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True Blue Jamie Soward previews Round 1 of the Canterbury Cup NSW season.

Newcastle Knights v Warriors

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Knights is number 1 Luke Sharpe
    Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Rocco Berry
  • Winger for Knights is number 5 Matt Soper-Lawler
    Winger for Warriors is number 2 Setu Tu
  • Centre for Knights is number 3 Tyronne Roberts-Davis
    Centre for Warriors is number 3 Adam Pompey
  • Centre for Knights is number 4 Tautau Moga
    Centre for Warriors is number 21 Taane Milne
  • Winger for Knights is number 23 Matt Cooper
    Winger for Warriors is number 4 Edward Kosi
  • Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Tex Hoy
    Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Paul Turner
  • Halfback for Knights is number 7 Mason Lino
    Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Adam Keighran

Forwards

  • Prop for Knights is number 8 Josh King
    Prop for Warriors is number 8 Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard
  • Hooker for Knights is number 9 Chris Randall
    Hooker for Warriors is number 14 Sean Mullany
  • Prop for Knights is number 10 Matt Croker
    Prop for Warriors is number 10 Preston Riki
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Jirah Momoisea
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Tom Ale
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Brodie Jones
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Leivaha Pulu
  • Lock for Knights is number 13 Zac Hosking
    Lock for Warriors is number 13 Tyler Slade

Interchange

  • Interchange for Knights is number 14 Luke Huth
    Interchange for Warriors is number 9 Temple Kalepo
  • Interchange for Knights is number 15 Jack Cameron
    Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Jyris Glamuzina
  • Interchange for Knights is number 16 Lyndon Hills
    Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Isaiah Vagana
  • Interchange for Knights is number 17 John Toleafoa
    Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Emiliano Mikaele

Soward's prediction: I will be interested to see how Tex Hoy goes at five-eighth, that might be a long-term solution for the Knights if they struggle with Kurt Mann. The Warriors side have a lot of unknowns to start the year but they have power. Warriors by 2. 

Penrith Panthers v North Sydney Bears

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Panthers is number 1 Daine Laurie
    Fullback for Bears is number 1 Asu Kepaoa
  • Winger for Panthers is number 2 Charlie Staines
    Winger for Bears is number 2 Sione HOPOATE
  • Centre for Panthers is number 3 Jed Cartwright
    Centre for Bears is number 4 James Tuitahi
  • Centre for Panthers is number 4 Maliko Filino
    Centre for Bears is number 19 Josh Bergamin
  • Winger for Panthers is number 5 Jake Tago
    Winger for Bears is number 5 Christian Tuipulotu
  • Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 Tyrone May
    Five-Eighth for Bears is number 6 Lachlan Lam
  • Halfback for Panthers is number 18 Matt Burton
    Halfback for Bears is number 7 Drew Hutchison

Forwards

  • Prop for Panthers is number 8 Kaide Ellis
    Prop for Bears is number 8 Max Bailey
  • Hooker for Panthers is number 9 Brendan Hands
    Hooker for Bears is number 9 Freddy Lussick
  • Prop for Panthers is number 15 Lindsay Smith
    Prop for Bears is number 15 Daniel Fifita
  • 2nd Row for Panthers is number 11 Patrick Hollis
    2nd Row for Bears is number 11 Edenn Rogers-Smith
  • 2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 John Faiumu
    2nd Row for Bears is number 12 Tom Freebairn
  • Lock for Panthers is number 13 J'maine Hopgood
    Lock for Bears is number 13 Elih Jackson

Interchange

  • Interchange for Panthers is number 14 Jarrod Brackenhofer
    Interchange for Bears is number 14 Bradley Deitz
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 16 John Trimboli
    Interchange for Bears is number 16 Tagiolupe Tivalu
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 19 Jayden Tanner
    Interchange for Bears is number 17 Ben Thomas
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 20 Ratu Nanovo
    Interchange for Bears is number 22 Jack Morris

Reserves

  • Reserve for Panthers is number 7 Kurt Falls
    Reserve for Bears is number 20 Dylan O'Connor

Soward's prediction: I want to see whether Matt Burton comes back and partners Tyrone May in the halves, which I’m expecting. Brendan Hands was sharp in the trials out of dummy-half so I am looking forward to watching him also.

However, an impressive Bears side has been named with a lot of depth, in particular Poasa Faamausuli in the front row. In saying that, Panthers by 4. 

Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles v Mounties

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Luke Metcalf
    Fullback for Mounties is number 14 Reubenn Rennie
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Abbas Miski
    Winger for Mounties is number 2 Semi Valemei
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Brendan Elliot
    Centre for Mounties is number 3 Matthew Timoko
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Tevita Funa
    Centre for Mounties is number 4 Tony Satini
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Jade Anderson
    Winger for Mounties is number 5 Harley Smith-Shields
  • Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Dylan Phythian
    Five-Eighth for Mounties is number 6 Matt Frawley
  • Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Cade Cust
    Halfback for Mounties is number 7 Sam Williams

Forwards

  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 10 Zac Saddler
    Prop for Mounties is number 8 JJ Collins
  • Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Zach Dockar-Clay
    Hooker for Mounties is number 9 Tom Starling
  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 19 Toafofoa Sipley
    Prop for Mounties is number 10 Jack Murchie
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Dane Aukafolau
    2nd Row for Mounties is number 11 Kai O'Donnell
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 12 Reed Izzard
    2nd Row for Mounties is number 12 Dan Keir
  • Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Keith Titmuss
    Lock for Mounties is number 13 Darby Medlyn

