NRL NRL 2024 - Round 7

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Thursday 18th April
Sydney Roosters vs Melbourne (Allianz Stadium - 19:50)

Friday 19th April
St.George-Illawarra vs New Zealand (WIN Stadium - 18:00)
Parramatta vs Dolphins (TIO Stadium, Darwin - 20:00)

Saturday 20th April
Penrith vs Wests Tigers (Carrington Park, Bathurst - 15:00)
Gold Coast vs Manly-Warringah (Cbus Super Stadium - 17:30)
Brisbane vs Canberra (Suncorp Stadium - 19:35)

Sunday 21st April
Canterbury-Bankstown vs Newcastle (Accor Stadium - 14:00)
Cronulla-Sutherland vs North Queensland (PointsBet Stadium - 16:05)

Bye: South Sydney
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Roosters: Skipper James Tedesco returns from concussion so Joey Manu goes back to the centres and Joseph-Aukuso Suaalii to the wing. Halfback Sam Walker's return from concussion has been delayed another week so Luke Keary again wears the No.7. Sitili Tupouniua is sidelined with a head knock, his place on the bench taken by Egan Butcher.
Storm: Kiwi giant Nelson Asofa-Solomona comes in for his first game of the season at prop with Tui Kamikamica sidelined by a calf injury. Joe Chan also returns to the side on the bench in place of Tepai Moeroa, who injured his back against the Bulldogs.

Dragons: With Jack Bird (head knock) sidelined, Zac Lomax moves to the centres and Christian Tuipulotu comes in on the wing in the only change to the side that downed Wests Tigers. New signing Fa’amanu Brown has been listed among the reserves.
Warriors: Just the one forced change to the side that drew with the Sea Eagles with Adam Pompey moving from 18th man to the interchange bench and Jazz Tevaga dropping out due to a hamstring injury.

Eels: Youngster Blaize Talagi has been recalled by Brad Arthur and will come off the interchange bench. Kelma Tuilagi is the man to make way. Maika Sivo remains on the reserves list after playing NSW Cup last week and scoring a double.
Dolphins: The loss of Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow to a hamstring injury sees Trai Fuller come in at fullback for his second NRL game. Max Plath returns from suspension at lock so Ray Stone moves to the interchange and Lachlan Hubner drops out. Sean O'Sullivan joins the bench in place of the suspended Anthony Milford.

Panthers: Superstar playmaker Nathan Cleary remains sidelined with a hamstring injury so Brad Schneider again calls the shots alongside Jarome Luai, who is good to go despite leaving the field with a knee problem in Round 5. Scott Sorensen's return from a knee injury pushes Luke Garner back to the bench and Matt Eisenhuth to the reserves.
Wests Tigers: Young gun Lachlan Galvin returns from suspension at five-eighth with Brent Naden also joining the backline in place of Solomona Faataape in the centres. John Bateman (concussion) is back on deck so Alex Seyfarth goes to the bench. Samuela Fainu (concussion) and Latu Fainu (hamstring) also return on the bench so Justin Matamua and Jake Simpkin make way.

Titans: Jayden Campbell hasn’t been named after suffering a knee injury in last week’s loss to the Raiders, so Phillip Sami, who is returning from an ankle injury himself, takes over at fullback. AJ Brimson is again the preferred partner to Kieran Foran in the halves, while David Fifita has been included in the starting side after coming off the bench in Round 6.
Sea Eagles: Four significant injury returns for coach Anthony Seibold, with Matt Lodge named to start in his first game back from an ACL injury and Reuben Garrick and Nathan Brown returning after missing last week. Winger Jason Saab is back for his first appearance since injuring his hamstring in Round 1. Those returns are somewhat offset by the loss of Ben Trbojevic (hamstring and Toafofoa Sipley (knee).

Broncos: Coach Kevin Walters has named an unchanged side with skipper Adam Reynolds (hamstring) and forward leader Payne Haas (knee) not yet ready to return. Jock Madden again steers the ship at halfback after getting the job done against the Dolphins.
Raiders: One forced change from last week with Zac Hosking (shoulder) replaced in the second row by Ata Mariota and Simi Sasagi coming in on the bench. After a solid NRL debut in the win over the Titans, Chevy Stewart retains the job at fullback, with James Schiller again on the wing in the absence of Albert Hopoate, who has been left out for another week after suffering burns in a cooking accident last month.

Bulldogs: Connor Tracey is named at fullback after switching to the back from the wing prior to kick-off in Round 6. Blake Taaffe, who played the opening five games of the season in the No.1 jersey, has been included on the bench along with Kurtis Morrin who returns from suspension. Jake Turpin drops out of the 17 after starting at lock in Round 6, with Kitione Kautoga the other player to lose his spot.
Knights: An unchanged line-up for coach Adam O’Brien after last week’s two-point defeat to the Roosters, with captain Kalyn Ponga named despite playing through a hip injury in Round 6. Adam Elliott will run on at lock in his 150th NRL game. Tyson Frizell remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Sharks: Prolific winger Sione Katoa is serving a one-match suspension picked up in Round 6, so Sam Stonestreet will make his NRL debut in an otherwise unchanged backline. Braden Hamlin-Uele comes in on the bench for his first game of the season following a frustrating battle with a knee injury through the opening six weeks.
Cowboys: Just one change to the squad with Semi Valemei coming onto the wing for Murray Taulagi (hamstring). Tom Chester retains the centre spot he took over last week following the loss of Zac Laybutt to a season-ending knee injury. Scott Drinkwater marks his 100th game for the Cowboys after celebrating his 100th NRL game last week.
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Melbourne=- but this is a game I'd wait for the teams how many of the Roosters players are back no idea.
Dragons- upset for me, I've been impressed with what I've seen from St George
Eeels- yeah this is a game you expect Parra to win so watch them lose
Penrith- very comfortably
Manly- GC will win a game soon but doubt it is this week.
Brisbane- fairly comfortably against a side they should win
Bulldogs- I can't possibly tip Newcastle after last week and Ponga is no certainty to play.
Cronulla- just don't rate Cronulla but I rate the Cowboys less. Ugly dour game, Cronulla to win

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