NRL NRL 2021 Season - Round 25

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Sep 4, 2003
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Thursday 2nd September
Canberra vs Sydney Roosters (BB Print Stadium, Mackay - 19:50)

Friday 3rd September
Cronulla-Sutherland vs Melbourne (Cbus Super Stadium - 18:00)
Parramatta vs Penrith (Cbus Super Stadium - 20:05)

Saturday 4th September
Brisbane vs Newcastle (Suncorp Stadium - 15:00)
North Queensland vs Manly-Warringah (Queensland Country Bank Stadium - 17:30)
South Sydney vs St.George-Illawarra (Sunshine Coast Stadium - 19:35)

Sunday 5th September
Gold Coast vs New Zealand (Cbus Super Stadium - 14:00)
Wests Tigers vs Canterbury-Bankstown (Moreton Daily Stadium, Redcliffe - 16:05)
 
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Raiders: Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad makes his first run-on start since returning from a neck injury, slotting in to his favoured fullback position. Jordan Rapana shifts to the wing to take over from the injured Bailey Simonsson (groin strain).
Joseph Tapine suffered a knee injury in round 24 but has been named to play. The only change in the pack is Iosia Soliola coming in at lock and Ryan Sutton going to the bench.
Skipper Jarrod Croker's immediate future remains unclear as he battles a knee injury.
Roosters: Angus Crichton makes a welcome return from suspension while Josh Morris (hamstring), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (knee) and Adam Keighran (head knock) are also back on deck.
Lachlan Lam has been named at halfback with Sam Walker on the bench.
Forward Fletcher Baker will miss the game after accepting a ban of one match for a crusher tackle in the loss to the Rabbitohs.
Siosiua Taukeiaho (knee) has avoided serious injury and wil play while fellow forward Egan Butcher (head knock) has also been named and will be monitored. Crichton's return pushes Butcher to the bench and Naufahu Whyte to the reserves.

Sharks: Matt Moylan returns to the starting side for the first time since round 15 with Luke Metcalfe moving to the bench in the only change to the side which knocked off Brisbane last week to climb into eighth spot.
Storm: Jesse Bromwich has been suspended for one game for a crusher tackle while winger Josh Addo-Carr (hamstring) will also miss round 25.
George Jennings returns from a knee injury on the wing while Nelson Asofa-Solomona (hamstring) is back at prop. Tui Kamikamica is the other starting prop and Christian Welch will be rested.
Five-eighth Cameron Munster takes a pre-finals rest with Nicho Hynes grabbing the No.6 jersey.
Dale Finucane (head knock) returns to the pack which sees Harry Grant revert to the bench and Brandon Smith shift from lock to starting hooker.
Felise Kaufusi and Kenny Bromwich are also being rested with Chris Lewis and Aaron Pene coming in. Jordan Grant and Ryley Jacks join the bench.

Eels: Junior Paulo will miss the game after he was hit with a one-game suspension for a shoulder charge and skipper Clint Gutherson (knee) is being rested with Hayze Perham taking over at fullback in his first game for the club.
Back-rowers Marata Niukora is out after suffering a head knock against the Storm while prop Isaiah Papali'i and lock Nathan Brown are being rested ahead of the finals.
Oregon Kaufusi, Makahesi Makatoa, Bryce Cartwright, Keegan Hipgrave and Ray Stone all come into the starting pack.
Debutants Samuel Loizou and Ky Rodwell and second-gamer Shaun Russell are the new faces on the bench alongside Shaun Lane, who suffered a head knock last weekend but has been named to play.
Will Smith and Jake Arthur are the halves with Dylan Brown and Mitch Moses being rested.
Tom Opacic (ribs) returns and will partner Michael Oldfield in the centres with Waqa Blake also having a rest.
Panthers: Ivan Cleary has named a full-strength side for the showown with their western Sydney rivals.
Spencer Leniu (ankle) has been listed among the reserves and could be in line for a return should Cleary decide to rest one of his forwards.
The minor premiership could still be on offer if the Storm lose to the Sharks in the early Friday game.

Broncos: Thomas Flegler took an early guilty plea on a careless high tackle charge and will miss four matches. His place is taken by Ethan Bullemor.
Jordan Riki is good to go after he was a late withdrawal last week with an ankle injury so TC Robati reverts to the bench.
Bench forward Brendan Piakura was hit with a two-match ban for dangerous contact and his place is taken by Rhys Kennedy.
Cory Paix and David Mead are the new faces on the interchange bench.
Knights: David Klemmer will return from suspension in the fronrt row and Jacob Saifiti gets a break.
Hooker Jayden Brailey and back-rower Mitch Barnett are also being rested and their places are taken by Chris Randall and Brodie Jones.
Hymel Hunt is also being rested and his place on the wing is taken by Starford To'a.
Phoenix Crossland and Jack Johns are the new faces on the bench.

Cowboys: Reuben Cotter has been sidelined by a minor shoulder complaint with Coen Hess (biceps) making a surprise return to the line-up and Jason Taumalolo swapping the No.8 jumper for No.13.
Lachlan Burr (concussion) also returns but only as far as the extended bench.
Sea Eagles: Des Hasler has made only minor changes given that Manly will need a win to lock up fourth spot if the Eels beat Penrith on Friday.
Middle forwards Sean Keppie (personal leave) and Taniela Paseka (ankle) return on the interchange, relegating Toafofoa Sipley and Curtis Sironen to the extended bench, while Josh Aloiai gets another start at prop after a strong performance against the Bulldogs but he will be wearing No.8 rather than No.17.