Interchange

  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 8 Andy Saunders
    Interchange for Mounties is number 15 Reuben Porter
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Semisi Kioa
    Interchange for Mounties is number 17 Adam Cook
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 16 Tyler Cassel
    Interchange for Mounties is number 19 Paea Pua
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 17 Petero NAKUBUWAI
    Interchange for Mounties is number 22 Vincent Rennie

Reserves

  • Reserve for Sea Eagles is number 21 Samuel Radovu

Soward's prediction: Dylan Phythian and Luke Metcalf are real quality here for the Blakcktown side. It’s exciting to see some of those guys out on the field. Mounties started the season great last year and fell away at the tail-end.

When you have quality halves like Frawley and Willams, you’re going to go a long way in the competition, but I think home advantage will be too big an advantage for the Workers. Blacktown by 6. 

St George Illawarra Dragons v Western Suburbs Magpies

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Treigh Stewart
    Fullback for Magpies is number 1 Dylan Smith
  • Winger for Dragons is number 4 Max Feagai
    Winger for Magpies is number 2 William Kei
  • Centre for Dragons is number 3 Charly Runciman
    Centre for Magpies is number 3 Tommy Talau
  • Centre for Dragons is number 20 Euan Aitken
    Centre for Magpies is number 4 Matheson Johns
  • Winger for Dragons is number 5 Jason Saab
    Winger for Magpies is number 5 Kane Bradley
  • Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Tyran Wishart
    Five-Eighth for Magpies is number 6 Brendan O'Hagan
  • Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Tristan Sailor
    Halfback for Magpies is number 7 Jock Madden

Forwards

  • Prop for Dragons is number 8 Eddie Blacker
    Prop for Magpies is number 8 Matthew Eisenhuth
  • Hooker for Dragons is number 13 Hayden Lomax
    Hooker for Magpies is number 9 Jake Simpkin
  • Prop for Dragons is number 10 Jayden Morgan
    Prop for Magpies is number 10 Oliver Clark
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Luke Gale
    2nd Row for Magpies is number 11 Chris McQueen
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 17 Matt Delbanco
    2nd Row for Magpies is number 12 Alex Seyfarth
  • Lock for Dragons is number 15 Nathan Leatigaga
    Lock for Magpies is number 13 Sam McIntyre

Interchange

  • Interchange for Dragons is number 2 Jason Gillard
    Interchange for Magpies is number 14 Jordin Leiu
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 14 Blake BARBUTO
    Interchange for Magpies is number 15 Terrell May
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Matthew Nicholson
    Interchange for Magpies is number 16 Lachlan Talau
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 19 Luke Chalker
    Interchange for Magpies is number 17 Austin Dias

Soward's prediction: Tristan Sailor is starting at no. 7 but I’d like to see him at fullback. Will be interesting to see how the players not picked in the top squad will bounce back and fight for their position.  Magpies is another team I’m keen to see with a mixed squad but an experienced coach. Dragons by 10. 

South Sydney Rabbitohs v Newtown Jets

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Rabbitohs is number 1 Corey Allan
    Fullback for Jets is number 1 Tyla Tamou
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 2 Steven Marsters
    Winger for Jets is number 2 Jackson Ferris
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 3 Bryson Goodwin
    Centre for Jets is number 3 Addison Demetriou
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 4 Cory Denniss
    Centre for Jets is number 14 Jenson Taumoepeau
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 5 Jaxson Paulo
    Winger for Jets is number 17 John Olive
  • Five-Eighth for Rabbitohs is number 6 Troy Dargan
    Five-Eighth for Jets is number 20 Billy Magoulias
  • Halfback for Rabbitohs is number 7 Blake Taaffe
    Halfback for Jets is number 7 Braydon Trindall

Forwards

  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 8 Ky Rodwell
    Prop for Jets is number 8 Wesley Lolo
  • Hooker for Rabbitohs is number 9 Joshua Cook
    Hooker for Jets is number 9 Zac Woolford
  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 10 Tom Amone
    Prop for Jets is number 21 Royce Hunt
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 11 Jack Johns
    2nd Row for Jets is number 11 Teig Wilton
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 12 Keaon Koloamatangi
    2nd Row for Jets is number 12 Siosifa Talakai
  • Lock for Rabbitohs is number 13 Bayley Sironen
    Lock for Jets is number 13 Jayson Bukuya

Interchange

  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 14 Bronson Garlick
    Interchange for Jets is number 10 Daniel Vasquez
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 15 Kurt Dillon
    Interchange for Jets is number 15 Kyle Paterson
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 16 Patrice Siolo
    Interchange for Jets is number 16 Brock Gray
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 17 Ben TALTY
    Interchange for Jets is number 23 Kayleb Milne

Reserves

  • Reserve for Rabbitohs is number 19 Jacob Gagai
    Reserve for Jets is number 6 Matt Stimson

Soward prediction: Rabbitohs have a strong side, who were rather underestimated, and I thought some would make it to the first grade side this year, such as Keaon Kolomatangi and Blake Taaffe.

The Jets may struggle this week due to their team being affected by injury in the top grade. Rabbitohs by 12.