson
    Prop for Magpies is number 15 Oliver Clark
  • Hooker for Bulldogs is number 22 Michael Lichaa
    Hooker for Magpies is number 19 Jacob Liddle
  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Renouf Toomaga
    Prop for Magpies is number 10 Russell Packer
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Bronson Garlick
    2nd Row for Magpies is number 11 Sam McIntyre
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 19 Raymond Faitala-Mariner
    2nd Row for Magpies is number 16 Luke Garner
  • Lock for Bulldogs is number 13 Kayne Kalache
    Lock for Magpies is number 13 Elijah Taylor

Interchange

  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 12 Tony Matautia
    Interchange for Magpies is number 9 Braden Robson
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 James Roumanos
    Interchange for Magpies is number 12 Robbie Rochow
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Austin Dias
    Interchange for Magpies is number 18 Alex Seyfarth
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Elie El-Zakhem
    Interchange for Magpies is number 8 Joseph Ratuvakacereivalu

Soward says: I expect this to be a close game. The Bulldogs have shown in patches this year that they are going to be better than I predicted but they’ve also had some really disappointing performances. We’ll have to wait and see what players they’ll have in their squad once Dean Pay makes his selection. Western Suburbs has surprised me in terms of the guys they’ve had in and around their squad. Both teams have been victims of their NRL side throughout the year. Magpies by 2.  

Penrith Panthers v Warriors
Panthers Stadium
Saturday, 18 May – 12.45pm
Broadcast LIVE on Fox League

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Panthers is number 1 Caleb Aekins
    Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Hayze Perham
  • Winger for Panthers is number 2 Josh Mansour
    Winger for Warriors is number 2 Adam Pompey
  • Centre for Panthers is number 3 Brayden McGrady
    Centre for Warriors is number 18 Gerard Beale
  • Centre for Panthers is number 4 Matheson Johns
    Centre for Warriors is number 4 Solomone Kata
  • Winger for Panthers is number 5 Brent Naden
    Winger for Warriors is number 3 Taane Milne
  • Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 Daine Laurie
    Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Adam Keighran
  • Halfback for Panthers is number 7 Kurt Falls
    Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Chanel Harris-Tavita

Forwards

  • Prop for Panthers is number 8 Spencer Leniu
    Prop for Warriors is number 8 Chris Satae
  • Hooker for Panthers is number 9 Mitchell Kenny
    Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Sean Mullany
  • Prop for Panthers is number 16 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
    Prop for Warriors is number 10 Sam Lisone
  • 2nd Row for Panthers is number 11 Shawn Blore
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Blake Ayshford
  • 2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 William Burns
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 20 Adam Blair
  • Lock for Panthers is number 18 Frank Winterstein
    Lock for Warriors is number 12 Leivaha Pulu

Interchange

  • Interchange for Panthers is number 15 Bradley Gaut
    Interchange for Warriors is number 13 Jackson Frei
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 10 Nick Lui-Toso
    Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Tom Ale
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 13 Reed Izzard
    Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 17 Ratu Tuisese
    Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Paul Turner

Soward says: This will be tough for the Warriors who are coming over to Penrith Stadium and the Panthers are bolstered with NRL experience in Josh Mansour, Calebs Aekins, and Wayde Egan. If the Panthers go out there and do their job and not try and individualise their performances, they’ll take the win. Warriors have struggled this year with not much depth outside their top squad but their halves in Keighran and Harris-Tavita will be better together. IN saying that, Panthers should prevail comfortably. Panthers by 20. 

Mounties v South Sydney Rabbitohs
Panthers Stadium
Saturday 18 May – 3.00pm

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Mounties is number 1 Brad Abbey
    Fullback for Rabbitohs is number 20 James Tautaiolefua
  • Winger for Mounties is number 2 Tony Satini
    Winger for Rabbitohs is number 1 Leigh Higgins
  • Centre for Mounties is number 3 Reubenn Rennie
    Centre for Rabbitohs is number 3 Jacob Gagan
  • Centre for Mounties is number 4 Harley Smith-Shields
    Centre for Rabbitohs is number 19 Levi Dodd
  • Winger for Mounties is number 5 Andre Niko
    Winger for Rabbitohs is number 5 Dylan O'Connor
  • Five-Eighth for Mounties is number 6 Ata Hingano
    Five-Eighth for Rabbitohs is number 12 Jack Johns
  • Halfback for Mounties is number 7 Aidan Sezer
    Halfback for Rabbitohs is number 7 Dean Hawkins

