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Around the Grounds with Rosso
Parramatta will move back rower Chad Robinson in to the front row to replace the suspended Fuifui Moimoi for their clash with the Dragons on Friday night. Centre Brett Delaney makes a return from injury on the bench while the match marks the first match between the two clubs since the outrageous 8-1 victory by the Dragons at OKI Jubilee Stadium in round 13.
The St George Illawarra Dragons will be without number one centre Mark Gasnier who has succumbed to a calf strain that has been a nuisance of late. Ben Creagh shifts to the centres with Catalans bound Clint Greenshields being named on a five man bench.
The Warriors will welcome back fullback Brent Webb who was ruled out prior to kickoff in the side?s loss to Penrith last weekend. Evarn Tuimavave, who re-signed with the club just a couple of months ago, has replaced suspended prop Ruben Wiki in the front row.
Kevin Kingston is the only big change for the Sharks as they look to break a five game losing streak. The hooker, who was suspended for one match against the Storm, replaces utility Matt Hilder in the starting side.
Melbourne have once again named superstar Greg Inglis on an extended bench with Jake Webster returning to the side after suffering a bout of the flu before kickoff against the Dragons. Apart from that the Storm are as per last week?s program as they look to continue their unbeaten record at home this season.
Wests have kept schoolboy Chris Lawrence in First Grade after the seventeen year old scored the opening try against the Broncos on Sunday. Another youngster who also made his debut, Ben Jeffery, will drop out of the squad with Keith Eshman to make his debut for the Tigers.
North Queensland have recalled prop Shane Tronc from the Queensland Cup for their match against the second place Bulldogs. Tronc has been out favour this year with coach Graham Murray but gets a chance to impress with the finals just around the corner. Murray has opted for much the same side that got beaten by the Roosters convincingly last Sunday.
The Bulldogs, who are coming off the bye, have named an unchanged lineup from the one that defeated the Roosters 25-0 last Saturday night. It will be one more week before Matt Utai returns after he was sent off in Round 17 against the Tigers.
The Canberra Raiders, who unexpectedly lost to the Rabbitohs last weekend, have yet again named an unchanged lineup for their clash with Brisbane on Sunday. Former Dragon David Howell has been named on a five man bench.
Brisbane, who were upset by the Tigers last weekend, have named a six man bench as injuries start to take its effect on the squad. Utility Shaun Berrigan has been switched back to hooker with Shane Perry taking his spot at half. A loss for the Broncos here could even take them out of the all important top four.
South Sydney are unchanged after their upset victory over Canberra last weekend. The Bunnies, who finished last season with six from their last eight, will be looking to continue that sort of feat this year.
Former international Trent Waterhouse has been named on a five man bench for the Panthers as they prepare to take on the Bunnies on Sunday. The last time these two sides met was way back in round ten when a South Sydney comeback was thwarted and the Panthers went away victors 32 to 20.
Roosters coach Ricky Stuart has named an unchanged lineup for their clash with the Knights at BlueTongue Stadium on the Central Coast. After their second win against the Cowboys this season, the Roosters sit just two victories outside the eight. The match at Gosford will be a Roosters home match.
Newcastle have named teenager Jarrod Mullen in their side to take on the Roosters despite copping some bumps and bruises in the side?s victory at Toyota Park on Friday night. If results go their way this weekend following a win, the Knights could be in the top four for the first time since earlier in the season.
Manly have the bye and won?t Brent Kite need it. The New South Wales prop could be out for the rest of the season after suffering severe concussion following the high tackle by Moimoi. Next weekend, the Sea Eagles will welcome back representatives Anthony Watmough, Steve Menzies and Brett Stewart.