Warriors’ huge increase; Roosters backline disaster as Knights fill key void: Finals Team Tips

The Warriors look set to welcome again star halfback Shaun Johnson from a calf damage for his or her semi-final towards the Knights.

Meanwhile, the Roosters face a backline damage disaster with Joey Manu anticipated to be dominated out together with Joseph-Aukuso Suaalii for his or her conflict with the Storm.

And the Knights will probably be with out halfback Jackson Hastings for his or her conflict with the Warriors with Adam Clune set to once more fill the No.7 gap.

Read on for NRL Team Tips forward of week two of finals.

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Melbourne Storm vs Sydney Roosters at AAMI Park, 7.50pm AEST

Last week’s Storm staff: 1. Nick Meaney 2. William Warbrick 3. Marion Seve 4. Young Tonumaipea 5. Xavier Coates 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Tui Kamikamica 9. Harry Grant 10. Christian Welch 11. Trent Loiero 12. Eliesa Katoa 13. Josh King 15. Tom Eisenhuth 16. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 17. Ryan Papenhuyzen 19. Tariq Sims

Team Tips: Bench utility Ryan Papenhuyzen is out for the season with a fractured ankle suffered towards the Broncos, with Bronson Garlick and Tyran Wishart vying to switch him on the pine. Garlick dropped out final week changed by Tariq Sims on the bench. Craig Bellamy will weigh up bringing Reimis Smith or Justin Olam into the centres or probably each with Marion Seve and Young Tonumaipea beneath strain after the Storm’s assault didn’t click on towards the Broncos. Winger Xavier Coates went off with an ankle damage towards the Broncos, however is anticipated to be named though he should go a health check later within the week, with Grant Anderson on standby. “Justin Olam will be a chance, like Reimis (Smith),” Bellamy stated in his press convention. “Grant Anderson did a great job for us last week. We’ll see what the damage is first and then go from there. But Justin or Reimis or Grant.”

Last week’s Roosters staff: 1. James Tedesco 2. Fetalaiga Pauga 3. Billy Smith 4. Joseph Manu 5. Joseph-Aukuso Suaalii 6. Luke Keary 7. Sam Walker 15. Egan Butcher 9. Brandon Smith 10. Lindsay Collins 11. Siua Wong 12. Nat Butcher 13. Victor Radley 8. Fletcher Baker 14. Sandon Smith 16. Terrell May 17. Angus Crichton

Team Tips: Winger Joseph-Aukuso Suaali’i (head knock) has been dominated out as a result of 11-day necessary stand down rule for concussion. The Roosters will probably be hoping Daniel Tupou can return from a knee damage to fill the void on the flank, however he’s no certainty to play. Joseph Manu is about to be dominated out with a recurrence of his hamstring damage towards the Sharks. ‘Obviously we got that wrong,” Robinson said of Manu’s return. “He trained well, there were no ducks and drakes there he trained really well on Wednesday, no issue yesterday, and then wasn’t good enough to finish the game so that’s really disappointing. He’s highly unlikely to play against the Storm.” Paul Momirovski could be the perfect substitute, however his return from a shoulder damage is indefinite. If Suaalii, Manu, Tupou and Momirovski don’t play then Corey Allan and Drew Hutchison will probably come right into a reshuffled backline at wing and centre respectively. Sam Walker suffered an ankle damage early within the Sharks conflict however completed the sport and booted the match successful discipline objective and Robinson expects him to play. “[Sam’s ankle] is a bit sore, but he should be fine,” Robinson stated.


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Warriors vs Newcastle Knights at Go Media Stadium, 4.05pm AEST

Last week’s Warriors staff:1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Rocco Berry 4. Adam Pompey 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Te Maire Martin 14. Dylan Walker 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Mitchell Barnett 11. Jackson Ford 12. Marata Niukore 13. Tohu Harris 15. Jazz Tevaga 16. Bayley Sironen 17. Josh Curran 18. Freddy Lussick

Team Tips: All eyes will probably be on Shaun Johnson’s bid to return from a calf damage because the Warriors struggled in assault in his absence. Johnson is anticipated to be named at halfback, however might want to show his health within the lead as much as the sport. Te Maire Martin will shift again to five-eighth with Dylan Walker to revert again to the bench utility position and Freddy Lussick to overlook out if Johnson is match. “It will be day by day there, keep ticking over, but confident that he’ll be right,” coach Andrew Webster stated of Johnson following his aspect’s loss to the Panthers.

Last week’s Knights staff: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Dominic Young 3. Dane Gagai 4. Bradman Best 5. Greg Marzhew 6. Tyson Gamble 7. Jackson Hastings 8. Jacob Saifiti 9. Phoenix Crossland 10. Leo Thompson 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 13. Adam Elliott 14. Kurt Mann 15. Daniel Saifiti 16. Jack Hetherington 17. Mathew Croker

Team Tips: Halfback Jackson Hastings is about to be dominated out of rivalry resulting from an ankle damage he reagravated towards the Raiders, with Adam Clune anticipated to switch him within the No.7 jersey. “It doesn’t look great. We tested him at half-time and he wasn’t going to be able to contribute to that second half, so that in itself probably isn’t a good sign,” Knights coach Adam O’Brien stated. Back-rower Lachlan Fitzgibbon went off with a shoulder damage and might want to show his health to play within the semi-final, with Brodie Jones on standby. Skipper Kalyn Ponga is carrying a shoulder damage and had a concussion scare late within the additional time win over Canberra, however is anticipated to be named within the No.1 jersey and play towards the Warriors. Lachlan Miller is on standby within the unlikely occasion Ponga is dominated out.

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