Forwards

  • Prop for Mounties is number 8 Emre Guler
    Prop for Rabbitohs is number 8 Tom Amone
  • Hooker for Mounties is number 9 Tom Starling
    Hooker for Rabbitohs is number 18 Joshua Cook
  • Prop for Mounties is number 10 Vincent Rennie
    Prop for Rabbitohs is number 10 Ky Rodwell
  • 2nd Row for Mounties is number 11 Reuben Porter
    2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 11 Keaon Koloamatangi
  • 2nd Row for Mounties is number 12 Jarrett Boland
    2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 17 Trent Peoples
  • Lock for Mounties is number 15 Dan Keir
    Lock for Rabbitohs is number 14 Brock Gray

Interchange

  • Interchange for Mounties is number 13 Steve Tavita
    Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 4 Tarquinn Butler
  • Interchange for Mounties is number 14 Kyle Paterson
    Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 15 Lyndon Hills
  • Interchange for Mounties is number 16 Darby Medlyn
    Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 16 Yileen Gordon
  • Interchange for Mounties is number 19 Duwanye Mariner
    Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 21 Lucky Taavale

Soward says: Coach  Peter Marrapodi will be looking to bounce back after last week’s loss. He’s had guys come back in and around this team and that would not have been good enough last week. On the other hand, Shane Millard wasn’t happy with the NSW Residents performance in terms of their start to the game, so I'm expecting the Rabbitohs to start their game tight and captain Billy Brittain will have a big say right from opening kick-off. Rabbitohs by 4.

North Sydney Bears v Wentworthville Magpies
Henson Park
Sunday 19 May – 11.00am

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Bears is number 1 Kieren Moss
    Fullback for Magpies is number 19 Bevan French
  • Winger for Bears is number 19 Curtis Johnston
    Winger for Magpies is number 2 Haze Dunster
  • Centre for Bears is number 3 Ed Murphy
    Centre for Magpies is number 3 Josh Minhinnick
  • Centre for Bears is number 4 James Tuitahi
    Centre for Magpies is number 4 Ethan Parry
  • Winger for Bears is number 5 Bernard Lewis
    Winger for Magpies is number 5 Greg Leleisiuao
  • Five-Eighth for Bears is number 6 Drew Hutchison
    Five-Eighth for Magpies is number 6 Henry Raiwalui
  • Halfback for Bears is number 7 Brock Lamb
    Halfback for Magpies is number 7 Rhys Davies

Forwards

  • Prop for Bears is number 17 John Tuivaiti
    Prop for Magpies is number 8 Mitchell Butfield
  • Hooker for Bears is number 9 Bradley Deitz
    Hooker for Magpies is number 20 Matt McIlwrick
  • Prop for Bears is number 10 Max Bailey
    Prop for Magpies is number 10 Jacob Esau
  • 2nd Row for Bears is number 11 Fletcher Baker
    2nd Row for Magpies is number 11 Andrew Davey
  • 2nd Row for Bears is number 12 Tom Freebairn
    2nd Row for Magpies is number 12 Salesi Fainga'a
  • Lock for Bears is number 13 Joshua Curran
    Lock for Magpies is number 13 David Gower

Interchange

  • Interchange for Bears is number 8 Poasa Faamausili
    Interchange for Magpies is number 9 Brad Keighran
  • Interchange for Bears is number 14 Sam Verrills
    Interchange for Magpies is number 15 D'Rhys Miller
  • Interchange for Bears is number 15 Daniel Fifita
    Interchange for Magpies is number 16 Stefano Utoikamanu
  • Interchange for Bears is number 16 Setefano Hala
    Interchange for Magpies is number 17 Joel Luani

Soward says: It’s interesting to watch Bevan French because so many clubs would be looking at him dominating this competition and on his own back he has helped Wentworthville win games. The Bears, however, are a class team and a top four side once they’ve got their full squad playing consistently. Even though some players will be out to replace injuries in the Roosters squad, the Bears will be too strong for the Magpies. Bears by 6. 