Rabbitohs: Blake Taaffe has been confirmed as the replacement fullback for Latrell Mitchell (suspension) but that is just one of many changes with coach Wayne Bennett selecting only five of last week's starters - and one of those is switching positions.
Adam Reynolds, Dane Gagai and Damien Cook have been rested while Alex Johnston, Cody Walker, Cameron Murray and Jai Arrow have been named on the extended bench and will likely also be putting their feet up on Saturday.
Debutant Lachlan Ilias steps in for Reynolds (knee) at halfback, where he will pair up with veteran Benji Marshall, while Taane Milne takes Johnston's place on the wing and Braidon Burns gets a start in the centres.
Peter Mamouzelos will make his second start in place of Cook, Patrick Mago takes over at prop for Mark Nicholls, who slides back to lock and takes over the captaincy, and Jacob Host gets a start in the second row with Arrow in reserves.
Interchange forward Liam Knight will miss this game and the Bunnies' first final after he accepted a two-game ban for dangerous contact while Thomas Burgess has also been rested.
The all-new interchange bench consists of Dean Hawkins, Tatau Moga, Jed Cartwright and one-game rookie Davvy Moale.
Dragons: Coach Anthony Griffin has made minimal changes despite the club falling to their seventh defeat on the trot against the Cowboys.
Gerard Beale has been promoted from the extended bench to take over for Zac Lomax, who misses out, in the centres while Poasa Faamausili steps up to the interchange in a swap with Jackson Ford, who has been named in reserves.
Skipper Ben Hunt, thought to be a chance to return from a broken arm, has failed to make it back for the final game of the season.

Titans: Kevin Proctor, who has been battling an AC joint sprain, has been named but Ash Taylor misses out despite the club announcing he had responded well to bilateral hip cortisone injections and was a chance of selection. Tyrone Peachey has again been picked to wear the No.6.
David Fifita is again named on the interchange even though the Titans will be chasing a huge win to boost their points differential in a last-ditch bid to scrape into the finals if the Sharks and Raiders have already lost.
In the only change to last week's 17 Mo Fotuaika has been promoted from the bench to start at prop with Tino Fa'asuamaleaui sliding back to lock and Sam McIntyre to the bench.
Warriors: Chad Townsend has been left out after picking up a shoulder injury against the Raiders with Sean O'Sullivan shifting to half and Chanel Harris-Tavita (foot) returning to the line-up at five-eighth.
Prop Matt Lodge successfully challenged a dangerous contact charge at the judiciary on Tuesday night and will play.
Jamayne Taunoa-Brown comes on to the interchange in place of Bunty Afoa, who picked up a hamstring injury at training on Tuesday, while last week's 18th man Jazz Tevaga stays on the extended bench.

Wests Tigers: Alex Seyfarth suffered a knee injury against the Panthers and his season is over.
Kelma Tuilagi returns to the side to take Seyfarth's place on the interchange with Tuki Simpkins, who was part of the 21-man squad last week, remaining on the extended bench.
Bulldogs: Corey Waddell returns from suspension to take the second row spot vacated by Matt Doorey, who suffered a torn ACL in the loss to Manly.
Dylan Napa is also back from a ban but only as far as the extended bench where he is joined by Jake Averillo, who dropped out of last week's team due to a foot injury.
As a result Brandon Wakeham retains the No.6 jumper while Sione Katoa gets another start at dummy-half. Chris Smith (ankle) missed out on a place in the 21-man squad.
 
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DEVO

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Panthers don't look like a team capable of beating the Storm going by that first half performance, they are in front but the longer that half went the better Parramatta played and more they controlled the game. The Eels never looked like scoring, Penrith's defense looked solid but Parramatta didn't look in danger of being scored against either.
 

DEVO

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Didn't see a sheppard there, although it was close and Penrith score. Also Parramatta don't get a penalty for a head high on Smith. Appears the refereeing is a little one sided.
 

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Panthers don't look like a team capable of beating the Storm going by that first half performance, they are in front but the longer that half went the better Parramatta played and more they controlled the game. The Eels never looked like scoring, Penrith's defense looked solid but Parramatta didn't look in danger of being scored against either.
Panthers are getting their best players back and are hitting good form at the right time while the Storm have stalled a bit. It's 50/50 between them for the premiership imo (no disrespect to anyone else but it's pretty hard not seeing one of them winning it all)
 

DEVO

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Panthers are getting their best players back and are hitting good form at the right time while the Storm have stalled a bit. It's 50/50 between them for the premiership imo (no disrespect to anyone else but it's pretty hard not seeing one of them winning it all)
I think Penrith with play the Storm in the Grand Final, but I haven't seen anything tonight that suggests to me Penrith can beat them.
 

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The only team that should scare you is Parramatta. The Storm are our bunnies, unfortunately to get to the Storm we have to beat the Wabbits or the Silvertails and we are their bunnies.:D
You guys have Newcastle next week then the Winner plays the loser of our match (Penrith 😉) beat them and you would be onto the Storm in the PF.
 

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