Newtown Jets v Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles
Henson Park
Sunday 19 May – 1.10pm
Broadcast LIVE on 9GEM AND 9NOW

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Jets is number 1 William Kennedy
    Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Jade Anderson
  • Winger for Jets is number 18 Sione Katoa
    Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Abbas Miski
  • Centre for Jets is number 3 Jackson Ferris
    Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Dane Aukafolau
  • Centre for Jets is number 4 Ronaldo Mulitalo
    Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Alfred Smalley
  • Winger for Jets is number 5 Matt Evans
    Winger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Charles Shepherd
  • Five-Eighth for Jets is number 6 Jack A Williams
    Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 19 Kamren Cryer
  • Halfback for Jets is number 7 Braydon Trindall
    Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Zach Dockar-Clay

Forwards

  • Prop for Jets is number 17 Cruz Topai-Aveai
    Prop for Sea Eagles is number 17 Kurt De Luis
  • Hooker for Jets is number 9 Billy Magoulias
    Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 22 Denzal Tonise
  • Prop for Jets is number 10 Jaimin Jolliffe
    Prop for Sea Eagles is number 10 Lloyd Perrett
  • 2nd Row for Jets is number 11 Teig Wilton
    2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Haumole Olakau'atu
  • 2nd Row for Jets is number 12 Siosifa Talakai
    2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 12 Tyler Cassel
  • Lock for Jets is number 13 Daniel Vasquez
    Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Sean Keppie

Interchange

  • Interchange for Jets is number 19 Craig Garvey
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Tyran Ott
  • Interchange for Jets is number 25 Greg Eastwood
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 15 Andy Saunders
  • Interchange for Jets is number 2 Luke Polselli
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 16 Francis Laloua-Tui
  • Interchange for Jets is number 8 Wesley Lolo
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 21 Fred Junior Mauala

Soward says: Both these sides have struggled to have cohesiveness in terms of guys consistently in the squad and it causes disruption around team structures. The Jets at home for Magic Round will have a big crowd and will win by a tight one although past performances suggest they’ve let themselves down this year with their ball control and ill-discipline. For Blacktown, they're a top side who have been crippled with injury but they have Zach Dochar-Clay who can win you games. It’ll be a close one but have the Jets by 2.

St George Illawarra Dragons v Newcastle Knights 
Henson Park
Sunday 18 May – 3.30pm

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Tristan Sailor
    Fullback for Knights is number 1 Jacob Gagai
  • Winger for Dragons is number 2 Jason Saab
    Winger for Knights is number 2 Kiah Cooper
  • Centre for Dragons is number 18 Jonus Pearson
    Centre for Knights is number 3 Brayden Musgrove
  • Centre for Dragons is number 4 Steven Marsters
    Centre for Knights is number 18 Tautau Moga
  • Winger for Dragons is number 5 Lachlan Maranta
    Winger for Knights is number 5 Heath Gibbs
  • Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Adam Clune
    Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Phoenix Crossland
  • Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Darren Nicholls
    Halfback for Knights is number 7 Mason Lino

Forwards

  • Prop for Dragons is number 8 Pio Sokobalavu
    Prop for Knights is number 8 Pasami Saulo
  • Hooker for Dragons is number 14 Eli Levido
    Hooker for Knights is number 9 Zac Woolford
  • Prop for Dragons is number 20 Lachlan Timm
    Prop for Knights is number 10 Jirah Momoisea
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Joe Lovodua
    2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Beau Fermor
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Jackson Ford
    2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Sam Stone
  • Lock for Dragons is number 15 Charly Runciman
    Lock for Knights is number 13 Jamie Buhrer

Interchange

  • Interchange for Dragons is number 3 Shaun Sauni-Esau
    Interchange for Knights is number 4 Brodie Jones
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Jayden Morgan
    Interchange for Knights is number 15 Tevita Alifa
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 17 Eddie Blacker
    Interchange for Knights is number 19 Luke Huth
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 19 Tristan Alvarado
    Interchange for Knights is number 25 Matt Croker

Soward says: After a slow start the Dragons have got their season started without captain Darren Nichols and last week, they would have been disappointed losing with him back in the side. Look for Jackson Ford to push his way up to the first-grade side with NSW contingencies Tyson Frizell and Tariq Sims likely to be included for State of Origin. This week you’ll see a professional performance by the Dragons. Dragons by 2.